Diana’s Blog July 2017

We have come to a few notable mile markers on our trip thus far. We have completed our second year of boatschool and the required annual testing and have submitted the kids’ test scores to the school district all rule following and legal like. We have officially been gone for one year and we have traveled about 3,000 nautical miles exploring the west coast and Baja Mexico. We have learned a lot about Mexican culture, travel, and have grown as a family and as individuals.

The kids had their birthdays and we celebrated Jake with Sushi and the movie Cars 3 (in Spanish) in a luxury air conditioned theater with seat side waiters to bring us our snacks. Sarah chose a bar-b-que restaurant for burgers where they grill in the front end of an old chevy truck and had the most disgusting store bought beautiful but inedible chocolate cake. We saved the chocolate bars that surrounded the cake and fed the rest to the fish…(hope they liked it).

We are looking forward to boatschool in the fall when we will be continuing with our Mystery of History Volume III, Life of Fred Math, The Way Things Work Now for Science, translating Spanish Children’s books for Spanish language, and using the DK Book Help Your Kids with Language Arts with some continued work on mastering essay writing. The kids are reading a variety of books for their personal reading as well.

It is hard to believe that we have been gone for an entire year! We have had some grand adventures and certainly some trials but we have worked together to accomplish a lot of projects and repairs and we are feeling pretty good about the boat and all systems aboard. Darius has been able to relax a bit and focus more on wearing his socializing straw hat and his captain’s hat and less on wearing his engineer hat.

We have been working on wellness as a family and have seen some great changes come about due to a focus on eating a more plant based diet. We have shed some pounds and rid ourselves of some allergies and are just generally feeling better overall. We have struggled a bit to find healthy delicious vegetables and meat alternatives that would be so easily found in all of the grocery stores at home, but have decided that sticking to the basic veggies we can find and lots of rice and beans works well in this culture. We will head out in just a few minutes to gather a few groceries in a village that we just pulled into that has only a few small “tiendas” or corner stores. Wish us luck…

So, summer in Mexico is no joke… it is 94 degrees outside and 112 degrees in the boat at anchor. We bought an air conditioner that we can use in the middle of the day when we have the generator running but that costs a lot in fuel that is fairly expensive and sometimes hard to come by , logistically. We have been getting our exercise by walking for what we need from town and by swimming…lots and lots of swimming, and a bit of early morning of late at night dock or beach yoga.

We have had amazing interactions with many local Mexican people. Darius never fails to initiate conversations and we have been invited to share in some parties and family gatherings and have found awesome people sitting around campfires on the beach or at birthday parties or wherever we have involved ourselves in the Mexican culture. We were just saying to each other that everywhere we go the people are amazingly friendly and helpful and they go out of their way to show us their hospitality. We have truly found a beautiful culture of happy, loving, family oriented people.

It has been such a pleasure to explore Mexico for six months that we are crossing the border and re-entering the country to renew our visas for another six months. We are traveling as far north into the Sea of Cortez as possible and crossing the border by bus at Nogales and going to visit Jeremy and Anna and our baby Isabella in Tucson where they are relocating to. We are going to head slowly down the mainland coast of Mexico for the next six months and then on to Guatemala, Panama, and Costa Rica, and then we’ll decide on our next leg.

We have taken a bit of time to “discover new or hidden talents and interests amongst ourselves and have enjoyed seeing those play out and unfold for each of us. I have been able to lead us down a more healthy, nutritious, active path and am loving the time I have to spend on my family, Darius is loving the chances he gets to encounter others and share stories and love and encouragement with them and he is going to spend more time playing guitar and writing us some more original music. Sarah is exercising her creative mind in ways we can only begin to touch on from being a bank teller today with her homemade cardboard laptop computer and teller cage and debit cards to establishing the Fun Never Ends Summer Club that she franchised out to her sister, Allie who is to be hosting an equally amazing fun club in Olympia, sharing a fun filled daily schedule and routine.

Finally, Jake has joined a couple of minecraft factions and has been building all sorts of amazing spawners and machines and even has a store that is stocked with crafted items. So much fun and learning and personal growth we have to be thankful for.

We want to thank all of the Members of the HabiHoba Group on Facebook and say hello and we love you to all of our friends and family and know that we are thinking of all of you and we miss you but also to let you know that we feel truly blessed to be able to take this trip and experience the love , life, and adventures that God has waiting for us in this great creation as we share the good news along our way.

