Hanging out in La Paz

Our friends rented a great little house in La Paz, just up the hill from Marina Palmira, so we settled into a slip for the week and enjoyed familiar faces and land life for a bit.DSC_0347

DSC_0334La Paz is the main cruiser hub for southern Baja; lots of marinas and anchorage choices, easy provisioning, tons of good restaurants. We plan to use it as a base for the next few months–heading up the Sea for a few weeks at a time, then returning to provision, meet friends, or just take a break.

It was fantastic to hang out with another family, uninterrupted, for a full week again. Our kids span a four-year spectrum–10, 11, 12, 13–and got along famously.

Playing D&D. Nerds.

Playing D&D. Nerds.

We're soooooo tired! We need to sit doooooown! We need to take a break at this paaaaaark! Oh, and let's tear around and try these weird running things...

We’re soooooo tired! We need to sit doooooown! We need to take a break at this paaaaaark! Oh, and let’s tear around and try these weird running things…

Forcing in the culture

Forcing in the culture

Kids' table. Whenever possible.

Kids’ table. Whenever possible.

Also exciting: then new toilet pump they schlepped with them. Ours had been leaking, and getting progressively harder to flush; we’d also been having a terrible problem with occasional backwash from the holding tank…the less said, the better. With most boat toilets, the answer is generally: joker valve (probably because it’s fun to say). Instead of reconstructing the whole disgusting assembly, we just replaced the lot. All our problems are solved, and the head is a pleasant place to hang out again.

Also on the docket: piñata selection for a certain birthday.

Also on the docket: piñata selection for a certain birthday.

We almost went with the Trump one....

We almost went with the Trump one….

...but ended up with this pretty little one instead. Plus whacking stick.

…but ended up with this pretty little one instead. Plus whacking stick.

And then, of course, you need the candy to fill it.

And then, of course, you need the candy to fill it.

Fish taco situation at Tacos el Estadio

Fish taco situation at Tacos el Estadio

Every now and then, we are newly amazed at our circumstances. Hanging out with our friends last week was one of those times. We’ve been so lucky to spend time with people we love in unusual places over the past two years…we can’t imagine an alternate universe where we’d still be able to go out to dinner with A. and J. in Mexico–Mexico! Just, you know, exploring beaches and eating tacos. For sure, we’d do some traveling with them in, you know, a state park in Wisconsin, or maybe meet up for some camping in Minnesota; but planning a trip abroad wouldn’t have made it into the cards. We are so lucky to be able to share this life with friends and family.DSC_0375

I know, you guys from California are not interested in sea lions, but...these are the first pinnipeds we've seen on our whole trip!

I know, you guys from California are not interested in sea lions, but…these are the first pinnipeds we’ve seen on our whole trip!

J. uses what he's learned from the sea lions

J. uses what he’s learned from the sea lions

 

4 Comments on “Hanging out in La Paz

  1. So much fun! What a joy to be part of your adventure and share some fabulous memories :)
    Thank you, lovely family
    xoxo

  2. I love all your posts! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and your experiences! You will have to start writing a book!

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