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.

26 June 2017 | Seattle
02 June 2017 | La Paz
16 March 2017 | La Paz
15 March 2017 | La Paz
14 March 2017 | La Paz
13 March 2017 | La Paz
11 March 2017 | La Paz
07 March 2017 | La Paz
04 March 2017 | La Paz
27 February 2017 | Puerto Lopez Mateos
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

Sad Days

26 June 2017 | Seattle
Northwest beautiful
Well, I had every intention of getting back to posting on a more regular basis. Especially after my last hiatus. But life has dealt my family a big wallop.
My mother, Linda, has passed away.
Sharing special times in La Paz

I started to get some phone calls that all was not well. I was able to read between the lines and booked a ticket to Seattle. On the 5th she was diagnosed with cancer, a tumerous growth on her gall bladder involving the liver and bile ducts.
She passed away on the 19th due to complications of liver failure. I got 12 days with her, although only two or three of those were good quality days. I am cherishing each one - good or bad.
Releasing baby turtles in Todo Santos

I am with family in Seattle and we are in the process of planning a memorial for her on the 8th of July.
Ever the lady, modest yet playful!


I miss her.

Her 'life' story can be seen at http://www.edwardsmemorial.com/obituaries/Linda-May-Shaw?obId=1977443#/obituaryInfo

Mission accomplished

02 June 2017 | La Paz
Jeanne - top of the world! sort of!
I'm still alive for all of you who keep checking the blog! I'm not going to feel guilty about not posting any blog posts for several months...I'm not! I'm not......... ok I am! But, we'll all just have to get past my lapse of entries!

Obviously we have been busy and I have much to get you caught up on. For right now, however, I'm going to toot a couple of horns.

Many of you followed the details of our dear friend John's accident, three years ago this past February here in La Paz, that resulted in him losing his left leg below the knee. While I was with him in the hospital in San Diego we set a couple short and long term goals for both of us.


The one-year anniversary of the accident found John getting along remarkably well, but still adjusting to the prosthesis. For me, my knee and leg pain was increasing and I just wasn't up to it. Last year, John was probably ready, but I had made arrangements for my surgery, and our little hill might just as well have been Mt Everest.

Here we are 11 months later - post surgery. I've been walking with friends 3 mornings a week and doing other things to increase my leg strength and endurance, including several hikes with Tom.

When John arrived a couple of weeks ago, he started walking with us. We start our walk with 'the hill' on our right shoulder as we walk the malecon to the water park. We both would glance at it and then at each other.



On our Monday walk, John suggested a June 1 hill climb. I agreed. I was glad we only had a few days to 'think' about it, as it was mentally hard to 'climb that mountain'.



Yesterday we accomplished a big goal! We hiked to the top of the hill near the marina. It's really not all that big, or difficult - although the trip down was harder than going up. To each of us it was very metaphorically 'OUR MOUNTAIN' !
Even though it was only 9am when we returned, we celebrated our accomplishment with a bottle of champagne! YEA Team John and Jeanne!

Thanks to Lisa of SV Fat-Dash for the photos and being our support team/walking partner!

Carnavalito Pink Tutu's

16 March 2017 | La Paz
Jeanne
This was the last group that I watched. They are young. A couple refused to go on when they saw the crowd, and several weren't quite sure what move was next!















Carnavalito dance groups

15 March 2017 | La Paz
Jeanne
If you've followed this blog at all, you know that I really like the folkloric ballet. The colorful costumes and twirling skirts just make my shutter finger quiver!



At Carnavalito I kept seeing glimpses of little girls in costumes. A twirling skirt over there, a ballet flat flexing and bending, a tutu running up the stairs were all fun to see and anticipate their performance. Well, after watching couple of dance numbers..... lets just say that I prefer the adult dancers. However, the little kids are certainly fun and entertaining in their own cute way!

My attention was drawn to the colorful ribbon decorations on the stage. As you'll see, they became part of the act.









they've almost got the cartwheel down!




a little help from a partner to do the turn!







( These are the kind of photos that would come back to haunt them... if I were the auntie of the girls! Just sayin!)

Carnavalito 2017 - a few more

14 March 2017 | La Paz
Jeanne
Just a few more fun shots!

Can't you see one of these on your wall?


a few tasty treats


and who wouldn't want a 'rastafarian' banana!


Fresh fruit - you choose what you want in a tall cup, and with our without the hot sauce or chamoy - a fruity sauce.


Cucmbers and jicama topped with japonese peanuts and chili chips!




and when you've simply had all the Carnavalito that you can take!

Carnavalito 2017 early morning

13 March 2017 | La Paz
Jeanne
Just a few shots of early morning as the Carnavalito was being set up/and opened up.


The blanket seller. These guys have learned how to talk without breathing! They are pretty impressive watching them hawk their piles of blankets. Obviously, they make a good napping spot!


I just liked the 'adult style' hat on the little head! And it reminded me of a friend!


costumes for the kids are encouraged


All decked out in his John Deere hat and his Mini!
















This is always the last booth to break down - it's 5 booths big and FULL of stuff!



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 - Miscellanous things
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Fishing rod holder on the state room side of the salon door. This is off center to the left in order to allow it to miss the wood work that surrounds the mast
This is the new Pro-Sine wave inverter that is mounted below the Nav-station. While most everything on the boat has been coverted to 12 volt DC, there are a few kitchen gadgets and the like that need some 110V. This position allows easy access for the galley needs
We added a cam clutch and roller to ease rolling in the gead sail with the winch
once it is brought in to the point we want it, we can cleat it off
We moved the main sheet winch in board and added a cam clutch. This allows us to lock it in place and to have better use on the winch handle. We also added a two speed, self tailing Lewmar in place of single speed Barientthe
New winch position
Brand new Force 10 stove, oven with broiler!!
we installed rub rails to protect the gel coat against chafe where the dinghy is attached to the deck
All the wood that could be taken off the boat was, and was refinished by Jeanne
Some more of Jeanne
the hanging lockers after Jeanne
His and her
Net storage on the port shelf in the head.
Newly installed holding tank monitor and bilge pump counter to keep track of the number of times the bilge pump runs, whether we are there or not!
AHHH the ice maker!! We are ready for those hot tropical afternoons!!
Some more of Jeanne
This shows the swinging arm thatmounts ther flat panel to the bulkhead. The allows us to position it where ever we need it.
The Polaroid TV/DVD/Computer monitor
The new engine lift
The new engine lift with the new Mercury 9.9 four stroke engine!!
 
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The Crew

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

Where Are We?