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Jake’s Blog July 2017

Hey Guys, Hows It Goin? Well, we have to renew our Mexico visas and to do that you have to leave the country and then come back. I have no idea why that,s the law, it doesn’t make much since but we still have to do it so we departed the great Mexican city of La Paz about two weeks ago to head north towards Puerto Panasco. That’s the closest Marina to the border where we have to leave the vessel and bus across to the states. My brother Jeremy, his wife, and his daughter are moving to Arizona soon and we hope to visit them while we’re in the US. Mostly I’m excited to see my niece Isabella since she was born shortly before we left on this journey so we only got to see her a tiny bit.

When we first left La Paz we revisited Ensenada Grande on the island and headed north from there to Los Candeleros, we did some snorkeling but there wasnt much there so we only stayed for a night to get some rest. We met Waponi Woo from La Paz at Bahia Chuenque where they delivered our freezer foot to us by water… literally, Ryan swam it to us. We all chuckled a bit as we watched him swim over with the foot in the air. From Chuenque we went to Loreto which was a medium sized city with lots of people. The fan for our fridge stopped working and that,s super important so we had to get a couple new ones to replace it and have an extra as well. I also purchased a new fishing lure at a local fishing store “Ferremar”. We stayed at Loreto for probably three or four days and took off. Our next destination was Caleta San Juanico. We read in the “Sea of Cortez” cruisers guide that there was a cruisers shrine at San Juanico where people hang there signs and creations showing they came to this bay at a certain time and we had to hang ours to. We carved in a little board our vessel, names, and the date. We all loaded into the dinghy and cruised over to the beach where Sarah lost her glasses… twice! Luckily we found them both times even if it took a trip to the boat and back to get masks. We left that bay after a few days and headed to Bahia Santa Domingo. We went to the rocky beaches and took a couple pictures but that was it there wasn’t much else to explore at that bay so we stayed for only two days before we got pretty bored. After Santa Domingo, we went to Bahia Concepcion, a very pretty bay that many different people from all over come to camp, fish, and swim at the beautiful beaches it offers, but unfortunately we didn’t stay very long. We got there late at night and left early the next morning to another popular vacation spot, Santa Rosalia. We had a wonderful time there, we met a nice man named Sal who spoke very good English and he invited us to a traditional Mexican birthday party for his uncle on Saturday, we couldn’t pass that up so we payed the Fonatur Marina for a week. The marina had WiFi connection so although it may have been a pretty bad connection, it was good enough for me to play Minecraft with some friends on an online server. When Saturday came along Saul told us he would pick us up from the parking lot to take us to the party at 3:00 so we went up there and we waited and waited for two hours just sitting there in the sun and he finally called and told us he wasn’t gonna be there to pick us up until 6:00. *Siiigghhhhh* So we headed back down to the Air Conditioned boat and waited longer. After a while we heard a knock on the boat and we knew it was him so we grabbed our stuff again and headed back up the dock and the steep ramp and hopped into his Volkswagen Beetle. It felt like a clown car as we all stuffed inside this tiny thing and drove off to his house and sat while slowly more and more of his family members drove in. They had a Pinata and really good food and the party went late into the night, it was a blast. Sadly, we had to leave the next morning so we untied the lines and pushed off. We motor sailed because there wasn’t much wind so we weren’t gonna get very far just sailing. I threw in my new lure and waited hoping to catch a fish, we haven’t caught anything for a while so I was eager to get something. Usually these passages are pretty boring, but this one wasn’t so bad because within 30 minutes we had a fish on the line. “Fiiish Ooooon”, as soon as I set the hook the fish jumped out of the water and I saw its blue and green colors. It was a Mahi Mahi, a species I hadn’t yet caught on this trip. I was so excited to get it on board and eat it for lunch, it fought very well for only being only five pounds or so which was perfect for our family, so we cleaned it and through it in the freezer to eat later. We still had room for more so I threw in the line again and only 20 minutes later there was another on the line, they liked that lure. This one was about three or four pounds more then the last one and Sarah fought this one, once she got it up close my dad and I took over, it was really heavy but we got it on board and cleaned that one as well. Now we’ve got alot of Mahi on board to eat.We arrived at Bahia De Los Angelas at night and the next day we ate some Mahi for lunch. It was delicious and I ate it with ceviche, a salsa like recipe for putting on different kinds of meat. It had been suggested to us by other fisherman and boaters several times and I can see why they suggested it. Bahia De Los Angelas is a small city and has plenty of tiendas to prevision, there’s two Pemex stations to get fuel which we had to do. The two fuel stations took quite a walk to get to so my mom and I walked there that evening with our cart to fill four jerry cans and haul back to the boat with the walker bay dinghy. It took a few hours but we got it done and came back with popsicles to suck on when we got back. Today we left Bahia De Los Angelas and we are now heading to the anchorage called Puerto Refugio to swim a bit and eat lunch. Hopefully we make it, but that’s all for now…
so until next time,
HABI HOBA:)

