Alisa's parents had a great visit in La Paz, including a sail in perfect conditions.
Elias got to play with his cousin Kali.
My folks came out for a sail, too. Here Dad steers while Mom navigates.
Dad reading to Elias.
Jamie and Kelly came down from Haines for a week-long sailing/kayaking trip.
The three guys got in some birding time.
Jamie made a big impression; Elias still says "Jamie!" about twenty times a day.
...and Jamie sailing.
This is the Rose, way back in January, as we were on passage around the southern tip of the Baja.
Elias continues to love to read. He's now more interested in our books than in his own. Field guides are a particular favorite.
This is Los Muertos from above.
We spent a lot of time on the beach at Los Muertos. Check out Eli's wet suit.
This is the beach on Partida Island where Jamie and Kelly were camped - a great intersection of desert and sea.
The view from the top of Partida, looking over the Sea of Cortez.
Alisa and Elias on the beach.
Fast friends, fast. We met Megan and Brian from Nomad and hit it off quickly. They're heading down to Central America this year and are bound for New Zealand in 2009.
And then there were the jobs. I made deadlights (storm windows, basically) for the Pacific crossing.Alisa racked up big hours on the sewing machine. Here she's making a sun awning for the boat.
Here she's making a wind scoop to bring refreshing breezes below in the stultifying tropics.
Here she's patching the sails for the rigors of tropical squalls and convection cells.
I installed a rebuilt anchor roller.
And went up the stick to check on a few things.
We're not sure who this character was, but he seems to have fixed the wind vane.