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Slackers in Paradise
Mike & Julie make the most of their 6 months of vacation each year.
All by our lonesome
Mike & Julie
12/10/2010, Tenacitita

Amazing. We are by ourselves in Tenacitita. Past years have seen as many as 40 boats here in the two weeks or so before Christmas. Where is everyone? The lagoon anchorage in Bara de Navidad only had 6 boats in it yesterday. Rumor has it that the anchorage in La Crux is pack full so maybe folks are hanging there for the holidays. Over the past few years we have seen a change in the favored areas for cruisers to hang out in.

What caused it?

WiFi and the need to constantly update your Facebook page is what I think. Anchorages are chosen not by their remoteness or beauty but by the availability of internet. Two years ago Telcel came out with their wireless modem and cruisers latched on to them like free beer. Now you can get online anywhere you can get cell service.

Maybe their are less cruisers. You couldn't tell that by the entry's in the Baja HaHa. Record numbers over the past few years have joined the rally to Cabo.

Maybe people really believe that you chances of being gunned down by a drug crazed machine gun toting bandito is better here than downtown LA.

Maybe its the economy.

All I know is that we have this place to ourselves and its great!

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12/15/2010 | Les
HI Mike and Julie We are off Cuba right now entering the Old Bajama channel. Brings back memories! Have a great Chrismas. Will be in Ft. Lauderdale on Sat. Later Les
Tenacatita
Mike & Julie
12/10/2010, Chamela

We left Chamela on Thursday the 9th of December to make the 29 mile passage to Tenacatita. Mike and I have a running game when we are making a passage and that's to guess how many boats are in the anchorage we are going to. Usually we have a pretty good guesses. This time we were way off! We have been in Tenacatita with as many as 45 boats and we heard last week that there were about 14 boats here, as we turned the corner we were amazed there are 2 boats here!! So we got a great spot up by "good dog beach" and we are probably going to stay here for a week or until the food and beer run out.

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12/06/2010

Dolphins off the bow of Slacker

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Finally we get to relax
Mike & Julie
12/06/2010, Chamela

We left Punta de Mita at 0130 in the morning on Sunday for the overnight passage down to Chamela. Part of the trip involves rounding the infamous Cabo Corrientes. The cape of currents can be a downright nasty place as we have learned in the past however this time its was not too bad. About 20 miles of really confused seas but without the big wind that is usually present. We got into Chamela about 1800 (6 pm) and after a quick dinner fell asleep. Now that we are in what is called the "Mexican Riviera" we are done with overnight passages until we begin the trip North back to Mazatlan in February. We will be here in Chamela for a few days and them move down to Tenacitita then Barra de Navidad for Christmas.

Mike & Julie

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Still Moving
Mike & Julie
12/03/2010, Punta de Mita

We left San Blas about 0645 yesterday (Thursday) for the 55 mile trip down to Punta de Mita. Punta de Mita is located at the North entrance of Bandares Bay. Where is Bandares bay you may ask? Most people know it as Puerto Vallarta. The bay is huge stretching 25 miles across and 20 miles deep. We have spent quite a bit of time here over the years so we will bypass Puerto Vallarta on our trip south and possibly stop back on our way North. The plan is to leave here about midnight for the 100 mile trip South to Chamela.

Mike & Julie

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12/04/2010 | MJ @ SolMate Santiago
Julie and Mike,
The annual SolMate Christmas posada will be at our place on the 18th. Can you adjust your cruising plans accordingly?
Hope to see you soon.
MJ
Hanging out
Mike & Julie
11/30/2010, San Blas

Still here in Matenchen Bay just outside of San Blas. 72 deg this morning and calm. We will probably leave early tomorrow morning for Punta de Mita which is at the entrance to Banaras Bay (Puerto Vallarta).

Mike & Julie

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12/01/2010 | Mom and Dad
Glad to hear you are OK, we had Thanksgiving with the Porters and Mark and Tricia. Friday with the entire Dunne family, kids and grandkids. Keep Safe Love Mom and DAd
Overnight to San Blas
Mike & Julie
11/30/2010, San Blas

We left Stone Island Monday morning at 0830 after waiting a couple of days for some wind. After about 6 hours of motoring the wind filled in and we had a great 140 mile sail to Matachen Bay here in San Blas. We plan on staying a day or so and then continuing on to Tenacitita.

