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Slackers in Paradise
Mike & Julie make the most of their 6 months of vacation each year.
On the road again!
Mike & Julie
12/05/2007, San Blas

Well we finally made it out of the slip in Mazatlan. We left Tuesday Dec 4th at 0930 and headed out for San Blas, about 125 miles south. It was a bit of a bumpy trip but we did manage to sail almost half way. About 3 hours from San Blas we saw out first whales of the season and then got a impromptu rain squall that washed all of the salt off the boat. Nice! We will be here a couple of days and the possibly another overnighter to Chamela. Mike & Julie

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Sock Tan?
Mike
11/11/2007, Mazatlan

Sock tan? To get one of those you would have to wear socks. What are you, crazy! These are Mexican flip flop tans. Es Major!

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11/12/2007 | Mom
"I knows them toes, all 20 of them"
11/14/2007 | Ann
Dang, I need a tan like that!!! Hope you guys are having fun, we miss you!
Dia de Todos Santos
Mike & Julie
11/02/2007, Mazatlan

November first is the Dia de Todos Santos or All Saints Day. It is the first of a two day celebration of the dearly departed. Some Mexicans feel that death is a special occasion, with elements of a celebration, because the soul is passing into another life. Most visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with offerings, which often include an orange marigold called "Flor de Muerto", Spanish for "Flower of the Dead". These flowers are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings. Toys are brought for dead children and bottles of tequila for adults. Offerings are also put in homes, usually with foods such as candied pumpkin, pan de muerto or sugar skulls and beverages such as atole.

The cultural center of Mazatlan is the Plaza Mechado. They held a gathering last night in honor of the Dia de Todos Santos. They had displays of both traditional and modern offerings to the dead, as well as lots of music. We arrived at 6:30 in order to get a good spot for the parade. It wasn't too crowded so we wandered around until we found a crowd gathering around a small brass band and a donkey cart full of beer kegs. This was looking like our kind of party. The number of people continued to grow and eventually the band started playing and then took off walking. Behind them came people in costume and who I assume was the queen of the dead. The crowd all of a sudden became rowdy and started to follow so of course we joined along. What we soon learned was that they weren't so much walking to be part of the parade as they were trying to get to the donkey cart that was giving away free beer! The cart would stop for about 2 minuets to pour beer and then suddenly take off to catch up with the rest of the parade. When the cart was stopped the crowd was too big to squeeze into but it didn't take us long to figure out that running along side of the cart with a cup was the best way to get a beer.
As we slowed down a bit we realized that we were being followed by more two more bands, two more beer carts and thousands of people. We slowed down some to see the other bands and of course sample the other beer carts. Whenever the crowd would stop the dancing would begin. The costume characters were amazing. How they could dance on those stilts was incredible.
After an hour and a half of wandering through the streets of Mazatlan, the parade
ended up back where it started, the Plaza Mechado. The free beer was gone but the bands were just getting started. Apparently this part of the celebration was a contest to see who could play the loudest. We finally had enough and headed back to the boat.

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11/02/2007

Burro powered beer cart

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11/02/2007

Queen of the dead

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11/02/2007

Really tall guys on stilts

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11/02/2007

A new friend!

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11/02/2007 | Mom
What a neat looking trio!! Except the one in the middle is just too pale...she needs some Mazatlan sunshine, doesn't she. Regards
Happy Halloween
Mike
10/31/2007, Marina Mazatlan

Any excuse for a party and Halloween is a great one. We had a combination pot luck and costume party. The marina supplied the tables, chairs and location and the cruisers took care of the decorations and scary music. After filling up at the potluck we had a costume contest. The winner was the lovely Sacagawea.

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Out with the old and in with the new
Mike
10/31/2007, Marina Mazatlan

The old rusty pipes were parts of the water injection system for our exhaust. Next to them is the new one. After carrying around the parts to build a new one for 4 years we finally did it. Naturally, the parts we had were not the correct size and we had to find new ones. It's always an adventure here in Mexico!

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11/04/2007 | Sam
Dang it!!! You need a mechanic to follow along. Maybee next year...
Marina Mazatlan
Mike
10/27/2007, Marina Mazatlan

This is Slackers summer home, Marina Mazatlan. You can just see Slacker on the second dock out under all of the sun shades. When we first got here there were only about 10 boats with people on them. Most of them spent the summer here. We were one of the first to get back down here for the winter. There are about 25 boats occupied now. You can tell if someone is on a boat by the awnings. Those that have someone on them have lots of awnings.

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09/17/2009 | c
hey. do you know rob at the marina in mazatlan? he has a boat docked there.
The long road to Mazatlan
Hot!
10/21/2007, Marina Mazatlan

The road to Mazatlan is full of danger. Dangerous roads, drivers and even cats. Day two of our adventure ended with a stop in San Carlos. During our evening stroll we stumbled upon a "secret cat bar". Local legend has it that drinking from the tainted waters of this condemed pool gives cats super powers. They call them "el gato diablo". We were told that the day before we arrived two siamese mixes and a domestic short hair chased an entire pack of mexican dogs out of town.
Strange but true......

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New Toys-part 2
Mike
10/04/2007, San Diego

I know. Its kind of frivolous, but technology is so cool. I needed a new mp3 player and Apple emailed me personaly to show off the new iPod touch . It not only holds a bunch of music and pictures, but it has built in WiFi! I can read and send email, surf the web and even update this blog from the convience of my own hand. For free! Well almost.

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New Toys-part 1
Mike
10/04/2007, San Diego-still....

Over the years we have used several different wireless cards. This one, the Euginus EB362EX appears to be the best. Our old setup was simple. Put the card in a ziploc bag and set it on top of the dodger or the boom. Sometimes I even remembered to bring it in at night or before washing the boat. Well friends, no more! I used a Pelican case and some watertight connectors from Pasadena Networks to make an all weather enclosure. Less than a hundred bucks including the card. The antenna is a 9db and is no longer stocked by Pasadena, but a little Google work will turn one up.
Good luck and happy WiFi

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Full House !
Mike
10/03/2007, San Diego

The past three weeks have had a flurry of activity. We have packed up everything thats not going to the boat and moved it into a storage unit. As you can see there is not much room for anything else. At the same time we are ordering boat parts and trying to keep them seperate from what goes into storage. We plan to leave on Monday, just in time for a Santa Anna to blow through. As the airconditioning in our van is on the fritz, I am really looking forward to a drive through the desert.

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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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