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Another day, another anchorage
Gabriellas grandpa
05/12/2008, Bahia San Sebastian

I left Bahia Ballandra on Isla Carmen and was going to sail to San Juanico. On the way north it started to get a little lumpy so I dodged into a nice little anchorage that was well protected from the north winds and waves. The next morning I weighed anchor and bypassed San Juanico because it was just six miles further up the coast and I wanted to get a little further north. I pulled into Bahia San Sebastian, also known as Bahia Los Puercos(Bay of Pigs). It is a very small bay/cove with barely enough room to swing at anchor. I went ashore and chatted with one of the residents. There are about 15 homes all built and owned by gringos. A mexican owns the property and leases the land to the gringos. They built some very nice houses and are run on solar/generator electricity and the water comes from a spring/well.

05/13/2008 | Susan
The cove looks not only small but shallow, too? What is the closest town for buying groceries, etc? Are the gringos retired folk like you:)
05/13/2008 | Phillip Perkins
25 miles by dirt road, then another 15 miles on Hiway 1 to Mulege. They all have big freezers. Most are retired, but some do the six month thing.
In the Sea
Gabriellas grandpa
05/09/2008, Ballandra

I had to leave Puerto Escondido before Loreto-Fest begun. I suppose it is a nice cruiser get together but something I did'nt want to get involved with. It has things like boche ball, chili cookoff, dinghy races, and costume parties.....just what I've been looking for...right. It's run by the Hidden Port Yacht Club, which I'm now a member of. Locals who live there year round have a little different cruising personallity than those who are out there doing it. I sailed over to Isla Carmen which is about 12 miles from Puerto Escondido. I pulled into Ballandra Cove and there sit my friends Dave and Heather on Eupschia. I thought they had sunk somewhere because I was expecting them to come into Puerto Escondido and they never made it. I visited with them shortly and then my friends Chuck and Elaine on Boomerang came sailing in. What a nice get together all in the same anchorage. I only stayed the one night because I wanted to get a little further north.

05/10/2008 | Ray Clark
Congrats on 30 yrs! I have only been sober 5yrs but hope to travel the waterways. have you met many sober cruisers in your travels? Hope to hear from you
05/12/2008 | Susan
Hi from Maine. We're here to have fun and visit the factory where our new boat is going to be made. Tonight we're going to sea trial a new 33. It's nice being around so many boats that look like ours:)
My Real Birthday
Gabriellas grandpa
04/26/2008, Puerto Escondido

I know this blog is supposed to be about my adventures while cruising. But, I must give credit to the reality of why I get to do what I'm doing. This May 1st I will be celebrating 30 years of being sober. Without that acclaimed sobriety, I would never have reunited with my son and got to know his wonderful wife and most important of all, spending the most wonderful(bar none) 5 years of my life being a part of my grandaughters growing up. None of this would have happened...I would be incarcerated or dead, if I did'nt have my sobriety. I love waking up in the morning and facing the day.
I'm off to a few more anchorages heading up to Santa Rosalia before going across to Guaymas. I should have another post in the Santa Rosalia area.

04/28/2008 | Susan
Congratulations, Phil.
04/28/2008 | Gabriella's Mommy
HAPPY REAL BIRTHDAY, G-PA! We'll be sure to have some Skittles and ice cream in your honor on Thursday! We're looking forward to having you hang out with us for another few months this summer. You're going to be blown away by the changes in Gabriella, that's for sure. She's such a wonder and a blessing -- but hey, you already know that! Stay safe and we'll see you soon. Hugs & kisses from Rancho Cordova.
04/29/2008 | Jan and Wolf
Happy Real Birthday Phil.
We love reading your blog and reliving our time up the Sea, what a fantastic area. Don't miss the hotdogs at Santa Rosalia. Safe sailing.
04/30/2008 | Ben
WOW 30 years congrats Phil that is a real achievment....Glad your having so much fun down there we look forward to seeing you soon.
05/02/2008 | Susan
Really like the photos of Aqua Verde, the essence of Baja.
05/03/2008 | dockrat
Congratulations. I love how madly in love you are with Gabriella.

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