December 5, 2010

Goodbye Guaymas-maybe

Our work is done. The cruising kitty is fed. The weather report looks optimistic for the 100 mile passage to San Jaunico tomorrow. So now we need to fill the fuel tanks and the pantry, do some laundry and say our goodbyes to Guaymas.
 evening on the malecon (Ceilydh is in the lower right corner)

Ah, Guaymas…
More ruined than beautiful; more loud than musical—our affection for this overlooked little coastal city caught us off guard. We’ll miss the nightly celebrations, the giggling children and the warm welcomes we receive everywhere we go. And we’ll miss the calm protected anchorage. How nice it’s been to sleep soundly on smooth seas every night. Albeit serenaded by brass bands and bad karaoke…
 We’ll also miss our dear new friends—especially Paula, Matt, Sammy and Trinidad on Endurance. We celebrated our week-iversary but swore it must have been longer that we’ve been friends. We’ve packed so much into such a short time, and now we hate the idea of leaving them behind. Paula keeps telling us the weather is terrible and we’ll have to stay. I keep telling them they don’t really need money to live on and they should just keep sailing and not go home.
 But sailboats need to sail, and seasons need to be respected. And sometimes journeys need to end.
We’ll leave when the weather window opens. And they’ll head home soon after.
 But don’t tell Paula that secretly we also hope it won’t be tomorrow…

7 comments:

S/V Endurance said...

Well our life will be more peaceful if we know our friends are not going anywhere..but at the same we love the motivation you give us to adventure into the Sea again! Have a wonderful trip and.. IT HAS BEEN A BLAST!

Behan said...

I know that feeling all too well! *sigh* Sweet sorrows of cruising life...

The Crew of Savannah said...

i am very jealous that we're not with you guys (the place doesn't matter - loving San Blas - but the company would be great)! Have a safe trip...still hoping to see you guys soon.

s/v Savannah

Alicia said...

Goodbyes are always tearful especially if you have enjoyed the place and most especially the people. But life as well as your journey must go on. Just think that it's better that you still have met those adoring people rather than to not have met them at all. At least you have another memory to treasure.

Diane, Evan and Maia said...

Ah, Behan... indeed.
Monica--it would have been wonderful to have all been together. I keep telling Matt and Paula that they should just change their minds about that whole going home thing:)
Alicia--that is a lovely way to think about it. I do see our friends as this lovely collection of memories and moments scattered around the globe...

Victoria said...

We've lived aboard for just six months and twice we've met and made fast friends with another boat's crew as they got ready to depart on their cruise. We have even spent the last week working through every detail of our life to see if it's possible for us to head south in two months to spend more time with our new friends from s/v Brittania. I'm so lucky to have had the chance to spend the time I've had with them but it'll be another bittersweet goodbye.

Diane, Evan and Maia said...

Victoria,
It won't get easier either. The good news is as you make more cruising friends and they become further flung, it's hard not to find someone you know in just about any harbour. That's the good part:)