Magic Carpet Adventures

Greg, Donna Lou and Boat Cat Ziwhot's Search for Adventure Captain Gregory (KI6IIU) and Admiral Donna Lou (KI6IIS) Norell E-mail: norell49@yahoo.com

30 May 2017 | San Ignacio Farallon near Topolobampo
27 May 2017 | Brewja's, Mazatlan, Mx
26 May 2017
22 May 2017 | El Cid Marina, Slip A22, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
06 May 2017 | El Cid Marina, Slip A22, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
13 April 2017 | South of San Carlos
07 April 2017 | Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico
30 March 2017 | San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
25 June 2016 | San Carlos, Sonora
08 June 2016 | El Cid Marina, Mazatlan
22 April 2016 | La Cruz de Haunacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico
22 April 2016
08 March 2016 | Marina La Cruz, La Cruz de Haunacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico
02 February 2016 | Cerro Pelion a Monarch Butterfly preserve
01 February 2016
01 February 2016
15 January 2016 | La Cruz de Haunacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico
09 January 2016 | El Verde Camacho Marine Turtle Sanctuary
05 January 2016 | El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Sin

Passage Mazatlan to San Carlos two days of rough weather

30 May 2017 | San Ignacio Farallon near Topolobampo
Admiral Donna Lou
It took a while but we spotted what looked like a do able weather window to cut the dock lines and sail north. We expected a four day nonstop passage along the Sonoran coast, home tethers were pulling us in! The push was on good southerly winds were predicted with fair sea states. Remembering there is nothing more unpredictable than Mother Nature. We pulled in the dock lines stowed the fenders, waited for high tide and eased out of Marina El Cid Mazatlan Sinaloa Mexico.
Our first day out was surprising calm winds & smooth seas from the North West, an easy beginning. Birds were hitchhiking rides on turtles backs, Dorado were jumping; Dolphins entertained us cruising around & around Magic Carpet. Lots of birds were diving on fish balls; our freezer was full of Tuna more than we could eat. So our lines needed to stay dry! Fishing had been good around the Mazatlan area, Tuna, Dorado, and Red Snapper. Bill Fish are out of the game for us, too big endangered and do not always respond well to catch & release!
The night skies were brilliant a carpet of stares guided us north, Sun rises & Sunsets always amazes us! But the peace and tranquility of this passage didn't last long! Soon the seas built the rollers were confused crashing into Magic Carpet; the winds steadily increased gusting to 25 knots from the south. Our way points were now D.D.W. Life aboard was ruff, using hand holds & tethers were a most, even little Z (boat cat) agreed to where hers. The old rule came into force, one hand for you & one hand for the boat. As we flew north three hours on watch and three hours off! It was the Captains watch when the crazies began. Magic Carpet was passing about a mile off a fleet of Shrimpers when all of a sudden our AIS sounded off! (A.I.S. stands for automatic identification system) An aggressive boat was coming up fast on our stern, (They did not have an AIS on) the Captain altered course - they changed course to match Magic Carpet, Captain Greg altered course again 50 degrees. He then screamed for the Admiral to get on deck. His scream scared little Z who immediately lost her Meow Mix and dove for the companion way opening only to end up suspended in midair hanging by her tether. The Captain was fast to release the cat from her guillotine like hanging swing. The Admiral was instructed to keep her eyes on the "chase boat "while the Captain pushed the iron jenny to her max. Soon our chase boat lost interest in us and turned back to whatever it was up to! The seas continued to build and the strong winds kept shifting from the south east to the south west and then back again. Clouds covered the skies giving us only pecks of her stars The crew kept driving M.C. north with no relief reported from our Ham radio local weather broadcast. Our body's throbbed from the constant confused sea motion, a time out would have been welcomed, but we received none. Fifty hours later the white caps subsided, the wind eased the sea laid down and our last day at sea for this passage was peaceful and pleasant. Arriving back to our berth here at Marina San Carlos Sonora Mexico was a joy.
Both the Captain & the Admiral felt land sick when they started walking again on solid ground, their legs had become sea legs!

