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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
On the way to Cerocahui

Here we are enjoying the ride in the first class accomodations aboard the train, "CHEPA", acronym for "Chihuahua-Pacifico".

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Posada Del Hidalgo Hotel

Here's a view of the Posada Del Hidalgo hotel.

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On the way to Copper Canyon: El Fuerte

We began a 6-day side trip by bus and train to visit Copper Canyon, a rugged part of the Sierra Madre mountains in the state of Chihuahua.

Our first leg consisted of a 5 hour ride aboard a luxuy bus from Mazatlan to Los Mochis, and then a 1-1/2 hour ride on a rustic local bus from Los Mochis to El Fuerte.

El Fuerte is a historic colonial town with buildings dating to the 18th century, including our very scenic hotel, Pasado Del Hidalgo.

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Our friends, George, Melinda, and son Joshua, leave Mazatlan on Southern Belle, their beautiful catamaran. There wasn't a dry eye on board Calou; we miss them and wish them bon voyage, fair winds and flat seas. We hope to see them again some day, but are not sure when or where.

They will cruise Mexico and return to the Sea of Cortez around June to get north of the hurricane season. At least that is the tentative plan. The number one rule of cruising is: you can't make schedules.

Our valued crew member John has gone with them; he'll sail with them to Puerto Vallarta and then take a bus back to our boat in Mazatlan. Lucky guy, we envy him.

We could sail our boat to Puerto Valarta, but we're enjoying the resort life here in Mazatlan SO much, with the swimming pools and all, we've decided to stay put for another month or so, til Feb 8, when Pascale and the boys fly home.

I can see how easy it would be to just keep sailing south.......

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01/06/2007 | Doug Boudinot
So sorry you are stuck in Mazatlan for another month having to suffer with all that resort life. I just hate it when that happens. Hope you can survive!! Totally enjoy!
01/07/2007 | Monty
Yes, it must be a real hardship to have to suffer through that.
I pitty them for all the lobster and great seafood they will be eating and rum drinks they will be drinking as well as all the sunlight they will be soaking up.
If you need someone to fill in for a while, let me know!
haha. Thanks for letting us share it with you, and have fun!
Cliff divers of Mazatlan

Mazatlan is famous for its cliff divers (or more accurately: rock divers). These daredevils leap from a tall rock into pretty shallow waters. This requires a fairly daring horizontal traverse in order to not hit the rocks. A diver was killed two months before when he failed to clear the rocks. I noticed the diver doing the sign of the cross before jumping. Now I understand why!

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Hiking up to Faro Mazatlan

We hiked up to the top pf the hill where Faro Mazatlan (Mazatlan Lighthouse) is located. This lighthouse is one of the world's highest. We could see it while 30 miles offshore.

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New Year's at Canuck's

We spent New Year's Eve at Canuck's, a watering hole and dancing spot for expatriate Canadians (and Americans) in Mazatlan. The music was great and we danced all night. Friends Bob and Roberta Soleway, who sold everything and are moving to Mazatlan, joined us.

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The Crew and friends Bob & Roberta enjoy Christmas dinner

left to right: Pascale, Bruce, John, and our friends Roberta and Bob Soleway at the dinner table on board Calou.

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12/27/2006 | Doug Boudinot
Who said cruising was for bums? Looks like you guys are totally enjoying the best cruising has to offer. Enjoy!! Thanks for the new postings here..its fun to follow your journey with you.

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