We Made It to “South”

October 31, 2011

Our trip so far has been lived under a slight but constant disappointment. We have eagerly been anticipating something that felt southish. This feeling isn’t just about temperature, nor is it about turquoise water. There is a certain something that makes a locale feel southish, and we just hadn’t gotten there yet… until today.

Today we arrived in Bahia de Santa Maria. This subtropical harbor is located at latitude 24 46′. It’s 80 in the cabin and the water is 77. When we arrived and checked that statistic we all simultaneously decided to go for a swim. Mine was particularly satisfying after a night in full foul weather gear and a day sweating at winches and halyards. While I was in I decided to dive the keel and was pleased to find that I a) could do it, and b) that my little grounding in Morro bay hadn’t caused any real damage (just a little paint scratch).

We will be here for another 2 days before heading south again. There is nothing here in the way of modern comforts, and I strongly doubt that I will have real internet but please leave comments and I’ll approve (as needed) in Cabo!


  1. Comment by behan

    behan October 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    hoooray! another big milestone down Baja. cruising finally felt “really really real” in turtle bay… but they felt WARM in BSM! hope you didn’t meet our dinghy fate – a spectacular flip in the surf that pretty well traumatized our middle child. That was thankfully, our only flip so far.

    • Comment by Tucker Bradford

      Tucker Bradford November 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Nope dingy landings went fine. A little wet perhaps, but we are learning.

  2. Comment by Livia

    Livia November 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I think we felt that way about Cedros. For the first time we woke in bright sunshine every morning, pangas, blue water…looking forward to Santa Maria.

  3. Comment by cindy

    cindy November 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    How exciting! I can’t wait to see more updates with photos and such! We’re always thinking of you all and virtually cruising as we freeze up here on the Bay.

    • Comment by Tucker Bradford

      Tucker Bradford November 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Just added some photos to Facebook. More later. Bandwidth is a major effort these days

  4. Comment by Cidnie

    Cidnie November 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

    WOO HOO! Hurray for being ‘South’!

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