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Sunday June 10th 2018
214.2  5.7

Today Rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. Temperature steady near 13. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Showers. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near midnight. Low 8.

I'm up at 0730 and it is going to be a warm day.  It is already heating up.

Once the store opens, we are going to Roy's to return the recliner and to see if we can find one that suits Mom better.  I then have to start doing the last minute things to get ready to go home tomorrow.

At nine, the neighbours came for coffee.  Mitch is off to the Big Smoke (Toronto) for a few days.

After, Mom and I went to Roy's and exchanged the chair for one that she finds more comfortable.

On the way home, we stopped at Jessinick Fish and Chips and ate far too much, picked up some potted flowers at Walmart, then returned to 1207.

After a nap -- Mom used the new chair and reports it is better than her favourite previous chair -- we had coffee on the deck and then I did chores and made supper.  It was reheated fish from lunch and corn.

Then I went out to get a screw for the wheelchair arm and returned to 1207, did some bookwork and went to bed.

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and I go, 'Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.'
Jim Carrey

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Monday June 11th 2018
5.8 215.4

Today A few showers ending this morning then cloudy. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h near noon. High 16. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind west 20 km/h. Low 6.

I'm up at 0330 Eastern.  It is a travel day.  I don't fly until two this afternoon, but just the same, my instinct is to be up early.  I have things to do before I go.  I've been so busy with Mom that I have some other things left to do.

This is in my inbox this AM.

Hurricane Bud is headed to Baja. Just sayin'
Hope your port is sheltered.

Here we go... I checked online and the track right now is in that general direction.  Whether the storm strengthens in the next while and what path it takes is still to be determined.

"MEXICO CITY -- Hurricane Bud strengthened in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico on Sunday even as former Hurricane Aletta was fading. Neither immediately threatened land, though Bud was expected to kick up high surf along the Mexican coast and potentially could reach the Los Cabos resort region by Thursday or Friday.

"The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) Sunday evening. It was centred about 235 miles (380 kilometres) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

"Forecasters said Bud likely would strengthen rapidly for a day or so, but then begin to weaken late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Baja Magic is well tied and close to shore in a protected marina with a good history, however nothing can ensure 100% safety in a direct hit from a strong hurricane.  The boat weathered Hurricane Odile in the same berth in 2014. 

I was supposed to be back down there to secure the boat further by now, but events intervened.  I plan to go in the next week or so, but we'll see.

I finished packing, had coffee on the deck with mom, drove to Best Buy to return speakers that I don't need and painted the deck furniture before my shuttle arrived at twelve-thirty.

The flights and connections went like clockwork and I was in Calgary at six fifteen. 

I had been booked Plus class on a promo that made it $150 cheaper than economy and being up front gave me a meal and drinks.  So, I had two glasses of red wine and a chicken wrap, plus coffee.  That was the difference, and the service was not overly great. I had to ask twice for coffee.

The route is usually along the trans-Canada highway approaching Calgary, but today we flew twenty-five miles north of that line.  I had a clear view of Swalwell.


My cab was at YYC on time and fifteen minutes later, I was getting into my Grand Marquis in Airdrie and headed for the SuperStore where I gassed up, paying $1.21/litre, and bought groceries. 

When checking out, it is always interesting to see what other people in line place on the belt.  I always see a lot of junk food, sodas and juice, processed foods and packaged items.  My own purchases included only fruit, berries, and vegetables, and not one manufactured item like bread or cookies...

I did buy beer, though.  I've decided that my mood is better if I drink now and then and in moderation, but I notice my weight is up from when I was on the wagon.  I'm finding that beer works for me and that wine is less attractive than in the past.

l arrived home at eight and settled in.  The grass in the yard is tall.

I see my ferns enjoyed the cool house while I was away. Ants moved into mt cactus and moved a lot of dirt, but I don't see them

I am finding this place is getting gloomy now that the trees are increasingly shading the building.  That plus dirty windows.

Shade was the goal when we planted trees and the growth was slow in early years after we planted them, but the shade development has become  exponential.  Bigger trees grow more shade faster. I hired a tree trimmer, but the crew has yet to show up.  Of course, I am seldom here.

The other thing I find obvious on returning to these elevations is how much bluer the light is up here at 3,000 feet compared to closer to sea level.

