This IS retirement

27 November 2015 | Marina Fonatur Mazatlan
01 November 2015 | Guaymas/Fonatur Marina
30 April 2015 | La Paz City of Peace
14 April 2015 | La Cruz De Huanacaxtle
26 March 2015 | La Culebra, Colima....laguna
03 March 2015 | La Culebra, Colomilla, Isla Grande
08 February 2015 | Santiago/Manzanillo
07 January 2015 | Punta Mita
27 December 2014 | Rancho Cordova, Ca
14 December 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mx.
04 December 2014 | Marina Seca Guaymas
22 November 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
16 November 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
03 May 2014 | Loreto, BCS, Mexico
21 April 2014 | Virtual marina La Paz
02 April 2014 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle/P.V.
18 March 2014 | Barra De Navidad/Colimilla
24 February 2014 | Colimilla/La Culebra/Isla Grande
18 February 2014 | Santiago/Manzanillo
28 January 2014 | La Paz City of Peace

The Snake

24 February 2014 | Colimilla/La Culebra/Isla Grande
Gabriellas Gpa
We spent about 10 days in the lagoon and decided to go for a 4 hour sail to Santiago, which is in the same bay and adjacent to the big city of Manzanillo. Had a nice time showing George around the area and checking up on what is new and what has disappeared. Each year I come down here there are businesses that have started and some that has closed. And new construction that is finished is the port of Manzanillo.....they have expanded their container port quite rapidly for Mexico. After going to the Saturday market(like a huge swap meet but with all new stuff/junk for sale, and doing all the stuff we wanted to do in the area, we set out for the Barra lagoon. Now we are settled in the flat and brown water lagoon for a week or two. Before we went to Santiago we had a video(Skype) chat between the school here and Gabriellas school in Rancho Cordova. The primeria escuela (elementary school) here in Colimilla has expanded to 48 students from 32 the year before. Do you know how much more food I had to fix? I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and tuna fish sandwiches with potato chips and milk. The night before I made two batches of Tollhouse cookies. We split the kids up and took only the 4, 5, and 6th grade kids up to Yoanas house for the chat...that means I had to separate the lunches in the right amounts because I fed the entire school, which was the right thing to do. The kids were late again because they were waiting for me to walk down to the school and walk them back up the hill to Yoanas house. It finally got going and the kids loved their 'Gringo' lunch. Now for a story that has me thinking a lot....I had Yoanas mom and Yoana help me to choose who the donated clothes go to. Yoana heard about a 12 year old girl who's mom had died on 5 January and she and her to younger siblings went to live with grandma and grandpa. So we packed up the pickup truck with the clothes and Yoana and Maria(mom) in the back of the open pick-up and me and Enrique(dad) in the cab. We drove over to Jaluco which is a town outside of Barra de Navidad. We drove to a poor area of the town where the grandparents have a 20 by 30 foot concrete house on a pretty good size lot that has a lot of tropical trees and such. This twelve year old girl came out and we started a conversation about her circumstances. She told us her grandmother has only one leg and that she(the grandma) tries to take care of her grandfather who is really ill and not long for this earth. She has a little sister and brother who she tries to take care of because grandma and grandpa can't do much to help. She has an aunt that is working and just able to take care of herself, so there is no one else to help them. We gave her all the clothes and shoes we could and she took us to meet grandma. Grandma wheeled out in a wheelchair and I met her and saw the one good leg she had was curled at the ankle. The hard part was looking at this 12 yr. old girl and trying to process what her future would be. That little smile she has in the pic is the only smile she had the whole time there. She had no semblance of a typical 12 yr. old. You could see the instant maturity/adulthood she was thrust into on her face. I know you all see this kind of stuff on TV and your reading about it now, but you have no idea of what it is really like until you see it firsthand. Please keep this girl and her family in your prayers. Thank you Gabriella and your friends who gave clothes.
Vessel Name: Mannasea
Vessel Make/Model: Piver 36AA Trimaran
Hailing Port: San Diego
Crew: Grumpy grandpa/Phil Perkins
About: After spending the most wonderful 5 years of my life with my grandaughter Gabriella, it's my turn to go cruising. I'll keep going as long as it's fun and if I can get rid of this nagging feeling of returning to my grandaughter..
