Eagle's Big Left Turn

Now that La Paz is our temporary home, for now, travel with us as we explore Baja and other Mexico destinations, learning about the riches that Mexico has to offer with it's history and people.

27 January 2017 | El Sargento on the beach
24 January 2017 | La Ventana
21 January 2017 | La Paz
19 January 2017 | Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara
23 December 2016 | La Paz
24 November 2016 | Seattle
17 November 2016 | La Paz
15 November 2016 | La Paz
10 November 2016 | Outside La Paz
09 November 2016 | La Paz
31 October 2016 | Around Baja
29 October 2016 | La Paz
26 October 2016 | La Paz
08 October 2016 | Around La Paz
25 September 2016 | La Paz
25 September 2016 | Lookong NW from La Paz
24 September 2016 | La Paz
19 September 2016 | La Paz
17 September 2016 | La Paz
16 September 2016 | La Paz

Catching up - El Sargento Flowers

27 January 2017 | El Sargento on the beach
Jeanne
While out camping on the beach at Christmas I spotted these few flowers. Some I've identified, but my reference book is severely lacking in information.

The cover or opening photo is a Felt leaf morning glory, Campanilla.

It's amazing to me that such delicate flowers can survive in such a plant hostile environment.
This is a Day flower, or commelina erect var.angutifolia, the Mexicans call it Quesadilla!
A Mexican version of the bleeding heart. A wonderful blast of fascia in the desert.


This is Mexican Fritilaria butterfly with wings open.

and wings closed

Catching up – La Ventana

24 January 2017 | La Ventana
Jeanne
Often times when we go out to 'shoot' photos, I don't have any particular subject in mind. Quite often I can come up with a theme for the day, or I find several similar subjects presenting themselves and then I have my topic for the day.Tom always is in search of his feathered friends.


At other times, I will seek to find textures, or colors, or doors and windows, whatever catches my eye enough to capture the image, or I set out with a plan.

On our Christmas camping trip this past year, we headed into town, La Ventana, to see what the kiteboarding action was like. La Ventana and Los Barilles are HUGE kiteboarding spots. In fact this weekend is "Lord of the Wind" - international Kite board events. Tom also needed to find some internet to submit a story to www.10000birds.com, a site he submits to on Wednesdays.

We choose the Playa Central location for our afternoon. It's a bar/restaurant, lesson and equipment center as well as a hangout area, very reminiscent of something you might have found when you were in college. Think mishmash collection of old, comfy, sofas, tables and chairs, ping-pong tables, a long bar, and lots of room for evening parties and music jams.



I choose the upstairs observation patio to watch the action on the beach while Tom submitted his stories and photos. While not the best location to shoot the boarders in the water because of the high angle, it was a great location to photograph what was happening on the beach. And, lucky for me, the sun broke through the thick haze we'd had for days, and the wind fell off, so there were lots of people on the beach.


There are many times when I'm taking a photo that I think of someone - a friend or family member. Sometimes, it's something quirky or unique that I know Char would appreciate. I thought of Jane while in Tlaquepaque taking the photo of the glass discs on the table. She has a very unique kaleidoscope collection. Once in a while I find something that I know Bette and I should send the 'art police' out for - some atrocity that was better left in someone's head. But then that's what art is all about. This particular shoot started out with someone in mind, and then became a collection for all my lady friends. Granted I wasn't at a 'muscle' beach...... but still.


So I'm sitting on this deck, with a couple of very long lenses (think spying) and trying to come up with a topic for the day. Well, they just sort of presented themselves to me.
I always tend to gravitate to color. So this new angle looking down was pleasing to me. And then the rest just sort of happened. And there was a margarita or two involved.....Yes, the topic is rather sexist. Just enjoy. As a postscript, the ladies don't look real sexy in wetsuits. Just sayin'.....



a man bun? really?










a beginner?



And then I turn around to leave, and here's this cool collection on a wall. They offered their own collection and post processing editing practice!







Catching up - street artist

21 January 2017 | La Paz
Jeanne
One of the things that really bothered me about my recovery the past 6 months was how it affected my 'creative eye'. I had absolutely no desire to pick up my camera to capture and image.
Granted, being on crutches or using a cane severely limits using your hands to hold things like cameras, and kneeling, or sitting or walking were difficult at times.... you get the 'picture'!


In preparing for my down time, I had set aside several editing and photography projects. Unfortunately, I didn't have the desire to do anything with my images.

So, now I'm playing a bit of catch up.


This street artist was seen one afternoon back in May while out exploring the city with Tom's Sister, and brother in law.


We all had fun watching him put the finishing touches on a colorful mural. Since this building has had nothing in it for a couple of years it was a nice addition to the neighborhood.











Unfortunately, 2 weeks later, 2 of the 3 panels were down and something new is going to be opening up. Good timing on our part.

The Final Dr Visit in Guadalajara

19 January 2017 | Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara
Jeanne
After several delays on attempts to get back to Guadalajara for my final Dr check-up, we finally made it this past weekend.

