Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cabo San Lucas

We left Abreojos and headed on an overnight journey to Bahia Santa Maria.  This would serve as a good stopping/resting point before continuing on to Cabo San Lucas.  We were also excited to catch up with good friends on S/V Sarita.  We had not seen them since Ensenada and Katelyn needed some bonding time with their 11 year old daughter Katya.  We had a fantastic sail down and used the motor for about 4 hours of the 16 hour journey - not bad.  We saw plenty of whales and sea turtles on the way.  Oh, and finally landed a fish!  We enjoyed a skipjack tuna for dinner while underway.  This was great considering we were VERY low on provisions.  I also thoroughly enjoyed filleting my first fish.  I've always enjoyed dissecting innocent creatures, whether in a science lab or at home.  Jake was no fun, he made me stop and throw the remnants overboard for the sharks.

Our first victim...

We stayed overnight in Bahia Santa Maria then headed on to Cabo San Lucas with some rest under our belt.  The winds had completely died and it was pretty calm our first day out.  Around 10 pm we got a nice 10 knot breeze and threw the sails up.  We ended up sailing about half of the journey, then ultimately motored the last leg into Cabo San Lucas.

I cannot express how exciting it was to be in civilization again.  We passed the time underway talking about all the food items that we missed and what we wanted to do once we hit land (not literally of course).  We all agreed that a Big Mac from McDonald's and a Mcflurry for dessert sounded amazing. We are not typically big fans of McDonald's but anything sounds good when the only thing left for boat provisions is rice, ramen, and a can of chili beans.  We also had several conversations (me doing most of the talking) about how when we are in a city with a Costco (Ensenada) and someone says "let's go" (me) and someone else says "why?" (Jake) that someone else should keep their mouth shut. It's not easy being responsible for feeding a family of four when there may not be a "real" grocery store in sight for days.  It's not like you can just run to the market and pick up a frozen pizza and pop it in the oven.  This takes some serious planning.  And the crew moral can be seriously influenced by a lack of variety and/or edible food.

We pulled into the anchorage at Cabo just as the sun dipped down.  Thank goodness Sarita was already anchored and able to guide us in.  After dodging unlit water taxis and party boats (with plenty of lights), we anchored in 22 ft of crystal clear turquoise water.  We were too exhausted to launch the dinghy and head to land so we scrounged up whatever we could find for dinner and hit the hay.

Upon waking up the next day, we were in heaven.  It sunk in what a milestone this was to finally be in Cabo.  After 900 miles of deserted Baja coast, we were finally within reach of civilization.  The temp was 85 degrees and the water was 80 degrees.  We could see schools of tropical fish swimming by the boat and rays jumping out of the water.  The view of the famous arches was directly behind us. The downside of the anchorage (or upside depending on your taste) was that the beach is lined with huge resorts, there are party boats nearby every night with music blaring, there are DJ's and more music playing from beach side bars till the wee hours, and jet skis and water taxis zoom through the anchorage constantly.  But hey, we're in Cabo!!!

While there, we took advantage of the big box stores - Coscto, Walmart, Home Depot - and stocked up on EVERYTHING.  We rented a car for the day and filled the trunk.  We noticed that the only people shopping in Costco were Americans.  Cabo seems to have a large expat community.  I can see why.  All of the Mexicans we encountered spoke English very well.  Signs in stores were in Spanish and English.  It would be a very easy city as an American to assimilate in to.

Overall, we had a great time in Cabo.  We did some swimming.  Caught a movie (only $20 for a family of 4).  Jake and I even snuck out for a romantic dinner on the beach within eyesight of Ohana and the girls.  Oh, and the McDonald's was still recovering from the hurricane.  They were closed...

Ohana at anchor with the cruise ships.

It just doesn't feel like Christmas.

Our backyard

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