There’s a cliche saying among sailors that “cruising is doing boat work in exotic places”, um … yep. We often remember a location by the specific projects we did there. We’ve had a busy and fun few months in Ensenada Mexico. I’ll break it down by family member as to what we’ve been doing:
Jack, once again, has been the Jack of all trades. I can’t begin to list all the boat projects he has done but a few of the larger ones are: building a 50 gallon/hour water maker from scratch, building a fiberglass top for our cockpit, converted the forward port head into a laundry room and a new washing machine installed. He has serviced both our Yanmar diesels, serviced and rebuilt the lower unit of our 20 hp. outboard, painted the engine rooms, and is in the process of revamping our solar array. Projects in the wings include finalizing the SSB radio and Pactor modem installation, installing our long distance wifi antenna and router, etc., etc.
Nicole: I’ve been raising happy healthy kids who have an insatiable desire to learn, this occupies most of my time. I’ve been working on provisioning the boat with all the food, sunscreen, clothes, etc., that we will need for our upcoming adventure. It’s no small amount of planning to figure out what sizes the kids will wear in a year and beyond and what the seasons will be like wherever we end up. I’m having a lot of fun with my beer brewing and am currently stocking the boat with supplies so we won’t run out anytime soon. I also started brewing kombucha, thanks to my friend April, and love it! If you like drinking pickle juice, kombucha is for you! It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it.
Marietta attended Greenhands College preschool for 3 months and loved it. Her Spanish improved dramatically and we made some good friends through the school. She is almost 4 years old, loves all things girly and is well into her “Princess” phase and already has her first pair of heels. She compliments me on the rare occasion I wear a dress and tells me how pretty I look. As much as I try to make her into a Chaco and board shorts girl, she wears dresses most days and tries to beat the boys in races while wearing her white pumps.
Jack B, aka, “Jack Jack” is about the same size as Marietta and many people ask if they are twins. He is 2.5 years old and can eat a whole hamburger by himself. He is feisty as I’ve ever seen a kid and gets a fat lip a few times a week from falling after various stunt attempts with his Razor scooter.
Our plan is to stay based here in Ensenada Mexico until the end of hurricane season (end of October) and sail to the Sea of Cortez beginning of November.
This is just a quick update, more to come very soon. I have a few blog ideas, including the highly solicited “virtual boat tour”.