Finally we are out of the marina area of San Carlos, Mexico, and have anchored out of a harbor off an island. It was an amazing sail down the Sea of Cortez to a large island by the name of Isla Carman, 150 miles in 21 hours. We had a dinner of lentil soup, then my dad put Taj to bed. I had my first night watch. It was really fun, I listened to music, read, and every 10 minutes I had to look around to see if we were off course or a boat was near by. Luckily nothing really ever happened, except that we got off course a little bit. At 10:00 I went to bed. Surprisingly I was really tired! At around 8 the next day, we made it to the island. Taj really wanted to go swimming so, I went in with him. I was by the anchor chain and pulled myself down. I thought it was only 19 ft when I dove down and when I made it to the surface, I thought I was just really outta shape. But when my dad said it was 34 ft, I was surprise that that was my first dive of the season! Taj and I got cold so we got out( Taj was so cold that his lips were blue!). It was really nice thou.
Today, we went on a hike up to the top of the closes ridge. I was a little out of shape because, I have not hiked in like a week and a half. I made my self run up the hill, and then as we did in my outdoor education class, Vilda, I did a “sit spot”. A sit spot is where you sit for a few minutes, and just listen and look around. Once I was done with that I ran up to the next little knoll. By the time I was back and had sat back down, my dad and Taj had made it to the top. I asked if they wanted to walk to the other knoll, of course my dad said yes. We hiked, well I ran, and then at the top of that one, I wanted to make it to the highest one. I went ahead to scout it out, but it was not possible. So we had to go down the crazy way. As in with no trail and cacti all over the place. We did make it down somehow. We kayaked back to our boat and set off the the next anchorage, which we are entering as I type.😋, hopefully we meet some cruising kids, Carumba and Kenta Anae are still in San Carlos.
Fair winds🌬 and lots of dolphins 🐬
Hey world! It’s Nina. First of all sorry for not writing in so long, as you know we were up in the states a few months ago, and I got back in November wrote a post, but that was ages ago. My mom and I got back in December, after a birthday stay in the states. I got to go to a Green Day concert with my mom, and my two friends, Zélie and Ava. But that isn’t what I am writing about. School, that’s what this is about. When we began last year homeschooling, I found homeschooling and everything about it horrible. Doing school every day with your parents, now isn’t that every child’s dream. At least for most children. That was my answer at least last year because, we did not have a decent curriculum to go by. We were choosing different sources, and not all of them worked for me. But while we were up in the states, I went to visit my old school. I had found that quite a few of my old friends, if not all, have changed and moved on. They were preoccupied by things I don’t really care about. We began an amazing homeschooling curriculum called, OakMeadow. I personally really like this a lot more than some other books (that I shall not name). Last year we found a OakMeadow Math book in La Cruz, and I enjoyed it immensely. When I found out that we were doing this curriculum I was really happy with it. We also began Vilda an outdoor education class with other homeschoolers. I personally didn’t meet any homeschoolers while homeschooling in the states before we left in 2015. This was really fun for Ellamae and I because we got to socialize with others “like us”. This changed my perspective on homeschooling a lot. I had a new group of friends, and they were a lot nicer than some of my other friends I had before. When we came down to Mexico🇲🇽 I was actually keen on doing my schooler work rather than trying to worm out if it. I got done faster because I was working on it rather than procrastinating. I was excited to work on it in the morning, so I would wake up at around six-six thirty just to get to do school (and the fact that I was done around ten-ish in the morning.). A hint to all homeschooling parents: find a curriculum that really works for you and your child, it will make life ten times more easier.
Fair winds🌬and lots of dolphins🐬
One shout out to Vilda: Hey guys! I miss you tons all of you, and hope you can visit us.
And one last shout out to Elsie: I miss you so much. I hope to see you down here February to March. Tell me when you’ll be down here.
We have just been in the states for about 4 months, it was great to see all of my friends… I definitely had a hard time with it because, my friends were making new groups of friends, and I was not in any of those groups. I was able to adjust to it, but then again it was quite hard and frustrating. We were on summer break when we first arrived, so we didn’t have to do any school, but for staying so long we had to start school soon. We tried to get me enrolled in my old school, The New Village School, but I did not get excepted. We found this cool Waldorf/ charter school with a home schooling program so, we enrolled Ellamae and I. Included in the school we could do this outdoor education class called VILDA with other homeschoolers. It was really fun, I made really good friends. We did it very Monday and Thursday. On Mondays we stayed near where we were dropped off in Fairfax, or on the top of Mt. Tam. And on Thursdays 6 other kids, the instructor, Spencer, and I would go all around Marin County on adventures. We would go to farms, hike off trail, or go to Angel Island, as we on my last day.
When it was time to leave, I found it wasn’t hard to leave, expect for that I would miss my good friend, Elsie, and the kids from VILDA(the outdoor education class). I still miss them, but as soon as I came back, I fell right back into the rhythm of things. We unpacked and then called a kid boat, my dad had met when he was down here(Mexico) last time. We invited them to dinner, the kids were a little shy, but by the second day they were talkative and joking with me. Logan(12), and Hunter(9) made me laugh so much. We played a version of Dudgeon & Dragons, but we just kinda made it up as we went. We visited Kenta Anae, who we knew from La Cruz and hung out with them for a day. It was all quite easy coming down, except, on Mondays and Thursdays I felt as if something was missing. And something is missing, I am not going to VILDA those days of the week. I had made some really great friends in those classes, ranging from 6th grade to 9th grade, but in those classes my better friends were five kids named, Finn (13), Cullen (13), Martha (13), Nikkos (12), and Steven (14). I think in the end it was the hardest to leave them and Elsie, but other than that I was quite excited to be back on the boat, and sleep in my own bed, and hang out with some new cruising kids (I am now counted as an old one since I came down last year.).
