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Slackers in Paradise
Mike & Julie make the most of their 6 months of vacation each year.
End of one season and on to the next
09/12/2007

Everything went very well this year even with totally new computer system and internet based ticket system. But we cannot complain too much, we do work in a beautiful area right on the beach. We are really looking forward to the end of the 14 hour work days. We are ready for less work hours with bocce ball, and beer breaks thrown in.

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Love the Fair-not!
09/12/2007

As we started this working season, business was good and then the fair came and our office was squeezed in between the Australian Batter Potato Stand and Orange Julius Stand, but the 3:00 frozen yogurt break was well worth it!

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Welcome to our adventure
06/08/2007, Mike & Julie-Del Mar California, Slacker- Marina Mazatlan

We are currently earning those all important cruising bucks at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California. Slacker is in Marina Mazatlan awaiting our return in the fall.

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10/08/2007 | Paul Reyes
Looking forward to hearing all about this leg guys. Travel safe!
Heading North
04/14/2007, La Cruz

When last you heard from Slacker we were in Barra de Navidad living the food life in the warm weather. Well, all good things must come to an end. We have started the long haul back to Mazatlan to end our season. The biggest hurdle of the trip so has been getting around Cabo Corrientes. This is Mexico's version of Point Conception. Not only are there strong winds from the NW, but a current of 2 -4 knots from the South. When these collide at the point they create huge steep seas. We were lucky in that we had only 20-28 knots and seas of 8 feet. Not that we saw a lot of that, we rounded the point a 5:00 in the morning! Others have had it much worse. We are now anchored in La Cruz, outside of Puerto Vallarta, and have been spending time at Philos Bar. Philo is an ex cruiser who settled in La Cruz and opened a pizzza and burger joint. They have live music most nights and it has become the cruisers hangout. In a few days we will move to Chacala, San Blas and them Mazatlan where we will store Slacker until next year. More to come....
Mike & Julie

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Tenacitita fun & Games
01/27/2007, Tenacitita

The anchorage here in Tenacitita has a self appointed Mayor and a Director of Fun & Games. This years Mayor is Chris from Legacy and the Director is Rita from Overheated. Each day these two are responsible for insuring that the cruising community has a fun and safe time. Rita organizes a daily swim to the beach followed by a 1 mile walk to make sure we all stay in shape. For those needing to sharpen their mental skills, a fast paced game of dominos follows the walk. For those who's minds are edgy enough the Mayor host a daily bocce ball game. Competion is fierce. After all of that fun and frivolity we adjourn to to the beach palapa bar for afternoon beers.

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Help Wanted
01/15/2007, Tenacitita

Ah, the good life. This little boat came into the anchorage the other day. If you look past the stern you can just see Slacker. After they got the anchor down the crew lanched a J-24 race boat that was carried on deck next to the helicopter. As on would expect it had 3DL sails and all of the latest go fast stuff. Two of the guest sailed it around for a couple of hours then jumped into the helicopter and flew off. The crew pulled the anchor and left just before sunset. I am pretty sure I saw a "pilot wanted" sign on the side. Buzz, you should apply!

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Mexico's Gold Coast
01/14/2007, Ipala to Barra