Sarah’s Blog July 2017

Hey everyone! After we left La Paz we headed to a bunch more anchorages up the west side of the Sea of Cortez. First we went to Los Candeleros and did a bit of snorkeling. Then we mosied on up to Bahia Chenque. There we found Waponi Woo and Ryan swam to us and gave us a freezer foot because ours broke. After that we swooped in to Loreto and we got ice cream and we tried those styrofoam chips that look like wheels. My dad got a part for the boat but I can’t remember what it was. There was a restaurant that we went to and we took a picture in front of the colorful Loreto sign. I was sneezing the whole time we were there so I think I’m allergic to Loreto. Shortly after that we set off for Caleta San Juanico and that was a fun place. We swam all the way to shore and there was a shrine tree and we put our plaque in the tree as well. Later we traveled to Bahia Conception and all we did there was catch some zzzzzs. We left the next day and made our way to Santa Rosalia which is actually a marina. The docks were really slim and the wifi was good and there was a pool and a nearby park. We stayed at Santa Rosalia for nine days and it was fun.
Once we left we went to another anchorage called Bahia De Los Angeles and got gas. We snorkeled at Puerto Refugio and that was fun. Then we left again to Bahia Wilard and just spent the night zzzz then left to go to Bahia San Felipe and that is a marina. That’s where we are right now and we haven’t done anything yet but its not a very good marina because it has bird poop everywhere and smells really bad. That’s all we’ve done so far so untill next time,
Habi Hoba
Sarah G Dayton

Picture Prompt Story Writing by Sarah

CAT TASTROPHY

One Friday night there was a very wet storm, thunder and lightning. Norm a twenty two year old loves dark places so he took his boots and and his coat and leaped out the front door. Norm got a cat three days ago, he doesn’t have a name for her yet so he ran to “Rooth State Park” to find a name. As Norm walked by the “Bench of Memory” he heard a faint chirp. Norm held his breath to listen closely and surely enough he heard that same chirp. Norm just new that it was a chirp of distress. Norm looked around and saw a small yellow baby bird under the bench! Right then Norm found a name for his cat, “Chirp”. He picked up the bird and realized two things, one, the birds wing is hurt, and two, he can’t return the bird! Norm went to a store to get a cage, a water bowl, and bird feed. When norm got home he went to his sock drawer where he keeps his emergency money. He took fifty bucks and headed to the vet. After three hours of waiting, a lady walked in the waiting room to interrupt Norm who was reading a book by Jake Dayton called “Catching a Cab” with his bird. “Thank you” said Norm, “your welcome, what’s your name?”  “um Norm, and you?” “Mary”. Norm started to walk away and suddenly ” wait!”, Mary got her business card and gave it to Norm and said “call me at six”. Norm rode a cab home to find Chirp fast asleep with everything intact, that’s a first! Norm remembered the park. ” You are Rooth” said Norm. The bird’s name is Rooth. Rooth was in the cage and Chirp was in her bed, Norm  bought to big of a cage so while Norm was asleep Rooth got out and flew to the kitchen! Rooth looked around and got some cat treats in her beak to get Chirp’s attention. Chirp followed Rooth to her cage and they went in it. Rooth went through and around to close the gate. Rooth sat on top of the cage that Chirp was in and started making sounds that woke Norm. Norm came out of his room and saw Rooth sitting on the cage and Chirp in it! Norm ran to get his camera, what a cat tastrophy!

