May 25, 2016

The Cost of Living on the Cutting Edge and Mañana

It's not because things are hard that we don't dare;
It’s because we don’t dare that they are hard. 
Seneca

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We installed eight brand new 50-watt thin-film flexible solar panels less than 6 months ago while refitting the boat in Puerto Peñasco.  We even re-designed the new dodger to best fit these new panels.  These new panels got us here to Mazatlán.

May 12, 2016

Caprail and World Championship...

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor
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Our son Adam has qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Australia, this September...


So guess where we are heading (without the boat)... This is a truly amazing accomplishment, we are very proud of him and his family supporting his efforts.

May 7, 2016

Are You High Or Are You Lost?


Furnished with three rickety wooden chairs and a stained sofa
that had seen too much and forgotten too little.
Tom Robbins

Oystercatchers, very noisy birds around here
There are always a lot of opportunities for wildlife as well as people-watching in Mexico.  People live much more in the outdoors and they are seemingly far less worried about what others may think of what they do.  Weather being so pleasant entices the wildlife to play too.

So they just Do…  Live…  Are… 

Apr 10, 2016

Mazatlan Anew, What's Not to Love

If a writer knows everything that's going to happen,
then his book is dead before he begins it.
V. S. Naipaul

The many ways Mexicans are reminded of death...
Reacquainting ourselves with Mazatlán after an absence of 2.5 years. It seems a little more sedate.  Marine tourism is slightly down but is could also be that we are now used to the many aspects, colors, and oddities of Mexico.

Mar 21, 2016

A Strange River Runs Through It

Hate is a lack of imagination
Graham Greene


Our first Mazatlán sunset.  Divine
The majestic Pinacate Mountain, a famous landmark north of Puerto Peñasco is finally in our 'rearview mirror'. Its dark silhouette ghosted behind us for most of our first day's sail to our destination.

Mazatlán is 650 miles away should you get there in a straight line which is never the case in sailing. The longest sail we have done on Déjàlà was 93.5 hours long, this one ended up taking nearly twice that: 170 hours and 756 miles (you guessed it 100miles longer than the rhumb line).