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Don & Deb's Big Adventure on Buena Vista
On our way to the South Pacific and beyond...
Here's Picara
01/02/2012, San Juanico

Mike and Marni from the sailboat 'Picara' came to say good morning. The water's pretty cold right now but it didn't seem to bother Marni as she swam over, with Mike rowing along in their cool wooden dinghy. They're from Vancouver Island, Canada. Maybe that's why. Don and I snorkeled yesterday in our 7ml suits that we used for diving at the Channel Islands in Southern California. Dressed that way we were able to stay in the water for an hour or more easy. Marni and Mike are also doing the Puddle Jump in March - like us they're getting ready to sail to the South Pacific, very exciting. 'Picara' is a steel boat that they've been working on for ten years, she's a beauty.

How's That For Starting Off The New Year
01/01/2012, San Juanico

It's really cool that we're able to be here this time of year. The sunrises and sunsets seem to be more spectacular in the winter.

Hello 2012 - We've Been Waiting For You!
01/01/2012, San Juanico

Had a fun time last night bringing in the New Year with the folks on 'Picara'.
Don went around to various coves yesterday in the dinghy and collected a bunch of driftwood. He built a huge bonfire on the beach. We enjoyed shots of tequila and shot off heaps of old flares. Some of the flares we shot off were dated back to 1989. Of the really old ones about 1 in 3 were either duds or weren't as bright and strong as they are when they're new. Feeling a little fuzzy this morning but it looks like it's gonna be another perfect day in paradise.

Saying Goodbye to 2011
12/31/2011, San Juanico, Baja, Mexico

This is the 7th time we've been to San Juanico - it's definitely our favorite place in the Sea of Cortez. We've had some wonderful times at this very spot, gotten to know some incredible people and have made lifelong friendships here. Right now it's just us and one other boat...it sounds lonely but it's not. Sitting next to the cruiser's shrine you can feel the good vibes of the hundreds, make that thousands of cruisers who have come here through the years and experienced this wonderful place, each leaving their own mark. It's meaningful to me to come here and say 'Hasta Luego' to 2011...a year of memorable sailing experiences, great new friends and some really happy times. There were also some sad times and a few pretty big disappointments as well. This cruising life is really not that different from our other life...it's full of ups and downs and you try your best to make the best of every day. We're thinking of all of our wonderful cruising friends in the Sea, on the mainland of Mexico and spread out across the Pacific Ocean as far as New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Australia. We're also thinking of our families, both in the United States and Australia/New Zealand and all of our friends...Here's to you! Happy New Year One and All! We got up this morning to a beautiful day, bright and sunny. We walked the beach and found our spot and had a little ceremony letting go of the past, being thankful for everything we have today and looking forward to the future. Then we layed back in the beautiful sunshine and started on our tans for 2012. Tonight we're going to build a bonfire and shoot off a bunch of old flares and say goodbye to 2011.

01/03/2012 | Steve
Don and Debbie,
San Juanico is one of our favorite anchorages also. The Shrine does give you a feeling of comradarie with all the other cruisers who have passed through. A lovely place. Happy 2012. See you at Loreto Fest.
Steve and Susan
m/v Pacific
01/07/2012 | Carla and Doug
What a wonderful start to 2012! We will be looking for you two in French Poly next year!
02/15/2012 | Carol & Livia Dupuis & Gilstrap
Found your blog!
Another Important Job Off The List!
12/26/2011, Puerto Escondido, Baja, Mexico

What can I say...JB Weld does it again!

