March 24, 2001. Bahia de Tenacatita, Mexico.
A couple of day ago, I decided to make a grain salad using barley. So I got my bag of barley out of its tupperware and placed it on the counter. To my horror, the barley started moving as dozens of weevils came crawling out! I felt like I was watching a horror movie in which one gets assaulted by an unending stream of bugs. Clark was quick to pour the bag content overboard, then we killed the bugs on the counter, cleaned the tupperware and sprayed the carpet with bug killer. Hopefully no weevil has survived to contaminate other grains. We decided to add bay leaves to all the grains recently purchased. The leaves are supposed to prevent weevils eggs to hatch. Fortunately, our habit to keep all grains in sealed containers and ziplock bags protected us from a bigger problem. I have also vowed to not shop anymore in stores offering their grains in bulk. That will not eliminate the problem since another boat found weevils in the rice they purchased in a 1kg sealed plastic bag, but it may help.
This morning we went snorkeling with friends but the water was too cold to stay in very long (about 70F/20C). Then Clark cleaned the hull of Temptress which was covered with barnacles, algae, baby crabs, etc… No wonder our speed had dropped by nearly 2 knots! The knotmeter was buried in the dense flora near the bow which explains why we were not getting readings anymore. The scrubbing work kept Clark somewhat warm. When he came out of the water, he was covered with baby shrimp and crabs which looked more like crawling silverfish. It was gross! He had to take a long shower to get them all out of his hair.
Still on the subject of bugs, I have met the infamous no-see-ums during my morning stretch near the beach. They are tiny black biting flying insects which are even more fearless than mosquitoes. Now I have to cover myself in mosquito repellent before going running. Their bites itch long after the bite. Fortunately, they do not fly out in the bay as our mosquito screens would not stop them. Yesterday, I did finish the companionway mosquito screen.
On the bright side, the hills are becoming dotted with patches of pink among the fresh green as many still leafless trees are blooming. As the weather warms up again, dolphins come fishing regularly between the anchored boats and sometime they like a good scratch against the anchor rode! Birgitta
This is the first bay where we didn’t find a shore laundry facility that we wanted to use. I dug out the wringer and washtubs and did the laundry by hand. I was really impressed with the wringer. It made the project fairly easy to do and allowed me to use a minimum of water for rinsing. I did what would have been a load in a machine with less then 8 gallons of water. That’s just about an hour of watermaker time. And as we have been making more electricity then we need here we easily have the power to spare.