Hola All

We are having a great time cruising on Mexico's Gold Coast. Such a great time we have not posted an update in a while. We are Slackers! We left La Crux on December 27th following a wonderful Christmas. Our first hurdle was to round the infamous Cabo Corrientes. This is a prominent point that generates very confused seas and winds. We left early in the morning to get past before noon. True to form the seas came from all directions and we felt like we were in a washing machine. Fortunately it only lasted for a few miles. Once past the point we saw the first of several hundred sea turtles in out 40 mile trip. Most were asleep on the surface and would wake up just in time to avoid a smack on the back from out bow. We also saw several humpback whales. Our first anchorage was Ipala, about 15 miles past Cabo Corrientes. Not a great anchorage but ok for an overnight. Next morning bright and early we made our way to Chamela, about 50 miles down the coast. A great anchorage to spend New Years Eve in. In Chamela we ran in to some old friends; MIHA, Eric and Terry, MYSTIQUE, Terry and Patty, and TICA, Bill and JoAnn. A great cocktail hour and dinner that went well past our bedtime was held on MIHA for us all to catch up on what's been going on. For the next few days we snorkeled, beach walked and generally hung out.
On the 3rd we left for Tenacatita, about 25 miles down. Tenacitita is one of those places where cruisers hang out for months. It's a great anchorage with lots to do. The famous Jungle River Cruise, a fierce group of Bocce Ball players, a daily swim to shore, and a weekly dingy raft up/cocktail / hors d oeuvres party. The Jungle River cruise is a 6 mile run up a fresh water river that ends up in a small town. On the way you can see all sorts of birds, huge iguanas, and the occasional alligator. If you time the tides right you can motor up and float back down with the engine off. It's just like Stanley and Livingston in Africa. The daily Bocce Ball games are very competitive. Julie won two games which snubbed some of the hard cores. After a week or so we left Tenactita for Barra de Navidad a short 12 miles away. The trip into the lagoon anchorage at Barra is exciting at best, terrifying at worst. It's a huge lagoon that is fed by a river on one side and a small entrance from the ocean on the other. You have to cross several sand bars that you can't see, but know are there. Everyone has their own special tricks to get in. Some rely on GPS waypoints, some enter at low tide so they can see the edges of the bar, some go slow, some fast, and some (us) just watch the depth sounder and try not to bump into anything. We made it in ok, must be beginners luck.
Barra is actually 3 towns in one small area. There is a 5 star resort and marina, Grand Bay Isla Navidad located in Colimilla, a tourist town called Melaque, and the actual town of Barra de Navidad. The lagoon anchorage is a very cool place. The three towns around the lagoon have water taxies that you can take into town for 25 pesos round trip. This make those late nights in town a whole lot easier. You can also take your dingy into the Sands Hotel in Barra. They have a stone seawall outside the pool to tie up your dingy and 2 for one beers all day long. Cruisers are welcome at the pool and they even have showers. Probably the best thing about the anchorage is the French baker. Every morning a real live French guy comes around in a panga selling fresh baked croissants, and baguettes. It's an expensive habit, but very nice for a treat. Did I mention that we have lots of treats?

More to come from Slacker
Buenos Dias

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12/10/2008 | hector
chidas fotos no hay como pasarla vien verdad?????
Christmas without a tree? Say it aint so!
12/21/2006, La Cruz

Its just not Christmas without a tree. This is a problem on a sailboat that is hundreds of miles from an evergreen forrest and limited in space. Ever the crafty one, Julie looked around the boat and her gaze fell upon the mast. Ho Ho Ho, we now have a Christmas tree.

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Return of an old friend
12/20/2006, La Cruz

Some of you may remember the sad tale of our bucket "Mendoza". Storage space of a boat is always limited so we hang a bucket off the stern to hold empty beer cans that take up so much space in our garbage can. Every few days we crush the cans and that way we can get two or three weeks worth in this one bucket. Three years ago our bucket was lost overboard between Cabo and Puerto Vallarta in some rather large seas. We watched the wave roll up behind us thinking it would break into the cockpit, pooping us. It broke behind and a little to port, right on top of our bucket. Needless to say the bucket lost its grip on the boat and was never seen again. After we arrived in Puerto Vallarta we began the search for a new bucket. Buckets here in Mexico represent a way to make a living. You can open your own automobile window washing business, use it to carry your masonry tools to the job site, or simply use it to hold all of the aluminum cans you find on the side of the road. It took two weeks of searching to locate one for sale. It was a white bucket that originally contained lard or manteca. Lard is used in the manufacture of tortillas, tamales, carnitas, and other tasty goodies. This particular bucket contained lard made by the Mendoza lard company, and featured their mascot, a smiling pig. We named the bucket Mendoza and he served us well for two seasons. Last year Mendoza was lost in a 50 knot wind gust in Bahia Conception. We watched Mendoza take flight and land 100 feet away in the water. I jumped in the dingy and sped to his rescue, but before I could get there he drowned. We were devastated. This summer we purchased an ordinary white 5 gallon bucket at Home Depot and tied it to the boat. We thought we were done, but the ghost of Mendoza would come back to haunt us. While underway from La Paz to San Blas last week we were again struck by a big wave. Despite the line that lashed the white bucket to the boat the wave grabbed it and swallowed it whole. We looked at each other and said "not again!" When we arrived in Puerto Vallarta we began our search for another bucket. Several hours were spent in a fruitless search. We were sad. Yesterday while walking through La Cruix, Julie pointed to a tienda and said "do you think they have any buckets for sale?" We walked over and to our amazement we saw a smiling pig staring up at us.
Mendoza had returned to us.

