We awoke to a cacophony of chatter from whence, I did not know! Once I got up and went outside I could see there were tons of seagulls squalking (this term is courtesy of Wikipedia), it seems that this is their mating season and they were at it in full force!
We also found out that the gringos here have two "movie nights' a week - on Mondays and Thursdays and they are held at two different restaurants - Thursday nights are at an outdoor restaurant and we saw "Nebraska." Monday night was at an indoor restaurant and we saw "About Time" - both of these films were great. It was fun and gave us a little taste of the "ex-pat" lifestyle here...one I could become VERY accustomed to.
I immediately felt that this was a spot I could spend some serious time at and wanted to hang out for awhile if I could make the work thing happen in town. I was pretty successful the first day we tried, so we decided to stay awhile. By this time we were having serious problems with our batteries and starting to have some water pump issues as well. Our batteries would not hold a charge and we needed to run our genie 2-3 times a day. We've done quite a bit of boondocking with friends, at Burning Man, and in the California desert, and I always feel badly that we need to run our generator as much as we have to, but Bill is super conscientious about maintaining the integrity of our batteries and if you boondock and don't have either a big battery bank or good solar it's just part of the deal. In the past, this hasn't been an issue for any of our friends but it seems we ran our genie at a bad time for our traveling partners and they were very upset with us, so that coupled with our different schedules made it easy for them to move on. I still feel really badly that things had to end the way they did, but at this point there is nothing we can do.
Friday night the bar on the beach had a party, complete with DJ and dancing - we had a blast and met more neighbors, including a couple of gals that got so plastered we had to "walk" them back to their rig.
Our three day stop turned easily into ten - going into town every other day or so for work, laundry or banking. I woke up every morning and had my coffee sitting at the shore, watching the sun rise, then it was either yoga or a run up the mountain, before starting our day. We became better friends with Carlos and John, a guy who's spending a couple of years here. John loaned us his kayaks and we had an awesome day on the water, afterwards we had John over for some of Bill's vegan chili, while watching the sunset.
We did extend our stay long enough to go into town on Wednesday, February 26th, to try and buy Burning Man tickets online. John told us of another restaurant in town that had wifi and we thought there might not be as many people there to afford us a better wifi connection. We got there an hour before the tickets went on sale and it took us about 45 minutes, and working with the owners, to finally get a good enough signal and we were probably one of the last people to score tickets. We heard that they sold 38,000 tickets in just under 40 minutes. If you hadn't logged in before 12:01, you didn't get them. We were very, very lucky!!
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