Sailing to La Paz, the City of Peace

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Livin La Vida Loca — in La Paz

I’m really starting to understand why media organizations have an editor-in-chief or some big shot to crack the whip on deadlines because when you have a lot of time to “lollygag” you tend to procrastinate. Yes, it’s been a few weeks since our the last post, but that’s only a few days in “cruising time” since we don’t want to do too many things in a day…:-)

Where to begin. The unfortunate news is our alternator burned out on the last leg of the Baja-Ha-Ha. We wanted to be in La Paz for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, but it took a few weeks to get it fixed — including diagnostics, parts from the US, an alternator rewiring, and installation para mi (which took longer than anything…). No worries though as we were planning to stay in La Paz through Christmas, so we didn’t miss anything. And, I’m happy to report that our solar panels, wind generator and Honda generator (occasionally) provided all the power we needed while at anchor.

The good news is the alternator or lack thereof, didn’t hold us up. We had a great time in Cabo, where we stayed for about a week and enjoyed the parties that I already talked about as well as kayaking to the Cabo Arch and a little rock climbing. After Cabo, we sailed to Los Frailles and Los Muertes, which are supposed to be great places to anchor. However, just our luck that the wind would switch to the south, and we ended up rolling all night in both locations. After two nights in each area we got the hell out of there and hightailed it to La Paz, the City of Peace on the beautiful Sea of Cortez, where we’ve been for the past two weeks.

It’s a vacation destination with lots of beaches, snorkeling, restaurants and bars. Plus, from our perspective, an excellent harbor with lots of marine stores and supplies, along with a great sailing community. We enjoyed a wonderful US Thanksgiving with 200 other sailors. Other highlights include a great Malecon (waterfront boardwalk) that has some fascinating statues (see gallery below).

It’s also one of the major destinations for swimming with whale sharks. Check out this video that our friends Peter and Mary on Neko produced from our experience.

Audrey, Peter, and Mary all jumped in and swam with them, but I have to tell you those things are damn huge, so there is no way in the world I was getting in that water. I was the dinghy driver (as you’ll see) and one of them swam under the dinghy, and that was more than enough for me. The whale sharks range from 20-60 feet, and the ones we saw were easily 30 feet. If you’re interested, you should google them or check them out on Wikipedia.

Other than that it’s been all happy hours and dinner parties. And, it’s going to get even more hectic (if I can even use that term) since our good friends Matt and Madalin from Toronto will be with us for the next two weeks. Then, our good friends Diane and Julio from Mexico City (via Miami and China) are coming two days after Matt and Madalin return to the Great White North. In short, you better book your cabin soon…

About the Author:

Richard James
Richard and Audrey James are living the dream of many of us. They are sailing from California to the Caribbean via the Panama Canal then along the north shore of Colombia to the Caribbean.. After 23 years of working at General Motors North America and GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (LAAM) James and his wife bought a sailboat and ventured out on the high seas. Sailing has been in James' blood since he was a student in Australia on an exchange program at the University of Toronto. He has raced and cruised sailboats wherever he happened to be living and on charter boats in the Caribbean. He also took a previous sabbatical earlier in his working life, sailing a 36-foot sailboat from Toronto, Canada to the Bahamas. Follow James and Audrey as they traverse the world in their sailboat, and as they reimmerse themselves into the work world.