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Better late than never
12/19/2006, La Cruz

OK, so we have not posted in a while but we have a great excuse. No Internet connection! We are now in La Crux de Huanacaxtle, which is about 8 miles from Puerto Vallarta. If you cant pronounce Huanacaxtle just remember that it rimes with "Robin of Loxley", Robin Hood. We arrived last Thursday after a windy and lumpy but quick passage from La Paz. We stoped first in San Blas, then Chacalla before sailing down to La Crux. We will stay through Christmas then head further South.

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08/20/2008 | Richard Sudden
Any pictures of that coast south of Puerto Vallarta? Otherwise thanks for the log news and chuckles. Richard Sudden future Jalisco resident and beer-provider to passing yachties.
Every day is a party!!
12/07/2006, La Paz

We have a tradition here at Marina Palmira Dock 3. Every afternoon at about 4 pm everyone ends their work and projects for the day and we enjoy a happy hour, which usually runs more than an hour. If you talk to people on the other docks and tell them you are on dock 3 they say "Oh the party dock", if they only knew what really goes on. Our time is actually spent training this poor critter to do people tricks for our amusement. Buster "the bad dog" is on loan to us from Jay and Janice of "Ceilidh". He has proven adept at sitting, laying, and begging, but has so far rejected all attempts at bartending.

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Still here
12/01/2006, La Paz

Well, yes we are still here in La Paz. I think that there may be a magnet implanted in the bay somewhere. Seriously, we have been sitting out a big northerly. Winds yesterday were 30-40 knots. Not good sailing weather. We have all of our boat projects completed and the freezer is fully stocked. Whenever the wind lets up we are out of here. Of course if we had already left we would have missed this sunset. Yea, life is tough.

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Thanksgiving in La Paz
11/23/2006, La Paz

We all have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but no one as much as Lucy the goose. When we first came to La Paz in 1998, we met Lucy here at Marina Palmira. She is the marinas unofficial mascot and guardian of the sidewalk. Lucy has seen a lot of change here in the last 8 years. In '98 there was one internet café in town, it took a full day to check paperwork in and out, there were 2 supermarkets, and one single screen movie theater. Now you can get high speed wireless on the boat, you can check in or out by radio, there are 6 supermarkets, an Office Depot, a Costco style store, Burger King, and an Applebee's, and finally an 8 screen movieplex. We are truly thankful for all of the improvements in the cruisers life here in La Paz, but I know that Lucy is just thankful she is not on the Thanksgiving Day menu.
Happy Turkey(not goose) Day. Go Cowboys!
Love Juls & Mike

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Strange but true
11/06/2006, San Carlos

Well, that's a sight you will never see in the US. One must be a jack of all trades on a cruising boat. When oil needs changing, when electronics need tweaking, rigging needs splicing, or when canvas needs sewing you must do what you can. One must also be prepared to always make a fashion statement,

Mike & Juls

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San Carlos Swap Meet
11/04/2006, San Carlos

Well what do two Slackers do in Mexico on a Saturday? Go to a marine swap meet of course! There is a swap on the first Saturday of each month here in San Carlos. It is held in the side yard of a bar, which is a good thing. This time we were sellers not buyers, well I did buy a little something. We not only lightened the boat a little but we covered out beer expense for the next week or two.
The weather here is cooling off some, only 84 today. The past few days we have had to put on sweatshirts on in the morning. Must be about time to leave.

Mike & Juls

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A Temporary Setback
10/29/2006, San Carlos

Hello all. When last we left you we were laboring away, getting projects done. Well, last Sunday Julie and I were taking a walk and she felt something on her head. Raising her hand to swat it away she was stung by something. It looked like a honey bee stinger and sack which I removed from her right hand. Julie was not happy about being stung by a bee, but after wrapping it around a cold beer(medicinal) the pain went away. On Monday it was a little swollen as you would expect, but on Tuesday it looked like a Ballpark Frank had sprouted from her hand. Off to the doctor in San Carlos. The doctor speaks excellent English and is a plastic surgeon by trade but functions a the town GP. He thought it might be a spider bite but whatever it was it was serious. He splinted her finger and wrote a prescription for an 8 day course of antibiotics. On Thursday it was still looking bad and we went back to the doctor on Friday. He thought it looked a little better and sure enough by Friday she was definitely on the mend. Julie still has to wear the splint but the little piggy is looking almost normal. Needless to say having a nine fingered boat mate has slowed down the speed of our boat work. We are still looking at leaving around the 10th for La Paz. We have several friends who will be there then and some of them are heading down to the mainland with us.
More to come,
Mike & Juls (Frodo)

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