- Anna Welscott
Mexico is Hot Hot Hot!!
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel...we have almost officially survived our first summer in Mexico. We have endured some hot and miserable days, to say the least. To be completely honest, I actually did not know we could physically sweat as much we have these past few months. The good news is we are seeing a gradual drop in temperatures....which also means that hurricane season is almost over. Yay!!
We decided to come up north to San Carlos, on mainland Mexico, as it's a known hurricane hole. Not only is there good protection but, historically, San Carlos has not seen many hurricanes in the past. We had a few hurricanes: Enrique, Nora, and Olaf that we kept a close eye on, but none of them made it up the Sea of Cortez, thankfully. Although hurricane season official ends November 30th, chances of a hurricane start to diminish greatly by the end of October. Below is a screenshot of a predicted track for Hurricane Nora, which did not come to fruition back in August.
We have experienced a few exciting chubascos since we have been in San Carlos. A chubasco is a sudden squall that typically happens at night. They form very quickly, without much warning and they bring strong winds, thunder, and lightening. You have to be ready to grab anything on deck that might blow away or cause windage....and then you hunker down & hold on for a fun ride! These squalls are very localized and hard to predict, but luckily they are short lived.
Although the days are hot, we have been enjoying our time here. San Carlos has everything we need. The food is good, the people are kind, and dropping off our laundry at the nearby hotel to be washed and folded, has been a bonus. The landscape is easy on the eyes, with lots of mountains jetting up from the sea. Other things to note; a couple months back I started running the San Carlos Cruisers Net on the VHF radio on Tuesday mornings. Our Spanish is getting better and we have become acquainted with a few cheap happy hours nearby, where we can take a break from being on the boat, which has been nice. We have found a good snorkel spot and a couple beaches that are in biking distance. The beaches are a bit more rocky on mainland Mexico, instead of the white sand we grew accustomed to on the Baja, but there are no complaints from us...as the water is 90 degrees and typically has good clarity.