Amigo's of Mazatlan

27 May 2017 | Brewja's, Mazatlan, Mx
Admiral Donna Lou
Amigos: Friends are an important part of Magic Carpets Adventures, meeting & mingling has been a great pleasure. We have found the people of Mexico always warm, friendly, welcoming & always helpful. We been included in many of their local celebrations and been invited into private homes. Recently a special young lady invited us to a fantastic dinner party she hosted in her home. A lovely Casa she shared with her daughter and grandson. What a fantastic cook she is locally famous for her Flan and traditional dinners, we felt it was a great honor to be included as guest. Sharing the real Mazatlan rather than the tourist side with this family opened our hearts just a little wider to this city of hidden culture & charm.

26 May 2017
Our granddaughter was a social butterfly, trying to keep up with the local kids in the pool and on the beach. Dakota Quinn shared her beach toys with Elvia's grandson & ran along the surfs edge laughing all the time. Laughing is a universal language everyone understands. Maria & Alisea became instance best friends waiting for her to join them at the pool each day. Watching Dakota playing each day enjoying life to the fullest warmed our hearts and brought smiles to our faces. Life is good. Now it's time to look for our weather window north.

Dakota Quinn meets Abuela and Abuelo in Mazatlan

22 May 2017 | El Cid Marina, Slip A22, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Admiral Donna Lou
Wow! Time really dose fly when you’re having an incredible time. It was a special treat to share our time in Mazatlan with family & friends. Magic Carpet once again flew all her flags doing her part welcoming Dakota Quinn to Mexico and the family boat. At age 23 months she carried the cutest past port we could ever imagine. With Magic Carpet dancing at the docks at El Cid Marina and Dakota Quinn & her parents comfortable in a little Casita just a the end of the docks. We shared a fun filled week swimming. Boating and playing at the beach. Including quite evening dinners and a special Mexican Fiesta Dinner Show. Our Granddaughter is a dancer; she right away picked up her skirt and joined the colorful Spanish dancers in spinning, swaying & clapping. She loved the food south of the boarder and ate like a champ! We guess that’s where she gets all her energy. At almost two she naps between one & three, good thing because her grandparents needed a rest time also. Siestas are good!
It’s amazing to realize again we have come full circle. Magic Carpet long ago was an important part in our kid’s young lives. Now she doing it again, Victoria, Aaron, Sean, Bobby & Ryan all sailed in their youth aboard Magic Carpet some in dippers. Now were back full circle with a dipper kid aboard M.C. We hope this next generation can all join” Magic Carpet Adventures South of the Boarder”. The Admiral remembers Pirate Day’s, Teddy Bear Picnics & special birthday sails of the past as we look forward to our “next generation adventures on Magic Carpet”.
Admiral, grandmother is in Spanish is Abuela, the Captain, grandfather is in Spanish Abuelo. We wonder if there is a special name for an old sailboat?

S/V Magic Carpet Arrives, Mazatlan, El Cid Marina

06 May 2017 | El Cid Marina, Slip A22, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Admiral Donna Lou
Mazatlan we arrived in the early morning hours so we drifted outside tell sun up, high tide & slack water for an easy entrance into El Cid Marina. They welcomed us back like we were old friends. We were assigned our favorite slip given beach towels, shower keys & the internet code. We're relaxing after a great passage that was only handicapped by both the Admiral & Captain fighting the flu. One of our unforeseen rewards of our visit to the Yaqui Valley. So now the order of the next few days is relax & quite recreation as we wait for our family & friends to join us. Mazatlan is the perfect places to relax and contemplate ware to sail off to next! This season test sails is complete. All is well!
Days reach 85 degrees, nights cool to the 60, perfect for sleeping!
For this Californian the abundance of free plastic bags is amazing!
If one had to put Mexico into a few words, one would have to be food, it's fantastic the taste are amazing.
Once again we feel Mexico & the sea has cast its spell on us! And is holding us in her nets of wonder.
It's easy to forget the unrest at home. For a short time anyway!

