Girls Just Want to Have Sun: Maret Having Fun with the Camera

Laars with the head n beak of a booby

Laars with the head n beak of a booby

 

Girls want to have fun in the sun, the sand and the waves.  Of course, so do boys.  But Maret tends to be the one who has the most fun with the camera.  So here are many of her recent photos at Bahia de Kino, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez.

Anders and Maret

Anders and Maret

Kids Feet

Kids Feet

Loving Laars

Loving Laars

Laars showing off a shell that Maret found

Laars showing off a shell that Maret found

First Thanksgiving for the Frenchman & Over-stuffing For Us Canadians

Rob & Dee, the ones we crossed into Mexico with, had introduced us to their friends from back home in Colorado and who then invited us over to share Thanksgiving Dinner with them.

Mitch and Dee

Mitch and Dee

Rob

Rob

Helping prep dinnerHelping prep dinner

Marlayna with some of the kitchen help

Marlayna with some of the kitchen help

Jeff, whose house we intruded

Jeff, whose house we intruded

It was an extra special treat when one discovers that Marlayna doesn’t cook any longer, yet she slaved in her delightful kitchen (with Dee’s help) to put on a feast for the ravenous travellers.

Basically means, "I have a kitchen because it came with the house."

Basically means, “I have a kitchen because it came with the house.”

A Gathering of Travellers

A Gathering of Travellers

Marlayna & Jeff’s house is a feast for the eyes of anybody who enjoys colour, playfulness and art.  Our family loved it.

Peppers painted on the pantry door

Peppers painted on the pantry door

The Fat Mexican Fisherman

The Fat Mexican Fisherman out on the back patio overlooking the Sea of Cortez

The Crab & His Tecate (beer)

The Crab & His Tecate (beer)

Patio with Palm Trees that light up

Patio with Palm Trees that light up

We had to explain to Matt, the French motorcyclist whose been camping alongside of us since Monday & was invited to this meal, also, what Thanksgiving was all about.  We explained the beginnings of it, how European colonists survived because of the help of the natives of the land, and how in return they/descendants basically stole and raped both lands and people.  Not something to be so Thankful for.

Gaelyn & Matt

Gaelyn & Matt

But like us, Matt enjoyed stuffing himself with scrumptious food until his belly looked pregnant, and we could talk about all the things we are Thankful for today:

for travel

for health

for an incredible family

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for great friends old and new

for adventure

and for big dreams.

Laars (& other kids) came bearing artsy gifts for Marlayna and Jeff

Laars (& other kids) came bearing artsy gifts for Marlayna and Jeff

These are the things we think of on more days than just a designated date on the calendar.  Even when we ‘celebrate’ both with Canada in October and the USA in November.

Every day we ought to have Thanksgiving in our Hearts.

Sunset from the patio

Sunset from the patio

Girlfriend Makes Her Maiden Voyage

We’ve been anxiously waiting for this day.  So excited to see if Girlfriend actually floats.  Built near Cortez, CO and testing the waters of the Sea of Cortez, maybe she ought to be the ‘Cortez Girlfriend’.

We were so excited, yet sad, too, because Everette who was such an encouragement to Mitchell during the building process, wasn’t here to witness it.

But the kids made it happen.  They organized themselves into the first crew.  Got all the parts in place.  Cleaned out yogurt containers for bailing.  Just in case.

The first crew.

The first crew.

It took basically all of us to carry that lug down to the waters edge.  It’s a heavy sucker.

Ready. prep

Set.empty boat

Oops!!

tiller falls off

There she goes!!  The tiller came loose.  Maret retrieved it easily enough, they got it securely on and they were off and paddling.  Happy as all-get-out!

rowingMitchell’s been having lots of fun on the boat, taking his siblings out with his Girlfriend most days for hours on end.  He’s scheming to make a sale out of something next.  A tarp?  His sisters’ sarongs?  We/He isn’t quite sure yet, but I’m sure he’ll figure something out, in time.

All Aboard: A Home Built Sailboat

Alan spent ten years building his boat on Vancouver Island, actually just across Morrison Creek from where we built our log house, in days that we didn’t know one another.  Built even from a tree he nurtured and protected.  Once the boat was water-worthy he took another two years to complete the inside.  He didn’t care about fine craftsmanship–this wasn’t intended to be for showmanship.

Alan

Alan

 It was for sailing.

Like seeing a shiny 4×4 Jeep decked out in prime condition but no signs of it ever being used off road.  What a waste.

Alan built his boat to be like the 4×4 with mud caked on the flaps and illegible license–use it for fun not fashion.

Alan has built his boat with simplicity, to get himself out on the water, to travel the world.  As a tugboat operator and owner he has lots of marine experience.  He fell in love with the idea of sailing when he was 14 years old, spotting a sailboat in a magazine.

 He’s never looked back.

He wouldn’t let unnecessary bells and whistles sidetrack him from his goal of one day sailing to Australia….although his first boat wouldn’t float.  His current plans are to spend a year here on the Sea of Cortez, then next spring sail the Pacific Islands to Australia and sail around Aussie-land for a year or two.  Then who-knows-what.

