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Swingin' on a Star
Ship's log for the circumnavigating Saint Francis 50 catamaran, "Swingin on a Star".
Pablo's Mole and Final Pack Session
Randy
10/01/2006, Agua Dulce, CA

Pablo, Louise, Todd and Brooke came over on the 1st to celebrate Pablo's birthday and help us pack (how does that work?). We all had a great time and actually got the mole cooked up and finished the main packing jobs. I look forward to attending cooking school in Oaxaca to really learn how to make mole.

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11/03/2006 | Pablo
íSi! Mas Mole.
Glad your diggin the fishingrod. Can't wait to see what you catch with that monster. Where's the mighty Almac (aka Frogmac) when you need him.
we miss you guys and the pic look awsome!
Adios!

Pablo y Louise Ramos

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11/03/2006 | Randy
Pabs,
I'll be happy if I catch fish as big as that lure you sent me! Can't wait to try the rod and reel out.
-Randy
California Diving
Randy
09/27/2006, Catalina, CA

An LA activity that we needed to get in was a pleasure dive off of Catalina. We have done a fair amount of dive training in the Pacific here but no diving for fun (it's too cold!!). So Hideko and I bucked up and followed our friend Margaret to Catalina to get in one farewell California dive. We posed next to the Jacques Cousteau memorial plaque in the Catalina Marine Park. I dig the kelp but the thermo-cline at 40' that takes you from 70 degrees down to 59 is not so fun. It was a memorable experience and a great day trip. Probably the last time we will see a kelp forest for a while.

http://www.catalina.com/scuba.html

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Enjoying LA
Randy
09/20/2006, Los Angeles, CA

As our time in the second largest city in the US grows short we have tried to soak up the LA vibe as much as possible. We have been to plays at the Downtown Music Center, the Santa Monica Pier, and most recently a Dodgers game. How LA managed to lose to the Pirates I'll never know (I hope that isn't some weird sort of symbolism). I will miss the Dodger Dogs and the Gordon Birsch garlic fries!

(go Dodgers!!)

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com

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One Year Anniversary
Randy
09/18/2006, Marakesh, CA

We've been married now for a year and it has been the best year of our lives. We got together with some of our LA friends to celebrate and reminisce about the fun we had in French Polynesia last year at this time. Marrakesh is a great place for Moroccan food on Ventura.

From left to right: TH, Em, Jaqwah, Todd, Lou, Pabs, Sanae, Hideko and Randy.

http://marrakeshrestaurant.com/client/marrakesh/index.html

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Getting Together with Friends to say: "see you soon"
Randy
09/03/2006, Agua Dulce, CA

We have really tried to spend a lot of time with friends and family over the last year. Our dearest hope is that many of our friends and relatives will come to join us for extended periods on the boat. That said, we realize that setting off on a journey around the globe will separate us from the people we love most to some degree.

Our friends Atsuko and Razmig recently returned from Sudan and while we missed them when they were gone, the amazing stories they had to tell were well worth it.

Reflecting upon this has helped us to continue to be excited about our upcoming travels even though we will miss all of our friends and family so much.

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The Offshore K9
Randy
08/27/2006, Las Vegas, NV

No, it's not photo shop, that's a real dog PFD. Roq is coming with us and he is as properly outfitted as any dog ever was. I think the range of K9 marine apparatus would startle the average person. Roq loves the water but I am particularly interested in seeing how the astro-turf on the transom works out...

http://www.pawsaboard.com/

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Saint Brendan's Isle
Randy
08/24/2006, Green Cove Springs, FL

We have settled on St. Brendan's Isle as the firm to handle our US mailing address. There are some pretty slick services out there that will scan your mail and put it up on the web for you but the SBI folks just seem to understand the needs of a cruiser a bit better. They will even renew our Coast Guard documentation for us (every year...). We get a regular street address and they will ship anything we ask for, anywhere, whilst tossing the bulk rate garbage that currently floods the snail-mail-ways. We are about the 4,000th client of theirs and it is no wonder that they have great shipping suggestions for just about any destination around the globe.

http://www.sbimailservice.com/

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