Passage San Carlos to Mazatlan 76 hours non-stop

13 April 2017 | South of San Carlos
Admiral Donna Lou
Beautiful Sun rise South of San Carlos

Once again casting off our dock lines heading south! Magic Carpet shakes the wrinkles out of her sails – it’s like were one each knowing exactly what to do! Where to go yet always ready for the unexpected - keeping a sharp eye out for danger. Magic Carpet glides through surprisingly smooth water, making great time on our voyage south. Mother Nature was kind to us we were able to regain our sea legs easily even little Z (our boat cat) seamed to relax early on. The watches were delightful, three hours on duty and then three hours off! This was a seventy six hour nonstop sail south to Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The skies were clear unbelievable blue and clear truly magnificent – no chem trails ! The full moon guided us surrounded with millions of twinkling stars – no light population in the Sea of Cortez! Venus greeted Magic Carpet early each evening just as she has all people of the sea forever! It’s like being with an old friend just knowing she’s there to guide Magic Carpet south! Dolphins, Turtles & a pod of Whales played around M.C. little Z was fascinated by all the sea life, and so was the Admiral & Captain, it made watches fly bye. Pelicans gilded past us in full formation, the Magnificent Frigate bird & the Booby doove all around us hunting for their dinner. Like “our birds” the Captain saw a few fish jumping so he too joined the fun and lunched a meat line to know avail! The birds out fished our Captain! We were all looking forward to fresh fish, little Z loves fresh fish and always watches the pole for a strike and keeps a close eye on the Captain when he cleans the fish as if he’s doing it just for her. Little Z (Ziwhot) is really part of the crew, she dose watches – but not alone we can’t trust her, sometimes she falls asleep, that’s not allowed on watch!
Vessel Name: Magic Carpet
Vessel Make/Model: Lancer 36
Hailing Port: Richmond Yacht Club, Pt Richmond, SF Bay, CA, USA
Crew: Greg, Donna Lou and Boat Cat ZiWhot Norell
About: Greg a Retired E/M Design Engineer from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Vice President and CFO of DLM Marketing, Donna Lou is President and CEO of DLM Marketing, also Greg and Donna own and operate an Olive orchard Deja vu Orchards in Northern California.
Extra:
Looking for Adventure, We have a Lancer 36 "Magic Carpet" berthed at Richmond Yacht Club in SF Bay we both love to sail, fish and dive, Greg spent the last five years getting the boat ready. Ready or not were cutting the dock lines this spring (2009) and going South to Pacific Coast of California [...]
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Magic Carpet's Photos - Main
Aaron, Liz and Dakota Quinn stay at El Cid Marina with Granny Goose and Papi Gander on S/V Magic Carpet
24 Photos
Created 29 May 2017
The Bright side and the Dark side
19 Photos
Created 5 February 2016
Donna and Greg Release Baby Turtles Dakota Quinn, Logan and Kayden
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Created 8 January 2016
Alamos the Magical City, Honeymoon trip
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Created 8 January 2016
Active Marine, Fonatur
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Created 24 May 2015
Fish, Birds, Mammals and Donna Lou
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Created 13 May 2015
City of the Gods Outlaying Palaces
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Created 2 May 2015
Birthday Ballon trip over Pyramids
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Created 2 May 2015
The City of the Gods Teotihuacan
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Created 1 May 2015
Teotihuacan City of the Gods
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Created 1 May 2015
San Sebastian
26 Photos
Created 1 May 2015
Artifacts from 3000 BC to 1000 AD
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Created 30 April 2015
Over looking Mexico City
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Created 30 April 2015
Churches Cathedrals
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Created 29 April 2015
Cholula
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Created 29 April 2015
Zocalo District
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Created 29 April 2015
Xochimilco Floating Gardens
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Created 29 April 2015
Pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe!
12 Photos
Created 28 April 2015
El Cid Marina
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Created 29 May 2014
Old Churches and craftsmen
40 Photos
Created 14 May 2014
Cathetral old town
40 Photos
Created 14 May 2014
"Galapagos of Mexico"
34 Photos
Created 12 May 2014
Floats costumes and Gifts a San Blas annual event
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Created 8 May 2014
Setting atop of Cerro de San Basilio over looking San Blas
