14 February 2018
Happy Valentines Day!! We shared this special day with sweet friends Lisa and Jon (s/v Molly J)-(thank you Jon for the roses!) and Dave and Marisa (s/v Dos Pacificos) at Panchos – so thankful!!
11 February 2018
Carnaval has arrived! This event began in 1898 with today’s main events consisting of parades, street parties, food festivals and a selection for the “royal” court and concerts. This year’s theme was “Patasalada” (salty feet – the locals have one foot on land and one in the sea) with approximately 60,000 people attending (primarily Mexicans), making people watching great fun! We walked the entire malecon (the parade route) with cruising friends Dave and Marisa (s/v Dos Pacificos) and Phyllis and Scott (s/v Glory Days).
03 February 2018
YAY!! I surprised Bruce and bought two used Dahon folding bikes (we owned four previously, but sold/bartered them as we were not in good places to use them) from nearby cruisers. They are in great shape (new rims and tires) – AND I looked up the serial numbers on Dahon’s website – they are vintage 1989!!! 29 years old! Can you believe it??? Bruce is looking for antique plates, now to purpleize one of them………
24 January 2018
Fun evening aboard DreamCatcher for sundowners and dinner at El Mercadito across the street from Marina El Cid. We were joined by friends Gena and Pablo (s/v Scarlet Fever), Jeanette (s/v Marsha Dee), Gerry (m/v Misty Michael), Jon and Lisa (s/v Molly J) and Dave and Marisa (s/v Dos Pacificos). We are blessed!
1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
23 January 2018
Our crazy kayak window replacement was a big success! We brought the window and epoxy back at Christmas, cut boards to strap down across the top (to bend the plexiglass to the curved hull) epoxied it in place and put four screws in the corners to make sure it doesn’t fall out again. Let’s go kayaking!
14 January 2018
So nice to spend time with sweet cruising friends – we enjoyed a lovely evening under the trees at El Presidio restaurant with Dave and Marisa (s/v Dos Pacificos) and Jeanette and Fred (s/v Marsha Dee). Good food with great friends!
15 December 2017
December 11 – 15, 2017 Off we go to Durango (the Land of Cinema and scorpions)! We took the four hour luxury bus from Mazatlán to Durango (altitude 6,168’) via a 143 mile twisting, winding, 63 tunnel, 115 bridge (including the third highest cable stayed bridge at 1,312’) highway over the Sierra Madre mountains. Spectacular! This natural landscape has been the background for over 200 movies – we were surprised. John Wayne made at least seven movies here. The scorpion is the unofficial symbol of Durango and can be found in and on almost everything – including tacos. Bruce was brave and had one – he described it as a “non-event” and survived to tell the story (they are “de-venomized” prior to eating) – UGH! We stayed at the Hostal de la Monja in zona centro spending four days exploring the city (two with a guide) and surrounding area, including an open air stepped stone alter – La Ferreria, the Pancho Villa museum, rode the cable car, the first oven for making iron (1848) park, cathedrals, grand haciendas and beautiful government buildings. We endured temperatures in the 40’s with rain much of the time in Durango – it confirmed our decision to never cruise in cold climates!
10 December 2017
December 1-10, 2017 What a lovely city! We spent the last week settling in to a new area - where is the grocery, laundry, wifi and of course coffee shops! We also started attending the Vineyard Church – it is the same association as our Church in Puerto Vallarta, we’re excited to fellowship with other believers. We also met new friends on m/v Albatross, Cindy and Bill. We recognized the boat as the same boat as sweet friends Rita and Antoon who had earlier this year sold it to Cindy and Bill. Small world! Big Dog hadn’t felt well for a few weeks, so a stop at the hotel house doctor was the first order of business. No paperwork, no office staff, just a doctor giving advice after a short history and physical exam. $50 cash, $12 for two prescriptions and he became a new dog after 24 hours! Now to wait ten days before imbibing any alcohol – so sad.
Isla Isabel to Mazatlan
30 November 2017
24 hour motor sail to Mazatlan – we had to wait almost two more hours at anchor outside the harbor waiting on the dredge to stop working and move so we could make our entry. Tight squeeze!! We took a slip in Marina El Cid – a beautiful, beachfront resort. With our slip we have access to all the hotel amenities – yay!
29 November 2017
One of our amazing sunsets! Thank you Lord!
Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised.