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.

28 June 2016 | La Paz
25 June 2016 | La Paz
23 June 2016 | La Paz - Belisario Dominguez
21 June 2016 | La Paz, and La Ventana
15 June 2016 | Guadalajara
06 June 2016 | La Paz off of the boat
05 June 2016 | La Paz off of the boat
04 June 2016 | La Paz off of the boat
03 June 2016 | La Paz
01 June 2016 | Marina Palmira
30 May 2016 | La Paz
28 May 2016 | La Paz in front of the store
27 May 2016 | La Ventana
26 May 2016 | La Paz
24 May 2016 | La Paz
19 May 2016 | La Paz
16 May 2016 | La Pause
06 May 2016 | Somewhere in the Caribbean via La Paz
03 May 2016 | La Pause

Is it hot yet?

28 June 2016 | La Paz
Jeanne
My wish for you, if it's hot where you are... is that you're able to find a fan big enough to blow a cool wind up your bloomers, shirt or skirt!
I've found mine! Ahhhhh.....

Saying goodbye, again!

25 June 2016 | La Paz
Jeanne
I've written before how often we have to say 'goodbyes', or 'until we meet agains, as cruisers come and go.
Some come back, other continue on to distant shores.

Scott and Monica, SV Scott Free "B" have done the seasonal cruising thing for the past 7 years. They decided that it was time to take the boat back to the Pacific Northwest for a while. They choose to ship their boat home on a freighter and fly to meet it.


Before that happened, and since our time with them in La Paz was quickly coming to a last Mexican hug, we found a couple of opportunities to spend some one on one time.

The four of us headed to San Jose del Cabo and spent a couple of nights at their timeshare hanging out by the pool and relaxing. We then showed them our style of relaxing which involved towing the trailer and kayaks to the beach. The had the "Dodge Casita" for a couple of nights and were real troopers about it!


Their departure plans were moved up, so there was time for one more dinner together - Sushi on the malecon.


We were having so much fun at dinner, enjoying a nice sunset and the first sighting of the new moon....

Root beer floats at Tailhunters just seemed like a perfect ending to our evening!





They are now back in Everett Washington awaiting the arrival of their baby. It has yet to leave, and may be mid July before it departs.

So, with sadness in our hearts and promises to stay in contact, and a driveway that will accomodate Casa Poquita we'll have to have our next glass of wine together in a new location!
We wish our best to them on whatever the next adventure will be!

Block party La Paz

23 June 2016 | La Paz - Belisario Dominguez
Jeanne
One of our favorite blocks in La Paz.... the bagel shop, the best pizza and mezcaleria are all on this block for starters..... holds a block party about once a quarter.


A friend of ours, Russ, was going to be opening the musical part of the party, so we made an appearance to support him. Being first on the stage at 5:30 pm meant hot, hot hot as we saw 101 on Saturday.

Russ sang several of his own songs in addition to a few unique funs songs.

The rest of the block was filled with some local shops, mostly used clothing shops, and a few food/beverage vendors - the new local beers - made in La Paz , were doing a great business on such a hot day.

Here are a few images that caught my eye!










and a very hot, cute kitten!

Toys and trailers

21 June 2016 | La Paz, and La Ventana
Jeanne
We recently headed out to La Ventana with some friends for a weekend of playing at the beach. All the toys had to go! THe kayaks haven't been in the water in some time.

I got a really long kayak in, about 6 miles r/t. It was good to get back in the groove!

Camping was good too! And Tom made Sunday morning waffles!

Guadalajara

15 June 2016 | Guadalajara
Jeanne
A couple of weeks ago Tom and I made a short trip to Guadalajara. We flew over on Friday afternoon, had a meeting that night, and one the next morning. We then had free time until our flight at noon on Sunday.

We had researched what to do in the area that we were at, Zapopan, and decided to stay local to our hotel. It's the 2nd biggest city to Mexico City, and the town or area of Zapopan is the 7th largest in Mexico. In other words BIG!

Our trip from the airport seemed to take us on a rather humdrum route. We saw an occasional building of interest, but nothing that really made us take note. In Mexico city, we were both pointing out the windows and gawking! Perhaps, we just were not on the 'antiquities' scenic highway.

What to do with a day to play? Why go to an inner city park of course! A short ride from our hotel is a lovely 461 hectares park, about 250 acres. No bikes, no pets, no skates, only people powered people permitted.


Bosco Colomos, I believe is some sort of a water reservoir/pump house for some of the area water. A couple of the buildings reminded me of the Corps of Engineers buildings at the Ballard Locks. One area, at the bottom of a deep ravine, had several buildings with large pools, pumps and water works. All around the grounds is a 5k nicely paved walking/running trail. Several spots for sitting, picnicking and lounging were all around the park.





Some local artists have decorated a retaining wall near the walking path.


Tom, of course, was all about the birds. New state, new location meant potential new birds for his life list of birds. And he was successful in adding to it. While I like the birds, about as far as I get is 'hey, there's a blue bird', or there's a 'hummer at 3 o'clock to your head'! I enjoy watching them, but don't even begin to have the knowledge that Tom does. Occasionally, if he's not with me, and I see a 'new to me' bird, I'll grab an identifying shot.

Like this Blue Mockingbird rousting out a meal under the fallen leaves.



Sometimes, if the bird cooperates, I might even get an artsy shot off. ( Or you just sit and wait and it stretches it's wings!)


He went wandering and I choose to sit and people/critter watch by a water feature.





Lots of turtles, and dragonfly's.





An occassional piece of art was presented. I really like this one.

The area seems to be old growth, for Mexico and inner city. There were several pines, some eucalyptus and even a cactus or two just to remind you that you were in Mexico!

The smell walking through this with the pine and eucalyptus was worth bottling!

Refreshing and invigorating!


We spent about 5 hours wandering and meandering - ok I spent the time meandering. Tom was on a mission!


I was pleased to spot an unusual looking bird and fired off a couple of shots. Tom saw me and soon we were both shooting images. All went well until the kids came running up..... But that's life in a city park on a Saturday afternoon!


A Motmot


We ended our afternoon, with a swim at our hotel pool, and short nap. After researching the local restaurants we discovered that a mere 30 ft from our hotel was one of the best Italian restaurants in the area, Restaurante Da Massimo. We shared a lovely bottle of wine, some good food and topped it off with a glass of our favorite port!
A lazy Sunday morning, some breakfast and back to La Paz.




and another pretty sunset in the rain!

06 June 2016 | La Paz off of the boat
Jeanne
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.
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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>
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Created 17 September 2011
Our little eaglet, Lefty as he travels around, sharing our adventure with us.
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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.
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Created 31 May 2010
Our new wind steering equipent, being installed and ready to use!!
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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
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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
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Created 29 November 2009

The Crew

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

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