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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
New photo gallery

I just uploaded new photos to our photo gallery.

We're planning to leave the boat here in Barra for the summer hurricane season. We'll fly home in July and return in mid October, to continue our voyage south come November 1 when the hurricane season officially ends.

Meanwhile life aboard Calou here in Barra is very enjoyable, so we don't mind staying here for a while.

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05/14/2009 | Bill
Very cool bug! I wonder if it's friendly? Hopefully hurricane season is a short one this year. Being that I live in Alaska, is the blue and bright thing in the sky that is in all of your photos like that most of the time down there?? Tell me its true!:)
05/14/2009 | Bruce Powell
yeah, it's warm or hot every day, and the sun is out. Funny thing is, the weather forecasts have predicted thunderstorms, but they have yet to appear. The weather here continues to be just perfect.

We're staying through then end of June and into July, so we'll certainly see the change of seasons (from winter/dry season to summer/rainy season). I'm looking forward to it.
05/17/2009 | Jeff
Bonne fĂȘte et avec deux jours de retard, bon anniversaire Calou ;)
Bizzzzzzz !
05/20/2009 | pascale Powell
Merci de tes bons voeux. Bises a tous
Barra Music

Along with some friends, we took a water taxi from the marina into Barra de Navidad, to hear some music at Piper's Cruiser Lounge, an open-air palapa bar on the beach in Barra. I don't know the name of the band, but the guitar player sounded like Jimi Hendrix, and looked like the Geico Cave Man.

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04/25/2009 | Papa
Sure does! I thought it was the Geico man when I saw the oicture.
video: sailing to Manzanillo

Video of our sail from Barra de Navidad south to Manzanillo, where we enjoyed excellent blackberry margaritas.

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04/23/2009 | Papa
Amazing! Look how calm the water is down there. We have wide open expanses to sail in up here - but rarely does it ever lay down like that.
You know what the water is like on the coast of Oregon.
But it is never warm like that down there!
Wonderful video.
04/24/2009 | Bruce Powell
I wish the waters were always this calm down here!
Fresh Blackberry Margaritas
04/22/2009, Las Hadas

We enjoyed delicious margaritas made with fresh blackberries at the "Paradise" restaurant in Las Hadas. The owner there raises his own blackberries. They also make a coconut shrimp that is out of this world.

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Calou at Las Hadas

Here's a photo of Calou taken from shore at Las Hadas, Manzanillo.

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Sailing to Manzanillo
04/20/2009, Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

We finally decided to spend the rest of the summer season in Mexico. We'll head to Panama after the hurricane season ends in November.

Not wanting to just sit around in the marina, we decided to sail south to Manzanillo. We had a beautiful sail with about 6 knots of breeze on a beam reach, we were able to do about 5 knots of boat speed.

In this photo Pascale and Antoine are enjoying being at sea again.

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04/20/2009 | Papa
Sounds like a wonderful summer. Would love to be there!
04/20/2009 | Papa
P.S. - I hope you don't mind, I added a link to your blog in ours. I will remove it if you wish.
04/21/2009 | John
Looks like you are doing some serious sailing. Even with the Christmas lights still up.. Haha. Looks like fun!!
04/22/2009 | Bruce Powell
Papa - of course we're glad you linked to us. John - LOL you spotted the Christmas lights! Those are LED lights and we use them to light up the cockpit at night when we're at anchor.
Preparations and random thoughts

We have been getting ready to depart Barra in fits and starts over the last week. It is really hard to get motivated to leave such a wonderful place.

There have been some projects. One would be that we had to test the windlass since I upgraded the power supply leading to it. We took the boat out into the bay today to test the anchor windlass, dropping anchor in 40 ft of water and raising it again. Success! It works like a charm!

I'm replacing the starting battery, because it's 6 years old and was starting to show some sluggishness.

We unloaded the anchor chain onto the dock today to paint new stripes on the chain every 20 feet. This way, we can know how much chain we have let out.

We got a book of charts for the entire Pacific coast between San Diego and Panama, to help us navigate in case our instruments get fried by lightning, for example. We ordered this in the US, and had it Fedex'ed to the wife of a fellow cruiser, who was flying down the next day. That's the best way to get anything into or out of Mexico.

Pascale and I have been feeling our oats about leaving. It's so nice and comfortable here. Cruising can be scary and a lot of hard work. It's so tempting to just stay here forever and enjoy the cushy resort life. They call it 'the velvet rut'.

But no, I think we'll test the waters and head south to Manzanillo, then to Zihuatanejo. After Zihuat we really have to make a commitment because it entails a new and very expensive insurance policy that will cover us all the way to Panama and into the Caribbean.

I'm leaving open the back door, that is, we can always bail out and reverse course back to Barra and spend the summer here. It would be so easy to do. Barra is so nice!

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Dinner on the terrace at Grand Bay
04/17/2009, Barra de Navidad

Pascale and I enjoyed a great Thai dinner on the outdoor terrace on the 5th floor of this fabulous hotel, the Grand Bay, in Barra de Navidad. This is the view from the table, towards the hotel.

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