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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Poolside in Barra
11/06/2009

View of the pool at our marina in Barra de Navidad.

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Halloween in Barra
11/02/2009

Pascale and Antoine dressed up for Halloween here in Barra. Pascale put her former movie-makeup-artist skills to good use! The boys Francois and Antoine went trick-or-treating, but it had a different outcome from what they expected. They were inundated by little Mexican kids asking for the candy that they had collected, and by the time the night was over, they had given it all away!

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11/03/2009 | Mark Leonard
How cool is that? Was he OK with his largesse? If it was a voluntary donation, that's a lesson in generosity. If it was forced, that's a lesson in taxation!

Pascale is frightening in that photo!
11/06/2009 | Bruce Powell
no it wasn't forced, it was voluntary and both boys were chagrined, but OK with it!
Back in Barra
10/28/2009, Barra de Navidad, Mexico

We flew back to our boat Oct. 20 along with a ton of spare parts and projects. Our plan is to get the boat ready for the next leg of our trip and then head south towards Panama.

The boat was in good condition when we returned, after leaving it in the marina for 4 months. The only problem seems to be the refrigeration, which doesn't get quite cold enough. I'm having a refrigeration specialist (a freon jockey) look at it tomorrow.

We had a friend (Henri) carry back a trunkload of spare parts in his car. Among these were another 4D battery and a polyethylene battery box (actually a West Marine 13 gallon holding tank with one end cut off). I installed it under the forward bunk, thus increasing our house bank capacity by 25 percent.

We also brought new fans (the old ones got so much use they stopped working). We have a large number of other projects to be completed before we leave Barra.

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11/09/2009 | Jeff
Salut les fiers navigateurs !
Alors bon vent vers le sud et Panama.
Une fois dans les Caraïbes, c'est plein Est vers le étroit de Gibraltar puis plein Est, un peu Nord Est aux Baléares et ensuite vers le port de Santa Lucia de St Raphaël ;)
Bzzzz
Summer Break in California
08/26/2009, Truckee, CA

For the duration of hurricane season (summer), we are home in California. Since we have tenants in our house throughout the month of August, we have gone camping, to our favorite remote lake in the Mendocino National Forest, and now in the Truckee area north of Lake Tahoe.

Today, we did a whitewater rafting trip on the Truckee river. That was fun!

We return to our boat in Mexico and will continue our trip south in October.

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Pyramids at Mexico City
07/09/2009, Mexico City

We flew home July 6, boarding a flight from Manzanillo to Mexico City, with a connection from there to Leon and thence to Oakland CA. The trouble is, we missed our connection in Mexico City. The airline put us up in a hotel for the night and booked us another flight from Mexico city at 6 PM the following evening.

This gave us the whole day to visit Mexico City. Turning lemons into lemonade, we booked a tour guide and got started early, at 8 a.m.

We visited the Aztec pyramids north of the city, and these were quite spectacular. We climbed up to the top of the larger of the two pyramids, the Pyramid Del Sol. This was pretty exhausting since the base elevation of these pyramids is at 7500 feet (2200 m). What a great view from the top!

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08/14/2009 | Carolyn Pearson
Do you have the info for that coffee plantation?
I was there and bought coffee and someone took the empty bag so I cannot order more coffee.
I would appreciate it very much.
Thank You
Carolyn
Post Script: you have a lovely family!
Hurricane Andres track
06/23/2009

Here in this image, you can see how close Andres came to us... our boat is as cose to the red dot as you can get! Still, we had no problems!

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Hurricane Andres
06/23/2009

Hurricane Andres made a visit. The sign says, "Emergency: Dangerous cyclone is approaching the coastal region that includes Manzanillo" (which is where we are at).

That being said, the lagoon here in Barra is very well protected. Hurricane winds would normally come from the south, which means there's a mountain between our boat and the oncoming winds.

As we returned from Colima, we found very windy conditions along the coast in Manzanillo, and very heavy rains. The harbor where our boat is located however, was relatively calm.

After we arrived, the winds increased. I turned on the wind instruments so we could read the wind speed. I saw 18 knots gusting to 22, at the maximum.

Other parts of Colima, I suspect, saw greater winds, judging by the extend of plant detritus that covered the roads. The roads were covered with palm fronds and mangos.

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Masks from Suchitlan
06/22/2009, Suchitlan, Colima, Mexico

Some of the superb masks made by the artisans in Suchitlan. It's basically one family that produces these superb masks (there are imitators but they don't come even close in terms of quality).

These beautiful masks are wearable and used in traditional dance. They are carved by hand using only sharp bladed instruments (no electric cutting tools). After they are carved they are painted beautifully with oil paints. It takes about seven days to complete one mask.

We purchased two of these masks, a goat mask (second from left in the forward row), and a coyote mask.

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