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Picture Prompt Story Writing by Jake

Catching a Cab

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Elizabeth. She was a very strange girl. She loved knitting blankets, and grocery shopping, and reading the whole dictionary twice every day, but most of all, she loved making bets. She always won, and if she thought she would lose she didn’t take it. Her family was very wealthy so they lived in a house of 26,922 square feet along the waterfront. It was worth 148 million dollars. Her closet was the size of your average bedroom. Well, never mind all that, back to the main story. One sunny day in southern California, she was very bored so she went to the local marina to say hello to the fishermen. She loved hearing all there sea stories. She came down here often and talked to the same people but today, a new fisherman came to the marina. He had the ugliest, most beat up boat of all, and on the side it read “Taxi Charters”. Elizabeth, being herself, the friendly sort, went up and introduced herself before he had time to tie up. ” Hi, I’m Elizabeth, how are you”. He turned toward her and said ” Hello to you, I am Kaleb and I’m doing great”. He turned back, finished tying up the boat, sat down and asked “What are you doing on this fine Saturday morning”. ” Oh just talking to the ol’ guys”. After an hour of talking with each other she figured out he too liked making bets. They finished up and he ended their conversation with- “Well, I gotta catch a cab. Once I’m done I’ll go to the part store. My boat ran down, that’s why I’m here. But if my engine didn’t run down I wouldn’t meet you, so I guess its a blessing. Bye”. They lived in the quaint little town of Ruta Shores, so there weren’t any taxis driving around town so she responded with, ” Your not catch’n a cab around here”. He said, “You wanna bet”, and of course she took it. He waved and walked away. It was 8:00 pm so she returned to her house and went to bed. The next morning she woke up and went to find Kaleb. After 20 minutes of searching, she found him surf fishing on the rocky beach with his mooching pole, reeling in a big one. She walked up to him and he said, ” If I land this, I win the bet”. “What do you mean” she asked. He said, “I’m gonna catch a cab, like you told me too”. He pulled in the supposed taxi for 2 hours. He finally landed it. Elizabeth was surprised beyond imagination and for once she actually lost a bet.7d241c503d3a72bb2c28c006c5956ffd

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Jake’s Writings

starting in Oly puget sound3Hey guys, its Jake, a while ago I started drawing on a Puget Sound map our course. Our journey started in Olympia where we had our first party, then we motored over to Tacoma where we had our second party, from there we went to Port Orchard, and we got free moorage because we had a full punch card and also filled up on fuel. After that, we crossed the channel to Bremerton because Sarah got a gift card for Coldstone so we got some ice cream which was amazing. We left Bremerton within less then two hours. From there we went to Kingston and that took us almost all day and on the way, the motor stalled because the fuel filter was bad and luckily we had another one on board but when my dad was installing it he dropped the bolt in the bilge and I happened to have a magnet we had just gotten to grab it. We thought it was stainless steel but its a good thing it was not. Finally, we fixed that problem and were on our way. When we got there we bought some new batteries to replace the old ones and bought some closet rods to hold the stuff on our shelves in. Our longest trip made in Puget Sound was from Kingston to La Conner. There was lots of current so it took us three attempts to dock. We left early in the morning to Anacortez which was the shortest trip made in the Puget Sound. I really like fishing I’ve got a good pole, its a Shakespeare Inch thick Stiff Stick with a Penn baitcaster reel and three generations of fishing tackle but not for sea fishing so I bought 25 dollars worth of tackle at West Marine and Ace. My mom and I also bought my dad a new tool box. We met some nice people on a power boat in the slip next to us. We had a servey done on the boat and passed and also fixed the antenna for the VHF radio. We have a very close friend my dads age named Theresa who has a son named Patrick. He lives at Oak Harbor which is very close to Anacortez so Sarah and I spent a night there with his four kids and there friend. That was very fun. When we came back there was a problem with the Aries wind vain. The rudder wasn’t locking into place. After all that we left Anacortez and went to Port Townsend where there was a lot of people flying there pirate flags and setting off fireworks so we just assumed it was Port Townsend pirate day. Down there we met a guy named Joe who was taking the same journey we are and his buddy Bill helped us with the wind vain and told us to heat the sleeve that goes over the bend up so it would expand and move. That didn’t work so we just replaced the rudder all together. We left to go to Port Angeles and it was brutal. There was huge waves and I threw up four times and I don’t get sick very easily. After 11 hours of that we made it inside the bay and docked the boat. I was already asleep. In the morning I got up and had nothing to do so I went back to bed. When I woke up the second time my mom was awake so I went outside and ate breakfast. We hung out for a little while until after noon and I started fishing. I was fishing all day off the side of the boat and I didn’t catch anything then I went on the dock to the other side and there were some people on their cute catamaran named “Get Busy Liv’in” and while I was fishing I talked to them about how since we were so close to the ocean I might be able to catch a halibut. We all new that was unlikely. Just a minute after I got a bite, and the blow up was really funny but I reeled in the fish that was not fighting very hard. Once it was at the surface I saw it was a very small halibut. I pulled it up smacked it in the head to kill it, then I cleaned it and ate it the next day for lunch. It was very good. The day after that we headed out to try to get to Neah Bay which would take us 12 hours. About half way through, the weirdest sound came from the motor. So we killed it. Something happened to the transmition so we called the Coast Guard to send vessel assist. Which took and hour and a half. By the time they got to us we had drifted into the shipping lanes. We are lucky we weren’t in the way of a ship. They towed us back to Port Angeles so we could get the tranny fixed. We made it back in just a little more than five hours. So here we remain in Port Angeles looking for a new transmition. That our trip so far. Until next time, HABI HOBA

