|So we have happily existed off the grid for over a month. Truly green living....wind for propulsion(very little diesel when the winds don't cooperate), we make fresh water from sea water, we charge our battery banks with solar panels and when that isn't quite enough we fire up the generator which heats our water and provides more battery charging if necessary. We anticipate at least one more month of living off the grid until we reach our homeport. This lifestyle has it's challenges but it definitely has it's advantages.
Since leaving the Loreto area two weeks ago we visited a few really nice islands and anchorages. It was a treat to stop in Candeleros Chico to swim once again (aside from fracturing a rib while attempting to get back on board without the ladder), enjoy more swimming at Yellowstone Beach on Isla Monserrate, hiking on Isla San Francisco and more swimming/snorkeling on Isla Partida. Visibility has been fair but the water is about 80 degrees so no wetsuits are required. Rash guards are most helpful however as we tend to get at least a jelly fish sting or two each time. The stings only hurt an hour or so and go away quickly but are bothersome to avoid nonetheless.
With laundry done, shopping done, delayed Mother's Day dinner done, it's time to move along. We will be slowly leaving the Sea of Cortez in the next week and heading out the big blue Pacific to pick up our buddy in Cabo San Lucas. In another month this most interesting season in Mexico will be coming to an end...God willing!