Our time on the boat has come to an end; S/V Sea Fern has been our “home” for 5 months on the Sea of Cortez. Its been life lessons learned in a short period of time, and over-all its been a fantastic experience.
Moving off the S/V Sea Fern was a lot of work. Cramming it all into our van was unthinkable, because so much of it was now for life on and around the water which we weren’t going to be needing while we travel back to Lake Chapala. So, we did one of those crazy things for travellers…we got a public storage unit.
We put our kayak, boogie & surf boards in the storage unit along with a dozen or so PFD-personal flotation devices (life jackets), anchors and chain, and our bicycles. Bulky and heavy things we didn’t need in our van. We are hopeful to get back on the ocean and thats why we kept these things. If in the next few months we decide we aren’t going to head in the sailing direction, then we will likely lighten our load and empty the storage unit. We’ll have to decide within the next 6 months or so. We don’t think its worth paying for the storage long term.
We said Goodbye to Mitchell who headed back to Vancouver Island for work, and we headed to Lake Chapala to see my sister and friends.
It’s a long drive between San Carlos and Chapala. Taking breaks for kids and a dog of course adds time to the drive. And a seasonal torrential downpour in the rainy season slows it down even more. But that’s what we had to deal with.
We were contemplating getting a hotel room in Tepic before nightfall because of the rains, but when we got closer the skies dried up and the evening was great so we kept on driving, arriving around 10pm.
Yes, we drove at night to Chapala, against all the recommendations for driving in Mexico in the dark. We still don’t recommend it. The highways have so many pot holes, unmarked speed bumps, too many dead dogs to avoid, even wandering livestock. We’ve seen goats, cows and horses, both dead and alive on the highways.
Drivers always beware!
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