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New Years in La Paz

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A few days after Christmas my friend Clint, from San Diego, came roadtripping down through Baja with his son and they stopped by La Paz to see us. We offered them bunk space on our boat for the night but during our wanderings downtown Clint found a hotel he had to stay at.

At the freaky funky Hotel Yeneka in La Paz

At the freaky funky Hotel Yeneka in La Paz

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More toilet plants, like my Grandma Ness has but much wilder

Toilet plants, like my Grandma Ness has but much wilder.

Toilet plants at the hotel

More toilet plants at the hotel

An old car with a mummified monkey

An old car with a mummified monkey

For about $35 they stayed at a very memorable hotel. Bargains are all over Mexico! Our wanderings took us down to the malecón and back to the boat.

Sully and the Old Man and the Sea statue

Sully and the Old Man and the Sea statue.

Clint's dog Noe and the statue

Clint’s very good dog, Noe, and the Old Man and the Sea statue.

Sundowner beers Aboard Astraea

Sundowner beers Aboard Astraea. Clint’s getting his boat ready to cruise south next fall.

The beautiful sunset. This is the kind of stuff cruising memories are made of.

The beautiful sunset. This is the kind of stuff cruising memories are made of.

We were anchored outside Costa Baja where we visited with our new friends, David and Kinyon from S/V Sheldon 2. We were introduced by our friend Jill from back in San Diego since we’re all Navy Yacht Club San Diego members. It was great to hang out at the pool and help them with boat projects.

Dinghy driving in to Costa Baja

Dinghy driving in to Costa Baja

Sully playing in the pool at Costa Baja

Sully playing in the pool at Costa Baja

Sully sauntering down the dock at Costa Baja

Sully sauntering down the dock at Costa Baja

Astraea at anchor near Costa Baja

Astraea at anchor near Costa Baja

We rode the shuttle bus from Costa Baja downtown to celebrate Liam from Riki Tiki Tavi’s 10th birthday party with the twins from Yare and Rumi and Martin from Ballena.

Sully's turn to take a swing at the piñata at Liam's birthday party

Sully’s turn to take a swing at the piñata at Liam’s birthday party

Scrambling for candy

Scrambling for candy

Rumi and Sully enjoying cake and icecream at the birthday party

Rumi and Sully enjoying cake and ice cream at the birthday party

The Madero Market mural

The Madero Market mural

We spent a quiet New Year’s Eve Aboard Astraea enjoying our final sunset of 2015 in the cockpit as a family.

Our last sunset of 2015 Aboard Astraea

Our last sunset of 2015 Aboard Astraea

The next day we went ashore to Tallares Navales Bercovich, the boatyard next to Costa Baja. Ashore we checked on S/V Coconutz for Eric and Jaime. Coconutz told me she was tired of being dirty and wanted to be back in the water cruising with her friends. Eric and Jaime plan to sail Coconutz up the Sea of Cortez to Puerto Peñasco in June.

Coconutz and Sully's new favorite car

Coconutz and Sully’s new favorite car

Beach treasure

Beach treasure

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Playing on the beach near Costa Baja

Sully's pirate ship

Sully’s pirate ship and Astraea anchored in the background

Astraea at anchor at sunset near Costa Baja

Astraea at anchor at sunset near Costa Baja

Sully riding on the bow of the dinghy

Sully riding on the bow of the dinghy

Happy New Year from the crew of Astraea!

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