Change in Latitude, Change in Attitude

30 January 2008 | Moraga, Ca.
23 January 2008 | San Diego, Ca.
20 January 2008 | Pacific Beach, San Diego
18 January 2008 | San Diego, California
17 January 2008 | 7 Miles South of the San Diego/Tijuana Border
15 January 2008 | Ensenada, Mexico
15 January 2008 | 100 MIles South of Ensenada
13 January 2008 | Isla Benitos
09 January 2008 | Bahia Santa Maria
08 January 2008 | 100 Miles South of Magdalena Bay
07 January 2008 | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
06 January 2008 | Rounding Cabo Pulmo
05 January 2008 | La Paz, Mexico
25 December 2007 | Moraga, Ca.
15 December 2007 | Ensenada de Los Muertos, Mexico
10 December 2007 | Los Frailes, Mexico
05 December 2007 | Smack Dab' In The Middle
02 December 2007 | Mazatlan, Mexico
30 November 2007 | 128 Miles South of Mazatlan, 28 Miles Offshore
27 November 2007 | 15 miles Northwest of Manzanillo, Mexico

Happy Thanksgiving

22 November 2007 | Isla Grande, Mexico (10 miles north of Zihuatanejo)
Andrew
Chris' parents arrived yesterday just before "Torta Time", which is my new name for lunch. Julie prepared them for everyone, so we got them aboard, situated, and headed off for Isla Grande, a small island 10 miles north of Zihuatanejo. We passed Ixtapa on the way, which looks like a neat spot too. Isla Grande is quite beautiful with rocky shorelines, clear water, and a nice beach. Chris, Dick and myself plan on working up a healthy appetite later this morning by snorkeling and possibly spear-fishing on the outer rocks. The sun is bright and the sky is clear and royal blue. It is going to be a beautiful Thanksgiving day here in Mexico.

Last night we enjoyed a fantastic barbequed carne asada dinner under a bright, moon-lit sky. We set up the teak table in the cockpit and enjoyed the fresh breeze with dinner. Julie tracked down all sorts of great local flavors from the marketplace in town, so dinner was an authentic hit. We enjoyed Lindt Swiss dark chocolate for dessert, complements of my mom (who is the best!!). She sent it down with Dick and Susie, along with a few other goodies thanks mom, I miss you lots.

Today is Thanksgiving and I am truly am thankful for so much in my life. It is somewhat of a Roberts' tradition to express thanks for three things on this particular day, so I figure I should carry on the tradition, and share three brief thoughts. First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to do what I am doing at this exact moment. I sit here on a beautiful sailing yacht, my bare feet happily glued to the smooth, teak floor, and enjoy the company of the Mays family. Chris and Julie were incredibly generous to invite me aboard, and I am very thankful for this. It is has been a fantastic journey thus far, and we look forward to more in the near future. Secondly, I am thankful for my independence. Being entirely free to do what I dream takes true sacrifices, yet I am so very glad I made this decision. Quitting my job, moving out of Arizona, and selling my skateboard was extremely difficult, but the experience, adventure, and lessons learned are simply invaluable. I feel have gained more knowledge of the world and myself the past four months than I have in the past few years, which I find amazing. I feel lucky to be able to say that and am obviously thankful for this. Lastly and most importantly, is my family, which I greatly miss at times. I have traveled fairly extensively, and to locations much further than I am now, but have not missed them nearly as much as I do on this particular trip. I am not entirely sure why this change of heart has recently occurred, but I suspect one of two things. Either I am actually growing out of my Peter-Pan complex and maturing a bit, or I am truly beginning to realize how unbelievably important they are to me. At this point in my life I have nothing but my adventures and my family, and my adventures will inevitably end sometime in the future. My family however, is always there, will support me in whatever I do, and welcome me back home with open arms and loving smiles. I am so very thankful this and cannot wait to see them on the dock when we tie up Cisnecito a final time.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and send my warmest thoughts to you all. Be thankful for what you have, whatever it may be, and enjoy this day like it is your last.
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Vessel Name: Cisnecito
Vessel Make/Model: 46 ft Nautor Swan
Crew: Andrew Roberts
About:
After working in the insurance industry for 4 years, I jumped at the opportunity to join Cisnecito, a 46 foot Nautor Swan. She currently lays in Colon, Panama preparing for her last extended cruise back to Newport, Ca. [...]

Checked Out and Headed to Central America

Who: Andrew Roberts