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).

Mar 7, 2016

A Non-Splashy Kind of Splash

Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage.
Anais Nin

From niece of MV Misty Haven

1-2-3 ~ Silent entry into the water, the right kind...

Déjàlà, our home again, is back in her element after 2 years and 5 months up on stands in the desert environment of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, at the north end of the Sea of Cortez. She stayed behind while we sailed to French Polynesia, visited Hawaii, and took care of some business in the US.

Jan 9, 2016

A Better Déjàlà in 2016

Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect.
It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.

Very rare snow on Pinacate
De Frente, local newspaper picture
December flew by as quickly as the fading sounds of the fireworks ending it and 2015. Another month spent getting Déjàlà in top shape after extended storage, which is never easy on anything.

Mike is asleep, Nikki at his feet, snoring loudly. Now nearly 13, she sounds like a small pig when she snores, hence her new nickname, Piglet.

Nov 26, 2015

French Polynesia to Mexico via North Pole

My voyage was never a well-conceived plan, nor will it ever be.
I have made it up as I went along.
Jimmy Buffet
Shrimp boat
The ever colorful Mexico
From 23 degrees South to 70 degrees North then back to Mexico which covers 15 to 32 degrees North.

From -55 to +122 degrees F, facing extremes at both ends of the spectrum.