I watched a bit of some new James Bond flick on TV, then went to bed a little after nine.

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Doris Egan

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Tuesday June 12th 2018
5.6  216.6

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny this morning. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 22. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Becoming partly cloudy this evening. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 8.I'm up at 0330 Eastern.  It is a travel day.  I don't fly until two this afternoon, but just the same, my instinct is to be up early.  I have things to do before I go.  I've been so busy with Mom that I

I woke up around dawn, rolled over and slept a bit longer.  It is good to be back home in this big bed.

I got up and weighed, checked the temperature, found it is 60 in here and and went down to light the furnace. Oh, yeah.  The bin auger had thrown a belt just before I left and I had just turned everything off and left.  No need for heat while away at this time of year.  It'll take a few minutes of work to get it going.  I'll do that later, after I wake up.

I went up and checked on Hurricane Bud, as Baja Magic's safety in La Paz is the big thing on my mind right now, up there with cutting the grass in this yard.

I went back down and took a closer look at the bin auger.  I knew the belt had come off and been eaten by the main auger but not known why.  A closer look revealed that one side of the pulley had come off.  I assumed wear, but when I pulled it off, it became clear it had melted.  In fact, it had melted onto the shaft and had to be3 pulled off with some effort.


Apparently the belt had slipped and the friction heated the aluminum to the melting point.  Aluminum is "hot short", meaning that when it reaches the melting point, unlike some metals, it does not just soften, but immediately collapses.

I have another pulley, but need to buy a belt.  That is no problem, though.  The bin auger is only needed when a lot of heat is required. I lit the furnace and am warming the house.

I've become spoiled by winter in Mexico.  I used to take the cool and cold weather that is a feature of Canadian living ten months of the year for granted, but now find it uncomfortable and inconvenient unless I want to ski.

Speaking of Mexico, I'm on storm watch (right) and don't know if I should go down to see it or or wait until it passes.  If I wanted to be there for the storm, it appears I'd have to be there tomorrow afternoon and that is not going to happen.

If I were going to be the during a hurricane, I'd stay at the City Express nearby .  It is a solid brick building and reasonably cheap. Staying on the boat would be foolhardy. Right now, the prediction is for it to die down to winds and rain little heavier than I have seen there in winter.

The graphic at right is from The National Weather Service. For updates, click here.

I'm planning to cut grass today if the wind here dies down.

Mowing grass on windy days is unpleasant.  As you can see, it is getting to where it may be hard to cut.  I really need a bar mower, not a rotary.  A bar just lays the cut grass down in a way that does not do the grass under it any harm, unlike the clumps that come off a rotary mower in heavy cutting.  Plus, a bar does not clog.

Medhat dropped by on his way from an inspection and we had a good visit, catching up on things.

The wind died around suppertime and I went out and mowed the front.  I was not feeling inspired and quit around eight, having done the obvious part.

I drove by the four hives in the north yard and they are dead.  Only one remains alive south of the hedge and it is not strong.  My enthusiasm has died, too.  Mowing grass and playing with bees used to entertain me, but is now just a chore.  Will I cut more?  I don't know.  IT is always a good idea as mowed lawns provide a fire guard and also remove cover for varmints like mice and voles, keeping them away from the house.

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 Some things are true whether you believe in them or not.
Nicolas Cage

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Wednesday June 13th 2018
5.9  2.7.0

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this morning. High 24. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Showers beginning near midnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening and overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 11.

Apparently I was not affected by allergies from mowing and I slept well. I woke up at dawn and dozed until 0645 and got up. 

While dozing, I has some odd dreams that involved being in jail -- sort of -- sitting on a bench in a sunny room with some fairly civil fellow prisoners, one of which was relating how he breast fed his baby and that he was a dairy farmer.  On a shelf, there were a few paperbacks (one of the detainees was an author). I folded and re-folded a hand towel that was on the shelf with the books several times.

Somehow I had been on a camping trip before finding myself in detention and I had left a mattress (an ordinary single bed mattress), and some supplies scattered on the campsite, which was beside a prairies trail and wanted to pick them up before dark. 

The dreams were in colour.