He keeps his eye on the mark.

Alan anchored here at Los Frailes back in January anticipating staying for a couple of days.  Like other sailors he took refuge in this bay (up to 13 other boats were anchored here) at the same time we were trying to stay out of the wind at Agua Caliente in the hills.

A month later we’re both still here although Alan figures he’ll pull out either later today or in the morning, heading to La Paz to rondevouz with his brothers and sail norther Sea of Cortez for 3 weeks.

After his brothers visit he’s invited us to meet up with him somewhere around La Paz where at least Mitchell, if not the entire family can sail with him out to some of the islands of the area where the winds are predictable.

Captian Mitchell

Captian Mitchell

But for now six family members got an introduction to his boat via a Zodiak ride.  And Mitchell has been dreamy-eyed ever since.  With all the boats he’s built since he was eight years old Mitchell was completely familiar with the kind of rigging on Alan’s boat. Some of the rigging was identical to what Mitchell put on the last boat he built before leaving Canada.

Mitchell & Everette were most impressed with the simplicity of Alan’s design and finishings and the lack of a lot of electrical stuff.  There wouldn’t be a lot to fix and maintain.

Beauty in Simplicity

Maret

Maret

a long ways up there

a long ways up there

Anders

Anders

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Man over-board???

Man over-board???

Now Alan has dropped off a book for Mitchell to read and I think we’ve lost our son to sailing now for sure!!  No other life will do.  The wheels are turning in his mind.

Bays, Churches & Houses

 

family again

We left the oasis along Laguna San Ignacio to check out the town.  As soon as we saw the town square I was personally taken back to my YWAM trip in the ’80s.  This is the Mexico I remember.  The town square this Saturday morning is quiet.  I remember all the families picnicking Sunday afternoons, playing games, having a wonderful time.

praying

w van

Across from town square we investigate Iglesia San Ignacio

Jesus

corner view

the children discovering an unknown mammal hiding in a square hole in the outside of the church.

stone celtic cross with kitty

They climb exterior stairs (that lead to the interior balcony) and discover a tiny kitten missing one eye.

3 upstairs w kitty

We find hidden gardens and perfect places for tea parties.  Places were fairies might be found.

secret door

secret gardens

People still slip in to pray, meditate or worship in this quiet church

prayerful parishioner

whose walls are 1.2m thick of lava-blocks.  It was located here by Jesuits, but Dominicans supervised the construction of this striking church that was finished in 1786.

info sign

We arrive back on the Sea of Cortez at Santa Rosalia in time to seek out lunch & deal with police directing heavy traffic around this one-way street town centro.  We find parking right in front of Eiffel’s Church where the police man says he won’t ticket us if we are tourists.  We trust the one-armed officer.

Eiffel's church

Yes, the Eiffel, A.G. Eiffel of the Eiffel tower fame, designed & erected this church for Paris’ 1889 World’s Fair.  It was then disassembled & stored in Brussels for shipping to West Africa but instead it was shipped here to Santa Rosalia when a director of the Boleo Company signed for it.

 

inside Eiffel church

The church is considered beautiful more for the prefabrication of the times rather than its architectural style.

Santa Rosalia is an old mining town founded in the 1880’s by a French company to extract copper ore.  Mining lasted until the 1950’s, now the town is a fishing and ferry port (ferry to mainland).  El centro looks like a close knit neighbourhood of houses until you find yourself in the middle of it all.

el centro

We walk through the town, discovering that Saturdays are not good days to require banking services.  We noticed that Fridays aren’t either.  Line-ups are outside the bank doors and down the side walks, as if there’s a premier showing of the newest movie.

We stop to buy fresh baguettes at the well-known French-style bakery Panaderia El Boleo, and get sandwich makings and watermelon at a mercado and head back out of town (no parking ticket), surprised to find this nice looking library

Gandhi library

We found a beach at San Bruno where we could leisurely consume lunch with turkey vultures as company!  Maret started a Watermelon Stand……

watermelon stand

We drive the windy (but good) highway through coastal mountains until we reach Mulege, a town we’ve heard good things about.  We enter town through the big stucco arch

and manuever the one-way streets taking in the view of market stores, open restaurants, a colourful elementary school with playground.

Heading south we come to the Baia Concepcion, gorgeous with islands, multiple stretches of sandy beaches, clusters of houses or RV’s with palapas.

Posada Concepcion

We find our friend’s house at Posada Concepcion and can totally understand why they bought at this location in 1996.

#3

Meralyn & AlMeralyn & Al

Right on a sheltered bay with shallow waters safe for kids. Paradise.  Besides the scorpions, sting rays and such that come with living in a place like this.

play ground

ToveliToveli

We start to ask around about a rental house, something to use as a home-base for a month or more.  What would rent for $500/month for a couple they are asking $800 for our family.  I don’t think so!!!! 

 

We venture the short but difficult climb to Playa Escondida (‘hidden beach’) which is a small isolated beach.  Picture perfect with only 2 other campers at present.  We call this home.

bro's hug

 

VIEW FROM OUR KITCHEN

 ivy boat

lunch at San Bruno