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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Preparations for heading south
12/08/2008, Mazatlan

We're making preparations for heading south on Thursday. If all goes well we'll be ready to go Thursday afternoon. One contingency is the new dodger that we've ordered. It's supposed to be ready Wednesday. If it's late that could delay our departure.

When we do leave, our plan is to sail south to Isla Isabella. We would leave in the late afternoon so as to make landfall in the morning.

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12/09/2008 | Bill
Is that Ecuador? If so, sounds like fun and I look forward to seeing the photos.

12/09/2008 | Bruce
the next stop is Isla Isabella. Then Puerto Vallarta, and eventually, Zihuatanejo. After that, we'll see.
Kite Aerial Video Photography from Marina El Cid
11/29/2008, Mazatlan

I made a new and improved harness to hold our digital camera to the kite string and tested it at Marina El Cid yesterday. This new design works great! I can't wait to take some aerial video of our boat as we sail down the coast.

If you think kite aerial photography is cool and would like to learn more, check this site out.

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Tequila Factory
11/28/2008, Mazatlan

We visited a tequila producing ranch and factory, this was very interesting. Pictured are the blue agave plant cores, which the tequila is made from. These weigh about 200 lb. each (90 kg).

You can see more photos from the tequila factory in our Photo Gallery.

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Thanksgiving at Mazatlan

The cruisers' group arranged a Thanksgiving dinner at the nearby harbor. The dinner was excellent; the turkey and gravy had some kind of herbs that were really delicious. There were 180 sailors in attendance. We shared a table with Don & Terri of the catamaran DOUBLE PLAY.

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Lunch at Tony's
11/24/2008, Mazatlan

We left the boys at the boat and had lunch at Tony's, a great beachfront restaurant. We had a big platter of jumbo shrimp and dorado fillets, served with garlic butter. The owner served us with free tequila shooters... a tall shot glass filled 3/4 with tequila, and 1/4 7-Up, then he puts a napkin over the top and slams it on the table to mix. The funny thing is, he uses the same shot glass (without washing it) for everyone in the little restaurant. Hey it's Mexico...Tequila!!!

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11/24/2008 | Jolea
Viva la Mexico!!!
11/26/2008 | Sherry in Anchorage
The shrimp look yummy! ~~ Will you have a traditional U.S. Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow or will you do it up "Baja style"? ~~ Take care and if you get a chance.. send some of that warm weather my way!! ~~haha ;o)
11/26/2008 | Bruce
Our plans are to join a cruiser's Thanksgiving buffet here in Mazatlan. I'm no fan of buffets, but there will be a band and music and dancing til midnight, which will be great fun. Oh, the price is 170 pesos, or $12, such a deal!!
At Bob & Roberta Soleway's House
11/21/2008, Mazatlan

We visited Bob & Roberta Soleway's gorgeous new house. The last time we saw it, two years ago, there was just the foundation. The construction was a painful lesson in Latin American business practices. The results sure look great, though.

See photos here.

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11/21/2008 | Jolea
Looks like a great spot for entertaining! I see only 2 wine glasses though.... :)
11/21/2008 | Dan Carrico
Bruce, Pascale,

We will be in Puerto Vallarta Dec. 21 -30th would love to see you guys. Our Mexico #s are: 322 209 1178 (home); 322 150-0007. Bon Voyaging!
11/22/2008 | jd de Haseth
Bruce | Pascale,
Greetings from your former Tiburon neighbor ... looks like you are all have a wonderful adventure.... good for you. May the winds be always in your favor. JD de Haseth.
11/22/2008 | Bruce Powell
Dan, we look forward to seeing you in Puerto Vallarta, we should be there around that time. JD, nice to hear from you!
11/26/2008 | Sherry in Anchorage
Absolutely Beeeeee-autiful house!
11/26/2008 | Bruce
You can't tell how the house looks from the photo, so I assume you saw the house pics in the photo gallery. Yes, the house is beautiful, indeed!
Sunset at Mazatlan
11/19/2008, Mazatlan

Sunset at the beach at Mazatlan

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Buying Camarones at the Market
11/19/2008, Mazatlan

We visited Mazatlan's superb "mercado", or open air market. There's an upstairs section with restaurants that cater to market workers and the locals, and you can get an excellent lunch there, e.g. shrimp or beef with tortillas, salad, rice and beans, for just 35 pesos (less than $3).

Then we bought a kilo of giant shrimp, 70 pesos for a kilo (about $3 a pound), from this seafood vendor. They even peel the shrimp for you.

Shrimp is Mazatlan's specialty, and it calls itself "the shrimp capital of the world".

We got back to the boat and served the shrimp in garlic butter with pasta and alfredo sauce. Yum!

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