26 June 2018
June 25 – 26, 2018 Jon and Renne are here! We are so excited to see our sweet friends – it’s been too long! Loved catching up with them – we motored out to Ballandra for the day and enjoyed turquoise waters, food and fellowship. Love you guys!
14 June 2018
June 9 – 14, 2018 My brother Kelley is visiting!! We are so excited to have him aboard DreamCatcher for some exploring in the beautiful Golfo de California! We biked La Paz enjoying tacos, ice cream and of course tequila, then headed out to Ispiritu Santo for a few days of snorkeling and kayaking. Kelley loves the cruising lifestyle and is great crew! Love him mucho!
03 June 2018
June 1 – 3, 2018 What a fun treat! Kenny and Donna asked us to join them on s/v Jersey Girl for a weekend of diving in the Ispiritu Santo Islands – we had not been diving since Providencia (3+ years ago!) so were excited to get back in the water. Our first dive was in Candelero Bay – after some searching we finally found the artificial reef structure where lots of clams, starfish and fish make it their home. The next day we dove the Feng Ming wreck in El Empachado Bay – discovered lots of fish and this fun turtle resting on the hull! We did of course have some equipment malfunctions (both of us have gear between 20-30 years old!) so when we returned we did some online scuba gear shopping, ordering one new BC, a new dive computer (purple of course) and two new regulators (one purple/one black)! Sigh. Expensive but fun trip! Thank you Kenny and Donna for your wonderful hospitality!
Psalms 90:2-4 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
30 May 2018
Well, we have finally contracted for a new arch for DreamCatcher – we met Sergio Galindo (if anyone has seen the stainless steel bean sculpture in Chicago – he was one of the supervisors) here in La Paz and contracted with him to create/design it. It will hold our radar, wind generator, three solar panels, antennas, dinghy engine and dinghy (with davits), etc. Hope to have it finished by late June. Woohoo!
Copper Canyon – El Fuerte
28 May 2018
El Fuerte (the fort) was founded in 1563 with the fort being built in 1610. We found it to be a lovely traditional Mexican town with little modern influence. Our hotel, Hotel Torres del Fuerte, was a recently restored antique mansion with a beautiful courtyard and restaurant. They had hummingbird feeders near the restaurant tables – we loved watching them closeup during breakfast! We made the two hour drive with our guide back to Topolobampo for our midnight ferry ride back to La Paz – time to sleep!
Copper Canyon – Creel
27 May 2018
We drove out of the canyon today to return to Creel for our train ride back to El Fuerte. Gorgeous vistas!
Copper Canyon – Batopilas
26 May 2018
May 25 - 26, 2018 We drove into the bottom of the canyon today to the old silver mining town of Batopilas. Batopilas (pop. 1,200) is situated beside the Rio Batopilas and was a prominent silver mining center from the early 18th to early 20th century. Further down the canyon from Batopilas the “lost” cathedral of Satevo was built in the 1600’s and is still used for services today. Muy viejo!
Copper Canyon – Three Canyons/Creel
24 May 2018
This morning we took the tram ride over the canyon, then drove with our guide to Creel for an overnight stay. Creel is the center of tourism in the Sierra with hotels, Tarahumara handicrafts and good restaurants. The Tarahumara (The Tarahumara’s word for themselves is Raramuri – it means “runners on foot”) indians inhabit this area and are a group of indigenous people renowned for their long distance running ability (up to 200 miles in one session). Most still practice a traditional lifestyle, inhabiting natural shelters such as caves or cliff overhangs, as well as small cabins of wood or stone. They now make and sell handmade items, including cheese, as a source of income.
Copper Canyon – Cerro Gallegos Overlook
23 May 2018
The Cerro Gallegos Overlook has great views of both the Palestine and Urique Canyons - some consider them the best in Copper Canyon. Our hotel, El Mirador, was located on the side of the canyon with a balcony overlooking the canyon!
Copper Canyon – Bahuichivo
22 May 2018
Copper Canyon is a group of six distinct canyons in the Sierra Madre Occidental in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua. The canyons were formed by six rivers, merging into the Rio Fuerte, emptying into the Golfo de California. We spent the afternoon exploring Bahuichivo and enjoying a wine tasting in our lovely hotel Mision de Cerocahui.