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

Thanksgiving Week

25 November 2007 | Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Wow! What a fun holiday weekend we had. It was packed with lots of laughs, exquisite meals, and family fun. I could write for hours about all the events and fun we had.

Fortunately Thanksgiving was smooth sailing with no mishaps, fires down below, or horrible heartburn. The meal was quite a production and truly a team effort. The galley down below is quite small, so I spent the majority of the day doing my best to STAY OUT OF THE WAY. I told everyone I was officially "on call" all day and would do whatever they need, which fortunately wasn't anything major. So, I kept the drinks full and enjoyed the smell of the roasting turkey. The bird turned out absolutely splendid (as you can see in the pictures), as did the side dishes. The salads, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, and desserts were a solid 11 on the 10 scale. Dick brought down some very special wine to accompany the food which brought "ooos" and "ahhhhs" as we ate. We ate dinner on deck and watched the over-sized moon rise on the horizon and twinkle on the water. It was a very special meal, one I will not forget.

As I indicated in prior posts, Dick is a huge USC fan, so we decided we would try and catch the second half of the ASU v. USC game after dinner. Chris whisked us across the bay in the dingy where we caught a cab into Ixtapa. After searching town for a bit we found a small little place where the game was being aired. We were lucky enough to sit outside and had a large television all to ourselves. Although the outcome of the game was a bit disappointing, I was so happy to be able to watch the game, especially with my Great Uncle Dick, in Mexico. We hope to enjoy many more ASU v. USC games together in the future...we'll get the Trojans next year!

Between meals, naps, and reading time, we snorkeled on the outer rocks, kayaked around the island, and spear-fished. The spear-fishing was quite good and provided a few nights of fresh fish. The highlight for me was getting a lobster and barbequing it for the group as an hor' durve. I served bite-sized pieces on tooth picks with a sprinkle of lime, a sprig of cilantro, and Julie's fire-roasted tomatillo sauce. It turned out really well and felt great to be able to provide such a tasty treat before dinner. Too bad I couldn't find one for lungs aren't what they used to be. Thanksgiving week aboard Cisnecito was something I will not forget.

Vessel Name: Cisnecito
Vessel Make/Model: 46 ft Nautor Swan
Crew: Andrew Roberts
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