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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Agua Verde
Bruce
11/29/2006

Last night we accidentally ran the batteries down, and couldn't get the engine started in the morning until the solar cell had a chance to recharge the batteries. Unfortunately we were anchored to the north of a very high cliff so we didn't get our first sunlight until 10 a.m. Good thing we have a solar cell!

We motorsailed upwind to our next stop, Agua Verde, which is a tiny fishing village and natural harbor south of Lareto. A weather system looms over us, big gray clouds and what looks like rain off in the distance. It's getting noticeably cooler as we make our way north. Or is it just this weather system?

After Loreto, and wehn the weather improves, we plan to cross the Sea of Cortez eastward to the mainland, and then head back down south.

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Anchored at Los Burros
Bruce
11/28/2006

We sailed northward from our last anchorage with a nice broad reach and 12 knots of wind, makng good time to our next stop, a very isolated bay called Los Burros. The bay is surounded by cliffs maybe a thousand feet high on three sides, it's very impressive. We rode the dinghy to the beach which was strewn with rocks and pebbles of all sizes. John, Francois and I amused ourselves by balancing rocks one on top of the other. When we left the beach there was a lineup of several of them along the beach. Some future visitor will likely discover them. I don't think this beach gets many visitors.

During the sail over, at about 12:30 pm, I asked Pascale, "what do you think we'll have for lunch?". Pascale said, "I don't know". We are starting to run low on some of our food supplies. Just as I was contemplating what to make with what little we had, one of the fishing poles went "zinnnnng", and we had a fish on the line. This was a faily large one, we could tell, because it was a lot of work reeling it in. Finally we landed the fish, a tuna weighing perhaps 20 pounds. Pascale filleted it and we put most of it in bags in the refrigerator, but leaving a few pounds for us for lunch.

This I seared quickly, about 10 seconds each side, drizzled with soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and served with wasabi. Pascale's freshly made cole slaw served as the side dish. Delicious!

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11/29/2006 | Jeffdulac
Salut les navigateurs !
Quelle belle bonite Bruce, chapeau !
Bises à tous.
Jeff et Renée
Bahia Partida
Bruce
11/28/2006

here's a photo of us on the stern of our boat, taken from the dinghy by John, at Bahia Partida.

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11/29/2006 | Monty
Good Shot!
Thanksgiving in La Paz
Bruce
11/23/2006, La Paz

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner at a nearby marina, a couple hundred yatistas got together and did a potluck, with some benefactor providing several roasted turkeys. To have turkey dinner in tropical conditions is definitely a change of pace!

We plan to leave La Paz this Saturday, destination Isla Ispirito Santos. This island offers many beautiful coves.

After that, we will visit ports along Baja before making passage to Mazatlan.

We have extended our return, from December, to January. The one rule we've learned, is that when cruising, you can't make schedules.


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11/26/2006 | Heidi
If you see S/V Aquarius at Marina Palmira, say hi to my husband Mark and crew Kent and Laurie... from the photo it looks like you guys are there too. Happy TG.
Calou at Ballendra Bay
Bruce
11/21/2006, Bahia de Ballendra

A nice photo of Calou at Ballendra Bay

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Beach at Bahia de Ballendra
11/21/2006, Bahia de Ballendra

Another of John's great photos, this one of the white sand beach at pristine Ballendra Bay.

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Francois at Ballendra Bay
Bruce
11/21/2006, Bahia de Ballendra

Francois at the bow of our boat at glorious Ballendra Bay. Photo by John.

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More dolphins!
11/21/2006

These two were swimming right under the boat.

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