It’s down to the wire! In less than 5 days we will be upping anchor and heading south to Mexico in a big convoy of other boats called the Baja Ha Ha! “FINALLY!” you say, and so do we! I know some of you have been taking bets on whether or not we will ever leave the country (I know who you are ;).
The reason we have been hanging around Souther California is because of those pesky hurricanes that are active in Mexico during the summer. They are supposed to be calming down and the weather is supposed to be all clear by this time of the year… but Mother Nature does not alway look at the calendar. Plus, she gave birth to an El Nino this year so there’s that.
Needless to say we are not going anywhere unless we are feeling really good about the forecast. But, all should be well. The El Nino just makes things a bit less predictable, creates warmer water temps which in turn can create a more active breeding ground for hurricanes. But, one of the reasons we joined the HaHa is to have access to all the weather guru’s who help advise the committee. Groupthink can be an interesting thing though and Cameron and I are keeping our own counsel on our departure date no matter what the whole rally may do. Cameron has been watching this forecast for about six weeks now to better understand the patterns
We are closing in on that ongoing to-do list. We have our importation license for the boat, we have our fishing licenses. Cameron installed a brand new windlass motor and has finished reseating the life raft (among myriad other things). There are only a few things that remain to be done and we are feeling really good about our ability to check them off the list before we go. We even managed to get the girls to the dentist!
In the mean time we are receiving boxes and boxes of last minute supplies from Amazon, home school resource centers and maritime suppliers (including a small but heavy replacement staysail) all arriving at the Minton’s house (my sister’s in-laws who happily live in San Diego!). I’m not sure if they counted on being our mailing address while we were here, but we are very thankful for it! They have gone above and beyond to make us feel at home in San Diego.
We are also finding other “Kid Boats”! The southbound boats are pouring into the San Diego harbor by the day and we have been able to connect with some other boats that have kids on them. This has been a complete joy for the girls and has been really fun for me as I am able to connect with other parents aboard. I have really really enjoyed meeting Sara Wood and her family from S/V Riki Tiki Tavi hailing from Victoria BC… proving again that Canadians really are the most lovely people EVER. (They make and sell the coolest boat bags….)
That’s it for now! I’m typing my fingers to the bone getting the last few reports done for my clients and getting all my ducks in a row before we head offshore.