Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Days before Christmas

    Christmas in Mexico:  Early in December the town's people began to put up many street cabanas. They are mostly selling things for children.  This week there are more decorations that have been put up and in the center of La Paz a large lighted tree.  All the palm trees along the waterfront have been wrapped with lights and several boats in the marinas have been decked with lights.  All very festive.

    Besides being a religious holiday it is a day for children. One of the most fascinating shops is a shop called the Dulceria, a candy shop.  Inside are all types of pinatas and large boxes and cellophane package containing small toys and  assorted candies to fill the pinatas. There are even decorated sticks to match each pinata to be used for hitting the pinata.  The  pinatas range in sizes and some have religious pictures on them others have old fashioned Santas (the coke a cola Santa is a big hit), along with Frosty the snowman.

    We went to church last Sunday with several cruisers, who are our friends, I will post a pictures of a few of them. After church we go out to lunch and then last Sunday we walked along the Malacone towards our marina, taking pictures of the beautiful statues decorating the water front here in La Paz.

    Tonight we had a dock party, and toured a few boats, it was great to share our Christmas goodies with others and have a taste of home. There are many of us who share things in common, and it is good to talk with people who have the same dreams and love this life on the water.  We will meet many of these people as we go from place to place here in Mexico. And folks who have been cruising for several years all share their information with us to help us on our way.  It is quite amazing the way information to help us out is given freely to smooth our way and we will pass the things we learn on to others in the same way.  Most of us are retired and we are happily surrounded with a few older couples and a few younger couples and some traveling with younger children whom are being homeschooled on the sea.  I really admire those couples who are homeschooling and I have watched the laundry being done in the marinas.  Unbelieveable!!!

    Merry Christmas to all of you who have read my blogs, hopefully you will enjoy my photos of La Paz, Mexico. 

Love Jacquie and Don


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Warm Days here in La Paz

    It is so nice and warm here in La Paz that we find it hard to pack up and leave. Cruiser's warned us about this and we are determined to go to the mainland and visit the area between Mazatlan and Puerta Valharta this season before we return for Yakima's great weather.
     Yesterday we ordered snorkeling suits made from Lycra.  They will protect us from jelly fish stings, scratches on coral and sun.  I hear they help with warmth too now that the water temperature has cooled into the high 70's.We had hoped to slip out for a week and do some snorkeling this  weekend, however a small northern weather system is going to make the wind blow and the sea rough so snorkeling will have to wait a bit.  But the weather here is nothing like the single digits happening in Washington. On the other had it is hard to feel like it is Christmas time when it is 81 degrees every day.

    Today I am mailing some Christmas cards to the U.S and the stocking I made here on the boat for my youngest grandchild, Maggie, who is approx. 20 months old. I am including a picture. I wonder if this will be my last stocking?????  Maggie is a cutie and her Mom says she is very determined to keep up with Nathan her 4 year old brother.  I only have 3 little girls in the 8 grandchildren and I think they are all mover's and shakers.

     We are decorating the boat for a boat parade this Sunday since we will be in town. I have always wanted to do this and not sail in cold rainy weather so here I my big chance. Will include photos of trophy next blog, just kidding.

     Don is busy adding a ground wire to our radio, it has been shaken so much it has a little hum and that won't do. He had also started on taping the decks for adding some non-skid to the surface. Always something to do on a boat that is for sure.

    This afternoon we are meeting our friends from Canada, on White Shell II, who were in Santa Cruz replacing their engine and just arrived here in La Paz. We attended a great church with them in Santa Cruz and we have found one here in La Paz. It was nice and the big diference for us was singing carols in Spanish.
Lue and Chas will have stories to share about their trip down the baja and they are wanting to hear ours.

    Our coffee-Seattle friends on Pacific Mystic, Val and Eric, are sad this day because their beautiful little cat of 14 years wandered off their boat 2 days ago and has not returned.  Not a good sign. We feel for them, since we know what that feels like. Hopefully they will find her or find out what happened so they can have closure.

   Next post will be my Christmas Letter. Until then... Chao amigos, Jacquie and Don