I knew I was getting into trouble, all those months ago when I changed our declarative statement at the top of our blog. From the beginning, I had only stated that we were cruising Mexican waters, and very purposely left off any other goal. And then I got cocky several months back and added in that we were going to be going to Alaska in the spring of 2011. I should have known.
A cruiser cannot say he is going ANYWHERE until he is there. It's the thing I love most about cruising. This life makes it abundantly clear to anyone who is paying attention that they are not in control of their life. All of our lives are ruled by the circumstances we find ourselves in, but when you are cruising around on a boat, that fact becomes very clear. You aren't in control - the weather, breakdowns, money situations and more, these are the things that rule us. I can tell you with fairly good accuracy where I will be tomorrow, maybe the next day. But the further into the future you wander, the less likely you will be to pin down where you will be and what you will be doing. It's really cool. It makes you live in the moment, just like the great thinkers tell you to.
With that said, I humbly ask your forgiveness as I take that statement about Alaska off the the blog. Our circumstances have changed and so our plans have changed. Through a happy string of coincidences, we have decided that we can stay another year in Mexico! I have always been the type of traveller who would rather see one foreign city really well, than four countries superficially. We all love the Sea of Cortez and though we have spent two years there already, we are getting excited about another one. Every year we have sought out new anchorages, and despite this we still haven't even come close to seeing everything there is to see.
To keep it exciting, we are thinking of a few changes. We are planning to do a lot more gunkholing far up north where there aren't as many guidebooks to use. We've been scanning Google Earth and have picked out several bays and islands that look cool from space. We also plan on leaving the boat in a marina during the hot, hot months and going somewhere else. While July and August are some of the best times to be out in the anchorages snorkeling around - it is just too hot for Rudy and us.
So, the Mexican adventure continues. Eventually we will leave here, I just won't even hazard a guess as to when that will happen.
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