Fairwinds🌬 andlotsofdolphins🐬 -Nina Lauducci-
We went on an amazing hike with Cielo Grande, and Coastal Drifter. We were anchored in this little cove called La Ramada. We read in the cruiser guide that the Apache left their tears behind. The legend go like this; In the late 1800s, the Americans fought a war against the Apache warriors. The Americans wanted the Apaches as their slaves, but the warriors did not want the life of a slave. They casted themselves off a cliff and they fell to their deaths. The families of the Apache warriors wept and wept. When their tears hit the ground they turned to stone. Legend has it that if you keep an Apache tear with you, you will never have to cry again because the Apache Tribe did for you. We found many tears along the trail, and my dad plans on making necklaces for gifts. I also plan to give them as gifts🎁. I was glad we were able to find them because of their beauty.
Keep calm and look for Apache Tears💦
My Mom forgot to publish this for me on 6/03/16. So here it is now 😜
We are anchored at this small cove called Honeymoon Cove. It is amazing with its blue clear water, fish, and a shark. Well, we think it was a shark. Anyways, today we went snorkeling with our friends on Ceilo Grande. I was kinda hesitant to go in because of the shark. We went to go spear fishing, my dad caught a grouper, Nick caught an assortment of different fish, and his son Finn(5) caught a hawk fish. My dad was done after one, so he took the Go Pro and started recording us. Then Nick and my mom started diving down deep. Nick made it to 44 ft, my mom made it to 65 ft, and I made it to 28 ft. I thought “Great job.” Then a little later I made it to 38 feet and I was super exited. I was kinda like why didn’t I go down 2 more feet to 40. I told my dad to find a place I could dive down to 40 ft. So he did. I got to use my mom’s super long (but very uncomfortable) fins. MY NEW PERSONAL RECORD!!!! It was really cool diving down that deep but I would not do it again unless I didn’t know it was that deep. I felt like I was pushing myself and free divers don’t do that. Next time I’ll just dive, if it’s 29 ft awesome, if it’s 50 ft even better. I just enjoy the feeling.
Keep Calm and Free Dive On
Honeymoon Cove on Danzante Island, Mexico.
This man on s/v Jake (who is the manager of the Amigo Net) offered me a place as Net Controller on the AMIGO NET! The Amigo Net is held on the SSB which is like our VHF. The VHF is like the cruiser’s local phone☎️, it is like a giant built in walkie-talkie but can only go as far as the eye can see. Anyways the SSB is our long range “VHF”. I can hear people from Bay of LA to Cabo San Lucus (maybe)? This net is a big deal for me! I have done a few little nets in Barra as you have read before.
Nets are held all around the world. Cruisers and land based people can check in. For example, our friends on Pesto, Enough, Sarita, and Batu were crossing the South Pacific Ocean, and they would check in, so that others could make sure they were okay and see where they were.The Amigo Net is held just in Mexico, but anyone can check in if they have an SSB and station license.
I woke up a 7:30 and read a little, but I was far to nervous to read. I stated checking alternate frequencies just in case the first on was busy. Which it was😟! I was now really anxious to start the net. I had talked to my friend on Milagro on what to do if the frequency was busy and I has forgotten! The voices were still going at 7:58, two minutes before the net. Right at 7:59 the voices stopped so I started, ” Is this frequents in use? Is this frequents in use?” I ask nobody in particular. No response. A good way to start the morning. I only got 9 check ins which was fine by me. Well kinda😔. I really enjoy talking on the SSB. There were 2 minutes till weather time and no more check ins! Luckily Jake on SV Jake came to the rescue with an announcement and then he did the weather. I was able to kinda check out for a minute or five😊. Then after the weather I started with announcements and Milagro had one. Then I asked for any check ins… Nothing heard so I ended the net. In the end I was happy and felt amazing. 😁.
Fair winds🌬and lots of dolphins🐬
We are in the Sea of Cortez!
And it is awesome! Well we have been here a little while. It is really cool. We met this kid boat that I have never even heard of! They are on Spanish Stroll. Ariana, who is 15, is funny and nice. Her brother Andrew, 13, is really nice as well. When we were in La Paz we hung out a lot with them and Coastal Drifter ( Ethan, 12). Ellamae loved Spanish Stroll’s dog, Maya. We left La Paz and haven’t seen them since. Our friends on Cielo Grande and Alert are heading our way right as we speak. Write? Right as I write.
When we first got into the Sea I jumped into the water and it was freezing. Since it is really cold, so I wear a 1m. top and a 3m. shorty and I am usually good. I really hope that as we head up the visibility will get better and it will get warmer. I really like to dive shallow-ish and hang out. I can now hang out in about 20 ft for a few seconds. It is really fun. I fell like a mermaid down there, if only l could just stay down there for ever.
School is hard because I have just started algebra and my books are so-so. Hopefully I will be getting Oak Meadow for math next year. When we were in La Cruz I got the 7th grade curriculum and they, explain how to do it all. If you are starting homeschooling I recommend this book. It is based off of Waldorf. For writing I have been writing a book. It is really hard I have started over about 3 times all ready, but it’s all part of the fun. I have been doing a lot of science experiments with Ellamae. I know all 33 capitals of the states is México. We end around lunch time, but once Ellamae decided to end at like 8:00 and it was time to get ready for bed.
Nina – 05/26/2016