Closing the loop!

After two years, 3360 nautical miles sailing along the Pacific-West coast and in the Sea of Cortez, and 1180 terrestrial miles on its trailer (which is equivalent to 1025 nautical miles, or a third of the distance on water), Plume is back to San Francisco bay!

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Barrancas del Cobre

Before leaving Mexico, we decided to pay a visit to the Barrancas del Cobre and its Raramuri inhabitant. So we left Plume on its trailer for a week in San Carlos, drove to El Fuerte (6 hours away), and from there took the Chepe train to Posada Barrancas first, and Creel next. (We took the economic class to be with the locals and cut the price by 2,5). What a fabulous trip! Too bad it was only a week, we could easily spend a full year there… The scenery is outstanding and quite diverse, with vast canyons, rivers, lakes, amazing rock formations, to mention just a few. The people are quite interesting as well, with Mexican villages next to Indian territory. From what we understand (mostly from our readings), the Raramuri are among the rare Indians in the Americas who have been able to preserve their traditional life style. They live a simple and self-reliant life, being able to take from their environment their most basic and essential foods and tools. They are not interested in accumulating material goods. Instead, they invest in family and friends upon whom they can rely for help and companionship. This type of value have helped them resist the temptations of our modern industrial society so far. We wish they will be able to continue living like their ancestors for many more years to come!

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Guaymas to San Carlos

We spent a few days at the anchorage in Guaymas bay, close from the marina dinghy dock. From there, it is easy to reach downtown, the market, the bakery, and the crowded malecon. This weekend, Guaymas was celebrating “El Día de los Niños” with clowns, merry-go-round, and a musical and lighted water-fountain show. Fun, specially for our little guy!

Next we headed to Bahia Santa Catalina, our last Mexican anchorage of the season. Very scenic. Too bad the proximity of town and cargo-ships passing by make the seashore quite polluted with garbage and gluey sand…

Finally, we set sail for San Carlos, which marked the end of our sailing trip in Mexico… After an intense week at the marina cleaning, lowering the mast, and preparing the boat for the road, we hauled-out and position Plume on its brand new trailer. This first attempt was not too satisfying (the boat was not forward enough and thus there was not enough tongue weight) so we had to come back to the crane a few days later for some adjustments…. Plume’s trailing adventure is only starting but already promises to be quite interesting!

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