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Created 8 May 2014
Built 1769-1872
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Created 8 May 2014
Jungle tour Tovara Springs
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Created 8 May 2014
American Crocodiles
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Created 8 May 2014
Iguanas
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Created 31 March 2014
Old Mining town near Puerto Vallarta
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Created 31 March 2014
Old Town Puerto Vallarta with Aaron and Liz
18 Photos
Created 31 March 2014
Banderas Bay Whales
12 Photos
Created 30 March 2014
Loreto Victoria's Visit
25 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Exploring North side of Isla San Marcos, so much to see...
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Created 17 July 2012
Pa Pa Kilo Hotel forth of July Party
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Created 17 July 2012
Bahia La Mona
20 Photos
Created 3 January 2012
Puerto Refugio
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Created 3 January 2012
33 Photos
Created 22 June 2011
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Created 22 June 2011
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Created 22 June 2011
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Created 22 June 2011
33 Photos
Created 22 June 2011
Zorro's Hotel, City Plaza, Fort
48 Photos
Created 22 June 2011
Petchocho, The Lonely Dolphin
26 Photos
Created 20 June 2011
29 Photos
Created 5 June 2011
Traditional Mayo Indian Dancers
8 Photos
Created 2 May 2011
Greg and Donna Lou Visit Pearl Farm
7 Photos
Created 27 April 2011
Fund Raiser for Bano's
18 Photos
Created 27 April 2011
Under Water Paradise
24 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 8 September 2010
Santa Rosalia to San Francisquito
26 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
Puta Willard
6 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
Gold in them ther Hills
10 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
One of the top Achorages on the Baja
27 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
Cruisers Shrine
6 Photos
Created 14 July 2010
Fourth of July and Shell Beach
25 Photos
Created 14 July 2010
Swimming at Mission Hotel
5 Photos
Created 28 June 2010
Cave dwelling at V-cove
28 Photos
Created 28 June 2010
Hiking the Volcano at Isla Coronado
12 Photos
Created 28 June 2010
Over 200 boats gather for Loreto Fest
12 Photos
Created 6 May 2010
Raft up and Snorkeling at San Marte
12 Photos
Created 5 May 2010
Children of Nopolo
22 Photos
Created 5 May 2010
Fishing Village Isla Coyote
8 Photos
Created 5 May 2010
Hiking trials on Isla San Francisco
13 Photos
Created 5 May 2010
100 days and nights in La Paz
20 Photos
Created 10 April 2010
Donna Lou Swims with Whale Sharks El Magote La Paz BCS
31 Photos
Created 9 March 2010
La Paz Carnaval 2010, 5 days of of Festivities
29 Photos
Created 17 February 2010
Greg and Donna Lou visit to Trinidad Cave painting site out of Mulege
54 Photos
Created 12 February 2010
Whale watching with friendly Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
27 Photos
Created 12 February 2010
Parties San Carlos and La Paz
34 Photos
Created 2 January 2010
Tori and team Magic Carpet visit Isla Islotes and Swannie dive sites
98 Photos
Created 29 December 2009
Donna And VIctoria Distribute food to the poor at La Paz Colony
39 Photos
Created 28 December 2009
Donna Lou Plays with Dolphins
11 Photos
Created 14 December 2009
Hurricane Hole at San Carlos
6 Photos
Created 25 August 2009
Donna Lou Fights off Woman Eating Moray Eel
16 Photos
Created 25 August 2009
Festival at San Ignacio
40 Photos
Created 4 August 2009
Isla Danzante
29 Photos
Created 13 July 2009
Mission's, Loreto and McLuLu's
24 Photos
Created 7 July 2009
Rural Aqua Verde
18 Photos
Created 6 July 2009
Life in San Evaristo
21 Photos
Created 6 July 2009
Marine life at Espritu Santo and Roca Lobos
26 Photos
Created 12 June 2009
Diving at Espritu Santo Island
13 Photos
Created 10 June 2009
We made it to lands end
6 Photos
Created 7 June 2009
Adventures at Bahia De La Muertos
7 Photos
Created 7 June 2009
Greg and Donna Lou Hammer the Dorado
9 Photos
Created 6 June 2009
Tourist stuff in La Paz
18 Photos
Created 29 May 2009
Man O War Cove Magdalena Bay
10 Photos
Created 18 May 2009
Turtle Bay after Wild Ride
6 Photos
Created 10 May 2009
Ensenada BC
5 Photos
Created 2 May 2009
San Diego Yacht Club
5 Photos
Created 30 April 2009
Santa Barbara Yacth Club
12 Photos
Created 24 April 2009
HMB Morro Bay Pictures
9 Photos
Created 21 April 2009
Magic Capet Leaving SF bay
5 Photos
Created 21 April 2009
Tori's visit SF Bay
11 Photos
Created 11 November 2008
SAD DAY IN BETHEL ISLAND
9 Photos
Created 26 July 2008
21 Photos
Created 21 July 2008
Specifications
7 Photos
Created 15 July 2008
Donna and Greg Leave BI
6 Photos
Created 14 July 2008
Allison and Jason's visit
7 Photos
Created 14 July 2008
Aaron's visit
7 Photos
Created 14 July 2008
"Greg, Donna and Boat Cat ZiWhot's BIG Adventure"