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.

20 July 2016 | Zapopan, Guadalajara
20 July 2016 | Zapopan, guadalajara
19 July 2016 | Zapopan, Guadalajara
19 July 2016 | Zapopan, Guadalajara
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16 July 2016 | Zapopan, guadalajara
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28 June 2016 | La Paz
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Counting the last hours in Guadalajara!

20 July 2016 | Zapopan, Guadalajara
Jeanne - blue sky morning cloudy afternoon
I had a good visit with the doctor this morning - 15 days post op.
The staples were removed and some of them were mighty tender..... ok, not the words I used while laying on the table trying not to move....... but they're all out.

The x-ray was taken and while I'm not placing any pressure on my left leg yet - another 2 months!!!! - he was able to straighten it 4.6 centimeters!! Wow.

Everyone in the office was pretty excited and pleased with the results.

So, Gaby is out for one more run for some needed supplies, my suitcase is packed, the front desk knows we're leaving and is preparing the bill...... can I go yet, huh? huh?


Yea.... I get to go give Tom a big hug, and one to my Mom and Dad who arrived last night. I know it's really hot there, but I can't wait......
tick tock, tick tock.....

Stitches come out today!!!!

20 July 2016 | Zapopan, guadalajara
Jeanne
In about one hour we will go to the doctor's office to have the staples and stitches removed and a new full leg x ray.
I have been doing everything I'm supposed to...ok a few extra jaunts about town..... But all feels good AND
today there is not a cloud in the sky!
I expect to be on a plane to La Paz,Tom and my folks tomorrow!

Post of Day 14 Tuesday

19 July 2016 | Zapopan, Guadalajara
Jeanne

I woke up this morning, early, to an unusual noise. The hotel has a large group of little league teams in the house, and one of the little ‘outfielders’ was trying his key in our door.
Ok , now I’m awake. I’m also REALLY tired of living in this hotel….. and I miss my Sonic care toothbrush! Basically I’m in a crappy mood – we’ll be going out to get some sunshine and see something besides these hotel walls.

I can usually keep my self occupied with some project or another. I brought a couple of books, which I’ve read. I even had Tom send me a couple more with a few other needed items.

I recently had to have some major ‘surgery’ done on my Mac Book – the spinning beach ball od death kept occurring. So now I have to start over with Light room. I have all my images but I’ve not been in any frame of mind nor do I have the stamina mentally right now to tackle that project. Perhaps over the next few months. On the other hand... any one want to buy a Mac Book Pro Retina? Not being a Mac User, I find it really frustrating!!!!!!

On to real life things. The incision on the side of my leg is driving me bonkers with the itching. I know this is a GOOD thing, - it means healing, but DAMN its annoying and I of course, can’t think of anything else!

I am able to do al of the leg exercises that I had researched prior to surgery and approved by my doc. Full leg lifts laying on my back, heel lifted 12” and held for count of 10/ 10 each.
Side lying same 10 each… the last 4 are hard and I feel it in the osteotomy site. Laying on my stomach, doable if I have a small pillow under my ankle, I can do straight leg raises, and bent knee heel pushes. Knee flexion feels pretty good in this position and Gaby reports good range of motion. I’ll have to trust her as I can’t see it.
I was also able to ‘hang’ my knee as I call it. Pillow under the ankle and nothing under the knee to work on extension – similar exercise to a total knee replacement. I was able to complete 9 minutes and 40 seconds of relative ease, and 20 seconds that were excruciating! As the hamstrings and other knee flexors were already tight, this is something I’m always going to have to work on. I can hardly wait until things heal up enough for me to use the foam roller! NOT!

So while parts of me are very frustrated, I still find it relatively easy to take a nap during the day. “Patience my little one”! I know I know, it has been just two weeks.

I’ve commented before on how I thought the hazardous sidewalks would be very difficult for a handicapped individual – one needing to use self propelled transportation. Now that I’m one in Mexico… here rare few observations, just from this hotel!

The main elevator, maybe 5x5’ is currently out of service and has been since Tom and I got here on July 1. They are ‘waiting for a part’. The service elevator, now the only one is quite a bit smaller and barely big enough for me in the chair and Gaby to join me. I certainly can’t turn around in it.

On the main floor, there is a sofa near the service elevator that limits the access to the ‘up’ button. I can ‘just’ reach it, but it’s a real stretch. Once inside, the elevator I can hardly reach the 4 button. If I’m going from the 4th floor to the lobby (1) I can go in backwards to see to get out, and reach the button as I’m half in and half out of the door. If I’m going to the 4th floor, I must go in forward as the elevator doesn’t quite make it all the way to the even level… 2 “ that only the big wheels and some force get me over. I’ve tried in forward and the small front wheels just turn and get caught in the ‘slot’. And I consider myself very mobile!

I haven’t tried the access to the bathrooms.