Anyhow, I finally got tired of dreaming and got up and weighed.  I'm up to 217, so I'll have smarten up and cut down on the nuts and beer and get more exercise.  I've been tired and un-ambitious lately and today is the end of the doxyclycline so maybe I'll get more inspired to move.  I sure have not been doing anything like 10,000 steps lately.

This morning Bud is on my mind and not the Bud in the ad slogan "This Bud's for you". I'm thinking of Tropical Storm Bud and hoping that this particular Bud is not for me or for Baja Magic. 

I checked the 6 AM predictions and see the track has shifted east to pass closer to La Paz.  The timing has not changed.  If it continues to shift east, then we're in the clear, but these things are unpredictable. 

Back in 2014 Hurricane Odile was expected to miss La Paz, but shifted at the last minute and did serious damage to the town and to anchored boats (left). It killed three sailors who stayed on their boats anchored at the Majote.  l the anchored boats were thrown on the beaches. Baja Magic was tied up in her present protected slip in Marina Palmira (Club de Yates) and was safe.

I wrote Luis, my rigger/diver to ask him to check the boat and maybe put an extra several wraps on the genoa to secure it against strong winds and he said okay.  I don't know what more I can do except fly down and get in the way.  Flights are available.

At 9 AM, the track shifts further east, predicting winds less than 39-73 MPH around la Paz.  Of course, this can change.

The day here at home is sunny and I suppose I really should look at my bees.  My bee truck won't run and the forklift is down and that has discouraged me until now, but I really need to bite the bullet.

I've been wondering if the doxycycline I've been taking might have be having an effect on my energy and also my gut bacteria.  I assume it must, so I looked it up

I've been gaining weight and guess what doxy is associated with weight gain. (FWIW, tylosin is used in hogs to enhance weight gain).

Surprise!  What the doctor does not tell you. They don't want to create expectations, but then the patient is taken by surprise, like me, wondering why the sudden weight gain.

I saw this lack of warning with Mom and her sudden pain issues that she was not expecting when the doctor changed her dosage.  The doctor did not warn her there could be issues and they came on slowly enough as the NSAID wore off that it took someone deductive and investigative like me to put two and two together.

Since I am ending the doxycycline treatment now, I am also watching out for C-difficile issues that sometimes occur after taking antibiotics. 

There is no change in the storm prediction at noon.

I came across a excellent three-part article that addresses blood glucose questions that are seldom covered. This is not my favourite writer as I don't accept some of his ideas, but the facts he presents are good. Here is a short excerpt:

...On the other hand, some studies suggest that even healthy people with no known blood sugar problems can experience post-meal spikes above 140 mg/dL at one hour. As I said in the beginning of the article, context is everything and all of the markers for blood sugar must be interpreted together.

If post-meal blood sugars do rise above 140 mg/dL and stay there for a significant period of time, the consequences are severe. Prolonged exposure to blood sugars above 140 mg/dL causes irreversible beta cell loss (the beta cells produce insulin) and nerve damage. 1 in 2 “pre-diabetics” get retinopathy, a serious diabetic complication. Cancer rates increase as post-meal blood sugars rise above 160 mg/dL. This study showed stroke risk increased by 25% for every 18 mg/dL rise in post-meal blood sugars. Finally, 1-hour OGTT readings above 155 mg/dL correlate strongly with increased CVD risk...

I went to town to get my meds so I won't run out in Mexico.  I got a belt for the auger, too.

I can't help myself.  I have to get back to the Baja. I have things to do here, but right now, I just don't care. It's crazy.

There is a storm on the way and headed for Cabo, but the flights are still scheduled and the shuttle is still available and I have to go.

It is absolutely gorgeous here in Swalwell.  The trees are green, the grass is growing, ducks are on the pond. What's not to love? But I have to go. I can't help myself. I have not even called my friends.  I have to go.

Reason does not work on me.  Logic has no leverage either.  It never has.  I follow my heart and I don't know how to do otherwise.  Doing otherwise would kill me. Somehow my heart knows things my mind cannot and has its own logic and it steers me well.

So, tomorrow, I'll rise early, check Bud's path online, make reservations, pack, and and tomorrow night if all goes well I'll be back home on Baja Magic in La Paz in the midst of a tropical storm and rain.  If not, then I'll be seeing a real hurricane up close and personal -- or stuck at YYC and driving back home.

