Night in the old city12/10/2011
Sidewalk table at El Bife, with Argentinian food and good people watching along the Plaza Merchado. The Artwalk event introduced us to some really neat galleries, and gave us free tickets to a performance at the 19th-century theater that's been restored to former beauty. We hailed a "pulmonia" open cab back to the boat for a full night on the town.
We left Liberte in good hands at Marina Mazatlan - and thanks to Tony's Boat Management, we found her polished and gleaming on Dock 8, right where we left her 7 months ago. It was a happy reunion. We've been enjoying the Mexico sunsets at the end of each day of boat projects, as the lights come on in the cafes along the marina, and the evening comes to life.
Cruising World story about Liberte11/19/2011
This story was published in Cruising World, August 2011 issue. I wrote it a few days after we arrived back in Idaho from our first season, with a week and 1,200 words to cover about 4,000 nautical miles and many fine adventures. Rebecca was excited to see her curried carrot plate make the layout, and I was pleased that the crew were pictured - Chris Rundlett, Scott Galbraith and Bill Bell (shown in a heroic pose at the oars in Kwatsi Bay, B.C.). It was pretty sweet to relive the ports and passages of 2009, and share it with a larger audience... and a personal thrill for me to be published in CW with some heavy hitters including Capt. Fatty Goodlander, whose writing I've greatly enjoyed and admired.
Sunshine and the groovy vibe of this little town, where the hippies never left.
Bond, James Bond02/27/2011
Movie night on Liberte. We are working our way through the entire series of Bond movies - it's interesting to note the evolution of special effects and gadgets over the years. Speaking of gadgets, note the excellent high-tech sound system the captain has installed for the occasion. Co-captain looks pretty happy with some boat-made popcorn.
Tapas de Liberte02/27/2011
Rebecca took a cooking class and the boat smells amazing. Homemade salsa with roasted tomatoes, cerrano chilies, onion and garlic; fried olives; an incredible Caesar salad; garlic shrimp in new little Mexican ceramic pot. Although Sammie does not seem impressed here, it was indeed a big hit.