 

Preparing for our “Great Adventure”

It’s been awhile  since my last post because ‘WE HAVE BEEN BUSY!’

We are buttoning up some of the major projects as we prepare for our “Great Adventure.”

We finished the bow sprit and got the standing rigging and ground tackle in order. The roller furler is installed and with a new inner stay for a staysail with running backstays. IMG_20160621_133802_480

We decided to pull all house side DC and ran new home runs with fused substations at mid-ship and starboard side engine room. I still have to make a sub station for port side dc panel and tie in the wind generator and the inverter for all systems hot…IMG_20160604_220641_160IMG_20160626_230644_473

We got a good start on the canvas work and the rest will be done on the way.canvasnI needed a place to house the air compressor and generator and Diana didn’t want me to block off the aft cabin port windows, This was a fun build and I’m amazed at how many people throw away teak… So I gravel it up until I have enough for a project. This was a fun build and I again just started from the bottom up and removed everything that didn’t belong.

IMG_20160622_100252_755 IMG_20160701_114243_087 I’m the unruly neighbor that makes noise and dust all day, but I clean up at the end of each day so I think folks are just tolerating me, knowing we will depart soon…IMG_20160701_123548_130 IMG_20160701_174324_169 This was quite the bend… 3/32″ strips losing 1/8″ of wood for each cutIMG_20160703_160714_868 IMG_20160703_160814_382Not bad for eyeing it and all free wood, old wood so it’s scarred up, beat up with random plug holes…. and that’s the way I like it…


HabiHoba now has new decals ‘Name and Hailing Port’ we are now legal to float. 🙂IMG_20160715_182148_923 IMG_20160715_182544_470Custom sails are measured and in the making, ‘Precision Sails’ out of Canada are on-board and excited about designing and making custom sails for our very unique vessel… main tack from boom main leech specs

Time is short but we will make it… Our Departure date now rests in the hands of the sail makers . We are set and all we need is to test all systems on a shakedown in the San Juan Islands before we make the big left turn. Estimated departure is the 16th of Aug. 2016 with our first destination of San Diego Ca.

We have a couple Bon Voyage party events set up and everyone is welcome to join us.. We have a small stay-sail that we want all of our friends and family to sign so when we are on some of our longer passages and start missing everyone we can raise a sail and feel the love. I again want to thank everyone for being on-board with “HabiHoba’s Great Adventure” You have kept us motivated and we appreciate each and everyone of you… THANK YOU!

Capt’n D

HabiHoba!


 

Captains Log:

Prodding away, our project list is getting smaller by the day. Some of our latest major modifications were/are, the ‘Aries Windvane’ and ‘Bow Sprit’,  The Aries is installed and the sprit is still in the making. Once the Sprit is bolted on our departure date rests in the hands of the sailmaker.


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With some small jobs to button up we should be ready to provision and make way by the 3rd week of August.


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The kids are rocking the homeschooling and with 3rd quarter testing out of the way. they are running out of vim & vigor for scholastics and rearing to go for summer time mode.


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Three years of preparing, not knowing what we were up against, and every step of the way has been an ‘ADVENTURE’.

 

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Capt’n D.

Habi Hoba!