I watch myself and think sometimes I am crazy, but what the heck?  It works for me and I like it that way. 

What can I do?  If I wasn't me, who would/could I be?

A year ago today, I was in Puerto Vallarta -- Bucerias actually -- having my front teeth capped and a year tomorrow, Shongololo sank around midnight at Malibu Rapids in Northern BC. 

I heard about it the next day and that sinking has made my friend, Colin's life hell, He runs the charter company and had to make the insurance claim, then try to get insurance for the fleet after.  It's a long story...

A lot has happened since then and a lot keeps on happening.

Until tomorrow...

Hasta mañana

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Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Dale Carnegie

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Thursday June 14th 2018

Today: Increasing cloudiness. A few showers beginning this morning. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight: Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 9.

I woke up just before two and wondered why.  I'd set my alarms for four.  Then the tablet alarm went off.  The tablet was still on Ontario time, and I guess so was my internal clock.

I reset the alarm and laid down again, but did not sleep much and got up for the day at three. I checked and my flight was still shown as a go, so I started getting ready.  I checked on Bud's progress and see that Bud is now just a tropical storm, so the winds should be manageable, but rain could be heavy at times.

My plan was to leave by seven and I checked every so often for cancelation but the flight showed as being on time. 

I was going out the door when I checked again and found that the flight was just canceled moments before.  Bummer.  I guess too many people canceled to make the trip worthwhile and there will be strong winds and rain at SJD, and even if the landing is safe, passengers disembark down steps onto the pavement and storm conditions would make disembarking on the tarmac very unpleasant.

I called Westjet and found I'm booked tomorrow at eight now which means leaving here at five, but at least I am packed. While on the phone, I made changes to the return flight, too. Now I'll contact the shuttle and go back to bed. I tried phoning with no luck, so I wrote an email.

I'm missing a rainy day in Baja California Sur (left) and will be there for the tail end of the rain.  After the rains, the desert blooms and I'm looking forward to that.

It's a dull, cool day here.  I went back to bed and slept. 

Carolyn came by at ten, so I got up and checked the storm. I see that the big winds (green) have now reached SJD. 

I got a reply from my shuttle company.  It is a bit hard to understand, but I have a ride tomorrow and I think that this will work out.  I went back to bed and slept an hour and a half.

At one PM, Bud has moved north and west a bit and La Paz is once again in the path but the centre is showing winds of 40 knots, which is nothing, really. We have that here in Swalwell several times a year.

By three this afternoon, the storm centre is approaching JSD and the predictions are that it will clear La Paz sometime tomorrow morning, so there is a chance the flights will be going and that the shuttle will run. Rosa at the shuttle company had written this earlier and I could not parse it:

"...It is important to mention again that we are abstent to cancellations of services by civil protection by the storm, it has been seen tomorrow, and you must take it into account.

What means 'abstent'?

After some reflection I decided Rosa's English meant that they might not go tomorrow if the civil protection agency says 'no go', not that they would not change the reservation again.  Got it. I'm sure anything I say in Spanish is equally cryptic to Mexicans. Good thing we are all good humoured.

*   *   *   *   *

I'm in limbo here in Swalwell. You can probably tell I am not enjoying the extra day here at home. Nothing interests me.  It is cold, dull and gloomy here, even in this room with windows all around and a working furnace.  It's almost Midsummer's Day, and I still need a furnace!  I am anxious to be back in the clear, bright light and heat of the Baja.  I would have been there by now.

*   *   *   *   *

I must have signed up to some spam infected site recently because, after getting to where I had almost no spam daily, I am flooded and if not for Gmail's filters, I would be swamped. Gmail does a 99.9% fine job of sorting with almost no errors. I emptied my spam box an hour or so ago and here is what came in in that short time.

The spam is personalized, so either someone sniffed a wifi, or more likely some site where I gave my name and email has been hacked or sold the data.

Although I have a number of email accounts, I have Gmail collect them all and present the good stuff in my inbox and the junk in the spam folder. I empty the junk often.  Very occasionally there is something in there that I want and very occasionally some junk makes it to my inbox.

*   *   *   *   *

This is the anniversary of the sinking of Shongololo.  It was eleven PM when the boat went down due to a sequence of stupid errors.  She rests today 85 feet down near Malibu Rapids.


