|Notice the retractable bowsprit on this classic woodie.|
Yesterday we traveled to the wine country in the Guadalupe Valley. I won't go into the details of each winery we visited but one that stood out was Adobe Guadalupe. The architecture of the buildings is distinctive as are their wines, and the tour was informative and entertaining. Another unique winery was JC Bravo. This is a small place, still under construction, but they are producing a red and a white that were quite good. At Bravo, wine is made the old fashioned way, with dry farmed grapes and old style equipment. Needless to say, we returned to the boat loaded down with a variety of interesting wines.
We decided to stay in Ensenada one more day so I had time to wander around the marina and look at some boats. This time of year is a slow season for the marina. Most of the boats that migrate south from the US and Canada to cruise in Mexico have come and gone, and it's not yet the season for northbound boats to arrive. So most of the boats here are more or less permanent. Or they are like Finisterra, getting a late start on the cruising season in Mexico. As I wandered the docks I noticed that cruising boats seem to be acquiring more and more gear: Solar panels, wind generators, various antennas, dinghy davits and racks, etc. Below are some photos to illustrate what I mean.
|This pretty little cruiser is overloaded with steel-work and stuff. I would not like to be caught out in a blow on this boat, which is an otherwise seaworthy vessel. Notice that she's down by the stern and has a pronounced list to port.|
|Too much stuff on this M65? Notice that it's down by the stern and listing to starboard.|
We have a nice weather window opening up so we're leaving Ensenada tomorrow, headed for Turtle Bay. If sailing conditions remain good we'll continue on to Bahia Santa Maria, or Los Cabos.