Being Busy in Paradise

This post is a random, non-exhaustive update on some of the activities that kept us busy while we were at Puerto Escondido

<This the fourth in a series of posts I am publishing about the three weeks we spent at Puerto Escondido, Baja California. Click here to access the first post>

One day I plan to post an hourly journal of a “typical” day here on Pesto, just to give a flavor of how it is like. However, each day seems to be different. Moreover, I keep forgetting to record one properly. So, while this project remains in the works, I thought of posting here some of the activities that kept us busy in Puerto Escondido.

For context, we were there in company of other three cruising families in their boats: s/v Coastal Drifter – with whom we have been buddy boating since San Diego, m/v Adagio – who we met in Newport, OR almost 9 months ago, and s/v Sarita – the first Hallberg Rassy we have seen since the start of our journey, and whose owners have been cruising for over 4 years. This fleet contributed to a headcount of seven kids ranging from ages 9 to 13. Therefore, not surprisingly most of our activities there were kid-centered, as the pictures below shall attest.

As always, our daily activities include some form of maintenance on Pesto. On this picture, this is how our main salon looks like when I have to refill the batteries’ water levels. The batteries lie under our bed. So, I need to remove the mattresses, their supporting struts, and the battery bank cover. This is a routine job I have been doing every 2 or 3 months:

Note the stuffed dog, and the bow-arrow set. Both fundamental tools for filling up the batteries' water
Note the stuffed dog, and the bow-arrow set. Both fundamental tools for filling up the batteries’ water

 

We also took advantage of our time there to progress on homeschooling (the kids are on the final sprint for finishing their terms). One of the subjects we are covering is geology – leveraging the abundance of geological features here in Baja. On this exercise, Adriana had them build mini models of the earth, to study the layers that form it:

Learning about the Earth's layers
Learning about the Earth’s layers …
... on a way they can easily relate to
… on a way they can easily relate to

 

And, while they have been both very interested and into their academic activities, they look forward to the afternoon when classes are done and they can go play outside. I don’t blame them, given all the options available:

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The seven kids together rocked the bay, and spent their time being ferried by their parents from one boat to another:

That's one boat-load of kids. Literally !
That’s one boat-load of kids. Literally !

 

Being towed:

Paulo and Kevin (m/v Adagio) killing it at our tow buoy. The "killing" is somewhat literal - our outboard overheated and ceased working a few minutes after this picture was taken
Paulo and Kevin (m/v Adagio) killing it at our tow buoy. The “killing” is somewhat literal – our outboard overheated and ceased working a few minutes after this picture was taken

 

Being photographed:

From left to right: Cindy (m/v Adagio), Sierra, Savannah (s/v Coastal Drifter), Raquel (s/v Pesto), Kevin (m/v Adagio), and Paulo (s/v Pesto) at the foreground, photobombing it all.
From left to right: Cindy (m/v Adagio), Sierra, Savannah (s/v Coastal Drifter), Raquel (s/v Pesto), Kevin (m/v Adagio), and Paulo (s/v Pesto) at the foreground, photobombing it all.

 

Jumping from the boats:

On this picture, Savannah gets airborne off the bow of m/v Adagio
On this picture, Savannah gets airborne off the bow of m/v Adagio

 

Swimming:

If all the sea water wasn't enough, we found them a swimming pool to augment the fun
If all the sea water wasn’t enough, we found them a swimming pool to augment the fun

 

Sharing the latest videogame tactics at “the office”:

Look how concentrated they are !
Look how concentrated they are !

 

Naturally, at the end of the day we (the parents) would be tired, and sometimes in the need of some “liquid motivation”:

Luckily I took this picture before my fingers were too numb to press the shutter
Luckily I took this picture before my fingers were too numb to press the shutter

 

Of course, the major event which took a significant portion of our time in Puerto Escondido was the development and passage of Hurricane Blanca, of which I posted on the blog and the Facebook page.

Tomorrow I will publish a post which consolidates all that I have posted about Blanca, and a few bits more. Stay tuned.

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