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Wednesday June 20th 2018

Today Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near noon. High 29. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 14.

I slept well and woke up at 0600.

My Tee shirt was wet and I wondered if I had sweated that much, then discovered the forward fresh water tank under the bunk had leaked out the top and soaked up through the mattress.

The leak is a known issue and the solution is to just not fill so full until I finish sealing it.  I knew better, but filled it full yesterday and up to the breather.  I also did not slide the plywood cover back over it, allowing the water sitting on top to contact the mattress.  My mistake.


Weather today (above) looks to be just like almost every other day (below).  It is hottest from noon to about three or four PM.  UV is worst from eleven until three.  The sun is overhead here at the Tropic of Cancer at this time of year.

Detailed conversion chart from Celsius to Fahrenheit

A few examples: 20C=68F   25F=77F  30C=86F  35C=95F  40C=104F  45=114F

I'm thinking I'll go to coffee at Cruceros and shop a bit, then go back to Lobos or the islands and chill.  I have deskwork to do and that is a good a place as any to do it and a dip in the sea now and then is pleasant.

I didn't get to coffee.  I washed the boat instead and got to talking to Ken, a neighbour.  Then I called Luis seeing as I owe him money for the new safety handles and he will be by shortly.  Then I need a few things and after shopping will leave town again for the bays, or maybe I should anchor at El Magote to near town -- or not.  Swimming near town is not recommended but I've done it.

Luis came by and we chatted.  Next comes shopping.

Scientific Opinions For SaleAnd it is not just medicine that is in question.  Opinions regarding food, materials, and even beekeeping is influenced by the sources or lack of funding.  Many of the best things in life are free as the saying goes, but often ignored because nobody makes money hawking them.

I tend to be skeptical about the Climate Change 'science' because it appears to be a manufactured crisis that creates a scare and makes money for everyone, just like CCD. 

I know the people behind the CCD hoax and how it saved bee science and many beekeepers.  Fact is, contrary to what people are led to believe, few cases that met all criteria for CCD diagnosis were ever seen and currently there are more managed bee colonies than ever before worldwide.  Numbers in North America are stable, the main influence on hive numbers being economics -- pollination and honey prices -- and urban encroachment and regulation.

Follow the money.

I took Uber to Aramburo (the cow store) and back, loaded the fridge, asked the nice young lady at the office to tell Capitania del Puerto that Baja Magic is going to Balandra, Espirutu Santo and Partida for two nights with one person on board and motored to the fuel dock.  The boat took 68 litres of diesel and off I went.

The wind was right on the nose so I motored to Lobos, anchored east of the island and snorkeled a bit and then moved to anchor near where I overnighted previously.  This time, I had a terrible time getting the anchor to hold and had to try four times and in deeper water before I was happy.

I had supper and a nap, then heard a shout from nearby.  Patrick from the nearby trawler was off the stern in his dinghy. 

I invited him aboard for a beer and we visited until dusk.  The pelicans were very active very close to the boat, diving for fish and provided entertainment.  They fly, then crash land right into the water, surfacing with their prey.  A turtle surfaced nearby, too.

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Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Mahatma Gandhi

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Thursday June 21st 2018

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 30. Humidex 31. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 15.

I woke up at 2 and I checked my position and the boat has not moved. The wind is gusting from the south and the slap of small wind waves on the bow sound like something more solid, but it is just water. 

I ate a banana and a mango and then still felt like something more, so I cooked up some eggs.  I don't feel much like staying up, so that should put me back to sleep.  I lay down and slept soundly until six, got up a moment and went back to bed.  Next I knew it was eight. 

I realised that the banging that was unusual was water sloshing in the tank under my bunk.  It was full enough and empty enough that the water surged around as the boat rocked and as it the tank is inches from my ear, it was loud. When the tank is partly empty, the surging is less noisy.

I cannot hear the La Paz VHF net from here and that leaves me out of the loop.  Too bad there is no way to get it via the Internet.  I have Internet here, but today it is only 4G. Is that the same as LTE?  It does not seem to be and the online sources are inconclusive as to what the terms mean.

I had another breakfast of coffee and some stew, and tidied up.  Lisa had said she was coming by to visit and the cockpit was full of peanut husks from shelling peanuts the night before, so this was a good excuse to sweep them out and generally organize things.

Lisa and her guide, Javier, came by to say, "Hi", and went on their way to spearfish out in the San Lorenzo Channel. She asked if I have a barbecue and I do, so I'll have to dig it out.  They will be returning with fish around four or five they say.

After they left, I lowered the outboard onto the dinghy and attached the gas tank.  I need the motor to come and go to shore safely and I want to do some hiking.  I can row ashore, but if the wind comes up or shifts offshore while I am on shore, the return trip could be risky.

When I primed the motor gasoline poured out of the carb.  The outboard had worked last time I used the dinghy and, in fact, I had pushed Baja Magic 30 miles with the dinghy. Back then the motor was a bit balky, but useable. I had had to disassemble the carb several times to keep it running back then, but with success. Now something was wrong again.

I started the motor, hoping the vibration and fuel flow would jog float and free the needle and the overflow would stop, but the leak continued.  So, I pulled off the carb one more time and disassembled it, one more time.  This must be four times or five by now. 

The needle was free, but the float was low, and possibly a small spring was missing, so I bent the float finger a bit and reassembled it and tried it out.  There was no overflow, but the motor would not even start, so I assumed I had bent it too much.  The choke cable broke internally, too, so that was the icing on the cake. Time to send it to a pro. I looked up Sea Otter Jimmy's number, called him, and arranged to send the carb to him.

My phone is working well now.  The phone app operates normally, but with my  Mexican phone number seeing  as I am using the Telcel SIM.  I forwarded my regular Canadian number to my Canadian Fongo number seeing as the Fongo app runs on data and my location does not matter as long as I have data. 

My Mexican plan has data. If I used my Canadian SIM, I'd not have a local Mexican number here and I'd be paying $12 a day plus tax and US calls would be long distance. Telcel only costs me 300 pesos ($20) and lasts until I use up the 2 GB or mid-July for unlimited calling in Mexico, the USA or Canada. Now that I can recharge online anytime I run out of data, I think I'll ditch my expensive Rogers plan and port that number to Fongo or maybe RingCentral as they run on data.  That way my phone would call and answer on both the Canadian and Mexican numbers seamlessly.

*    *     *     *     *

I had told Patrick about Lisa's plan to come by and he suggested we all go to his boat to cook the fish as he has a barbecue and more deck space.

Lisa came by again about three-thirty and it turned out that she could only stay for a little while as it the guide had to be back at the base by four.  They had had a less successful day of fishing today, but they left me with two smallish fish that would be enough for several people.  We visited a while and they left.

I contacted Patrick and explained and he suggested I go over anyhow and so I did.  My outboard is kaput, so he picked me up and brought me back.  Rowing if there is a breeze can be risky and who knows how much the wind might come up while we are having supper.

It turns out that Patrick is a gourmet cook and has a well stocked kitchen, so the meal was excellent.

Is Honey More Healthful than Sugar?

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Friday June 22nd 2018

Today Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 60 percent chance of showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 26. Humidex 28. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Low 15

I slept well and got up around seven, feeling a bit groggy from last night's partying.  I got the carb ready to send in and Patrick and Ellen came by around ten to pick it up.

I'm just chilling today and catching up on things.  I swam a few times and napped in the afternoon.  I also ran the anchor chain in and out to measure it and see that it is already marked with nylon ties every twenty feet. 

Red at 20, white at forty, blue at 60 and yellow at 80, then two white at 100, white and red at 120 and so on...  These ties are hard to see from the helm, but if I drop anchor from the bow, they are easy to spot.  I have just been counting 1,2,3,4... as I reel out chain as the drum revolves at that speed and each rev moves one foot of chain and counting to 80 puts out roughly 80 feet of chain.

Jimmy fixed the carb, but not in time to catch Patrick and Ellen before their return to Lobos so I'll go into La Paz tomorrow and get it.  I'm pretty well stuck on the boat without a working outboard seeing as the dinghy is difficult to row any distance. 

Jimmy says to dispose of and replace the gas in the outboard tank and I think he is right.  That gas I got at Costa Baja when Don was here has been nothing but trouble, although it did bring me back to Costa Baja when I ran out of diesel.

*    *     *     *     *

Patrick and Ellen returned late afternoon and invited me for supper again, but when it was time to go over, the wind was gusting enough I figured the trip might be dangerous and they have already put their dinghy on deck for their departure tomorrow morning.

I see honeybees around my boat sometimes when anchored a few hundred feet from shore and they are looking for fresh water.  There is not much fresh water here in the desert and boats tend to catch moisture from dew and rain in cracks and depressions on the exterior.  I noticed that Patrick puts water out for them and they come ten at a time in mid day.

As the evening came, the anchorage began to fill up.  It is Friday might and some big cruisers appeared.  Some were playing loud music and one anchored right in front of me on a short chain, causing me some concern, bit a while later, they were gone.  By dark, though, things quieted down.

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indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

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Saturday June 23rd 2018

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this morning. A few showers beginning near noon. Risk of a thunderstorm. High 23. Humidex 26. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers early this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this evening. Low 14.

I'm up at six and first light after a good night's sleep.  Today I plan to go to La Paz to get the outboard carb and some fresh gasoline.  I'll have supper with Lisa while I'm there and tomorrow I'll leave town again.  At least that is my plan at present.

I read my blood sugar and got 4.7 which is suspiciously low for me so I read it again ad got 6.0.  One more try got 6.4 and another 6.6. I give up.  For today at least.

I have one more week here before I fly home on July first.  I had intended to go farther afield this visit, but so far have not ventured past Caleta Lobos.

What I have discovered this trip is that in spite of what many gringos say, the weather here is quite tolerable -- at least out here in the bays and away from town -- and in many ways nicer than Alberta at this time of year.  I recall times in Muskoka when the heat and humidity were unbearable and the same in Rhode Island. Here at least I can go over the transom and cool off any time.

So far I have seen very few bugs, but I am told there are around and there are some particularly troublesome little ones on some beaches.

I have not yet been here in August which, word is, tends to be the hottest, but the climate data presented here recently seems to say that June and August are quite similar except in wet days and rainfall.

At 0700, the sun is barely up and still behind cloud, but I am seeing charging from the solar array.  Battery voltage was 12.35 last I looked before the sun came up.  That indicates that the battery is still about 70% charged and that is excellent after a night of discharging.

At 0730, I looked around and the second last boat other than Baja Magic was raising anchor to leave.  I see Maitairoa is already gone.  They did not say goodbye, I assume because I was not on deck.  Should I head back now?  The south wind is blowing, so I'll have to tack if I do.  Later, the wind will drop and I'll have to motor.

I left around nine and tacked out into a south wind at twelve knots.  I was making five to six knots quite comfortably.

Amazingly, I was able to make Punta Prieta easily on one tack, but the wind died a mile out and I motored the rest of the way.

Previously, I was never able to make ninety degrees on a close-hauled tack (yellow line far right), but this time I did (yellow line at near right).  (Note the angle at the point where the direction changes ~90 at left, 60 or less at right)).

In fact, I could have overshot the entrance if I had not eased the sails to a beam reach as I approached.

I suspect that previously I was overpowered and heeling excessively.  With this small keel, maybe heeling lifts if to where it has less effect causing the boat to sideslip.  I suspect the trick is to reef early and keep the boat upright..

I called Jimmy and he said he would bring the carb by Marina Palmira at five.  I called Lisa as I passed her hotel and she said she was on dock six.  I did not know where.  It turned out she was with friends at Marina Palmira and they were waiting when I landed.

They were going to Amarmburo, but I was not ready, so we split up and she was to call me later.

I had a fresh water leak (still), so I took the hoses off and went up to see Rick.  He had gotten better quality hot water hose in and I decided to change some fittings, too, so after an hour or two, I had the problem fixed for good, I hope.

I had a swim and contacted Lisa.  We agreed to meet for supper later.  I still owed her a meal as she paid last time.  I walked to the gate and gave the gasoline in the outboard tank to one of the workers there. 

These guys are always happy to get free fuel.  I did not want to risk more outboard carb problems.  Jimmy had told me that even stabilized gasoline does not last more than six months around here. 

I crossed the road and bought three litres of the high grade gas as recommended, then returned to Baja Magic and added stabilizer.

Jimmy came and I installed the carb, putting it on backwards the first time, but finally getting it right.  It still remains to be put on the dinghy and tested, though.

Lisa showed up around seven, and we went to the same restaurant where we both ordered the same meal she had last time since it had been fantastic, especially the sauce.  This time there was no sauce.  I ordered a dry white wine, and specified no chardonnay.  I got chardonnay. Oh, well, it was all good anyhow.

We walked back to Baja Magic and sat in the cockpit a while chatting, then I walked her to the gate and called her a cab.

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Margaret Mead

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Sunday June 24th 2018

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this afternoon. High 27. Humidex 30. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clearing late this evening. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening. Low 15.

I slept until 0820 and got up after a very good night's sleep.  I'm lazy today with no real agenda.  I intend to get out of the marina before the heat of the day, but we will see what happens.  I have still to test the outboard.

I see Aaron called.  Maybe he pocket dialed me again.  At any rate, he did not answer. I called Mom and she was having coffee with the ladies next door and playing mahjong.

Now  to lower and test the outboard...

I lowered it onto the transom, did up the screws, attached the fuel line and and pumped the primer bulb.  Gas spilled out out the top of the carb.  Oh, no, not again.  I don't know.  Maybe I squeezed too hard?  Or???

Jimmy said he had put in a new float and boiled out the varnish, and charged me $1,000 (pesos) so it has to work, and it did.

I tried the outboard and it started.  I took it for a spin out of the marina and it seems fine.  I guess it is fixed. We'll see.  Now to get more drinking water and leave town.  The day is already hot and the south wind has died to nothing.  I'll be motoring and maybe fighting a north wind later.

I left at noon and motored up the channel to Punta Prieta then turned towards Pichilinque.  The north wind came up as expected and I raised sail, making about four knots, but northwest and not directly towards Lobos.

After a while, I tacked and came closer to ninety degrees than sometimes and was now pointed to Lobos.

I am now thinking that maybe dragging the dinghy is affecting my windward ability as I was not able to make as much upwind progress as I did last trip with the dinghy on davits. I am also noticing marine growth on the bottom of the boat and that has to be a drag also.  I don't have a scraper or I could take some off.

When I was about a mile out, the wind died a bit and I could also see that I'd have to pinch to make it on this tack.  I was close, but still downwind from the destination so the diesel made short work of the remaining distance.

I arrived at my favourite snorkeling spot and anchored, then swam around the north end of the island. 

As usual, the water was murky, but, just the same, the fish and coral were worth  the swim.  I saw the first treelike coral I've seen here and more fish varieties than previously.  I had not bothered with taking a camera and regretted it.

Then I motored over to the SE corner of the bay and anchored for the night.  I had a few swims, did some reading, and ran around the bay with the outboard just to confirm it is running well.  It is.

After supper, I washed some underwear and hung it out to dry on the lifelines. It did not take long for the honey bees from somewhere on shore to find this new source of fresh water. and come in five or so at a time.

Shore is a few hundred yards away, so who says bees do  not forage across water? In fact, the ancient Egyptians reportedly moved hives of bees up and down the Nile on rafts.

At dusk, It is thirty degrees here onboard and that feels about right. I'm used to the heat.

Here's an interesting article: Cosmos Offers Clues to the Fate of Humans on Earth.

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Because religious training means credulity training, churches should not be surprised
 to find that so many of their congregations accept astrology as readily as theology,
or a channeled Atlantean priest as readily as a biblical prophet.
Barbara G. Walker

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Monday June 25th 2018
Six months until Christmas

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 30. Humidex 32. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light after midnight. Low 10

I tried something different when anchoring last night and it was not an improvement over my usual plan. The boat horsed around all night and the chain rattled from to time, but kept a tight pattern (right).

I slept poorly and was congested for the first time in a while, maybe from eating fijoles bayos before bed.

I'm up at 0650 and thinking of sailing north while the SW wind is still strong.  Isla San Francisco is forty sea miles away, so it's rather a long stretch for one day, especially as the wind typically dies and reverses to come back from the north around noon, but I am tempted.

*    *    *    *    *

I weighed anchor around eight and set sail for Isla Espiritu Santos.  The wind was gusting twelve to fifteen from the SW and white caps were visible from the anchorage. 

