30 October 2018
A fun day with new friends! We met Barb and Brad (Canadians now living in San Carlos) at Agape Church Sunday morning and they graciously offered to show us around. San Carlos is a beachfront subdivision within the port city of Guaymas, in the northern state of Sonora. It is noted for the exceptional clarity and warmth of the ocean water in its shallow bays and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. With nearly 7,000 inhabitants, it offers good restaurants and small stores with close proximity to the larger town of Guaymas. San Carlos is only six hours from the US and is a popular boat storage location for part time cruisers – last weekend the Tucson Sailing Club held a regatta here at our marina!! DreamCatcher will be in Marina San Carlos for one month while we do land travel, returning to haul her, paint the bottom and head out again!
Psalm 103:10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
Santa Rosalia to San Carlos
26 October 2018
October 25 - 26, 2018 What a sweet sail! We crossed the Golfo once again with a 75 mile overnight passage to Mexico’s mainland arriving at 7:30 am into San Carlos. We had a glorious full moon with light winds of 6-12, calm seas and no other boating traffic. A peaceful 17 hour passage with the captain enjoying lots of catnaps between alarms. Blessed!
24 October 2018
We’ve had a fun time in Santa Rosalia – made new friends, ate at lots of new restaurants (Tonka rocks!) and weathered TS Sergio (only drama our electrical dock pedestal exploded!! Post mortem forensic study by electrician revealed a 50 amp breaker on a 30 amp service!). Thankful we had an extra receptacle aboard! We are wrapping up the “Follow” sermon series with Andy Stanley – it’s better to follow God’s will than to try to impose our own. Following God’s will means wanting what he wants more than what we want. God’s hand can’t be forced; His will can’
Luke 22:42 Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.
08 October 2018
October 5 - 8, We made a quick land yacht trip from Santa Rosalia to Ensenada (13 hours) with our friend Jim (m/v Sun Hunter) in his pickup truck. This part of Mexico is new to us and we were amazed at the stark contrasts in landscape as we made the 510 mile trip. The land was sometimes barren, or rocky, or filled with cactus, or mountainous - just gorgeous! We stayed with our friend Paul (s/v Scarlet Fever) - trying new restaurants, coffee shops and sailing each afternoon in the bay aboard his beautiful Jeanneau 50. We returned to Santa Rosalia via his Lexus SUV hybrid (way smoother ride/less gas stops!!!) with Graham (Paul's friend) driving (another 13 hours). Fun but fast weekend!
San Marcos to Santa Rosalia
05 September 2018
Our bee friends were back early today so we headed out for the ten mile motor (a tuna was snagged along the way) to Santa Rosalia – a quaint French built (with a Mexican touch) mining town with approximately 14k residents, no gringo or tourism influence. The Fonatur marina has 20 slips and is a five minute walk to downtown. Lots of restaurants, a Coffee Star coffee shop (yay!) and a big Ley grocery store nearby. We will spend one month here and head out again – parts unknown! We are finally mid-way up the Golfo!
Punta Chivato to Isla San Marcos (Sweet Pea Cove)
04 September 2018
Easy 12 mile motor with a Cero Mackerel caught along the way! Isla San Marcos has approximately 600 residents that work in the gypsum mining industry located on the southern tip of the island. The afternoon was spent below as DreamCatcher was once again a watering station for the bees. We anchored upwind (away from the gypsum dust) in the northwestern anchorage and enjoyed a beautiful, starry night watching the last two episodes of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and eating rosemary popcorn on the bow. Blessed!
Bahia Santo Domingo to Punta Chivato (Ensenada El Muerto)
03 September 2018
Easy 15 mile trip (12 under sail) with a score of a grouper for the great silver hunter! Fish on! We are on Lesson five “The Fine Print” of the “Follow” sermon series with Andy Stanley – overwhelming faith honors God, overwhelming faith frees us to love.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…
Caleta San Juanico to Bahia Santo Domingo
02 September 2018
50 miles (15 sailing) today to the entry of Bahia Concepcion. Photo is of fishing camp at entry near anchorage.
Isla Coronados to Caleta San Juanico
01 September 2018
August 31 – September 1, 2018 17 mile passage, 12 under sail – yay!! On the way another close sighting of a fin whale with a large pod of 200-300 dolphins feeding nearby. Big anchorage – 1.5 miles wide, with a deep bay with five anchorages. Beautiful rocky beaches with lots of shells and gorgeous cliffs that drop into the water. Will definitely return for more exploration in the winter! Can you see DreamCatcher in the background??
Puerto Escondido to Isla Coronados
30 August 2018
Easy 20 mile motor, no wind. Another whale sighting, small mahi mahi caught and released on the way. Beautiful sunset anchorage!
Psalm 50:1 The mighty one, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.