Puerto Vallarta to La Paz and Loreto

After the long 3 months in Europe we returned to a spotless and very tidy Sonrisa in Puerto Vallarta, care of Allison and Merle who did a wonderful job of keeping an eye on our home.
A busy time while in Paradise Marina, mainly medical stuff for both Mel and I – I had some nose surgery to clear up some long term sinus problems, plus an MRI on my buggered back – unfortunately confirming a herniated disk (and all the other degenerative shit that come with advancing years). Mel had an MRI on her knees – again confirming some aging problems – she will have to slow up on the running! The Mexican private medical system a real treat – so long as the $ are available everything done quickly and efficiently without great cost.
3 days of motoring along a calm sea saw us at a delightful anchorage on the SW side of Isla Cerralvo, some 50 miles from La Paz. Wonderful to be back in cruising mode – no clothes, no shops, no car – no hassles!
A relaxing week at Costa Baja marina to check out their facilities – all excellent as we have booked in from Dec 2014 to Jan 2016 !! The boys are enrolled at the Montessori Del Mar school in La Paz – the same school as they spent a month back in 2012. We will buy a car, Mel will be hard at the study to compete her Nutritional Medicine course. If my extensive exercise routine does not completely solve my back problems (which has already made a remarkable improvement) then I may return to Tasmania for possible surgery. We will also be able to do some land based exploration along the Pacific West Coast of Baja.
We are now in our favorite Loreto area for the next 3 months – our dear friend from Solaia days, Samatha Morris will visit from Tasmania for two weeks on her way to South America. Virtually no other yachts cruising, the odd cyclone passing to the West – with the excellent forecasts we feel comfortable doing a bit of dodging and weaving as they pass by, hopefully no head on encounters. Still very warm, with the odd downpour and thunderstorms, they make a pleasant change from the blistering sun.

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