The visit went well, the x- rays show total consolidation of the bone, and when he heard that I haven't been using a cane since Dec 3 AND I completed a 5 mile hike at Christmas, I got the double thumbs up from him!

I know there were several blog posts that were of a whiny nature, and for that I sort of apologize. When you're in the thick of the healing progress, and you quit seeing day to day progress, it's pretty easy to see the gloomy side of things, and you question whether it was something you should have done at all.

Now, at the other end of it, it was totally worth it. I find that I get up to walk down a dock, or stroll somewhere and don't even think about it. I am also walking 3 mornings a week. Some mornings are better than others, but that's to be expected with the longer end of rehab!


So, I convinced Tom that he should go with me to Guadalajara and take a couple of days to play. We did one day in the park looking for birds - he found 6 new ones, and a day in Tlaquepaque for me.
I've been wanting to go there, just because the name is so fun to say! And, it's reputation as a quaint touristy area held some appeal.


Here are a few shots from the Tlaquepaque day.




We even found some friends who were enjoying the local sites. Mike's in the green shirt, Kathy's in the flowered jacket!



Tom's happy! "La Casa del Waffle" !!!




This act performs most of the day, about once an hour. Each guy climbs to the top. THen they wrap the lines around the center pole. The 'musician' climbs to the top and whistle and drums for them as they unwind to the ground.


Everyone should polish their pig! Decorated pigs found all over the area!


Even Casa Del Waffle has a decorated pig! Love the handprints!

and one of my favorites of the day... and one of the first shots of the day....

Merry Christmas 2016

23 December 2016 | La Paz
Jeanne
My how the time goes.
My trip to Seattle late in November was good. Gordie came through his bypass surgery in really good shape. Four weeks later he's experiencing extreme cabin fever. The skype photos shows he's looking really good! The weather has been too cold to get out much, but he's getting in his dialing walking allotment!

One my way back from Seattle I stopped in San Francisco where I was met by my Aunt Bette. She whisked us away to the north Marin area - Sebastapol, Petaluma and Santa Rosa. We enjoyed 3 days of wandering, shopping, being tourists, and enjoying some much needed time together. Lefty was along and navigated with he new 'Santa' hat. I was still using a cane for most of the trip and didn't take many photos. The cane and camera were just not a good combo!

Returning to La Paz the first week of December found both Tom and I scrambling to get our boats ready for the owners return. Just after my return my leg felt a lot stronger and I've left the cane behind!

We've found time for some lovely social nights with friends, and a couple of trips to the shelter to spread some cheer to them.












All of the residents received a bag of goodies, lots of pizza and a 'fir' decorated cake!


Everyone including Benita received a new warm jacket!


We are currently wrapping up our day and week. Anticipating a week out camping, we're packing the trailer. Unfortunately, we discovered one of the springs had broken.......damn. Tom removed the broken part and headed off to the welder for a repair. He returned an hour later saying it couldn't be fixed.... then pulled a brand new spring out from behind his back! That's my guy!

So, we've one more social event tonight to hear Katie from SV Pangaea, a professional opera singer, sing some Christmas songs for all. Tomorrow we will work a short day, pack the trailer and find a quiet spot for the week.

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season! Fill it with lots of love, friendship, laughter, chocolate and cookies. Snow and that cold stuff if you must!

We hope that your Christmas and New Year wishes all come true!

Happy Thanksgiving

24 November 2016 | Seattle
Jeanne
This year I have so much to be thankful for.
I'm very thankful for all of you that are very near and extremely dear to me. My wonderful, dear husband Tom, my family and a whole bucket load of great friends. Thank you all for your help, offers of help and just being there to listen or help out - when I allowed it! I also want to toss out a thank you to Dr Jaime Michel, for doing such a superb job with the surgery and followups. My leg is stronger every day, and I'm almost, almost cane free! Yea!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Now, I want to send a thank you to all those people out there who do things in their normal course of the day with out getting many thanks.

I'm sitting in a Seattle Hospital as I write this. My Dad, Gordie just had bypass heart surgery yesterday. I arrived late last night and saw him briefly this morning. He's doing good, in fact was sitting up in a chair! The family is here, and we're taking shifts holding his and mom's hand. He's going to be just fine.

So, here it is Thanksgiving. I've heard people say "Happy Thanksgiving" to people. Our family, like most of you usually spend the day with family. This year, since we're not doing the usual family meal, I've decided to thank those people who don't get many thanks. So today, so far I've thanked the cashier in the cafeteria for working today so that I could get some breakfast. The lady who was cleaning up the family lounge, was doing a great job and is hoping to get to go home a few hours early. A couple of other hospital nurses and staff as well.

So go out of your way today to Thank someone who maybe doesn't get much in the course of their day.

And to all of you, Thanks for being a part of my life. You are cherished and loved!



