Voyages of Liberte
 
Buddy boating
12/10/2010

Crossing the Sea of Cortez? You'll want good weather - we had 2-3 foot seas, a close-reach to beam wind of 8-12 knots - an incredible shooting star show just before dawn, and an excellent "buddy boat," in our case, "Risk Taker," a Catalina 38. We crossed San Carlos to Santa Rosalia, 74 miles, in a bit more than 12 hours, and sailed most of the way. Bien viaje!

12/21/2010 | kerry
So I am not sure where to just say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you two so here you go. Hope all is good where you are and look forward to more pictures. Love you Kerry
Point of view
12/09/2010

Interesting, how much our reality depends on where we're looking from. One week ago, our view faced the opposite way, where our hotel room was our refuge from the world beyond the balcony. Now, with Liberte launched and chores complete, our home is the boat, the hotel is simply a picturesque background, and we are going to point the bow out of the channel at 3 a.m. tomorrow to cross the Sea of Cortez. Cruising is a method of travel that frequently reminds us to be flexible with our plans, our routines and our minds themselves.

Sailing at 60 mph
12/08/2010

Look at this setup... Lots of guys launching their trailer sailors in San Carlos. This is an S2 out of Taos, New Mexico, and I told the owner, Caleb, about the S2 that routinely beats the fleet on Lake Pend Oreille. He'd slept in the boat at night while he was towing 'er down.

Well provisioned
12/08/2010

After a stop at Wal-Mart, one gigantic shopping cart later, we're loaded with groceries and ready to cruise. You know those people who always hold up the line ahead of you forever? We were those people.

Now that's service
12/08/2010

I went to the local taco stand at 8:15, and sure enough, there was the propane truck driver, eating his breakfast. Here's his assistant filling our little tank from their great big one.

This Just In: Today's Mexican Headlines
12/06/2010

We tuned out CNN and experienced these headlines ourselves:

Boat Neighbors Offer Kilmers a Ride to Grocery Store
... then help them carry 25 bags of groceries down the dock. Will not accept gas or $$.

Cruising Couple Encounter 82 Smiles in the Course of the Day
... wonderful people who help at every turn.

Boat Owner Gets Royal Treatment at Small Hardware Store
... Owner, proprietor and businessman Marco Antonio Barraza Ojeda actually drives boat owner to another store several miles away to purchase the correct manguerra (hose). Incredible guy.

Boat Dog Goes Everywhere Without a Leash... And Loves It!

Water Pressure Fitting Fixed!
Yacht now has running water again... and it is sweet.

Yachting Couple Enjoys Romantic Dinner Under the Stars
Warm night in the cockpit, warming up some leftovers in a very peaceful place

Quiet Night Enjoyed With Actual Books... well, really they're Kindle books and iBooks...

David and Rebecca Very Thankful To Be In Love, To Be On a Boat, To Everyone Who We Met Today, and For Another Beautiful Day.

12/06/2010 | SEAN MURPHY
Have fun you two. You deserve the royal treatment as you would be first in line to help someone else out. Wish we were there. Talk to you soon and be safe.

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