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~ Chapter Twenty Four ~


Colorado River to Los Angeles


It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end." ~ Ursula K. LeGuin


The next morning we left San Felipe and headed north to spend the night in Ensenada. We stopped for tacos and tortas at Taco's Manuel, and then checked into the Rosarito Beach Hotel for one final night in Baja.

Physically I was in Rosarto Beach, there was no denying that. But mentally I was somewhere else, somewhere on the ocean. I was having a difficult time re-adjusting to my new reality of people, traffic and activity in all directions. And I wasn't even back in Los Angeles yet!

Somebody famous once said "The unexamined life is not worth living". Although that statement might be taking a good idea to an extreme, there is indeed great value in stepping back a bit and viewing one's life from a different perspective. And my time on the boat around Baja seemed to be a pretty good step back for me.

Did my priorities in life change after my adventure. Probably. I took this trip because I was pushing 50 years old and I was beginning to understand how short life just might be. After the trip was over I felt an even greater understanding of the brevity of life, and of what is really important. The more I thought about it the more I realized that chasing dollar bills and building a large net worth had definitely dropped a few notches on my ever changing list of important things to do.

Some of us in society, pushed by advertising and good ol' Yankee competition, have bought into the idea that success can be defined by this collection of material goods that we acquire as we live our lives. Indeed there is nothing wrong with these material things, and they can add great joy to our lives. But they can be a waste of time if they are the thoughtless end to our efforts rather than the actual means to a good life. If we spend more time pacing the cage than actually enjoying life then why are we here?

The end game in life is a little bit different for each person, but the word "enjoy" seems to come up quite a bit when people try to express their ideas about living life to the fullest. It seems the idea of 'joy' is worthy ideal, but we sometimes forget where to draw the line once we have accomplished our initial goals.

Dudly Moore, in his roll as Arthur in the movie by the same name, summed it up pretty well when he was told by his butler that he had had 'enough' to drink. His reply was quick and to the point, and not unlike the all-American chant. "I want more than enough" he quipped. Seems like many of us have the same idea. We want more than the point where we are never quite satisfied with what we already have.

In the words of Aristotle "Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence". To be happy, to enjoy each day, is a definition of success that seems worthy of our consideration.


Wife Leslie, Carlos (15 pounds lighter!) and daughter Tracy in San Felipe


Update...the Vaka Vita has once again been taken south of the border and is now semi-retired in the Mexican fishing village of San Juancio. Carlos visits the boat on a regular basis and helps get her ready for fishing excursions for special guests, but Carlos has not taken the Vaka Viti back into the ocean since completing his adventure.

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