2011-02-04

Prepping for the Baja Bash, and a goodbye to all our cruising buddies

We are in San Jose del Cabo and preparing to do the 800 mile trip around the cape and back to San Diego. This trip is known as the Baja Bash for the pounding the boat and crew typically take on it, beating against the prevailing winds, waves, and swells for days at a time.

The weather has been downright nasty. It's 46 degrees outside as I write this, about the lowest temperature we've seen during our trip. On our run down from Bahia Frailes yesterday we saw 25-35kt winds, gusting above 40-  with breaking 6-10' seas. If we weren't going dead downwind, we would have stayed hunkered down in Frailes. Chris says this is just to remind us what sort of weather we'll get once we are back in the Bay Area. The good news is this should all dissipate over the next 48 hours and our weather window to go around the cape and start the bash North looks really good.

We left La Paz on Monday, stopping for a couple of days in Ensenada de los Muertos and a day in Bahia Frailes. We visited both of these anchorages on our trip up the cape, but it was a whole different experience this time around. On the trip up, we were with about a dozen other Baja Haha boats - swimming, snorkling, kayaking, walking on the beach, hanging out in the evenings with other hahaers for potlucks and beverages. This time around it was lonely - just us, and too cold to swim or do much of anything. On the trip up, we packed the cantina at Muertos full of hahaers all day long, but on the trip down we were the only customers in the place one night.

Maybe that's the hardest part of cruising - saying goodbye to all the buddy boats and friends met along the way. At some point cruising plans diverge and people go off in different directions. Some of our friends have crossed over to the mainland and gone South, while others have already gone back to the USA. Others are still cruising the Sea of Cortez, and many never even left La Paz. The good side is that "goodbye" really means "goodbye for now", as we seem to eventually run into our friends once again.

So, to all our Baja Haha and other cruising buddies: Goodbye for now, hope you have wonderful adventures and great cruising. We will meet again!

For us, we are switching from "cruising" to "delivery" mode for the bash, and working out the details of switching back to a 'normal' life back in the USA - at least for now, but we are already thinking Baja Haha 2013!

We'll certainly have stories and pictures of our bash to share when we get back, but until then wish us good weather and calm seas!

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to see your adventures from back here at Pete's Harbor!

    Cheers from Liz & Milo & the Second Chance.

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