December 26, 2001. San Carlos, Mexico.
We hope you had a nice Christmas. We celebrated with 50 other cruisers with a potluck organized by 2 local business owners catering to cruisers. They had roasted turkeys and prepared stuffing and gravy, the cruisers brought side dishes and we had a very good Christmas meal in a beautiful shaded courtyard. We met new people and shared boat stories and all had a good time.
Before Christmas, we finished sanding and applied two coats of polyurethane on the house and cockpit. It looks very good if you do not look too close! The polyurethane was over a year past its expiration date and was more difficult to apply than we expected, probably because some component of it had leaked (as evidenced by stained cans). So the resulting surface has many bubbles and some foam spots where it was too thick. However, it is harder than varnish and we hope it will last much longer than varnish did. The work gave us both back pain and I coughed a lot as I seemed to have inhaled too much teak dust. I suddenly understood better the misery of asthma as I felt my lungs had suddenly shrunk.
After recovering from that project, we tackled some leaks in the cockpit which allowed rainwater to drip on Clark’s bed. Clark also fixed the bicycles so we could easily ride into town to the post-office, meat market, pharmacy and our favorite restaurant which just serves slow-roasted chicken.
One evening, we took a walk to see the sunset over the hills. The walk took us through the rich neighborhood occupied largely by american and canadian expatriates and located on a hill overlooking the San Carlos harbor.
Some of the houses looked truly luxurious and other had funny decorations, such as the one we dubbed the Dairy Queen house after the famous soft ice cream chain in the US.
The setting sun created a rich glow over the water that looked like a island of gold: the lost eldorado!
It is a little cold here when the wind picks up, so we are looking forward to move south once we finish a few more projects on the boat and after we receive mail and deliveries from cruisers coming back from the US in January.
We hope you are all enjoying the holidays.