This is a first for me. I am writing about a trip that I am not on, but thanks to our wonderful world of technology it seems as if I am almost right there.
You may or may not remember that we bought a boat in San Carlos, Mexico, in February. We bought it the day before we were leaving and had never seen it in the water or had a chance to start and run the engines. The purchase was done with fingers crossed.
After a few months (and lots of help from a friend in Arizona) we got the boat licensed in Arizona and got the title to the trailer put in our name. Why Arizona, you ask? Well, we are property owners in Arizona so it is cheaper because there was no sales tax. Since we don’t live there we do have to pay more than a resident for our annual tabs but saving that sales tax was a big thing. Turns out most of the American owned boats in San Carlos are registered in Arizona for exactly this reason.
So on June 1st Garry and his oldest son David headed on an adventure for a week in San Carlos to deal with Mexican paperwork and put the boat in the water, test it out, and hopefully do some fishing.
The best way to get to San Carlos from Seattle is via American Airlines. There is one flight a day that has a connection in Phoenix that works… so the trip is Seattle- Phoenix, a 2 hour layover and then Phoenix to Hermosillo, Mexico. After that, it was pick up a rental car and drive about 2 hours on a major highway to San Carlos. They left Seattle at 5:00 a.m. and were in Hermosillo by 11:30 a.m. It was a little confusing for me because Phoenix and Mexico do not go on daylight savings time and I had forgotten that.
The guys are renting a house for a week for $600 US. It is a house that one of Garry’s Mexican buddy’s lined up for him and it is right by the marina. Garry says it is OK but not up to our standards. Fine for this week, though.
Here is the good thing about technology. Every time Garry makes a credit card purchase I get an email notification that a transaction out of the country had taken place. So Saturday morning, bright and early, I saw that he had put Mexican marine insurance on the boat. Then later I saw he had put fuel in the boat so I knew had had launched the boat and that it ran. He had no idea I was along on the trip via emails from American Express. Then when he took pictures with his iphone and was using the wifi at the house, his pictures synced with my Mac, iPad and iPhone so I got to see those also. Two days ago David accidentally butt dialed me on FaceTime so we got to see each other and talk while they were on the boat in the marina.
In addition to getting his required Mexican insurance on the boat he also had to switch the Mexican permit into his name. His friend went with him Monday to do that. It turned out it was at a bank. He had all the necessary paperwork, ID and pesos so $60 US later mission accomplished. The permit is good for 10 years. That should be good for us, right?
I get a call or two a day from the guys. They have gone fishing a few times, but one day was pretty rough so they did more sightseeing than fishing, staying in closer for protection from the wind. One day they caught a Dorado (aka Mahi Mahi). Last night they went to one of our favorite restaurants and the chef cooked their fish for them a couple different ways. Garry put our favorite waiter on the phone with me. He wanted to know why I wasn’t there and he missed seeing our little car. Today (Wednesday) they were going fishing with another Mexican buddy along. The waters were supposed to be better and they were going to go further out. Hopefully there was some successful fishing and catching.
The weather has been hot and humid. It has been as high as 100 – 102, but down also in the mid 80’s. The humidity is kinda getting to them but it sounds like they are staying hydrated….. at least until margarita time.
They get home Friday night with a reverse of the trip down… again, only one flight a day that works. They leave Hermosillo a little before noon and get in about 8:30 Friday night.