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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Bahia de Ballendra

We left at 5:00 a.m. headed towards La Paz, the most convenient anchorage being Bahia de Balendra. This is a gorgeous bay with crystal clear water and white sand beaches.

Along the way, we caught 3 tuna. One first, about 10 in the morning, and then two more simultaneously, at around 10:15 a.m. All three were small five pounders. We cooked one tuna for lunch, saved one for a future dinner, and made ceviche with the third.

Not long after, we had the most incredible display of bottle-nose dolphins. They swam all around our boat, and thanks to the flat seas and crystal clear water, we could see them swimming under water at much as 20 ft depth. John got some great photos.

We arrived at our anchorages and saw the most incredible display of flying fish. They were fleeing a larger fish, maybe a tuna, and became airborne in order to escape their predator.

We invited the crew of KETCH 22 aboard for drinks and snacks. We supplied margaritas, fresh tuna ceviche, and fried tortillas. They brought freshly baked bread and vodka which we added to the margarita punch.

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11/19/2006 | Jeffdulac
Ae ae ae ! je le savais ! tortillas et vodka, jamais vous ne pourrez repartir ! le bateau sera bien trop lourd !
11/20/2006 | ori lahav
the position you have reported to the sailblog system is way of your rout.
1. maybe report again.
2. check the echo sounder - it seems like you are in Brasil. :)

great trip you have there ahh?

The gang at Los Frailes Beach Party

Here's a group shot of the Haha-ers at the Los Frailes beach party bonfire. Bruce & Pascale are in the back row, to the left of center.

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11/18/2006 | Monty
Nice, love the posts...wish i was there!
11/18/2006 | Hillman
It all looks great! Can't wait to get there. Have you been receiving my emails? I haven't gotten any replies if so. DG and I will Arrive next Friday in Mazatlan mid-afternoon. Do you need us to bring anything?
11/18/2006 | Doug Boudinot
Thanks for making the rest of us drool. It really is awesome to see the pics and hear how you all are doing......Take your time and cruise easy.....
Snorkeling with dolphins

The water is so clear here, we must have 100 feet visibility. Here's Francois in the water with Calou's rudder in the background. It was taken with the camera inside a waterproof bag. We were visited by numerous very large dolphins today. They played in the harbor between all the anchored boats. We could see their backs and dorsal fins and hear the gentle "whoosh" sound as they take in air.

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11/18/2006 | Jeffdulac
Ah un grand bravo Franois ! c'est joli le monde sous marin n'est-ce pas !
Un futur plongeur dans la famille c'est super !
Bises tous.
Los Frailes Beach Party

About 30 boats at Los Frailes had an impromptu giant bonfire potluck party on the beach last night, and reminisced about the recently completed Baja Ha-Ha. The partying continues, as we and many of the other Ha-Ha boats make their way north to La Paz. Tonight there are another 20 or so boats anchored in what's reported to be extremely calm conditions at Los Muertos, a little to the north. It's so calm here that we will stay another day before making the last push to La Paz. By the way, the free wireless/satellite Internet access in the bay can't be beat, especially given that there is just one restaurant here and no town.

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Bahia de los Muertos

Now we're in beautiful Bahia de los Muertos. Muertos refers not to dead people, but to the moorings, which in English can also be referred to as dead-heads. There's no town here, but there's a restaurant called the Giggling Marlin Beach & Yacht Club. We're going there tonight for dinner. I looked at their menu earlier and they have mariscos dinners for $8 US. Sounds great to me!

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11/18/2006 | Jeffdulac
Salut tous,
H attention ne pas trop manger, vous ne pourrez plus repartir !
Dinner at Rafael's

Muy Sabroso

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11/16/2006 | julle
rough life :)
11/16/2006 | Ken & Lori Newell (S/V Trim)
We sat at that very same table 2 years ago! Great food, fun time.

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