Thursday, February 22, 2018

Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida



We took off with Volare and were later joined by Jersey Girl II for some fun in the sun and island life in the Sea of Cortez.  We visited 4 anchorages in 2 weeks, we hiked, played in the water, flew drones (video coming later), ate very well thanks to each boat bringing along a chef (Monica, Jess and Donna!), and drank fruity cocktails.

The first anchorage was Enseanda de la Raza, followed by Ensenada el Cardonal then we finished up in Ensenada Grande Norte but when the winds turned to come out of the southwest we tried to find protection in Ensenada Grande Sur but to no avail.  We had a beautiful day of sailing back to La Paz and now we're ready to share several photos here with you all...

Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida and our track over the two weeks

SeaGlub at Ensenada de la Raza


The wall at de la Raza which protects you from the north winds

SeaGlub framed

Volare sitting pretty













Next up was Candolero

SeaGlub in the distance

Jersey Girl II joined us


Tipsea with SeaGlub out yonder


Volare well protected





Whaddaya say Jess?  Beer and camera, it's a great look!

















Cave way up there!


The view from the cave revealed this protected area in the bay

Then we headed for Ensenada Grande.  We started off anchoring in the north lobe and had a terrific day (the first picture of this post is from that afternoon).  That night, however, we got 18-20 knots of wind from the southwest which is exactly the direction the opening to the bay faces, which made for a rough night.  We moved to the south lobe hoping for better protection, but no such luck, night two was even more rough.  We look forward to going back and getting better weather.







Residency Renewal in La Paz, Mexico

We renewed our cards recently, this time hiring a legal assistant here in La Paz Yolanda.  I'd highly recommend anyone going through this process do the same, for about $125-150/person, they take care of everything at their local office or even will come to the boat.  You sign some papers and wait about two weeks to go to immigration to give your fingerprints, which the legal assistant can drive you to.  Much easier this go around.  In Puerto Vallarta we would've used Saira.  You can message her here on Facebook, Helping Foreigners Living in Mexico

As for those just starting out, I'd even more heavily recommend a legal assistant.  You still have to start the process yourself by setting up the appointment in the USA, but then once done there a legal assistant can take over.

For us, aka Ramona, getting the initial appointment was the toughest part last year.  This month, we have friends on Volare starting the residency process and after many hours they found that Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix and Calexico had offices they could use (no prerequisite that you live within their district).  The email to try to get an appointment in Los Angeles is visasconlan@sre.gob.mx.  Calexico had an actual person answer the phone to set up an appointment, Phoenix had an online system with several appointments available as soon as the next day.  I've also been told Tucson has someone answering phones.

For Monica and I, we are now legal temp residents until 2021!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Road trip!!



Back in the saddle and time to get out and see southern Baja.  Leaving from La Paz we drove to Los Barriles about 2 hours south. 

six chics in a van!
A short distance from there you can hike to waterfalls and hot springs which emanate from the Sierra de la LagunaWe had a terrific couple days exploring the area and hiking the falls.  The drive to the hot springs was pretty crazy, dirt roads winding every which way but the most amazing part was how Google maps actually guided us all the way there!  Even in that crazy back country.  The hot springs come pouring out of solid rock and have a temperature above 110 degrees!  Mixed with the cold mountain run off you can get some really comfortable natural pools of water to splash around in. 




After the people got there splashing done, we went further down river and let the dogs get in some swim time.




The springs and waterfalls can be found near a town called Santiago (pictured below):


From there we drove on to Cabo San Lucas where the hit the CostCo for provisioning and then on to Todos Santos about an hour north of Cabo.  We stayed in a pretty nice house with a pool, jacuzzi, 6 bedrooms and an out door kitchen.  I got to catch up with a good buddy I hadn't seen in a couple years and meet his new son.






Todos has been around for a couple hundred years and is supposedly home the original Hotel California, of course last year the Eagles finally got around to filing a lawsuit about this, so who knows.....



What we do know is that town is a showcase for Mexican arts and foods.  We enjoyed walking the streets and checking out the town.