Sand castles, unexpected dips in the ocean, and a little rock climbing

December 1, 2014

Just anchored in Cabo San Lucas, the southernmost tip of Baja California, after a 165nm sail. Nice sail and beautiful sunrise this morning. The evening before we left Mag Bay, Jack and the kids made a sand castle that threatened to withstand the incoming tide. I could see Jack’s engineering background in the sand castle construction and the kids enjoyed learning about solid walls and symmetrical towers that stand true and plumb. The home schooling continues! We plan to stay here for a couple days then cross over to Puerto Vallarta in mainland Mexico where we will spend the Christmas season.

"Let it Be" anchored in the background.

“Let it Be” anchored in the background.

Many many trips to the water to achieve the perfect sand dampness ... and then many many more to fill the moat. Fun times.

Many many trips to the water to achieve the perfect sand dampness … and then many many more to fill the moat. Fun times.

Sunrise this morning rounding Cabo Falso near Cabo San Lucas.

Sunrise this morning rounding Cabo Falso near Cabo San Lucas.

 The city is built into the rocky cliffs, very interesting architecture.


The city is built into the rocky cliffs, very interesting architecture.

December 3, 2014

We are really enjoying Cabo San Lucas, beautiful beaches and interesting little town with many cultural events. We plan to stay here a bit longer and explore some more. I had quite the supermarket experience yesterday. Jack and I attempted a beach landing where I would hop out of the dinghy onto the dry beach as a wave came in and he would then pop it into reverse and go back to the boat with the kids while I shopped. Well, I hopped a bit too soon or something and found myself, North Face backpack and all, pulled down by a wave in the surge. No danger involved, the only downside was walking what ended up being two miles to the supermarket, through the desert, through a factory (pretending I knew what I was doing) and then up the main road – dripping wet.

I decided to coordinate with Jack for a different pick-up location as walking two miles back through the factory then the desert with bags and bags of groceries then trying to get everything into the dinghy in surging seas wasn’t a welcome thought. Tried to take a taxi to the marina downtown, about two miles, and they wanted $12. No way! So, I hiked to the bus station with all my bags of groceries and paid 80 cents for a bus downtown then walked to the designated pick-up location. Whew! The highlight for me was stopping at a shrimp boat anchored near us on the way home and trading for shrimp. I gave them two granola bars, two packs of oreos and a pound of brats for four pounds of shrimp. All were pleased with the trade outcome. Just a little glimpse into our daily lives. Dull moments are welcomed.

Newest family photo.

Newest family photo.

The kids loved the iguana on the beach. Jack Jack kept roaring at it and saying "dinosaur, ROAR!"

The kids loved the iguana on the beach. Jack Jack kept roaring at it and saying “dinosaur, ROAR!”

 The very tip of Cabo San Lucas, can't believe there isn't a sea lion in the pic b/c they were everywhere. The kids imitated their hoarse barking all afternoon.


The very tip of Cabo San Lucas, can’t believe there isn’t a sea lion in the pic b/c they were everywhere. The kids imitated their hoarse barking all afternoon.

December 5, 2014

Went to a neat family oriented event last night hosted by the Cabo San Lucas Chamber of Commerce. They had homemade pizza cooked on the spot, many large grills set up cooking meat, more salsas that you can imagine ranging from hot to “blow your head off” hot (Mexicans don’t do mild) and various craft breweries of Baja with little stations tasting their brews. The kids loved running around playing with other kids and Jack and I loved being able to relax with happy kids. The Travel Channel was there filming, so who knows, we just might be in an upcoming documentary. Tomorrow we sail 287 miles to Puerto Vallarta. If we sail slowly we will be there in 48 hours but will probably will make it a bit faster. Today brings another beach landing and trip to the supermarket for me, hopefully I can improve my quick vault to shore and enjoy the walk in dry clothes with a dry backpack.

Easy to see the family resemblance!

Easy to see the family resemblance!

The little guys come by their love of climbing honestly, Jack and I both enjoy climbing challenges. A couple who was watching them climb were biting their nails and kept saying, "we don't know if you should let them do that, it could be dangerous". I was watching the kids closely trying not to be a "helicopter mom", but ready to jump into action if things started looking dicey.

The little guys come by their love of climbing honestly, Jack and I both enjoy climbing challenges. A couple who was watching them climb were biting their nails and kept saying, “we don’t know if you should let them do that, it could be dangerous”. I was watching the kids closely trying not to be a “helicopter mom”, but ready to jump into action if things started looking dicey.

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About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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