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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Barra de Navidad
02/04/2009

Fishing boats are tied up at the village of Barra de Navidad. This is a colorful, quaint little town, with one church, no banks, and dozens of little shops and inexpensive restaurants.

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Maria's Tienda
02/04/2009

Pascale enjoys a chat with Maria, the owner of Maria's Tienda. Maria takes orders for anything you want in the way of groceries, drives to neaby cities to get it if she doesn't have it, and delivers to our boat. She also delivers propane refills and laundry. She's a real gem.

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Barra Grand Bay Hotel Marina
02/04/2009

here's a photo of the Grand Bay Hotel Marina in Barra de Navidad.

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CYC Staff Commodore Meeting in Barra
01/30/2009, Barra de Navidad

It was a CYC reunion in Barra! Staff Cmdr. Bruce & Pascale Powell met with Staff Cmdr. John & Sharon Warren and CYC members Bill & Mary Finkelstein at a great little Italian resto in Barra. The Staff Commodores plotted a hostile takeover of the Club.

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02/01/2009 | Michael
Dang, that beats the heck out of being here. You guys have it right. I imagine that your hostile takeover would be met with a sigh of gratitude and relief. You would be greeted as liberators!
Dinner with Seabird
01/29/2009, Barra de Navidad

We had dinner with Lou & Marge of Seabird, a Swan 51 from Fresno CA. Lou is a Transpac Singlehander, but he talked Marge into doing the Baja Haha with him this year.

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Arrival at Barra de Navidad
01/28/2009

We arrived at Barra de Navidad day before yesterday; we are staying in the marina at the Grand Bay Hotel. I read that Conde Nast has rated this resort as #1 in all of Mexico. I can believe it, this is a gorgeous hotel. As guests in the Marina we are considered guests of the hotel with access to all the resort amenities.

The hotel is just a short water taxi across the channel to the picturesque town of Barra de Navidad. It's a great walking town with tons of great restaurants and shops along its cobblestone streets.

Here's a picture of the swimming pool at the hotel.

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02/09/2009 | sherry (anchorage)
Ah man, that place looks so awesome!!
Second Day at Tenacatita
01/25/2009

This morning we rode the dinghy up the estuary at Tenacatita; this is a wonderful 2-hour trip through a mangrove jungle. Along the way we saw exotic birds, crocodiles, and some kind of strange primate or marsupial with a long prehensile tail. We're not sure what it was. The jungle trip ended up at a beach where we spent a few hours snorkeling, then had lunch at a palapa restaurant on the beach. Lunch was the local specialty: fish filet stuffed with 'mariscos', being a combination of shrimp, squid, octopus, and scallop.

After that we returned to the main beach at Tenacatita, where we played bocce ball with some other cruisers on the beach. As the sun set, we returned to Calou for dinner. One of the cruisers, Archie from Sea-tacean, loaned us a DVD movie called McHale's Navy. It's a military comedy set in the Caribbean... except that the movie was filmed right here in Tenecatita Bay. So if you're reading this, and you want to see what Tenacatita is like, you could rent this movie. Hey, it even has Ernest Borgnine, from the original TV series!

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Anchorage at Ten Bay
Bruce
01/24/2009, Tenacatita

Pictured is our boat, Calou, anchored at Tenacatita Bay. This is a beautiful anchorage with calm, warm waters. We spent the afternoon at the beach, playing in the surf, having lunch at a palapa restaurant on the beach, and meeting with other cruisers for a Rubber Ducky contest.

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