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17 May 2013 | La Paz
13 May 2013 | Mazatlan
10 December 2012
03 December 2012
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03 December 2012 | Santa Rosalia to Santo Domingo
13 November 2012 | Puerto Escondido
13 November 2012 | Santa Rosalia
01 May 2012 | Mazatlan, Mx
29 April 2012
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11 March 2012

Mazatlan Carnaval, Feb. 2013

13 May 2013 | Mazatlan
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Mazatlan Carnaval, Feb. 2013
It’s time to get this blog up and running again. We were in Mazatlan in Feb. for Carnaval. The Mazatlan Carnaval is such a big event that the city has an influx of over 300,000 people from all over Mexico for the week. It had many different activities going on for an entire week, and was a lot of fun. Every night there were street parties that went until the wee hours of the morning. The music and crowds created a very exciting atmosphere. There were about ten different bands playing along the street with hordes of people dancing in the street, some in colorful costumes. Each band played different kinds of music and they were all up on big stages with lots of colorful spotlights on them. There were also lots of food vendors and other vendors selling masks and wigs and many other things.

One night there was a spectacular fireworks display staged like a sea battle. We watched it from a friends’ boat out in the bay. A navy ship came in the bay past us and anchored. They would shoot fireworks towards the shore and the shore would respond by shooting fireworks back at the ship. At the end, it appeared like the ship was blowing up with one explosion after another until the whole ship was engulfed in explosions (white fireworks) and smoke.

The theme for this years’ Carnaval was the movies. There were huge paper mache statues of actors all along the malecon (waterfront sidewalk). There was a 40 foot tall Marilyn Monroe in the well known pose with her skirt being blown up in the air. Many people were having their pictures taken while standing under her skirt and looking up!! Also Marlon Brando dressed as the Godfather, Charlie Chaplin, Cantinflas (Mexico’s comedian similar to Charlie Chaplin), and several others I can’t remember. The parade followed the theme of the movies as most of the floats were from one movie or another. The parade was big with many, many floats beautifully lit up (it was at night). Between the floats were many different children and adult groups marching to music and often dressed as characters from the movie. The final 2 floats were most eagerly awaited for because they had Brazilian women scantily clad in bikinis and big headdresses dancing and gyrating to the music. A few hours before the parade we went to a hotel for a buffet lunch and then we had seats in bleachers that the hotel had set up just for the parade. All afternoon we watched from the second floor dining room windows, while thousands of people kept arriving on the street for the parade. I’ve never seen so many people in one place at a time before, not even in Pasadena for the Rose Parade!

The last event we went to was the bullfight. Besides the regular bullfighter, there were two other types of bullfighters which we had never seen before and which were quite interesting. One was a group of ten young men. Their goal was to stop the bull with their bodies, sort of a big “hug the bull”. They would line up single file facing the bull and when the bull would charge, the first man in line would get his body on the bulls’ head between the horns and wrap his arms around his neck, then the rest of the men would surround the bull and hang on. When the bull stopped moving, one of the men would grab his tail and pull it and the bull, from side to side. When they were done, they immediately scattered away from the bull in all directions and the bull stood looking around trying to figure out what had just happened. The other bullfighter was on horseback, but not the typical horse you see covered with a big padded blanket. This bullfighter used his horse to tease the bull, as a bullfighter uses the cape to tease the bull. It was amazing to watch, like a choreographed dance between the horse and bull. The horse could spin and change directions on a dime while the bull chased him, often running in such tight circles that the bullfighter could lean back and touch the horns. The horse could run sideways and backwards almost as fast as he could go frontward. The man started the horse running frontward with the bull chasing him, then the horse gradually turned sideways so the man could reach out and touch the bulls horns, then the horse would spin a 360 to confuse the bull and then continue running. A truly amazing thing to watch!




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Vessel Name: Sirena
Vessel Make/Model: Cardinal 46
Hailing Port: Newport Beach, CA
Crew: Ed and Connie Quesada
About: Ed and Connie have been sailing together for over 44 years and have sailed on Sirena for over 22 years. Sirena has been to Mexico many times before. We plan an extended vacation to Mexico for four or more months. Stay tune as we take our time through the warm weather down south.
Extra: Slow cruising through Mexican waters
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photos of the marina, Palapa, & Condos. Also El Quilite for lunch and the art walk.
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photos of clouds, s/v Chalet Mer, pelican, sunrise in Muertos
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photos in Partida anchorage and La Paz Revolution Day Parade
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photos of Agua Verde and Sirena towing another sailboat, Dorados that Ed caught, San Evaristo and goats in panga and going to market
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photos in San Carlos and La Picazon restaurant near Isla Coronado
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photos of floats in parade and fireworks. statue of Marcel Marceau on the Malecon is in most of the float pictures.
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photos of San Evaristo, Isla San Francisco, and Ensenada Grande
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photos around the beautiful anchorage and Thanksgiving dinner aboard Sirena
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photos of Baja's lush greenery
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photos of Quito from the top of the Teleferico, the center of the world monument, and historic old town
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photos around the bay, Land Sea marina and cruisers lounge
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photos of the bay, Tambor town, Montezuma, waterfalls, and Butterfly place
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photos of entering over the bar, marina, and pool. picture of odd looking fruit is actually cashews. the nut grows on the outside of the fruit
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panga ride in the river estuary and lunch stop
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photos of the cathedral, zocalo, San Diego Fort, riding horses on the beach, and the marina and pool.
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photos around the bay, the cliffdivers, and Las Brisas restaurant
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photos around town and the bay, and Panta Rhei at anchor
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photos of Ixtapa marina, beach, and Bogarts restaurant
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photos around Barra, at the pool, in the water taxi, and the treehouse restaurant
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ultra lights, and hang gliders over the main beach
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photos of the canyons, Hotel El Mirador, and the zip line
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photos of Indians and their homes, churches, Valley of the Mushrooms, and Cusarare waterfall
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photos of the ranch, Yogi Bear, horsebackriding, canyon views and road down to Urique
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photos at Posada de Hidalgo hotel in El Fuerte, including a sword fight with Zorro, and train ride.
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photos of Bahia Candeleros and Villa del Palmar resort, and Ed and the Dorado he caught
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Created 31 October 2011
photos around town, marina, church, mining museum, library
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Created 27 October 2011
photos of Santispac, our friend Jerry's rock house, whale sharks
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photos of San Juanico bay and cruisers' shrine tree
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photos leaving Puerto Escondido through the narrow entrance (60' wide) and Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante (Dancer Island)
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photos from 4 anchorages along the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez
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photos around Los Suenos resort and train room
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photos of El Cid Marina and pool and downtown Mazatlan
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photos around Santiago Bay and the bottom cleaning fish
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pictures around Barra, the Grand Bay Hotel, and the Mardi Gras parade
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pictures of Tenacatita Bay and jungle cruise
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anchored in Playa Rosa in Careyes
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Super Bowl, Tacos in the Street, Chamela Bay
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Day trip to Puerta Vallarta and acrobatic show on a sailboat
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A day trip to Sayulita and dinner and dancing at Philo's
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marina and town of La Cruz, blessing of the fishing fleet, and festival in Bucerias
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Mexico adventures on Sirena
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Ed and Connie

Who: Ed and Connie Quesada
Port: Newport Beach, CA