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I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

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Friday June 15th 2018
217.0 5.8

217.0 5.8

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this morning. A few showers beginning near noon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind west 20 km/h becoming north 20 near noon. High 19. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight A few showers ending this evening then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 10.

It seems Bud got moving and passed by La Paz last night, so it appears that I fly today.  With luck, tonight I'll be on Baja magic. Yay! 

My Westjet flight is shown as 'on time', but the weather at La Paz will be rainy until two and windy, so there is still some concern about whether the the shuttle will run. Although the rain ends early morning at SJD, in La Paz, the prediction is for later in the day and strong winds.  I guess I'll find out.  An adventure awaits.

I'm already packed and I slept until 3:55. I should leave here by five.  It was about three hours before the flight yesterday that the cancellation was announced, so we'll see what happens today.

I left  home at five and when I passed Airdrie, I called my cab and estimated twenty minutes until I would be at the pickup point.  He agreed, but sounded groggy.  I called again when I was parked and it took him about fifteen minutes to arrive, so I think he had fallen back asleep. Anyhow, I was at the airport in time to have breakfast in the Westjet lounge before boarding.

My flight was on time. I napped a bit and watched an Amazon video I had recorded about the gut.

Nothing new.  It was artfully filmed, but it amazes me how so many writers and media people seize a new idea and rehash a few facts over and over with little depth. 

As a Gold Member (due to my numerous flights), I was identified and given a free meal even though I was, as always, seated in economy.  That is the first time that has happened.  I must admit that it is flattering and a bit intimidating.  These days there is no anonymity. We are being track, profiled and courted by commercial interests everywhere we go.

I watched a bit of Marcella and then went back to watching Casablanca on the in-flight system where I left off previously. That is a fabulous flick.

At SJD, there was no lineup at customs and I breezed right through. I found Ecobaja Tours outside and waited a half-hour until departure.  The van was full and we took the usual three-hour ride via Todos Santos.  The group was interesting and we chatted most of the way.  Colin tried to call me several times, but the background noise was too much for conversation. 

I gather he has news about Cassiopeia.  The boat was surveyed recently for sale and I gather that the buyer has either decided to buy, make a lower offer, or bail.  Right about now, I don't much care.

We arrived at the Malecon bus terminal and I summoned Uber.  The app malfunctioned again and the drive could not find me and cancelled the ride. A second driver found me and I was soon at Marina Palmira and aboard Baja Magic. 

The boat was much as I left her back in April, except dusty from the south winds.  I opened hatches and washed off the cockpit.  I'm home.

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Almost without exception in life it is better to have money than to have stuff
Garth Turner

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Saturday June 16th 2018


Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this morning. A few showers beginning near noon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 19. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight A few showers ending early this evening then clearing. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 6.
217.0 5.8

I got up at 0515.  I is still dark here,  At home, it is full daylight by now.  It is twenty-two degrees C here, and that feels cool, with a forecast today for a high of thirty-three, with sun and moderate winds. At home it is eleven now with and predicted to be cool and rainy. 

Bud (right) is long gone and was a non-event here. Carlotta (left) is a long way south and stationary.

Today, I have to check over the boat and get supplies.  Then I plan to get out to the Islands and bays.  I'd like go further afield than before and expand my comfort zone.

I summoned Uber for a ride to Marina de La Paz and went down for coffee. Then I walked up to Lopez Marine, stopping for a burger on the way. I did not buy anything.

From there, Uber took me to Telcel where I renewed my phone plan -- at least I thought I did, but I renewed someone else's as I made and error in my phone number. I figured that out later. Then I walked to Soriana where I bought groceries, then called Uber again for the ride home.

Back at Baja Magic I put the food away then sat a while in the shade of the cockpit bimini and went for a swim in the marina pool which as now warmed up nicely.

I remember meeting a guy from Florida who said he never went north of the Mason Dixon line because he was never comfortable if he did not have a layer of sweat. I'm starting  to see his point.  It is great to be back where it is always warm. I am also becoming aware of the bright bright light.  Details are stark and clear.  It is even bright in the shade.

I had a nap in the afternoon and met Lisa, a woman I met on the shuttle the other day (was it only yesterday?), for supper at the Dinghy Dock Restaurant. We had a pleasant meal and she paid over my mild protests. I promised to pay next time.

