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Mike & Julie make the most of their 6 months of vacation each year.
Melaque
01/24/2011

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Barra Lagoon
01/24/2011

We went on a hike with the "Grey Maxers" thru the golf course and to the beach on the other side of the lagoon in Barra. As always it is a great time walking with Bill and MJ. That girl knows her birds. We saw a ton (actually she saw a ton! we saw lots of branches and trees where the birds used to be) and she can name them all. The beach is beautiful over there and the stairs carved out of the sandstone go up to the top and then back down to a lovely cove uncovered at low tide. We will go back there and do a little snorkeling on the next time we are in Barra.

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Barra Lagoon
01/24/2011

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Barra Lagoon
01/24/2011

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Soriana
01/16/2011

One of or last stops in Santiago is the Soriana grocery store to provision. I just saw this sign on the front door, and ok I get no dogs, no birds, but Squirrels?!? WTF?

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Soriana
01/16/2011

WTF?

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Santiago
01/11/2011

It's been a while since we have updated the blog but we been busy (yeah right! OK just lazy). We arrived in Santiago after a five hour sail. Not so bad but the autopilot crapped out on us on the way out of the bay, and we never hand steer. the second we are out of the slip or anchorage "Otto" comes on. And we don't touch the wheel again until we are ready to anchor. So after and exhausting five hour hand steered sail we arrived in beautiful Santiago Bay. Again there was just one other boat here. We spent the next day digging thru the bilge looking for the replacement part to fix Otto. (Mike spends some of his work days surfing eBay to find used parts for our 20 year old autopilot, but don't tell the boss) the new part was located and installed and hopefully will take us back to Mazatlan in a couple of weeks. The beach here was packed with people out for the holidays and there were jet skis and banana boats and water skiers thru out the bay. It made for a lumpy anchorage in the afternoons so we went ashore to the palapas on the beach and joined in the fun. By evening all was quiet and back to the peaceful anchorage we love. The fireworks show for New Years Eve was spectacular. There were fireworks all over the bay and we spent the night watching the displays from the boat.

Santiago is one of our favorite places, for many reasons, the great beach, and the ease of getting to town to provision, and the local street fair. It's held every Saturday and there is all kinds of stuff to buy.

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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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