La Paz and Espiritu Santos

After Christmas we went up to La Paz where Dina and Zophia explored the town, finding all the little shops, the best restaurants, the French bakery, and the bagel shop before Zophia boarded a bus to the San Jose del Cabo airport to return to freezing weather in Ontario, Canada, and her university studies.

Good as Gold stayed in La Paz, at the Palmira Marina, for one week. It was enough time to meet lots of others cruisers, eat out quite a bit, explore the farmers’ market, provision at the large grocery store, and find new furling line for the head sail. Our friend, Manny, had noticed the furling line was frayed almost completely. It is still a mystery how this relatively new line could have worn through. We have yet to find anything that could have frayed or cut it.

We had a recommendation for a sail repair person in La Paz, but he was "back home" visiting family for Christmas.  Although the gennaker is torn, it is used for downwind sailing and since we have been planning to continue heading north, up into the wind, we thought we could wait to have it repaired.
After a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner at The Shack with Rob and Deb from Avant and friends from five other cruising boats, we left La Paz on January 5, 2014. We were not looking forward to saying goodbye to Rob and Deb; we would miss Deb’s coffee and cinnamon rolls! Then Deb cooked a traditional Chinese dinner for us to make us miss Avant even more!
Fortunately, Avant sailed to the Espiritu Santo islands with us.

The wind started to pick up in the evening and continued to blow the next day. So we stayed anchored in the beautiful bay, enjoyed yet another last dinner with Avant.

On January 7 Good as Gold sailed north to Isla San Francisco and Avant went south to Mazatlan. We look forward to seeing Rob and Debra again soon.