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Ba muoi Ba
Gabriellas Grandpa
05/01/2011, Guaymas

Ba muoi Ba was the name of the Vietnamese beer we drank and the name translated simply means 33......and that's how many years of sobriety I have now achieved. I will get back to this after I catch up on my travels. I left Loreto after a very nice stay and sailed up to Punta Pulpito and anchored around the corner of the regular anchorage to take advantage of the protection from the southerly wind and waves. After a peaceful 4 hours of calm waters the wind shifted out of the north and it was rolly for most of the night....I guess it was not that good of an idea to anchor around the corner. Sail from Punta Pulpito to El Burro cove in Bahia Concepcion. Stayed there for 2 nights and then motor-sailed to Santa Rosalia. I stayed in the Singlar marina for a couple nights (my first marina since Mazatlan on my way south) and went to my favorite restaurant, Tercos Pollitito, and enjoy my smoked squid dip. I left Santa Rosallia at 5:30am so I could do a day passage to Guaymas as opposed to an overnighter which I normally do. It was a wonderful passage and pulled into Guaymas and tied up about 15 minutes before dark. My good friend Horacio had my car waiting for me and he even had the starter fixed and the oil changed.......aren't theses Mexican hosts the greatest? Now I will hang around here for a little more than a week getting the boat pickled and hauled out of the water for a hot summer storage.
Can you imagine being a fallen down drunk and knuckle dragging scumbag for more than 20 years, then finding sobriety and trying to be an OK guy for the rest of your working life and being rewarded with THE BEST GRANDDAUGHTER ever and being able to go cruising in your retirement. That's what has happened to me and I THANK GOD on a daily basis for this wonderful outcome. I could have kept on drinking and have ended up in jail for the rest of my life or dead. I still question and have a hard time accepting the blessings that have been bestowed on me.....I want to thank God for His presence in my life. I also want to thank my son for accepting me back into his life and trusting me with the most precious person to me...Gabriella. And if that isn't enough, I couldn't have a better daughter-in-law in Karen. And of course Gabriella....she knows where I stand with her.....life cannot get any better.

05/02/2011 | Susan
You and He accomplished it together. Congratulations.
What are you planning to do to Mannasea to "pickle" her?
05/02/2011 | Phil
Take off the main and all the normal stuff to minimize damage from heat and hurricanes.
05/24/2011 | Sharon Donat
I enjoyed looking at all your photos, but had no idea you had a sobriety problem at one time. God works in strange ways, but I too know how important a grandchild can be in your life. Tyler is my little angel and makes life worth living.
Having fun yet?
Gabriellas Grandpa
04/27/2011, Loreto

This is Semana Santa (Easter week) in Mexico and they really celebrate this holiday. The beaches were crowded and I anchor a little too close to the beach for this time of year. The locals swim out to the boat and hold on to anything they can to catch their breath. Of course some of them ask to come on the boat and use it for a diving platform. I know from experience that if your a nice guy and let them enjoy the boat, they will ask for more and all their friends from the beach will be swimming out to the boat and want to do the same. It's hard being nice to the kids because they get carried away and don't know when to stop. I felt like I could control this group and let them on the boat to dive. Being that they were all girls didn't persuade me one bit. The next day it started all over again and I had a feeling it would be uncontrollabe, so I put a stop to it before it could get started. As you can see from the previous post, I had the police on my side if it got out of control. I really enjoyed my stay in Loreto.

04/29/2011 | Susan
Is Loreto very touristy these days? Are there Costos?
05/02/2011 | Phil
There are a few eco-tourists and a lot more ex-pats living here. Not enough people for a Costco.....Walmart would invade first if there enough people for the business.
Danger travelling in Mexico??
Gabriellas Grandpa
04/27/2011, Loreto

The Media does no one justice by hyping the danger in Mexico and not being specific as to where and exactly what the danger presents. The media should talk to expats that are living down here and all the cruisers who are sailing up and down the coasts of Mexico. We all agree it is much safer here than back in Canada and the U.S.
I Left La Paz and went out to Isla Partida and anchored for a night in the company of good friends Wayne and Carol on Capricorn Cat. Left there and sailed up to Evaristo for a nights stay. Left Everisto for Loreto, bypassing Puerto Escondido. Anchoring out in front of the town of Loreto has many more advantages than being in Puerto Escondido with all the gringos and not much more to offer. In Loreto I had cell service so I could use my banda ancha and a choice of restaurants and stores to shop.

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