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Gone Native Arrives in San Diego
by Capts. Dave and Desiree
04/30/2009, Silver Gate Marina, San Diego

After checking in through customs that morning, Dave did a magnificent job "shoe horning" the Gone Native on to the dock. They were not use to having catamarans in their marina, but the wind being calm allowed us to dock the boat readily. Silver Gate has reciprocity with the Ventura Yacht Club, and the people here have been kind and those walking the docks have been curious and interested in our adventure. We are enjoying our few days here, and it only makes us more excited for our anticipated arrival to our hometown and the Ventura Yacht Club.

Adios, Mexico
By Capts. Dave and Desiree
04/29/2009, Ensenada, Mexico

We arrived to Mexico in the wee hours of March 29th, and thirty days later we pulled in to our final destination in Mexico, Ensenada. As we were approaching the harbor, we encountered the largest flag in Mexico. It was waving proudly in the sea breeze. We enjoyed the few days on shore and at anchorage in Mexico, realizing we had not allowed enough time to see this land, but one thing we have learned on this trip, is one can not see it all.
But the flavors and the people we did experience were memorable, and in another future time, a place we can readily revisit.

To see our recorded monumental moment crossing of the United States/Mexico border read on......


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Change of Season
by Capts. Dave and Desiree
04/26/2009, Cabo Colonet, Mexico

As we finally approach the Mexican/United States border, there is no question we have noted the change in seasons. We have had endless summer(s), but now there is a notable change in the air, and especially the water temperature.

We have monitored the sea temperature as we have headed north. Along the central coast of Mexico, the water had increased to 23.7C (72.8F), and we dropped anchor in a bay to scrub barnacles off the bottom of the boat. Even at this temperature, it required us to wear a wetsuit, but it was tolerable for the two hours we were scraping away. In retrospect, we are grateful we made that stop, now that that our instruments read a temperature of 9.4C (48.7F). NO WAY are any of us getting wet in the Pacific, or at least not intentionally.

Our last passage has taken us about 750 miles from Mazatlan to Cabo Colonet, 65 miles short of Ensenada. With the weather deteriorating over the next 24 hours, we decided to drop anchor and wait it out. When the seas settle, we will depart for Ensenada, and do the appropriate checkout of Mexico, and head onward to California.


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