Now to get to the street level one must roll down a fairly steep driveway of 30 degrees! There’s no way I could get myself up this nor do I trust myself going down! We have the taxi’s come to the top. But if we’re going to one of the neighboring restaurants, I usually crutch it.

That means down 2 sets of 12 lovely white marble steps. I use the banister and one crutch. Three more steps at the bottom from the main floor to the street level. Down one step to the driveway, across it and up the other side. To Da Massimo, the Italian restaurant there are 8 steps to a ‘landing’ then 4 more up to the outside seating, four more to the inside lounge/lobby area, and then 4 more to the main restaurant. Are you tired yet? When we left the other night they opened up a ‘ramp, unlit, that eliminated about 8 steps. I then choose to climb up the driveway rather than tackle the steps. There is so much effort involved in getting to and from, that I completely forgot about the nice dinner we had.

We were at a mall the other night for a meal and a stroll/roll. While it was better suited and set up for wheel chairs, the entrances and exits to the mall were not well labeled as to wheel chair access. WE had to follow around a good portion of the mall to find the taxi stand… and good thing we bring the crutches as I could get to 15’ of the taxi before I ran out of access. Now, Tom could have tipped me back and lifted me up the curb, but Gaby does not have the strength to do that.

I’m sure I’ll have more to write on this subject back in La Paz. I can already picture the ‘ramps’ around the marina and how inaccessible they are … and I’ won’t be quiet about it!

Obviously I need a change of scenery, food and activity.. a good swim would be very good for my head. I’m hoping the stitch removal tomorrow goes well and the little spots heal quickly so I can get in the water!

Post Op Day 13, hotel 10 , one day late

19 July 2016 | Zapopan, Guadalajara
Jeanne

I think that’s how the count goes…… Anyway, 2 weeks tomorrow this ‘procedure’ was done.
And if all stays according to the plan, on Wednesday I will have the staples removed and a new full leg standing x-ray to determine the new angle and what kind of length was gained.

I have been doing leg lifts, all sides now, and knee bends as I can stand them. I can get to about 60 degrees dragging my heel on the bed. At that point it feels like the staples at he left side of my leg are about to rip out….. the doctor assures me that that won’t happen… yet that’s exactly what it feels like. So at this point that’s as far as I’m going. However, when I sit in the wheel chair and let my leg hang down it seems like about 80 degrees. So, I’ve met all my requirements for needing to go home. When I get there my folks will be there. They arrive tomorrow.

I ice the knee and surrounding areas about 20 minutes of each hour. That’s about how long it takes for the zip lock bag full of ice to melt! We’ve got the maids dialed in. About 9 every morning, she brings a large bag full of ice. That keeps my knee and our goodies chest of juices, yogurts and treats cold for the day, then another bag is delivered in the evening.


Since there’s always been such a difference in my two legs, walking on crutches has never been an issue. Now it is! I found that I was holding my left leg bent at the knee when walking on the crutches. The doc wanted me to ‘step’ with my left, not putting any weight on it, other than just touching down. I realized that my crutches weren’t letting me stand straight enough, so I’ve raised them. Now I can step through as he’s requested, yet I still have the necessary space under my armpit to protect my nerves in there.

Saturday was our 11th anniversary. Kind of a bummer being apart… and it was icky and cloudy out and I didn’t feel like doing much. I had also decided to self ‘ground’ myself, and not go out on any adventures – the Mercado or some other place that I would love to go. Too much risk of someone bumping in to me, or some other mishap occurring. The bright part of the day was the large bouquet of fresh flowers – 3 ‘ tall when placed in our ice bucket on the floor, from Tom. Roses, several colors of gerbera daisies, white and yellow lilies, two colors of alstromeria and some unique fillers. We’re enjoying them here as I don’t think they’ll make the plane ride.

After trying the hotel restaurant for their buffet breakfast yesterday we felt we were running out of food options nearby. Last night we ventured out in a taxi to an Italian restaurant that Gaby chose. We had mediocre food and a good stroll around several levels of the mall looking for a) really bad out fits, b) really good ones and c) good together couples…… gotta do something when you’re not a shopper!


I had a restless night but woke feeling I needed to do something. So after a shower – time consuming – I have now finished this blog… perhaps I’ll do some photography stuff that I brought along…. Or nap………..

Frustrations

18 July 2016 | Zapopan, guadalajara
Jeanne
I tried all day, several different ways to log on to this site to put a new blog on! It is now 9:45 so it will just have to wait until tomorrow .
Im well and will give a more complete update in the morning.

Happy anniversary!

16 July 2016 | Zapopan, guadalajara
Jeanne
To my favorite person, husband, friend, bird nerd and all around best buddy!

I Miss you!!!!!!!
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!
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Created 5 December 2011
The sights, angst and scenery of entering a foreign country!
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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!!
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Created 12 December 2010
This a collection of pictures of the things we have done to improve the deck of the boat.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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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