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Gabriellas grandpa
04/20/2008, Isla San Francisco

I left Caleta Partida(Isla Partida) and headed north to Isla San Francisco, a 20 mile trip. The first hour out was glorious and then the weather turned on me. It was blowing 20 knots right out of the direction I was heading. Needless to say I was riding a bucking bronco all the way to the anchorage. I anchored up close to north wall of the mountain to protect myself from the northerlies. It was a pretty cove with nice white sand beaches circling the cove. I awoke the next morning with these annoying little lappers jerking the boat sideways. These were the remnants of Corumels that blow down in the La Paz area. So I had enough of that and headed for the mainland of Baja. It was a wonderful motorboat ride of about 12 miles.

Northbound in the Sea of Cortez
Gabriellas grandpa
04/19/2008, Caleta Partida

No, my boat has'nt sunk.....yet. I have been out of wifi range for awhile. I think I will give several updates of each anchorage I visited on my way north. Just a little description of where I am and what the area is about. I won't be able to do it until tomorrow because my laptop needs a rest after catching up on emails and seeing/talking to my Princess.

04/19/2008 | Susan
Nice to hear from you again. Looking forward to the blow by blow in the Sea.
City of Peace
Gabriellas grandpa
04/08/2008, La Paz

Had a wonderful crossing of the Sea of Cortez. What a total difference in landscape and culture there is between the mainland and the Baja peninsula. The water is a little warmer and much clearer than the mainland. The winds in the La Paz area are locally influenced, because the weather service can never predict what the local winds will do. I had dinner at Rancho Viejo with the skippers and crews of all the boats doing the revived edition of Race Week. Richard Spindler and La Dona from Latitude 38 hosted the dinner and skippers meeting. Jim Forquer's boat Legato was there with the delivery crew and the girlfriend of Jim aboard to race in the event because that is what Jim was looking forward to do. Too bad he left us early...
As I was sitting at the skippers meeting and wearing my New Focus hat thinking maybe Richard(the editor of Latitude38) would take notice because he has written a lot of articles about New Focus. As he was introducing the crew of Legato I looked over and saw Paul Biery, the owner of New Focus and the guy I helped deliver his boat from Hawaii. I got up and went over and surprised him because he did'nt see me. We chatted for a long time and caught up on things and he said he was a friend of Jim Forquer and was helping to deliver the boat back to Newport Beach. It was a real hoot to run into him. I have exhausted my self with roaming all over this town. It has 2 CCC supermarkets and a Soriana and Ley supermarket. They have 2 movie complexs' and of course the centro mercardo. I went to a car show on the malecon the other day and it was pretty interesting. I have had my fare share of ice cream while roaming the malecon. Now, I'm really excited about all the new places I'm going to visit while going north up the Sea. I don't have any idea about the availability of wifi on the way so I don't know when my next post will be. You'll just have to hold your breath..............

04/09/2008 | Susan
Nice to wake up to your blog again:) What's Race Week?
04/09/2008 | Gabriella's Mommy
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about...! Thank you for sharing this breathtakingly beautiful sunset photo! (And I'm glad to hear you've been able to resume your daily ice cream habit.)

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