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Raven in the Sea of Cortez and British Columbia
At the dock in Victoria.

It was a surreal experience to open her up and take possession from the shipping company. She politely started up and we motored off to the inner harbor. I had the help of a Canadian friend of other Canadian cruisers from La Paz. It's a small world. We headed off to the customs pier, but when I called them they said we were already cleared in as Raven had entered as cargo on the ship's manifest, and Nancy and I had entered by car ferry the day before. It was very cold that night and in the morning it was raining.

Arrival in Victoria, BC

After a long trip from La Paz, Raven returned to her original neck of the woods. She spent much of her first life for many years based in Astoria, Oregon. Here she is being off loaded in Victoria, BC while we waited in a launch below.

Time moves on, and so does Raven

We returned from Mexico in early April, but Raven sat there, literally waiting for her ship to come in. Yacht Path had our money and we had their schedule, but they finally showed up in La Paz and eventually loaded Raven three weeks late. We could only watch from afar, trusting others to do the deed, and finally there she was in the slings ready to go up on deck. This pix came to us by email from our boat management guy, Dennis Ross, who makes a living helping cruisers by taking care of their vessels while they are gone back to wherever they go. Raven goes on to Canadian waters and a new backdrop.

Our cruising grounds

On March 31st we left Raven in Marina Palmira and flew out of La Paz on a fifteen passenger turbo prop headed for Guaymas and San Carlos, in order to pick up the car at Marina Seca, settle our accounts, and skedaddle out of town toward the border. Below we got a real treat. Isla Espiritu Santos and Isla Partida. These are the classic cruising islands to the north east of La Paz, and they appear over and over again in this blog in specific detail. Here they were strutting their stuff in entirety for us - a fitting goodbye to three seasons loving their bays and coves, rockscapes and sunsets, sea life and friends.

Final approach

It's a delight to actually fly, at a reasonable altitude that allows detailed looking, to sit behind the pilot, and to get out on the tarmac and walk to a small terminal where one sleepy taxi guy waits.


The old silver and gold mining town of Triunfo is not far southwest of La Paz by paved road. It was an anchor of the economy of the whole area in the late 19th century, but was uneconomical to work eventually. The creditors took it over and tried to run it for a while, and the government in La Paz was desperate to support it as it accounted for the employment one way or another of nearly a thousand workers. But at some point it just lost too much money, and in 1918 hurricane rains flooded the mines. It was over. After 1925 the town sat without its former glory. Then the mine buildings themselves were mined for whatever could be salvaged. It sits in a mountainous valley on one of the two main roads to Cabo. In the guide books it is known for its Eiffel smokestack still standing, and for the - are you ready? - piano museum. I guess by the time they thought about a mining museum there was nothing left. Had to do something. The town is paved with cobble stones and is cute in it's derelict manner. Don't go to the classy dive eatery that sells pizza. They overcharged us absurdly.

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