Jun 8, 2012

Why We Are Not Half Way Around the World...

A wise traveler never despises his own country.
Carlo Goldoni 

Dolphin playfully swimming along for an extended time - especially for you Sam
Before we left California on this voyage, we had developed a ‘guesstimated plan’ for our travels. This was done with much studying of ocean charts, water currents, seasonal weather patterns, etc. Since leaving, we have adjusted our language to replace ‘plan’ with ‘intention’ (thanks to Lanea on s/v Moondance).

Plan is a little bit too strict to describe our proposed itinerary. One of the major factors impacting our travels is our interest in local scenery, culture, and cool things to discover. This was not anticipated… Hence, we are still in Mexico, and will probably be here for another year. Our movements are still regulated quite strictly by the wind and seasonal weather patterns, so sometimes a small extension of a stay can work out to be longer than anticipated (and we get to discover more cool things/people wherever we are).

Another great line we borrowed from someone: ‘Smell all the roses now; you may never pass this way again.’ We don’t want to miss any roses! In twenty or thirty years, we don’t want to look back and feel remorse at missing a place because we were in a hurry. It may take the rest of this life to make it around the world, we may not make it at all, but we will enjoy every day in the places we find ourselves. We still look forward to visiting so many places; e-mails from friends ahead of us, and blogs we follow of fellow cruisers keep the appetite keen. Just not sure how long it will take us to get there…

So: this summer we’ll be in the Sea of Cortez enjoying deserts and warm water, next fall probably further south than we are now, all dependent on the winds and choices each morning. We’ll keep you posted. If you ask when we will be in a certain place, please understand: we honestly don’t have a clue.

We left La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in Banderas bay Sunday morning, beating against the typical west wind so we could get to a point to turn right and head northwest. Some great sailing, some nice gentle bobbing around, and we arrived here in Mazatlàn Thursday morning. We’ll spend one night here stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies, and launch off to the west in the morning for Isla Espiritu de Santo on the Baja peninsula.

Pictures to follow when we get good internet again…

Entering Mazatlàn marinas (picture from s/v Moondance)

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