Friday, October 18, 2013

Paddling With Dolphins

I started my day with my new friend, Nancy, who is also a cruiser.  She met me at our slip and we went paddling around the marina, stopped to do a little Pilates on our boards, and then headed out to the channel.  Mike and I always go around the channel buoys, so Nancy and I did, too.  On our way out, we spotted a pod of dolphins coming in to feed just a few feet from the return buoy.  I suggested we go paddle with them and we did!  It was so exciting and sweet to watch them play and gracefully move through the water so close to us. I, of course, didn't have my camera to document.  It was worth missing the photo to spend every second watching them as we paddled back to the marina.  Marine life, particularly dolphins and whales move me and I am instantly a happy little girl.

Last night I had a girls night out with 4 other new cruiser friends (and Nancy).  We went to a new sushi place and had some of the best sushi I have ever had with interesting sauces, amazingly fresh fish and not a lot of rice to fill you up.  Go Koi Sushi!

Wendy (on left) and Nancy

Koi Sushi on Trip Advisor

Mike had another day of yelling his way through tasks...mostly words I won't he continued the boat project process.  (It really is funny...especially how they all run together).  It's hot and the spaces he has to work in are small and awkward and I can't really help him much.  I managed to help him a little today.  It's a bit overwhelming to have all this work to do and a friend coming to visit in a week.

We have removed the old solar panels and donated them to our cruising friends Charlotte and Steve who live in San Evaristo, a small fishing village north of La Paz.  We know they will go to good use.  Thus, we are in an install new solar panels mode, which so far has entailed removing our bimini, getting a new bimini built and eventually getting new canvas made for the top of the bimini.  We also have a new controller for the solar panels that needs to be installed.

Mike spent the last two days installing a new AIS system.  AIS allows us to see other ships via a VHF signal (almost like a radar) and allows us to get a GPS signal on our Ipads and computers because it creates its own wireless hotspot.

As Mike is completing his boat projects, he often gets distracted by discovering and repairing old lights, wiring, fans, grounding problems with the antennae, etc.

I prepared our new med kit and ditch bag today, so once we are offshore, we are set.

Mike's off on a hike now.

I'm making Thai Chicken in red curry sauce for dinner.  We have a bottle of white wine chilling in the fridge.

Life is good.

First Mate Kate

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