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02/18/2011, Tenacatita

Excuse me a BURP! Actually it stands for Bluewater Unofficial Rendezvous Party and we had one here in Tenacatita. Bluewater Cruising Association is a club we belong to in Vancouver that promotes offshore cruising. We have over 500 members and lots of them have been offshore or are planning on going. Anyhow we had 6 boats from the club in the anchorage so of course we had to have a get together. We were nice and invited the rest of the anchorage along too.
From Bluewater we had Bill and Janet from Optical Illusions, Ann and Dyck from Full & By, Wayne and Elly from Zeppelin, Jordan and Judy from Sea Turtle, Tom and Pam from Kewao and Ellen and Ian from Kasasa. Lots of fun!

02/19/2011 | Camelia and Bob
How cool is that! I am sure you guys had lots of fun together...we wish could be there now!
02/20/2011 | Linda Simpson
What a wonderful life experience you are having. Have enjoyed reading your blogs. On all accounts, Andy and Kathy certainly had a great visit with you.

02/21/2011 | Ken and Carole
That is so cool! You all look so relaxed and obviously enjoying yourselves. It is snowing as I type this at home. We really enjoy reading the blog. Cheers!
02/22/2011 | pat
That's cool. Sounds like you had a good time. It is only -14 here today in sunny Saskatchewan. and Ian are so brown!
02/24/2011 | pat
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELLEN! Have a marguerita for me!
02/27/2011 | Gloria and Wayne
We Wish You A Happy Birthday Ellen!!!
Can't wait to hear about your next adventure!
Dad and Kathy's visit
02/11/2011, Barra, Tenacatita & Puerto Vallarta

Well Dad and Kathy have come and gone. It passed by that quickly. It seems like we were just picking them up at the airport yesterday and today we dropped them off to go home.
We picked them up in Puerto Vallarta on the 3rd of February and drove down to Barra de Navidad the next day. We spent 4 days in Barra where they stayed at the Delphin Hotel and we did various things during the days. One day we spent at the Grand Bay Hotel just hanging out at the pool ordering fancy drinks and playing crib (thanks to my friends Penny & Fred from Tapatai who gave us a pass to use the pool for the day). Another day we drove up to Colima hoping to catch a glimpse of the volcano's in the area. We did see it sort of. It was a big hill covered from 3/4 of the way up by a very large cloud. We did drive to the town of Comala where we enjoyed a sampling of appetizers that are continually brought out to you in the restaurants at the town square. You order a few drinks and the appys are free.
And we also spent some time just hanging out in Barra enjoying the small quaint town and the markets there. I think that both dad and Kathy really enjoyed this town. They also got a tour of the village Ian and I love called La Manzanilla, including the big crocodiles at the end of the village.
Then for 3 days we went out in the boat to the bay of Tenacatita and anchored out. We enjoyed the company of friends Beth and Norm from Sara Jean one evening. We were graced by dolphins in the bay swimming around the boat and finishing off their show by jumping 7 or 8 times just at sunset! One day Kathy and Ian took off in the dingy full speed hoping to catch up to the Humpback whales that were in the bay. Kathy was given a personal close up view and she also go spashed by the big waves in the bay but she loved every minute. She also had another first in that she swam in salt water for the first time in her life. Dad and Ellen spent some time playing crib together with dad winning most of the games. Oh Yes! We also had the pleasure of celebrating dad's 82nd birthday on the 8th! We had a nice dinner of barbequed fish at the palapa restaurant on the beach and then had chocolate cake on the boat later on. Happy 82nd dad and here's to many many more!
All in all it was a great 10 days and we are so happy that they came and spent them with us. We are hoping that they come again soon.
Check in the gallery for photos from their visit.

02/12/2011 | Dad & Kathy
Hi Ellen & Ian. We realy enjoyed our visit with
you! We can;t wait to do it again. That was a
million dollar trip. We did and seen things we
couldn't have done without you two! Thank you so much. Love you both!
02/13/2011 | Wendy
How wonderful your dad & his wife came to visit you, what a wonderful birthdday for him & the ultimate adventure for the both of them! You are very lucky to have a father who is adventurous...
02/14/2011 | Carole and Ken
Sounds like you had a fabulous time with your Dad and kathy visiting. Glad to see that all is well in Mexico!
02/16/2011 | Alan & Brenda
Great pic's and enjoy reading the adventures. I believe you have meet up with Lou & Cloes on S/V White Shell from Comox I saw some pic's of you and Ellen at the rafting party on there web site. It's great to see that your fully enjoying life and it help's me make it though all this snow at our new home in Ontario. Great sailing, Alan & Brenda
Huichol Artworks

This artwork is stunning. The colours are amazing and it is all done with thread pushed into wax! The Huichol indians are from central Mexico. They also do 3d artwork pushing beads into wax figurines.

Huichol Art
02/11/2011, Puerto Vallarta

More artwork.

02/25/2011 | jean
WOW! These are amazing Ellen. Thanks for posting. What intricate work.
Barra Sunset
01/31/2011, Barra de Navidad

This sunset picture I did take it was a beautiful evening and I rowed out a bit to get Kasasa in the shot.

01/31/2011 | pat
Love your photos Ellen! The stew looks yummy! I am in Saskatoon and enjoying -34 C weather.....brrrrr. I can just feel the warmth of Mexico. Have a good visit with your Dad. We will see you again this year....I need to warm up. Get the recipe for the stew, will you.
Lv Pat
01/31/2011 | Pamela and Pat
What beautiful photos! I've looked up the recipe for the stew on the Internet and will give it a go down at Apollo Bay next weekend ... it won't be the same without the lava bowl, though. We're in the middle of a heatwave (40 degrees C every day) and hanging out for some coolth. Love, P & P
02/02/2011 | Marilyn Kirk
Beautiful picture ... I just love it and love reading about all your adventures. Barra is a cool little town ... I have pictures that I took on my walls.
02/05/2011 | ron howell
hey Ian and Ellen, looks like a sailors delight, I am very envious, take care
02/06/2011 | Gerald
Hello: I hear that Andy and Kathy made it out their. Glad to hear. Hoping that Andys hand is OK. The pictures look beautiful. Lets hope that the weather stays as beautiful as the pictures? Tell them Gerald and Tammy say HI.
02/07/2011 | Tony
Thanks for sharing the pictures and stories. Helen and I miss you for our morning breakfast meetings. I'll be in Hawaii April 14-25 if you are in the hood...
02/25/2011 | jean
gorgeous photo! What reflection.
Barra Sunrise
01/31/2011, Barra de Navidad

This photo was taken of Kasasa by another boat called Katti Hill which was nice of them since I'm not usually awake that early to see it myself.

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