Mannasea's Photos - This IS retirement (Main)
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My departure from Rio Vista to Mexico
Gabriella knows I
Her famous neck tugs.
Tenacatita cruise
Mom and sister
Tenacatita gang
too much Dramamine and sun
Dad..a lobster fisherman
reglassing crushed ama
reglassing the strut area
Port steering pulley
Starboard side steering pulley that fell off
Dr. Lilian and sister Sofia
Dr. Lilian and Manuel she really enjoying the trip?
Dr. Lilian and Manuel
My precious...........
Barbara (second from left) and Tom (tall). My friends from Hooligan enjoying the Christmas feast.
A typical Christmas scene you can find anywhere in the world...right?    Sands hotel pool and bar area where we had our Christmas feast.
Vendor on the malecon in Barra.
Vendor on Malecon selling papaya, pineapple, and cocnuts.
The beginning of refurbishing the chairs and tables.
The rusty and dirty fan that jumped out and cut my fingers.
Put these colors up against the gringo colors that I applied....big differrence.
Before...boys banos.
My Christmas dinner plate. Susan, I made apple pie and the cruisers would not believe that I actually made it from scratch......Delicious.
Old colors...starting of the prep.
Media room
Mannasea as seen from the school. Anchored in front of the Isla in the Barra lagoon.
School entrance painted 2 years ago...nice lettering, eh?
Before and after
Before and after....most of the chairs had the watermelon paint.
Main classroom....bookshelf.
This is what most of the walls looked like before painting.
Tom putting the bookshelf slats back on after painting in the squares.
Jim putting on one of three coats of polyurethane after the maple stain.
The master culprit who disrupted the tranquility of cruisers in the lagoon.
Rob suffering through the alklyd paint application in the banos.
After....note the scaffolding to the left of the put an extension ladder on top of that!
All the masking and paint still got through
Sanford and son
At the fuel dock minus the mast
Ready to ease into the water
Looks like a monster
Semana Santa revellers
Their favorite beach cover each other in sand.
Even the dogs get into the act.
My lonely boat.
No pooping sign on a gringos newly purchased property.
Chacal...Semanaaaa Santaaaa.
Kindergarten building
Looking down from basketball court
Ocean mural by Mario Tellos
The entire 1st thru 6th grades.
The mural done by Mario Tellos
The kindergarten class with art work by Mario Tellos.
The kindergarten banos.
This is my heart medicine...climbing to take these pics.
I love these vistas.
Tucked in behind the sandspit.
The dark spot due north of my boat is a sunken 40ft sailboat.
Mexicans were camping out on the beach celebrating Semana Santa.
I love the water colors. The yacht in the background is Besame with lovely Merry onboard.
The clarity of the water just isn
I will have to do a better job of underwater Photography
This is what the whales and dolphins get to see. They all know my granddaughter now.
Iguanas on Isla Isabella
Blue-footed Boobys on Isla Isabella
The fish camp on Isla Isabella
The 2 classrooms at the Colimilla school.
The computer room at Colimilla school.
I love looking down on the boat from up high.
This is half way up to the top.
Just above the pool area.
From the Paradise restaurant where the food is great and the view is better.
From another restaurant where the prices are through the roof.
Looking up to the Paradise restaurant from the beach palapas.
Just coming up from a dive.
I was disappointed in the clarity of the water around Isla Grande.
These are just a few of the hundreds of fish that were seeking protection from birds under my boat.
This Iguana lives with the Crocodiles.
Egads!!!!! Cocodrillos..............
Nice fat croc.
The start of Zihua Sailfest.
Princess and Grandpa on the front porch.
Gabriellas snow person.
My work attire doesn
Air conditioned bus in Mexico.
This is my view from the palapa.
Guacamole and chips with a double coca light to wash it down.
Yawn....another sunset in Paradise.
Looking at Chacala from the boat.
The boat from the dinghy landing.
The boat from the Port Captains office.
The boat from the beach.
I decided to do a little remodeling while doing my once in 10 year cleaning.
Sunrise coming into Mazatlan
Look at water temperature....And to think I can
This squid thought it could sun on my deck....I think he got cooked!
Sitting peacefully in La Paz
Beautiful sunrise as entering the La Paz bay.
Cruiseship Ryndam at dock in Guaymas.
Added some blanco(white) pigment to the bottom paint and presto..G
I tried to duplicate Gabriellas stick figure drawing.
My new hulls...white white. New graphics.
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