Hard to say when that will be as she is going spear fishing tomorrow an I am going sailing with plans to go out to the islands. I may want to recharge my Telcel phone plan, though, to save money and there was talk of a BBQ at her hotel tomorrow with the fish she plans to bring back. We'll see.  It is hard to leave La Paz. La Paz is like a magnet.

Today was 33 Celsius and that is about as warm as I like.  Word is though that La Paz gets to 44 in August, but not according this chart from somewhere on the Internet.

 But, wait, there is more...:  44 is a record.  I trust that is not every day or every year.

I know Toronto, Canada has reached 41 at least in August.  I was there, so, big deal, huh?

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We need a revolution every 200 years, because all governments become stale and corrupt after 200 years.
Benjamin Franklin

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Sunday June 17th 2018

Today Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 24. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clearing late this evening. Low 10.

I'm up before the dawn, at five-thirty.    Temperature out and in is is 23 C. 

I left the hatches and companionway open the last two nights. There was talk of mosquitoes and the risk of dengue and chikungunya locally on the morning net, but I have yet to see even one mosquito here this trip.  If I do, I'll be putting on the screens and bug repellant.

I bought sunscreen yesterday.  I seldom use it, but even though I have finished taking doxycycline, the sun sensitivity lasts a while and I don't want to get a burn or rash.. 

Speaking of bugs, a bumblebee just flew into the cabin and out again.

What to do today?  Go uptown, go back to bed, or head out to the bays and islands?  Bed seems tempting.

Here's the weather for here for the next week.

The numbers are temp in Celsius, feels like, POP, Wind km/hr, gusts km/hr.

Every day is about the same here unless a cyclone comes by.  So much for the weather.

Around ten, I slipped the lines and motored out the channel, then raised sail and set a course on a beam reach once I reached Punta Pieta.  The wind died before I got to Bahia Falsa and I motored over to Punta Base at el Coyote and dropped anchor.

The snorkeling was good today. I tried out the new Fuji Camera underwater and will see how the pictures look. I know it can't compare to my phone in air, but my phone does not like water.  I know. My last Pixel XL died instantly when it hit the water.

No.  That new camera is not very good compared to my phone, at least using the underwater setting.  I'll try some other settings including HDR.  I also have my Hero Black here and will play with that, too.

I expected the water to feel warm, but it felt brisk when I dove in. Later I checked and it is 26.6° C That is 78°F and the only reason it feels cool is that the air is 31.3°C.

I laid down and had a good long nap.  I've been trying to get back here for a month now and it feels great to be here. I love the heat. When I woke up I was feeling too lazy to do anything, so I took a dip and that brought me back.

My anchorage at El Coyote was temporary, so I moved to my favourite spot, Caleta Lobos, and anchored for the night. 

Before long, a SeaDoo came roaring by. I figured it would be a nuisance and almost moved elsewhere but decided to wait a while.  It turned out a Mexican family on a trawler and they are towing their kids on water skis behind it.  That is charming and fun to watch.

Colin called with an offer for Cassiopeia, my 42-foot Bavaria in Sidney. He's been trying to reach me for days. When he got me on the line he was prepared to go into detail and I said, "Just give me the bottom line.  The rest is just noise." Otherwise he'd have hemmed and hawed for fifteen minutes and I'd be none the wiser when he finished.  He had to take some time to figure, but called me back and the offer comes very close to my number after all the pluses and minuses are netted out.  I said, "Work on it.  Hit my number and we have a deal." Now it is in the buyer's court. Everyone wants this deal to fly except me.  I don't care one way or the other.  I like that boat and the location.

I've been swimming at least ten times this afternoon.  Wonderful!

Lisa was supposed to email me today but at 2030, I have seen nothing, so it's good thing I did not wait around. I had told her I would probably leave for a few days, so she probably figured I'd be gone.

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Monday June 18th 2018

Today Mainly sunny. High 27. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Low 11.

I'm up at six. The wind blew hard all night from the south and just a quick reading this morning before dawn says twelve knots. The boat hardly moved from where she settled, but did rock and hunt around all night. I left the hatches open last night and I'm feeling damp this morning. 

