Lucky Fish

the adventure has begun

17 May 2017 | Rancho Sirah, La Ribera, BCS
02 March 2017 | The top of Sani Pass!
02 March 2017 | Sani Pass, Drakensberg, KZN
02 March 2017 | Sani Pass, Drakensberg, KZN
02 March 2017 | Sani Pass, Drakensberg, KZN
28 February 2017 | Nottingham Road, KZN
28 February 2017 | Mooi River, KZN
28 February 2017 | MIchaelhouse, Balgowan, KZN
27 February 2017 | Balgowan, KZN
25 February 2017 | Salt Rock, KZN
25 February 2017 | Durban, South Africa
23 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
23 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
23 February 2017 | Amakahle Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
22 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
22 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
21 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
21 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
21 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
20 February 2017 | Amakahla Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Grenadillas and guardians!

17 May 2017 | Rancho Sirah, La Ribera, BCS
I am way, way behind on our blog but something happened yesterday that inspired me to take the time to remember and record the goodness of people.
Nev and I have bought a small (4 acre) farm, certified organic, next door to our contractor, Juan, who has also become our friend. On this farm we have 130 mango trees, 80 avocado trees and much more, including an enormous grenadilla vine that is producing plenty of delis fruit despite being neglected over the past 6 years!!! I am tickled pink - they are so good in a vodka and soda on a hot Baja evening.
So yesterday, on my way home to Casa Azul after dropping my mum off at the airport, I thought I'd stop in to see what progress had been made on the clearing of the land and pick us a few grenadillas to boot. Too lazy to open Juans big, heavy cattle gate I thought I'd just climb over the fence onto our land, do my thing, and then find a spot further up the road to turn JURNEE around.
And I did... only it was pure beach sand further up the road and I got us totally sunk! This would also be the day I had no extra water and no cell phone!!!
See this is where God and guardians show up... its a wonderful thing! As I prepared for a long, hot and dry walk to help, I cut across Juans property and there was Alejandro, one of the locals who has been working on Casa Azul since day one!!
He had a phone...
We called Juan...
He has a friend with a tractor...
Within 20 minutes JURNEE and I were out of our predicament, Nev none the wiser!
I gave big hugs to my heroes
And big thanks up above too.


02 March 2017 | The top of Sani Pass!
Continued from my journal:
"To our amazement, after the steep climb from 5400ft to almost 10, 000, the land was flat, filled with wild flowers, sheep, long haired goats, rondavels, shepherds, women dancing in skirts lend with bottle caps, and an old stone store front called Thanda Bantu!!
(My dad and Grandad owned a store called Thanda Bantu and I wished my mum was there with me!).
We bought a sticker for DAZI
and a broom
and a beer for Christopher...
and then made our way to the highest pub in Africa!

Better and better...

02 March 2017 | Sani Pass, Drakensberg, KZN
Waterfalls spilled down all around us,
too many to count...
and the views got better and better as the clouds moved overhead, casting dramatic shadows over the enormous canyon below...
We crossed the border and are now the proud bearers of a Sani Pass and Lesotho stamp in our passports :)

Protea Paradise!

02 March 2017 | Sani Pass, Drakensberg, KZN
Continued from my journal:
"The roads were rough, washed away in some places, traversing small rivers in others,
steep as heck,
road works... we never got over 25km/hr despite the road side signals suggesting we go 30!
It took us 3 hours to get to the top of the pass,
but it meant we got an amazing close up of the vegetation passing by..
the wild flowers were beautiful,
there were more proteas than a flower shop could hold...

Is it possible?

02 March 2017 | Sani Pass, Drakensberg, KZN
Taken from my journal:
"Is it possible to capture the splendor that was yesterday?
I think not...
but we took hundreds of photographs
that will tell the story of our journey up Sani Pass
to the highest pub in Africa,
just over the border from South Africa into Lesotho.
The road was paved for just a short while and then we hit dirt..."

All's well that ends well!

28 February 2017 | Nottingham Road, KZN
We stopped in Nottingham Road for gas before heading on to Underberg, and SOMEONE put diesel into our petrol only vehicle!!
As luck would have it, there was an excellent mechanic right next door to the gas station...
thank You Lord,for John!
There was also a restaurant called "Maggie's" filled with kind people and delicious food...
and right next door we discovered my niece, Jessica's preprimary school!!
So we spent an afternoon with her,
enjoyed lunch,
taught everyone how to play 3:13 cards...
lost, and found, my cell phone...
and four hours later we were back on the road,
flying over potholes to get to our B&B before dark!
Never did a glass of wine taste as good as the one Karen poured for us that evening on safe arrival at Malachite Manor!!
All's well that ends well, huh?!
Vessel Name: Blue
Vessel Make/Model: Nordhavn 46
Hailing Port: Channel Islands
Crew: Neville & Maggie
Nev has dreamed about cruising around the world for years. He bought Blue from John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 5 years ago and that brought his dream a little closer to reality. [...]
Neville Hansen: born in Durban, South Africa, moved to USA 1972, 2 sons , Trevor and daughter-in-law Star, and Dillon. Maggie Damron: born in South Africa, raised in Swaziland. Moved to the USA in 1992, 2 sons: Stephen and Christopher.
Blue's Photos - Main
Trip around Central America
49 Photos
Created 29 December 2010
While we were home from May - October
35 Photos
Created 18 October 2010
Mexico to Monterey 2010
48 Photos
Created 20 July 2010
29 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 5 May 2010
Santa Rosalia and visit to Rob and Andy
18 Photos
Created 4 April 2010
The last leg up the Sea of Cortez
27 Photos
Created 28 March 2010
Friends and hikes in Loreto
31 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
On our way up
39 Photos
Created 8 March 2010
random pictures of Mexico and friends
74 Photos
Created 28 February 2010
mum's visit
27 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 27 February 2010
Mexican Navy Rescue
10 Photos
Created 27 February 2010
Maggie's Photo's
52 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 3 February 2010
46 Photos
Created 20 January 2010
Christmas and New Year
11 Photos
Created 5 January 2010
34 Photos
Created 17 December 2009
on the way dwn
84 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 13 December 2009
visiting newport beach and dana point
5 Photos
Created 11 November 2009
Setting sail
5 Photos
Created 5 November 2009
We can't leave home without Maggie's wine
9 Photos
Created 28 September 2009
Stripping. sanding and varnishing the wood. Installing air conditioning units.
12 Photos
Created 2 August 2009

The Lucky Fish

Who: Neville & Maggie
Port: Channel Islands
Set to depart Channel Islands November 8th, 2009 We plan to head down Baja taking our time fishing and exploring ,we hope to spend a few months in the Sea of Cortez before heading down to Panama . From there to the Galapagos Islands and our Pacific Ocean crossing in February of 2011 to the Marquesas and from there who knows with our final destination Cape Town South Africa