Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life In San Carlos

View from the rooftop palapa of our San Carlos house sit

In July when we were still in Baja and our water maker stopped working we weren't sure what our next move would be. We knew that we couldn't go any farther north in the Sea of Cortez without a dependable water supply. We discussed the possibility of renting a car and driving 2 days to San Diego for parts but we didn't even know what was wrong with it yet. So we paid for a week in the Santa Rosalia Marina while we figured things out.
Looking in another direction

 On our second day there we got an email from friends in San Carlos asking us if we would be interested in house/dog sitting for them in August. And so the decision was made to cross over from Baja to the mainland just as we did last year. Once again we have not explored the Sea as much as we would like but this is a great experience and you just have to be flexible when you are cruising. This was truly a case of one door closing and another opening.

For the past 2 and a half weeks we have been living in a real house like normal people.

We just got back from taking the dogs for their nightly walk through the neighborhood, our last before we return to the boat tomorrow.
Below are some photos of houses in the neighborhood. I wanted to show some of the decorative ironwork that adorns so many of the houses down here. I wish that I were an artist. I would love to sketch some of these gates and fences and the beautiful landscaping.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Nacapule Canyon, Sonora

Just outside of San Carlos, near Guaymas, is Nacapule Canyon. Surrounded by Sonoran Desert, this beautiful oasis offers an easy hike filled with blooming wildflowers, abundant wildlife and gorgeous rock formations.

We started our hike at 6am in order to avoid the hottest part of the day. But with the overnight low temperature at 82 degrees and the humidity above 70%, even this green and mostly shaded canyon was brutally hot and physically draining.

Another cruiser went with us and I encouraged the 2 men to go on ahead of me. I knew they would hike faster and farther and I wanted time to take photos and stop to enjoy the nature around me. It worked out perfectly as, without pre-planning, they came off their path just a few minutes behind me. We spent about 3 hours hiking and were back on board the boat, soundly napping, by 10am.

This climb led to the platform for a zip line (not operating when we were there). It was a perfect place to get a few good photos of the surrounding countryside and the trail leading into the canyon.