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Mike & Julie make the most of their 6 months of vacation each year.
Santiago
01/11/2011

The local honey guy

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Santiago
01/11/2011

Some of the best fire roasted chicken in the world.

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Santiago
01/11/2011

And one of the best deals for movies, you can get first run movies for 2 for 50 pesos. Sometimes the first run movies are actually filmed in the theatre with a video camera and you see the other people watching the movie stand up and walk thru the shot. Hilarious!

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Santiago
01/11/2011

One of the other reasons we like it here so much is this is the home of Stan and MJ of Solmate, ex cruisers who bought a house here in Santiago. Along with hosting the Solmate Santiago website, and Stan doing his weather updates for the cruisers, these guys put and amazing amount of work and passion to the local chapter of PATA- Personas Ayudando todos los Animales. With the help of an all volunteer group they spay and neuter the feral (and not so feral) cats and dogs of Santiago. We were lucky enough to see one of their clinics last Sunday. One of the ladies that volunteers donated the use of their very newly built home to hold the clinic, It is a gorgeous house on the golf course; they have not totally furnished the living, dining, and front entranceway so PATA had the run of the place.

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Santiago
01/11/2011

The volunteer staff was amazing. Unfortunately the traps they had set out the night before failed to produce any cats. But homeowner's friend wanted her 2 dogs spayed and we got one of the local feral dogs into the clinic. I got to help one of the little girls recover from the drugs.

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Santiago
01/11/2011

The vets and vet techs all give up their one day off so of course there is beer and pizza when all the surgeries are complete.

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Santiago
01/11/2011

Mike and friend taking a post-surgery walk
Since 2006 through hosting free spay and neuter campaigns they have brought over 2,400 operations to pets of low income families at no cost to the owner.
I can't say enough good things about the PATA program and the people that volunteer, if you would like more info or to donate to a great cause their website is www.patamanzanillo.com
Or on facebook at patamanzanillo

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Santiago
01/11/2011

This is one of the many carts that roll up and down the beach
Can you see who is driving?

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Santiago
01/11/2011

There he is!!

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12/26/2010

We have been having a blast in Barra! The town is a great place to hang out and there is plenty to do and great food everywhere. The week before Christmas was very busy, we had someone's birthday party almost every day. First it was Jim's from Windward Bound on the 20th, and then Laura's from Cirque the 21st, then Joanne from Misty Sea the 22nd, and finally mine on the 24th. I have never been around so many people who have birthdays the week before Christmas. It was a very fun.


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01/01/2011 | Les
Happy New year. Good to hear that you are having a good time. It is good to be home from my trip. Looking forward to seeing you when you get back. Have a great new year.
01/01/2011 | MarySue
Glad to hear you had a great birthday.
Happy New Year, give us a call when you can.
tried calling you to wish you a Happy New Year Love Mom and Dad
12/26/2010

We set up the tree again this year. This is one of our favorite ornaments, a puffer fish with a hat.

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12/26/2010

Jim's Birthday Party at the Sands and Trece Leches Cake Yummy!!!

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12/26/2010

We had a surprise visit from the sail boat Jake Christmas morning with "Lupe the Santa Cat" making the rounds at the anchorage

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12/26/2010

Sharon and Lupe

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12/26/2010

We had fantasic pot luck Christmas dinner at the Sands hotel. We got the turkeys cooked thanks to Jonco and Joe and the cruisers brought everything else. What a feast!
Cherakeva, ½ of Windward Bound and Rosanante at the buffet.


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12/26/2010

Brad from Easily Inspired and someone who needed a drink Now!!


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12/26/2010

Lauren and Lauren from Pico

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12/26/2010

½ of Serena Ray and ½ of Panta Rea (does that make a full Ray?)

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Barra de Navidad
12/18/2010

We made it to Barra de Navidad. The lagoon has 11 boats and a few in the marina. We are still amazed how few boats there are. I guess some people are staying at home for the holidays, and there are just fewer cruisers. We got in to Barra just in time to watch the Chargers beat the crap out of the 49ers. What a game!! We got all the essential stuff done yesterday morning (laundry delivered, and a little fruit and veggies) and it was time to head to the Sands hotel. Pool, showers, and a great happy hour make for a fun day and then pick up clean and folded laundry. Doesn't get any better than that!!


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12/22/2010 | Paul & Pat
Happy Holidays guys! There are 3 other boats out of O'side cruising ahead of you: Sirocc (Lee Pryor & Cathy Sweet), So Inclined (Mike Borer) and Pacifico ( Dave Bowser). They are on sailblogs too and currently in La Cruz.
Tenacatita
12/18/2010

We had a fantastic time in Tenacatita. We had the place to our selves and the water was wonderful.

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