El Savadore? Nicaragua? Costa Rica? Panama? For sure, yes, absolutely, a must. Throw in Guatemala and Honduras by land and we have ourselves a broad plan. Now to fill in some details. We are reading guide books and sailing blogs for ideas on places to see and things to do. Land trips are a must as well as good anchorages and marinas. Figuring out the timing for festivals and sailing events as well as the ever present weather issues is adding to the fun. So we are working on a very loose plan which will change as the wind blows (pun intended). As long as we get down to Costa Rica which is out of hurricane zone by June 1, everything is good.
After arriving in Ensenada, Gary and I decided to take a land trip to San Diego for the Fourth of July fireworks. A bus ride to Tijuana, a stroll over the bridge, US Customs and Immigration, a ride on the San Diego trolley and four hours later we were having lunch at Ballast Point Brewery in downtown San Diego. We hit several of our favorite bars and restaurants plus a few new ones. The fireworks were not as great as the feasts in Gary’s hometown of Netcong NJ, but interesting in that they were going off identically in four different locations around the bay. That was impressive.
After two days we headed back to Ensenada. Getting off the trolley we followed the crowd crossing over to Mexico and then they all disbursed. Customs? Immigration? Does anyone want to see our passports? We kept looking around thinking somehow we bypassed a gate or door we were supposed to enter. I guess they just let anyone walk into Tijuana. Good thing I didn’t toss our tourist cards!
The day after returning we heard from Austin that he got a job offer in San Diego with a start date in six days. This was awesome news the only problem, he was still living in Arizona. So as he started to pack up his apartment and prepare Oakley, we looked at short term housing options with a four legged family member. One word, expensive!
One of the great things about our life is we can move our home at a moments notice. Three days later we threw off the dock lines and sailed Sereno II twelve hours up to San Diego so Austin, Nicki, and Oakley would have a place to live while looking for something to rent. We were going to bring her up in August for a few weeks anyway. So here we are enjoying the restaurant scene and getting our fill of food, cocktails and craft beer we can’t get in Mexico. And of course enjoying their company, flying dog hair and all.
If you are in the neighborhood, stop in. No room at the inn with four adults and a lively Sheltie on board, but sundowners in the cockpit are always nice.
After twelve days, Gary and I arrived in Ensenada at 6:30 am in a bit of a fog since our last leg required two overnights. Luckily the wind and current were calm so we just glided into our slip without waking anyone up. We were happy our journey from Mazatlan to Ensenada was over but also felt really good that we made the 900+ miles by ourselves. At twelve days this was our longest voyage yet.
After coffee, a nap, a quick boat wash and showers (not necessarily in that order) we headed out to stretch our legs and get something to eat before crashing for the night. Lesson #1, restaurants close on Monday’s. No cruise ship in port should have tipped us off. So we settled on a pizza place that makes Papa Johns in California look good where they served warm margarita’s that tasted a lot like a lemon soda. Even though the pizza cook ran out to get ice, the portions were rationed. Gary got three cubes, I got none. We were the only two in the restaurant. Were they expecting a rush on icy drinks later?! Not a great start but we are never ones to pass judgement too quickly.
Ensenada is pretty much contained in this one area and our marina sits right off of town. Hallelujah, no shuttles, taxis or busses unless we go to a big box store. We can get fresh produce, fish and have several grocery stores nearby. Exactly what we were hoping for.
There are many, many restaurants right here and surprisingly good given that a cruise ship is in port four days a week. With the cruise ships gone by 6 pm, locals are the main dinner crowd. We have been making the rounds picking out our favorites. And drumroll please…… we have a brewpub! A brewery right outside of town makes IPA’s, amber and red ales and has a brewpub right near us with pub food and all. You can only eat so many tacos 🙂
So much to explore yet. We have four months so no rush. Maybe I can talk Gary into a scooter LOL.