Lucky Fish

the adventure has begun

12 July 2017 | The Baja en route to Los Barriles
12 July 2017 | La Paz, BCS
09 July 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, BCS
04 July 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
25 June 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
30 May 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
28 May 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
17 May 2017 | Rancho Sirah, La Ribera, BCS
16 May 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
26 April 2017 | La Ribera, BCS
25 April 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
16 April 2017 | Thousand Oaks, California
01 April 2017 | Vacaville, California
31 March 2017 | Travis Air Force Base, California
27 March 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
24 March 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
20 March 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
19 March 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
12 March 2017 | Oxnard, California
11 March 2017 | Oxnard, CA

There is beauty...

12 July 2017 | The Baja en route to Los Barriles
"There is beauty in this day,
and I will take the time to notice it."

The Baja countryside is dry, parched,
the rainy season on the horizon.
And there, in the midst of the desert, were these gorgeous trees in glorious full white bloom...
worth a stop along the side of the road and a clamber over rocks to get a closer look!

Loving La Paz

12 July 2017 | La Paz, BCS
We've always loved La Paz, an hour and a half north of Casa Azul.
We needed last minute supplies for the house and farm before we head back to the States so decided to throw in some romance and a walk down memory lane too.
Stopped at Toro Guero for a yummy pulpo lunch before checking into our favorite hotel, La Posada, right on the beach. All the rooms were full so we had to get a suite, gosh darn! 😊
A nap in the cool of our airconditioned room was heavenly before we drove out to our favorite pub on Tecalote beach where everyone knows our name! We sipped on their fabulous margaritas and I killed Nev in dominoes and we caught up with the locals of this laid back little community... and totally relaxed.
Wine and a game of cards on our patio as the sun set was wonderful even though Nev killed me...
Yummy dinner and long chats downstairs as the evening cooled down...
It was a day full of love in this lovely place.
Thanks my honey...
And now off to Home Depot we go!!!

Pescadero Poker

09 July 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, BCS
The 5 ATV's were loaded with ice chests, beach necessities, extra fuel and 17 of us excited to experience a poker run to Punta Pescadero which is located north of Los Barriles.
The game necessitates 5 stops along the way where each couple is handed a card to add to their hand - the kitty was 500 pesos for the winner, 400 for second place.
The sun was high in the sky
The ocean was every shade of blue
The coastline varied from white sand to rock, flat to mountainous
We stopped for cold beers and swims
And lunch at the hotel in Punta Pescadero that was yummy
It was an amazing experience shared with new friends who sweetly allowed us to be a part of their lives for a few days
Suffice to say we didn't win the kitty
But we didn't care
The entire day had been a winner!
Thanks Gary xx

The Biggs family came to play...

04 July 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
Denis, Zoe, Claire and Annie arrived on Friday for the 4th of July weekend and we were thrilled to have them!
They didn't stop for a moment all four days of their stay, except for Claire who loves her naps!
They tried everything:
the ATV's (a huge hit)
horse riding (a huge hit)
the kayaks and paddle boards (not such a huge hit)
snorkeling (a huge hit)
photo shoots on the beach and on the roof top and on the ATV's and on the rocks and in the pool (a huge hit)
fishing (Annie went with the men - they hooked and released a marlin and brought home a tuna)- a huge hit
dinner at the Lodge (a huge hit - and a tongue in cheek summer romance attempt!!)
and while they were busy doing their wonderful thing, we enjoyed time with Denis and Zoe...
we talked and painted and produced fabulous meals and read and relaxed and walked and swam and celebrated them as they celebrated their wedding anniversary...
it was a fun time when the Biggs family came to play :)

Lovely laughs with Laurie

25 June 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
Laurie spent 6 nights with us here at Casa Azul...
She came alone for time to connect and disconnect...
and she did both!
We spent lots of time laughing and talking
cooking and cocktailing
walking and SUPing...
we fished off the shore and off Nev's panga...
she hooked a marlin!
We visited the farm and our small town...
and she disconnected with naps in the hammock and on the loungers and total immersion in her good book...
evening chats with her Gary and Griff her only connection back to life in California.
We loved our time with her, especially the 24 hours we spent together in San Jose Del Cabo...
yummy brunch at Flora Farms
and more yummy tacos and mescal at La Lupita's.
We love her laugh and her love of life :)
Come back soon sweet lady :)

Under construction!

30 May 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
We are under major construction here at Casa Azul and blogging is keeping me quiet and at peace in the midst of the major mess, knowing that it will all be worth it when the job is done!!?? Right??
This is one of our last big jobs on the house - the old ocean facing doors that have been chewed away by termites and whose handles no longer operate due to years of wind and salt air have been knocked out over the past two days.
And Alejandro is now concreting in the gap to make it the perfect fit for our new concertina sliding doors to slide right on in - we hope!
It's going to be gorgeous...
and hopefully just in time for Mum, DeeDee and Marissa's arrival on Saturday afternoon :)
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