Running downwind, the conditions felt light and I was making five knots when I passed Caleta Partida and I decided to go all the way. 

After a while the wind died and I put away the sails.  I was making four to five knots on the engine and reached Isla San Francisco around three-thirty.

The scenery here is unbelievable, and there is no one in sight for ten miles in any direction when out on the water.  There are a few boats at the islands, but very few underway at any given time..

On arrival, I saw three boats anchored in the south cove, but I'm expecting a south wind overnight so I anchored alone on the north side.  I had a few swims and took the dinghy ashore for a look around, then made a stew.

Forty metres (ham radio) is open here and I'm listening to chats up and down the band. I'm not transmitting, though,  I don't want to be involved, but it is interesting to listen in.  I'm a bit tired. 

I have no phone or Internet here.  I may have some recorded video.  I'll see.

I did have some Marcella recorded from Netflix, so I watched that and went to bed.

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The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.
Aldous Huxley

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Tuesday June 26th 2018

I woke and got up at 0920, but had been up for an hour or two during the night.

The anchor alarm went off at 0315, but I was up anyhow. I'd been up a while.  I chose the north side of this island (I'm the red triangle) to avoid south winds and swell, but the wind is SE and I'm getting swells that diffuse around the point and rock the boat side to side.  That does not bother me a lot, but does cause squeaks and groans, so I lubed the gooseneck and tied down the boom a bit better.

Have I dragged anchor?  I don't think so.  I reset the alarm, but do see some movement.  That could just be the chain straightening on the seabed, the anchor turning and moving a bit as the forces change direction, or could be dragging.  Maybe I'll test it again with the engine before I go back to sleep.

A modern anchor is a hook that hooks and digs into the bottom like a plough.  If the wind or currents shift, then the pull can be sideways or even in the opposite direction to the hook.  Worst case with a sudden reversal, the anchor is tumbled over comes out of the seabed and has to hook and set again.  This happens.  Sometimes even the best anchor fails to reset, especially if it is pulled too rapidly ands skips over the bottom.  Barry, whom I met at Shelter Island, lost his boat that way at Bucerias. When he was ashore, conditions changed and his anchor did not hold.  The boat went onto the beach and was destroyed.

I tested the set and cannot be sure what happened to cause the apparent possible drag on the GPS track. There was a skip in the track, but that may have been due to the moments when I was changing GPS batteries. 

I have moved a few feet, but am not sure why, and I do seem to be secure.  Full reverse on the engine does not drag the anchor appreciably according to the GPS.  I watched as I engaged the engine in reverse and trusted the alarm to alert me of any further movement during the remaining hours.  As it happened, there was no further movement.

 My time here is running out, I arrived on the 15th and leave on the first of July, giving me five full days, plus the morning of the day I leave.

I could easily just stay here forever and just forget the rest of the world, but somehow I doubt it will forget me.  I have been hearing about issues with my west coast boats.

It will take one day at least to return to La Paz from here and some time to put the boat away for the next month or two until I return, keeping in mind the possibility of a hurricane passing through while I am gone.

I decided to go further out and had heard good things about San Everisto, so I set sail and drifted in that direction. The charts are not great in this region and my INavx charts seem not to have downloaded correctly so I was blind for some of the route. Fortunately, it was deep water much of  the way and the only hazard in the shallower section was well identified.

I arrived at San Everisto around four-thirty, anchored in the protected bay with several other boats, and went swimming.  Then I ran around the beach in the dinghy.  The houses on the beach are mostly beach cabins, with a few serious looking homes. 

Fisherman were cleaning their catch on the shore.  Pelicans and seagulls waited politely close by for their portion.

I had heard there is tienda here and went ashore.  Seeing a small church up the hill, I walked up, saw nothing then went past past and up a gully.  I passed dead burro, bones of various critters, and even an empty turtle shell with head and feet still attached. 

Finally I figured I was about as far as I need go and had missed whatever there is there, so I climbed the steep side of the gully over gravel and cactus to the top to look back at the bay and whatever was in-between.  Some rocks on the slope were very dark green and I assume there is a lot of copper in them.

