It is GOOD to be back
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It is so good to be back at home on board Totem!
Jamie and I stopped in Hermosillo to grab a quick bite on our dash back to Phoenix in a rental car to pick up the children and our things at my Aunt Glenna's home. These steamed tacos were amazing- in fact- the photographer *cough* seems to be so taken with them, she cut off Jamie's head in the picture. Oops...
We've been stuck n San Carlos a little longer than expected. I guess we can blame hurricane Jimena for that, although really, we were left unscathed. But not so the utilities at the San Carlos Marina Seca (dry storage). Our friend Ethan on Eyoni has offered to be the mule to bring down our wind generator, and we ain't leavin without it.
Making limonada out of limones, though: with unlimited power and flat water in the Marina Real, Jamie has been hard at work on a pile of boat projects. This partial list gives an idea:
- realigned the engine
- installed a new flexible shaft coupling
- moved our big heavy water heater tank to a new position
- reinforced the engine "room" as part of water heater movement
- opened up access to storage under the forward cabin
- replaced a dead compass in our autopilot (hello, warranty? AAAARRGH, this was our bane last year. hand steering gets old)
- installed new cabling to help our instruments talk to each other (a translation NMEA 2000 to NMEA 0183 device, so the GPS and autopilot can shake hands)
This of course is all on top of the major cleanup and re-commissioning to get Totem back into liveable shape again. I would mention the weevils, but I'm still a little broken up over all the sushi rice I had to throw away, and I don't think I can talk about it yet.
The children are doing incredibly well. Towards the end of our stay in the states, it was clear they needed the stability of a family routine. We had an amazing summer, but they shuffled through a lot of different beds and spent a lot of days stuffed 3-across in the back of our rental sedan.
Here, the imaginary play is back in high gear with the girls. Niall sometimes joins in, but he's been too busy making stop-action lego movies. We've having family reading time in the afternoon that is a nice break for everyone, and perfect for beating the heat. Personally, I'd vote for a siesta, but they can't stop moving that long yet!
We haven't found any luscious steamed tacos nearby. A downside of the Marina Real is that you are far from stores or services. The cruisers who spend the summer here all seem to have cars. On the other hand, fishermen stop by with shrimp on a regular basis, and we're re-stocked on our favorite piquante sauce.
Life is so, so good!