Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rain, rain go away (Trisha's Blog)

We are here in the Northern Sea - currently anchored at Bahia Las Rocas on Isla Coronado in the Bahia de los Angeles area and we have the anchorage all to ourselves. We were in the area to attend the Full Moon party held last Wednesday, August 21st. The party was a big hit and about fifteen boats were in attendance for the floating afternoon party and evening beach potluck.

Most of you think that we are in the dry, hot desert, right? In the past week, we have had two tropical systems dump rain on us. Last week right after the party, Tropical Storm Ivo traveled up the outside of the Baja and although we did not get "hit" by the storm, we had the remnant clouds and some wind and enjoyed a rain shower that somewhat cleaned the boat. There was just one downpour and after the rain, there was dirt puddled in many places where it ran off but just not enough. We would have liked a bit more rain to clean off the boat. Be careful what you wish for: Today, we are experiencing rain all day from the remnants of Tropical Depression Juliette. It has been a steady stream with downpours every hour or so. This is more rain than we've seen in one day since we left the San Francisco Bay on September 2, 2011. The rain is wonderful, don't get me wrong BUT the solar panels don't produce electricity, the hatches and windows need to be closed and everything on the boat feels damp (and is damp). Our cabin temperature is currently 78 degrees which is cool and comfortable compared to the average 90-94 degrees we would experience on a sunny, calm day.

Yesterday, we went on a wonderful hike and Derrick went spear fishing and came back with three fish and an octopus! This is our first octopus aboard Interabang and we had been coached last year by another cruiser on how to prepare it, if and, when we got one. We will be having octopus (pulpo) for dinner.

We are hoping the tropical storms slow down enough soon so that we can venture north from Bahia de los Angeles and the potential protection of Puerto Don Juan. Puerto Don Juan is a "hurricane hole" and is called that because it would provide protection almost 360 degrees from the waves if a larger storm system, tropical storm or even a hurricane were to reach us way up here. But it's time to move on already.

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