Slacker

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11/30/2010 | DebMills
Hope your journey on to Tenacititia is blissful!! Have a great time you guys!!!
12/01/2010 | Les
Hi Mike and Julie. good to hear that you guys are on the move again. Travel safe and talk to you soon.
Overnight to San Blas
Mike & Julie
11/30/2010, San Blas

We left Stone Island Monday morning at 0830 after waiting a couple of days for some wind. After about 6 hours of motoring the wind filled in and we had a great 140 mile sail to Matachen Bay here in San Blas. We plan on staying a day or so and then continuing on to Tenacitita.

Slacker

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Overnight to San Blas
Mike & Julie
11/30/2010, San Blas

We left Stone Island Monday morning at 0830 after waiting a couple of days for some wind. After about 6 hours of motoring the wind filled in and we had a great 140 mile sail to Matachen Bay here in San Blas. We plan on staying a day or so and then continuing on to Tenacitita.

Slacker

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Slight delay
Mike & Julie
11/26/2010, Stone Island

Yesterdays (Friday) was spent walking on the beach. Not a forced march but a nice leisurely stroll of about 3 hours. At the end of the walk we stoped at Benji's pizza and had their special garlic shrimp and bacon pizza. Yum! You cant get anything like it in the States. We originally planed on leaving today but the favorable winds that have been blowing offshore have shut down. If we were a power boat the weather would be perfect however we try to be a sailboat when conditions allow. As it stands right now we will leave Monday to catch the start of a 15 knot North wind that should take us all the way to Barra de Navidad. That's the plan however as you know plans are written in the sand at low tide.

Slacker

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Finally out of the slip
Mike & Julie
11/26/2010, Stone Island

Just like it says "finally out of the slip" We left yesterday (Thursday) about 9:00 am for the long journey, well 11 miles to Stone Island. Stone is located just south of the breakwater that forms the old harbor of Mazatlan. The trip was shaping up to be a boring two hours when we sailed into a huge pod of dolphins. When I say huge I mean HUGE. Best guess, 500. No kidding. We got the anchor down about 11:30 and launched the dingy for a trip to the beach. After a long walk on the beach followed by a couple of beers at one of the palapa restaurants we headed back to the boat for a wonderful sunset and Thanksgiving steak, baked potatoes and salad. We really do have a lot to be thankful for. The plan is to head out tomorrow morning (Saturday) for Barra de Navidad which is just north of Manzanillo.

Slacker

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Venados baseball game
11/18/2010

Once again we are off to the Baseball game. The Mazatlan Venados (deer) vs the Mexicali Aguilas (eagles)

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Venados baseball game
11/18/2010

Reserved seats are $8.00 and a cold beer is $1.60. As usual the game is slow to start with the stands fairly empty until about the 4th inning. Most Mexicans work later hours than Americans so the stands really don't fill up until about 8:30.


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Venados baseball game
11/18/2010

While we do enjoy rooting for the home team the real fun at a Mexican baseball game is people watching. Most notably, the food vendors. Unlike a San Diego Padres game where a well dressed water/waitress show up at your seat, takes your order and transmits it over a wireless device to be delivered by a runner shortly later. No, in Mexico all the food comes to you in boxes slung over the shoulders of kids. Empanadas, fruit cups, pizza, tacos, ceviche, sausages and of course peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy. The sausages vendors wear the nicest hats and our friend Joe from Pacific Jade just had to have his picture taken wearing one.

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Venados baseball game
11/18/2010

The other things I like about the baseball games are the sponsors. Doesn't this make you want to buy a cold Pacifico? Ignore the chicken, he just wanted his picture taken.

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Vensados baseball game
11/18/2010

Or a new fire extinguisher?
I do!

By the way. While off to a slow start the Venados won 7-2.
Go Venados!

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Stocking up for the trip south
11/17/2010

All of this-

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Stocking up for the trip south
11/17/2010

Fits in here.
Got beer?
Yep.


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Welcome Back Cruisers
11/07/2010

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11/07/2010

We had the first annual (we hope) Welcome Back Cruisers Pool and Taco Party this Saturday. Elvira the Office Manager/ Queen of Marina Mazatlan decided that we should have a party so she got permission from her condo to use the pool and patio for the afternoon.

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