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Thursday
May092013

what a la paz'atively great day

Roughing it.Our immediate "let's get these things done in La Paz" list is getting short so last night and tonight Cora and I went off to reconnoiter. Two targets were high on our list: a place to exercise, and the general layout of our host city.

Last night we dinghied over to El Migote and explored an abandoned palapa. On the plus side it's got a roof and enough strength to support my gymnastic rings, but it was about 20 minutes to motor there and just like living in a city if you need to drive 20 minutes to get to the gym you're probably not going to go.

So instead we went down the malecon (mahl-eh-cone) today and found that the beach has a bunch of little palapas, is offset from the main street a bit, can have a dinghy beached easily, and is close to Rebel Heart's current position.

The bags are packed tomorrow to head to the "gym", which will consist solely of the 53lb kettlebell, a pad of leather, and some kicks for running around doing sprints in the sand. Oh, and my kick-ass sound system. So for any La Paz residents if you hear Tupac or Dre down on the beach tomorrow morning: sorry bros that's just how I roll. 

But for tonight half of our children are already asleep, the other is working on it, and things are good. I ended up reading all these horrible stories on wikipedia today and it sounds trite to say, but the difference between having your healthy family on a yacht in a tropical paradise and being all f'd up by circumstance or your own mistakes (or both) is a very thin line.

One car accident, one careless mistake, or a twist of fate through no fault of your own can seal you off from your dreams forever. 

For any of you readers out there that are in the mental, physical, or financial throws of trying to get a boat "out here", keep the faith and don't quit. It's not all peaches and cream down here but it is worth it. You've got the whole rest of your life to sit around not sailing.

Reader Comments (6)

Dude! Reading with envy. Glad you got over to the magote, there's a large sweet palapa, almost more like a bandstand than just a shade structure, waaaaay up on the north end, worth going and checking out. If you can rouse a crowd it's an excellent place for an afternoon/evening bbq.

Definitely drop by 'The Shack', up on Allende (just up the hill from the topless mermaid sculpture on the malecon, two blocks up the hill, it's on your right, can't miss it) and make sure you tell them that Drew and Miya say hi. :)

May 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrew

Sounds like fun....I enjoy reading about your trip. Hope to some day embark on my own circumnavigation....but for now the Puget Sound is a good place to learn and cruise with my 2 boys.

May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

We're workin' on it. Just need to find a buyer for this house :(

Have you ever considered using the TRX or AeroSling on the boat? If you don't know them, Mike and Rebecca on ZeroToCruising use them both and have a pretty good evaluation on Rebecca's blog Strength Plus!.

Deb
S/V Kintala
www.theretirementproject.blogspot.com,

May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

@Drew: That's the palapa I checked out! We're a straight shot away from Marina La Paz so to get up there (especially against the tide) is a haul for our little 2.5 hp outboard. I hit up the beach: works well enough for now. I think I might accommoder the kid's play ground area at Club Cruceros from time to time as well. We'll get over to The Shack as well, but right now we're still on parenting schedule so 6pm is when we're home getting ready for "night night".

@Will: You have more experience with the tidal stuff than we do for sure. But man, you've got to get out of that weather!

@Deb: I've come across their blog a few times but I'm more on the gymnastic world than some of the new trademarked products. One thing I really like about a set of good ol' fashioned rings is that there are decades of training history and progression for everything from kids to Olympians. They're cheaper, you can do more, and there's a bulk of literature and studies about how to safely and effectively perform nearly any movement.

It's hair splitting for sure and I try not to rattle off my fitness opinions all that often because it's a common (and annoying) habit that I run into all the time from others.

To add another aspect though, we're not part-time sailors at this point where we can use a full featured gym with proper strength training equipment for half the year then merely need to maintain the other six months. So heavy weights, ballistic training, and gymnastics are employed because that's all my body is going to see.

I miss real strength training a lot. My main goal is to get as close as I can to it with gear that fits on the boat or that I can easily transfer to shore.

May 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterEric

Thanks Eric. I needed that last paragraph. For now I live vicariously through folks like yourself!

May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

PS: there's a gym on the way up to the Chedraui and Mega, I think it's only like 30p for a drop-in...

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrew

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