Anyway, we made it to Mexico! Orale! Of course, it only took about 10 hours (the beauty of leaving from San Diego), but it is a whole other world here. Everything seems to take a bit longer, but that's ok, we are not in much of a hurry.
As for the trip down, it was fairly boring, which is a good thing. We did see one whale (Mom thinks it was a blue whale but it could have been a Humpback or a Grey), we did not do much sailing. The seas were flat, and I think this was the first time in my life that I was genuinely stoked for there not to be any waves.
I am currently sitting on the aft deck praying to the internet gods (i.e. the tower up at the head of the dock) to not delete this post before I get it up on my page. Ensenada is a cute little city, somewhat of a mixture of Rosarito and Tijuana. Lots of raunchy bars with loud bass pulsing out of them, over-friendly vendors selling everything from panchos that say "Chargers" on them to glasswork and fish tacos. The Immigracion and Capitania del Puerto were charming, and it only took us about an hour to do the whole process (light-speed for Mexico), which included getting 6 month visas for the country (for the bargain price of $20!). Apparently they can be real assholes and keep you there for upwards of 8 hours, so we were lucky. We also have a mexican cell phone-- hit me up and tell me where the party at!! (I'll get you that number ASAP.)
This might be the (first and) last city we are in until we hit Cabo San Lucas, which is at the end of Baja, about 700 miles away. We will probably spend Christmas in some little remote cove down the coast. I am so happy not to have to shop for gifts for anybody, although I told mom and dad that I would wrap up some of the random crap I have in my cabin and give it to them.... they were not stoked on the idea. Mom said the only thing she would want of mine is my Xanax, and although I have yet the need to take one, there is not a chance in hell I would give those away.
I wish you all a preemptive merry Christmas and a late happy Hanukkah. Please send me emails and messages and funny comments so I still feel somewhat connected to the "real" world. Miss you all!