I'll have a swim as soon as the sun is up.  The air is 22 and the sea is 26, so it should feel soupy.

*   *   *   *   *

It does not get hot until around eleven, so I didn't swim until around then.  After that, I ate and slept and worked on email, just chilling and decompressing from the events of the last month.

Colin is nagging me about selling  Cassiopeia.  Instinct tell me I should sell.  A recession cannot be far off and maybe there are things he is not telling me.  I've love that boat, but I'm down here now and This is good.

After supper, I was hailed on the VHF by a neighbouring boat and invited for cocktails. I rowed over in the dinghy and we had a pleasant evening chatting.  At nightfall, the wind picked up and I was concerned rowing downwind back to Baja Magic that if I missed the boat on the first pass, it could be a hard row to get back, so I was careful to catch the rail as soon as I was close enough and got onboard without issue. 

I do carry a VHF in my pocket and the neighbours were watching out for me as well.  One cannot be too careful rowing a dinghy in a strong  breeze.  Downwind is easy, but upwind is almost impossible sometimes.

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Tuesday June 19th 2018

Today Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near noon. High 28. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 12.

I slept poorly last night, waking hourly until three when I finally took some Benadryl.  After that I slept soundly until eight.

I was disturbed by an email from Colin regarding selling Cassiopeia and that affected my sleep.  I'm here to chill, not worry about such things and I'm becoming increasingly worried about the company responsible for my charter boats.  

I had noticed on my last trip to the coast to deal with Just Do It! that things seem to be spiraling out of control. I had little luck finding assistance at Shelter Island and less at Sidney. Staff turnover has been a problem and the staff that are on the job are overworked. That is a strain on the owner.

The winds gusted from the south again and the boat was rocking all night.  None of that bothers me, but I do always have concerns about the anchor holding in gusty winds.  So, I always set an alarm that alerts me if the boat moves more than a trigger distance from its initial position.  

Although the pattern -- that patch of scribbles on the GPS screen at right -- was very tight all night, the alarm went off once simply because I had set it for 50 feet range and that was very tight seeing as I have seventy-five feet of chain out.  I'd rather have a false alarm than move too far without warning.  If the wind or tide shifts 180 degrees abruptly, that can trip the anchor out of the bottom and then it will drag until it again catches hold. If it is dragged too quickly, it skips along and if it grabs, it is only by luck.

I have not decided what to do today.  I've considered returning to La Paz for a day or two as  have some things to do.  We'll see.

*   *   *   *   *

I was doing dishes when the fresh water pump started running fast. The tank was empty.  I switched to the other tank and, guess what, it was empty, too.  That decides things.  I'm going back to town for water.

*   *   *   *   *

I raised sail and set out from the bay, close hauled on a port tack.  Looking back I could see the boat making leeway.  I have not figured how to get this boat to go upwind well.  It has the small keel and that is likely the problem. Some of it may be technique though. I tacked and made less than ninety degrees, but was still making four knots, plus until the wind dropped.  I started the engine and motored in the last few miles.

I arrived at my slip and filled the water tanks, and yes, they were both bone dry.  That seems odd to me as I usually leave my boats fueled up and watered up. Do the tanks leak?  There was a little water in the bilge, but not much.  I must be slipping.  I didn't fill them, then did not check before leaving.

I got more drinking water, too.  The spare jug I had did not taste good, but the replacement is no better, so I guess what I get is what I get.  Maybe I'll take the dinghy down to coffee tomorrow and get some free RO water there.

It's hot here in the marina.  34° C, I see.  I hear it is 40° C in Toronto today ...and people say the Baja is hot?  I'm told that it occasionally hits forty-five for a day or so here, but so far on this trip the weather has been ideal -- far better than at home.

Out in the bay there is breeze and thirty feels cool, but in here there is not much air movement except for what my fans make for me. It's siesta time anyhow.  UV is 11 on a scale of one to ten, so ducking into the shade is a wise plan.  I'll wash down the boat later. 

I didn't.  I had a brief swim and a nap, then made stew. I then tried topping up my Telcel plan and this time, it worked.  I had to guess at the authentication question, but did the math right and bingo! now I have Mexican data and my Mexican number is active.  My Canadian number is now forwarded to a Fongo Canadian number that uses only data so those calls should come through on the same phone as Mexican calls.

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