At the top I could see the whole bay and also another bay where the salt ponds are located, and houses scattered here and there, ranging from shacks to new medium sized homes, like a subdivision, and I assume that is what is being developed here, albeit in a casual manner.

A potable water system appeared to be recently installed under very rough gravel and rock 'roads' bulldozed through the desert terrain.   I did not see a lot of people around and the few I passed nodded and said "Hola'.

I gave up on the tienda and decided it is most likely the building on the cove with the Corona tent and a sign offering to take 'Basura", garbage, for a fee per bag.

I had supper, swam several times and decided to watch a downloaded Netflix video, only to discover it has 'expired'.  I need to be connected to 'renew' it.  Bummer.  Why download if I have to be connected to use the content?  I've found that Netflix refused to run before, too, and with unexpired content, demanding an Internet connection.  Boooo!?

I went to bed,

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by the wise as false,
and by rulers as useful.
Seneca the Younger

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Wednesday June 27th 2018

At 0840, I woke and got up, having slept right though from three when I was up for an hour or so.

I'd found myself awake and I'd gone up to the cockpit for a while.  It was a beautiful night with a full moon and I considered sleeping there, but the seats were damp with dew. I also thought I may nave seen one mosquito, but there was a light breeze and I was not sure.  There have never been any around anywhere that I have seen and very few bugs of any sort, actually.  I have repellant, but have not used it, having no need so far .

I bought sunblock, too, having been sunburned when I was on Just Do It! last month, but have not needed it.  I'm not taking doxycycline any longer and that was the cause of the sun sensitivity.  The lack of shade on that boat was another factor.  This boat has a generous bimini and dodger and weather cloths as well.

I see the neighboring boats are gone this morning.  Will I leave today, too?  I think so, but when?  I haven't decided. 

The wind is light from the south at present, and has been from the south lately, but the seasonal pattern has given strong northerlies some afternoons.

I'd love to stay here, but also realise it will take ten hours of motoring to get back and many more if I sail and fool around, unless I get a strong northerly and that could cut an hour or two off that estimate.  If the southerlies are strong, they could slow me and make for a rough trip.  The tides sometimes assist and sometime oppose me, but if they run against the wind, the waves are steeper.

I'm also out of Internet contact here and have some business in progress, so even a momentary reception would be helpful.  Some day when I have no need for contact, I'll spend more time here, but today, I see a need to return.

I now have four full days to return and prepare to leave.  Gotta go.

I left San Evaristo at eleven and headed south.  I had a fifty-mile trip to reach La Paz, but planned on going only part way today. I figured that six hours or so is a long day.  At the same time, I would like to get most of the distance out of the way so I don't have to rush back at the last minute. I fly out Sunday and have things to do before then.

Starting out, the wind was too light to sail and the swell was against me -- and strong enough to slow progress.  After a while I was able to sail, and set my destination as Caleta Partida.  I sailed and motored, sometime sailing only, sometimes motoring only and sometimes sailing with the engine assisting.  I found I was making better progress than expected and when I neared Caleta Partida, the wind favoured me, so I carried on to Lobos and anchored.

Now I am only a few hours from my dock.

I set out to renew my Telcel data and managed to do it online.  $500 MX ( $33.7 CAD) buys unlimited talk and text and 5 GB data usable anywhere in Mexico, USA, or Canada until July 30th.

I decided to watch the Canadian news and opened the CBC Canada app.  I only viewed about ten minutes and Datally, the new Google data control app told me that the CBC had eaten 444 MB.  That would be enough for almost two hours of Netflix!  Surprises, surprises.

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Thursday June 28th 2018

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 10.

I am up with the dawn at 0620.  The night was relatively calm and my location was chosen for shelter. 

I began my day with correspondence, seeing as I have been out of touch a day or two.  At nine, the bees are coming into the cabin, looking for fresh water.  I guess boaters have trained them with to look for water and maybe sweets from wet laundry and drinks on deck.  I'll put out some water for them now.

I put a rag out for them an hour ago and now there are about seven of them in my kitchen.  There's even one on the faucet.

I spent the day on correspondence and snorkeling near the boat.  After hunting for good spots to snorkel, it turns out that where I like to anchor is about as good as anywhere I've seen here.

