We got into the Santa Rosalia marina yesterday afternoon and within seconds of tying the lines, we all sprang into action. Jack and I had already pulled the window unit air-conditioner out from storage under my bed and I began installing it in the front hatch. Meanwhile, Patrick and Jack pulled out the giant green tarp (20'x40') that we tent over our cabin roof for shade and got the power lines layed out. We had shade and a functioning air-conditioner in about 20 minutes. Every year we get faster on our times.
Santa Rosalia is (as I have mentioned numerous times in the past on this blog) the virtual epicenter of hellish heat. I don't think there is anywhere in the Baja hotter. The walls of the harbor concentrate the heat and block any refreshing breeze. Santa Rosalia is the last good provisioning center on the Baja side before you venture off into the wilderness of the upper Sea of C, so every year you have to come here for the last good (read cheaper and more abundant) shop. Santa Rosalia is the sole reason we have an air-conditioner on board. We bought the unit after our first experience in Santa Rosalia two years ago. We basically store it all year round and only pull it out for our time here (although this year it certainly came in handy when we were on the hard in La Paz!).
We will be in Santa Rosalia for a few days while Patrick takes the bus back down to Escondido and brings the car up to here. We'll provision and then point the boat north on our way to Puerto Penasco.
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