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A beautiful sunset as we cruised across the Sea of Cortez
A beautiful sunset as we cruised across the Sea of Cortez

San Carlos

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We hauled the anchor up after one night in Caleta La Posada and headed in to the inner bay at San Carlos. On the cruiser’s net in the morning we heard there was going to be a dog costume contest at Barracuda Bob’s Cafe at the marina. We went to meet up with our friends from S/V Namaste, John, Cindy and Journey.

Journey and Nanuq from S/V Namaste won the pet costume contest with a fuzzy Jimmy Buffett

Journey and Nanuq from S/V Namaste won the pet costume contest with a furry Jimmy Buffett

On Halloween we met up with our buddy boaters Phil and Debra from S/V Coastal Drifter at their house in San Carlos. They invited us and the gang from S/V Sangvind over for dinner and Trick-or-Treating.

Howdy, it's Sheriff Woody from Toy Story

Ethan and Sully at Ethan's grandparent's casa in San Carlos

Ethan and Sully at Ethan’s grandparent’s casa in San Carlos

Look at all the candy!

Look at all the candy!

The whole gang trick or treating. Ethan from Coastal Drifter, Dyland and Jayden from Sangvind.

The whole gang trick or treating. Ethan from Coastal Drifter, Dylan and Jayden from Sangvind.

There weren’t as many houses giving out treats as the kids would have liked, so we hopped in Sangvind’s van and Franz and Sylvia took us and the kids around to other neighborhoods in San Carlos in search of Halloween candy.

The next night we rode the bus downtown to Guaymas to see the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade.

Post parade Day of the Dead festivities in Guaymas

Post parade Day of the Dead festivities in Guaymas

The town square was decorated with fanciful skulls and skeletons

The town square was decorated with fanciful skulls and skeletons

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The next day we went ashore and hiked up to a cave overlooking the bay.

The anchorage in San Carlos

The anchorage in San Carlos

Inside the cave

Inside the cave

We went for a swim and Sully had fun climbing around on the boom. His balance is much better and he’s our little boat monkey.

Sully's getting more adventurous and did some boom walking

Sully’s getting more adventurous and did some boom walking

On November 5th, we were lucky enough to borrow a car from our friends on Namaste to go into town for parts and groceries. We caught a ride to the dock with our friends Megan and Jonah from Orion because our outboard wasn’t working reliably and they were on a part search as well.

Sully crashed on our drive back from Guaymas

Sully crashed in the back seat with Megan from S/V Orion on our drive back from Guaymas

The next day our fridge broke and I needed more refrigerant, so we borrowed the car again and went searching for refrigerant and a filter dryer assembly for the engine run fridge. Some hardware stores were closed because it was Saturday, but we got lucky and found what we needed. We also went by a giant Guaymas sign that we had never seen before.

Guaymas!

Guaymas!

"S" is for Sully

“S” is for Sully

On Sunday, November 8th we had a good looking weather window to cross the Sea of Cortez so we secured for sea and headed out when the afternoon winds picked up. At first the seas were rough around the point, but after a few hours they settled down and we had a great sail. We were close hauled all the way across to Santa Rosalia. The moon shone bright and the stars were out. It felt wonderful to be underway again. We sailed through the night until the winds dropped off a few hours before dawn. Then I fired up the engine and we motored in to the Fonatur Marina at Santa Rosalia at dawn.

On our way out of San Carlos headed for Santa Rosalia

On our way out of San Carlos headed for Santa Rosalia

A beautiful sunset as we cruised across the Sea of Cortez

A beautiful sunset as we cruised across the Sea of Cortez

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