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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Aztec ruins in Chanal

We visited Aztec ruins at near the village of Chanal. This was the fifth ruin in the area, hence it is called Chanal #5.

All seriousness aside, the structure in the photo was used for human sacrifice. The victims were taken to this mound, where there hearts were cut out as offerings to the Aztec gods.

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Hotel Ceballo in Colima

Here we are in front Hotel Ceballos, located right on the town square in the historic colonial city of Colima. It looks like many European cities. The cathedral on the square was built in the 16th century.

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Lunch at Comala
06/20/2009, Comala, Colima State, Mexico

We arrived at our hotel in Colima, and then drove out to a nearby town of Comala. It was a hot afternoon, so we stopped for a beer at this restaurant in Comala.

Little did we know, the restaurants have the tradition of providing you with abundant free (and delicious) food if you just order a drink. No sooner than our beer arrived, than our table was filled with four huge plates of appetizers. Boy we were stuffed!
The incredible free food at our table in Comala, that came with the beers.

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Intrepid at Barra

This boat, INTREPID, showed up in the marina near us. Its captain, Zack, just 17 years old, has nearly completed a singlehanded circumnavigation. I think he's going to set the record for the youngest person to do so. It was great to meet Zack.

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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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