We just got back into internet access last night. We were out of access since Sunday afternoon. We were at Malvina's Boatyard - the newest spa destination. It's close to the city dump, the city sewage treatment center, and several fish processing ships. Yummm.. You can taste the air. Meanwhile, if the wind is in the right direction, the fine, oily dust (also with a healthy sampling of paint particulates, and who knows how many toxic metals from all the sandblasting) wafts over you in clouds. It was lovely. At one point two nights ago, Patrick and I both woke up because the stench was so bad. We ended up staying on the boat with Rudy since a hotel room would be just one more expense in this expensive town. It was bad, but I still think we made the right decision. It would have been a little easier if we hadn't run out of water!
It sounds horrible I know, but it was really kind of funny. It makes me laugh thinking about it. When we got back last night, Patrick immediately took Rudy to the beach (poor dog was on the boat the whole time - no way to get him off when it's 15 feet in the air.) I immediately got out a heavy duty cleaner, bucket, hose, and a truck brush and went to work getting most of the dust washed off the boat. The water ran brown down the sides. Yuck. Even so, our boat is still a little dingy looking. It might require a hands-and-knees type of scrubbing.
So that is the latest. Finally, four months after we broke down, we are whole again. I don't quite believe it. We are going to stay here at El Cid for probably another five days while we try to clean the boat (the inside got very dusty too), do our laundry, provision foods, and in all ways prep for the next leg of our journey. There is an island south of here called Isla Isabel which is supposed to be like the Mexican Galapagos and we are going to go check that out.
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