Bees kept on coming, but never more than ten at a time. They fly inside and tend to congregate in the kitchen and on my drinking glass. (Top view of drinking glass at right).  They are very polite and do not bother me as I work at the sink and counter or cook.

In the evening, I shopped for Baja California books on Amazon.  It was a slow process as my computer or Internet was running very slowly but I bought some on fishes and some on desert islands.

  •  Sea of Cortez Marine Animals: A Guide to Common Fishes and Invertebrates-Baja California to Panama
  • The Desert Islands of Mexico's Sea of Cortez
  • Sea of Cortez Marine Animals: A Guide to Common Fishes and Invertebrates-Baja California to Panama
  • The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

At ten, I watched an episode of Billions. This was my third episode.  The series is excellent, but disturbing in a way that violent series are not.  It illustrates how decadent and materialistic society has become and the careless, cruel, manipulative way that people can behave.  Of course, it is fiction, but makes a person wonder.

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Friday June 29th 20186.0

Today Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High 23. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing overnight. Low 10.

I'm up sat 0530 with a mind full of random thoughts --  My charter boats, Colin's emails, the UBAC, leaving here Sunday and getting ready, possible hurricanes while away, travel to my dock this morning, the morning net on 22A at 0800, coffee at 0930, an oil change...

At 0615, the sun is not even up yet and the bees are arriving for water.  Sunrise is 0636.  First light was 0610.  This must be new recruits because they do not recognize the red plastic glass.  They know the location, though, even inside the boat.  Maybe by smell?

I have to get moving.  I want to be in La Paz early. Want is maybe the wrong word.  I think I should be in La Paz early to do things I want to do there.

There was a light breeze from the south when I got up.  Looks like motoring into the wind.

I raised anchor at 0730 and motored toward La Paz. The breeze was, sure enough, against me, and I found the engine would not rev above 2400.  That's odd.  It used to go to over 3000, now only 2400?  It sounds fine. 

This had me worried at first, but then I realised that it may be fuel restriction due to a filter that is due for a change.

My guess is that a fuel filter is getting blocked and restricting fuel.  Unlike a gasoline engine in which air is throttled, in diesels, air is always wide open and the amount and timing of the fuel injected controls the amount of power.  If the fuel supply is restricted, then the RPMs are limited.

The boat has two fuel filters plumbed in parallel with valves to switch quickly if one blocks and if I had thought of it, I would have thrown the valves to see if switching to the other fixed the limitation.

As I motored down the channel to the marina,  I passed a group of feeding dolphins.  I fueled up at the Marina Palmira fuel dock and returned to my slip.

I had left Caleta Lobos with the intention of accomplishing a lot today, but on arrival at slip 341 I found I was feeling faint.  Could it be the heat?  Maybe the week-old porridge I ate?

The temperature here right now is 35C and there is no wind this far in, except for my fans.  I assumed my weakened condition is due to the heat, so I bought an ice cream bar and a beer for good measure and went for a swim in the pool, giving up on projects for the time being.

After the swim, I came back to the boat to see if I recover while sitting in the airstream from a fan and sitting at my keyboard.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Maybe I need another three or four hours of sleep.  I'll get active after siesta.  It's almost siesta now.

*    *     *     *     *

I lay down and slept until after noon, then got up, but was still not feeling ambitious.  I had a slight headache and sweating. 

It is only 34 degrees (`95F ) right now and that did not bother me on other days  Something is wrong. Maybe it is the thought of going home.  I see it'll be cold there -- highs in the teens.  What a shock!

i did basically nothing all afternoon other than swimming a time or two and walking up to the supply store in the marina intending to buy motor oil and finding they were closed until four, then returning to find they have none.  I have to go to Lubricantes Peninsulalares downtown to get some when they are open and it was too late today.

I watched Billions and went to bed, but found I was too hot after a few hours and went up to the cockpit and slept there until midnight, then returned to the forepeak for the rest of the night.

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Saturday June 30th 2018

Today Sunny this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 22. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing before morning. Low 9.

I woke up from a strange dream at five and got up. 

it is 26C here at the moment and I see it is 6C at home. The next few days there will be cool, in the teens, predicted to heat up by Stampede on the 6th.

