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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Christmas time and New Year's Eve in California

We are back in Mexico after almost a month home in California.
Our older son, who is sophomore at Cal Maritime Academy, was with us for Christmas. We had a good Christmas having family and friends over. We had 13 guests on Christmas day. On New Year's Eve, we went to our Yacht Club. The theme was The 20's and the movie 'Midnight in Paris'. We had a great time.
We're planning on sailing South to Barra de Navidad, our favorite spot. Probably sometime next week.

Francois admiring my Christmas Log

Antoine entertaining at the piano

New Year's Eve

New sailors friends Brigitte and Thomas from Canada

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Back in Paradise for a little while

We've been back in Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta since Nov 12th to check on our dear Calou. She's been taken care of by Alison from Anklar Marine over the summer. Calou was in good condition when we came back.
Time is flying by. We are going on our daily walk and have been playing tennis. Antoine is doing his school work. We decided this year to spend the Holidays back home in California with our older son Fran├žois who is a sophomore at CMA. Only 2 weeks to go until we fly home. We fly back to PV early January. Not long after that, we'll probably sail down to Barra de Navidad.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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Surprise trip!

On April 26th, Bruce surprised me with a 9 day trip to Cancun for my Birthday. We rented a gorgeous condo at Mareazul in Playa Del Carmen 45 minutes South of Cancun Airport. The place is right on the beach with 300 foot long pool!

We've been enjoying the white sand beaches and turquoise water. We snorkeled in a "Cenote" river that is mostly underground. We did the part that is open to the sky. We also snorkeled with Sea Turltles at Akumal where they feed on sea grass. We went to visit Tulum Mayan Ruins right on the coast.

We'll be back in La Cruz on May 5th.
We'll go into Paradise Village not long after that to leave "Calou" for the summer and fly home at the end of June.

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Patron Saint Festival at La Cruz
04/26/2014, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

We are really enjoying the great little town of La Cruz. They just spent a whole week celebrating Easter, "Semana Santa", and then they continue on for a whole 'nother week of nonstop partying for the festival of the village's patron saint. I can tell you, these people are indefatigable. I'm typing right now at 1 a.m., and can hear the Oompah oompah of the tubas from the town square.


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Enjoying La Cruz

We have been in La Cruz for a week now. We are still waiting for our outboard to be fixed and a sun cover to be repaired for our jib.
While waiting, we are enjoying going on walks around La Cruz and surroundings.

Tuesday Tacos at Marina La Cruz

Enjoying Paradise Village after our 9 miles walk from La Cruz

Our new hangout at Vallarta Gardens very close to Marina La Cruz

We are also enjoying our friends Elisabeth and Doug, John and Anita from s/v Hilbre, and Delphine and Robert from s/v Wahkuna.
We went to Masala here in La Cruz for dinner, delicious with an elegant colorful ambiance. The Sunday Market was a blast once again!

Beautiful cat box from the Sunday market in La Cruz

We found a resort with a pool nearby where they allow sailors to use the facilities as long as you order food and drinks. It was easy enough to get in!

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beautiful carved wooden bench
04/02/2014, Isla Navidad

One last picture before we leave for La Cruz.

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04/02/2014 | Bruce Powell
the bench is not the most beautiful thing in the photo.
Landing a fish in Banderas Bay
03/31/2014, Puerto Vallarta

We caught this fish, a 20 lb. Pacific Crevalle Jack, in Banderas Bay on our way to La Cruz. I cut the meat into chunks and cooked it in butter, with garlic, onions, and chopped green olives, served over couscous seasoned with a spicy sauce. It was delicious.

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Arrival at Tenacatita

We arrived at Tenacatita Bay and spent the afternoon kayaking and enjoying the beach.

We enjoyed the most spectacular sunset while at anchor.

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