Epilogue for July:
We did take Temptress out of the water Saturday morning (July 14, 2001) and she was placed in storage at Marina Seca (Dry Marina). We spent Saturday night onboard in the boatyard but it was so hot that we decided to move to an hotel Sunday.
It was so hot when Clark was removing the raw water pump from the engine and I was packing, that the sweat would just run down our bodies and pool at our feet. We drank what seemed to be gallons to keep up and we could not work very long.
We plugged all the drains with bronze wool to prevent bugs from crawling in, put bug poison around the boat, covered the windows and hatches with aluminium foil to reduce the sun entering the boat, managed to place all the sails below and left.
Monday, we took a bus from San Carlos to Guaymas, then to Hermosillo where our flight was leave from. In Hermosillo, we were supposed to go to the airport to file a lost ticket application and get new tickets. Unfortunately, Air Mexico informed us they could only reimbursed us (after a year investigation) for their portion of the flight. We needed to find a Delta Airlines agent to file the lost ticket application for the entire flight. It was 4:30 PM, we were hot, tired and very anxious! We had to take another expensive cab ride back from the airport to downtown Hermosillo to find a Delta office, which fortunately was open till 7 PM. The agent in charge was new and did not know how to file lost tickets application but she finally managed to make tickets by hand for our flight by 6:45 PM. We got our new tickets just in time! We had to purchase them but at least it was at the price we had paid for the “lost” ones plus a $100 fee per person and we would get reimbursed within 3 months for the lost ones if nobody else tried to use them.
We got on the plane the next day, flew to Mexico city, then Atlanta, then Syracuse where we were very happy to see Clark’s parents! For future reference, it cheaper and just as fast to take the bus to the border and fly from Tucson to your final destination.
We will be back in November.