Checking for tropical storms, I see several, but nothing headed this way at present.

I have  a lot to do today and tomorrow morning.  I have to catch the shuttle at eleven tomorrow.

I did laundry and had a shower first thing.  Then, at 0930, I called Uber and rode to coffee at Cruceros.  While there I  got the number for a couple who advertised an air conditioner and called, but got voicemail.  Then I went to Sea Mar and paid $50 for polarized  sunglasses I don't much like but will do as spares. 

I had sat on my good polarized glasses yesterday and they had been straight4ned one too many times and broke on being straightened.  They are excellent frames and the glasses cost $25 when I can find them.  They last forever unless sat or stepped upon.

After that I walked to Lubricantes and bought four litres of oil and called Uber again to return to the boat.

I have decided that this slip has to be the hottest spot in town.  I was not overly hot anywhere downtown -- until I got back here.  I'll have to have a swim.

I have things to do, but always imagine more than really, needs doing.  I plan to change the oil, but have figure out how the oil drain pump is wired.  The wires disappear into a bundle and could be on any switch anywhere. From looking at the wires and seeing they have been cut and spiced many times, I gather in the past people just cut them and jumpered them to the battery and that may be what I'll do.

I don't know what was wrong with me yesterday because I am just fine today and it is just as hot.  In fact, it is 36C or 95F and I am very comfortable.  I have fans and a pool and shade.

I worked on the oil change for a while, getting nowhere and checked the transmission.  It's oil is dark, so that needs changing, too.  At least it has an oil drain on the bottom.

This project is taking hours and accomplishing not much except entertaining me, exercising my mind, and keeping Google search busy.

I finally decided to look at the manuals on hand since I could not find anything online and guess what?  A previous owner had filed and cataloged every little device on this boat and loaded up with spare parts because they were going offshore to strange countries where no parts or information might be available.

I found the manual for the oil removal pump and the funny yellow thing on top turns out to be a push button and when I pushed, the pump ran and soon I had removed the three plus litres of old oil changed the filter and was pouring in the new.

That the yellow thing was a push button seems obvious in retrospect, but then, doesn't everything?

*    *    *    *    *

It's now a quarter to five and I'm quite pleased with myself.  I managed to change the oil, and the oil and fuel filters, and dispose of the containers and waste oil and diesel fuel at the disposal shack.  I also have reset the engine idle speed to 1,000 RPM, the proper idle for the 103-10 and that has been bugging me for a while.

People think these diesels should idle at 850, and some models do, but this one at 850 wants to jump right off its mounts, and someone had set it at 800, making idling when docking or in tight spots downright distracting and annoying.

As a bonus, while at the disposal shack, I actually found myself speaking Spanish exclusively -- and being understood.  Maybe I'm learning.  I still don't understand much of what is being said around me, though.

I followed that with another swim in the nearby pool. 

There is nobody around here now. It is Saturday evening but everything is closed because of the Ley Seca -- the Dry Law.  No booze is sold twenty-four hours before or on election day and the elections are tomorrow.  So, the restaurants don't see the point of staying open, here at the marina at least.

I ate more of my stew and  still have plenty to do, and all evening plus tomorrow morning until ten to do it in.

That is about eight or ten hours at least.  No matter how long I have, though, I always find myself rushing at the last minute.  The few times I am ready early, I don't know what to do with myself.

I remembered to check in for my flight tomorrow.

For some reason I don't get reminders her 24 hours in advance.  If I don't remember, I would be checking in at the airport and that is a good way tom get bumped -- only Westjet does not bump people or so they claim.

Am I looking forward to the three-hour van ride tomorrow?  Not much, although I have met a lot of interesting people on these rides.   With the Uber ride and the wait for the shuttle to leave and the airport time, it all amounts to about as much time as the flight to Calgary.

I'm realizing that I could really have stayed at Lobos another day or even until tomorrow morning and still made my flight. I'm just in the habit of worrying something will interrupt my getting to my flight and direct flights to Calgary are only bi-weekly these days  I also could not have changed to oil without going to Lubricantes, here in town.  In future, though, I'll carry enough on board.

I drank a lot of water today and most of it must have come out as sweat.

I worked until seven getting ready to go, watched more Billions, and went to bed at nine

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