Vessel Name: Eagle
Vessel Make/Model: Freeport Islander
Hailing Port: Des Moines, Washington
Crew: Tom Brown & Jeanne Walker
About:
Tom, an avid speed boater for many years, fell in love with sailing shortly after falling in love with Jeanne. Prior to sailing, if his boats didn't go fast enough, he'd buy a bigger engine. He's readily adjusted to traveling at much slower speeds and enjoying the ride. [...]
Extra: This is the story of the love, tears, sweat and bruises on the path of this adventure. We're glad you're joining us!
Eagle's Photos - Main
a few more random images of the past 10 years
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Created 15 July 2015
A random sampling of images of the past 10 years. Enjoy.
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Created 14 July 2015
The children of the shelter get a day of play at the beach.
60 Photos
Created 22 July 2014
Selected images of Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan
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Created 23 September 2013
Selected images around the islands
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Created 19 February 2012
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Created 19 February 2012
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Created 19 February 2012
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Created 19 February 2012
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
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Created 31 December 2011
A short walk from Man 'o War Cove at Magdalena Bay
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Created 17 December 2011
There's a reason it's called Cabo Crazy!
13 Photos
Created 5 December 2011
The sights, angst and scenery of entering a foreign country!
20 Photos
Created 5 December 2011
out and about in Channel Islands/Oxnard
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Created 5 December 2011
A few selections of the passage around Pt Conception, the 'Cape Horn of the Pacific' to Channel Islands Harbor/Oxnard.
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Created 5 December 2011
Thanksgiving 2011 in paradise
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Created 5 December 2011
A collection of photos as we explored the area.
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Created 5 December 2011
Collection of photos from our time in Avalon Harbor
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Created 5 December 2011
Some photos of all the fun things Lefty saw and got to do while we visited San Francisco>
50 Photos
Created 17 September 2011
Our little eaglet, Lefty as he travels around, sharing our adventure with us.
33 Photos
Created 22 July 2011
Some of our favorite pictures as we travel north and south through the area
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Created 22 July 2011
With out a doubt, our favorite spot in the Desolation Sound area.
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Created 22 July 2011
A beautiful spot, just north of Desolation Sound
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Created 22 July 2011
This is a few of our pictures as we tour the area, 2011
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Created 22 July 2011
A collection of photos from the epic party held in Des Moines with our all our family and friends celebrating our departure (humm have to think about that)
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Created 27 April 2011
A small group of pictures from our time in the CSR boat yard in Des Moines. This is hopefully our last time in the yard before we take off for Canada and then Mexico
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Created 20 March 2011
Pictures of our girl, out doing what she does best...Sail!!
8 Photos
Created 12 December 2010
This a collection of pictures of the things we have done to improve the deck of the boat.
6 Photos
Created 16 September 2010
A few pictures of the frame work we built to hold the jerry jugs secure, and the awesome covers that Jeanne has sewn. This system will give us eight (40 gallons) of deisel, 5 gallons of regular gasoline, and five gallons of emergency potable water.
3 Photos
Created 31 May 2010
Our new wind steering equipent, being installed and ready to use!!
6 Photos
Created 31 May 2010
Just some fun pictures of our sails, including our more colorfull spinnakers
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Created 25 May 2010
We had an invitation from some very good friends, Dale and Cynthia to spend a long weekend at their beautiful home in Scottsdale Arizona!! We had a blast!! Here is a brief sample of the pictures we took while we were down there
4 Photos
Created 9 February 2010
we added a new AIS tracking system and tied it into the chart plotter. This shows how we installed it.
2 Photos
Created 18 December 2009
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Created 18 December 2009
The boat came from the factory with just a two sided ice box. With the fact that it was almost 9 square feet we felt that we could add some additional insulation and not compromise the needed space.
7 Photos
Created 18 December 2009
While one of the amazing features of the "B" Plan Freeport is the amount of storage, we have done a few things to increase the space or useability of that area
5 Photos
Created 13 December 2009
In an effort to remove the stress out of our manual windlass (Tom's Back) we have installed a new Lewmar windlass and upgraded the bow roller
15 Photos
Created 7 December 2009
This is a group of pictures that might be of interest to somebody. There are many small projects that we have done, but really dont rate a full album to their own.
21 Photos
Created 1 December 2009
Repair and up grade of the Nav station
6 Photos
Created 30 November 2009
Just few of the electronic goodies that we have added to hopefully make our crusing adventures easier
3 Photos
Created 30 November 2009
Changing out the old yellow counter tops and faucet for something a little more up to date!!
5 Photos
Created 30 November 2009
Some photos of us changing the toe rail from teak to extruded aluminum
2 Photos
Created 30 November 2009
Showing off the new solar panels and Blue Sky regulators
6 Photos
Created 30 November 2009
Complete rewire with new AC/DC panels and a battery management system
4 Photos
Created 30 November 2009
The first few days when Eagle was still on the hard in Portland and when she was trucked up to Seattle
3 Photos
Created 29 November 2009
A series of photos showing the repowering of Eagle with her new Vetus engine
8 Photos
Created 29 November 2009

The Crew

Who: Tom Brown & Jeanne Walker
Port: Des Moines, Washington

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