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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Hurricane Andres

Hurricane Andres made a visit. The sign says, "Emergency: Dangerous cyclone is approaching the coastal region that includes Manzanillo" (which is where we are at).

That being said, the lagoon here in Barra is very well protected. Hurricane winds would normally come from the south, which means there's a mountain between our boat and the oncoming winds.

As we returned from Colima, we found very windy conditions along the coast in Manzanillo, and very heavy rains. The harbor where our boat is located however, was relatively calm.

After we arrived, the winds increased. I turned on the wind instruments so we could read the wind speed. I saw 18 knots gusting to 22, at the maximum.

Other parts of Colima, I suspect, saw greater winds, judging by the extend of plant detritus that covered the roads. The roads were covered with palm fronds and mangos.

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Masks from Suchitlan
06/22/2009, Suchitlan, Colima, Mexico

Some of the superb masks made by the artisans in Suchitlan. It's basically one family that produces these superb masks (there are imitators but they don't come even close in terms of quality).

These beautiful masks are wearable and used in traditional dance. They are carved by hand using only sharp bladed instruments (no electric cutting tools). After they are carved they are painted beautifully with oil paints. It takes about seven days to complete one mask.

We purchased two of these masks, a goat mask (second from left in the forward row), and a coyote mask.

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Active Volcano at Colima

We drove east from Colima to see this active volcano, which has an eruption on the average about every ten days. When that happens, the flow of ash can exceed speeds of 100 km per hour. You don't want to be on the slopes of this volcano when that happens!

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10/18/2009 | Ann Bloomquist
Hola Pascal! We were just in Barra and saw Calou there and not you! I saw on your blog that you plan to return in Oct sometime. Sorry we missed you. We were just drove there for the weekend from PV. We'll be back there for January on the boat. We hope to see you then. What are your plans?
10/28/2009 | Bruce Powell
hi Ann, I guess we just missed you since we flew back to our boat on Oct 20! We'll be in Barra for about a month before sailing further south. The plan for now is to head to Panama.
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

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