Thanks Mum and Mom and Merry Christmas!
12/25/2011, Puerto Escondido, Baja, Mexico

Thanks Mom, we both opened our cards this morning and want to thank you for the $20 bills. You're the best. And Thank You Mum...for the 10 travel tubes of Vegemite. You are so considerate and thoughtful. How did you know that we're down to the last tube from what you sent us last year. Thank you. So, it's a quiet Christmas for the Robbos this year. We're both fighting a cold and we're running out of Alka Seltzer Plus. Don likes to say 'It works for the American Ski Team, it can work for us'. I actually went digging for a hot water bottle last night so I could keep my feet warm in bed. It's really not that cold, maybe down to 50ish at night and up to the high 60's or low 70's in the day. And after the hot, hot summer we just lived through in the Northern Sea you won't find ME complaining about the cold just yet. It's still blowing pretty hard out there. It started as a really big HIGH, like 1040, crossing from west to east in Idaho and Colorado. It's relaxing to about 1028 now, but we show a barometer reading of 1018 down here in Puerto Escondido. That's still a whole lotta gradient between here and there and it's got to equalize somehow. And the way it does it is called WIND. Looks like several more days of blustery and windy conditions.

02/07/2012 | tom
hey was thinking of you two and thought i would drop you a line and see how things are going. were doing ok here. but jayna still having stomach problems and is having more test done hope they get her fixed up soon. i got my 30 yrs in at GM yeah. been having fun w/ Cobi our grandson he is so smart. have not had much of a winter yet but still a few more months to go. well take care hope to hear from you.
Let It Blow, Let It Blow, Let It Blow
12/23/2011, Puerto Escondido, Sea of Cortez, Mexico

After 5-1/2 weeks in the states cooling off and visiting family and friends, Don and I caught the bus and had two weeks in Cabo San Lucas with my sister Nancy and her family, then finished off with two days in La Paz visiting our mates on 'Bravo'. We're now back aboard Buena Vista in Puerto Escondido. When we got back to the boat we found her safe and sound but our refrigeration unit had stopped working. We've spent the last two days trying to figure out what the problem is with the help of tech support in West Virginia using the boat's email only. It's a frustratingly slow process but hey, what else is there to do? There's a big northerly 'wind event' happening right now. Outside it's blowing 25-30 knots, with massive whitecaps blowing by us everywhere, and we're inside the protected harbor! Our weather guru Don Anderson said, "Be careful out there. It's gonna blow so hard it'll blow the skin off your rice pudding.' I guess that's pretty hard. These big winds are expected to continue thru Monday, the 26th. So it looks like a quiet Christmas for the Robbos this year. We think we've found the refrigerator part we need in La Paz but we might not be able to get it shipped until sometime next week anyway. There's also one in San Diego but the company who has it has closed down until after New Year's Day. Hey - at least it's not 95 degrees outside and we can't make an ice cube.

12/24/2011 | Carla and Doug
So glad you are back on the boat and all is well - except for the refrigeration. Hope you weather the storm and have a wonderful Christmas! See you in French Poly next year!
(you're a very) Bad Refer!
12/21/2011, Puerto Escondido, Baja, Mexico

After a nice trip to Cabo and La Paz we returned to Buena Vista and found that our refrigerator had broken down sometime during the last two weeks. It was a bit smelly in there but luckily we didn't lose that much food because we hadn't stocked up at all before we left. Don installed this Adler/Barbour Super Cold Machine and also built the refer box just 2-1/2 years ago. After working with the tech support guy in W. Virginia for an entire day (using the boat's email only) he determined that we needed a new Danfoss Control Module. We pulled out the faulty module and it looked absolutely immaculate. I asked the guy as nicely as I could what could possible be wrong with this module as it's only 2-1/2 years old. He said that this module is an electronic device and electronics just don't last that well in a marine environment. Hey - you build them and advertise them to be used in the marine environment, don't you? Oh well, as my friend Arlene reminded me - what one of our favorite comediennes the wonderful Gilder Radner as 'Rosanne Rosanna Danna' used to say...It's always something! The part is in San Diego and some Puerto Escondido locals will be bringing it down with them somewhere around the 3rd or 4th. Hey, as long as they're bringing the refer part...maybe they can bring us down another Kindle as Don keeps stealing mine. What a grand idea.

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