Magic Carpet Adventures

Greg, Donna Lou and Boat Cat Ziwhot's Search for Adventure Captain Gregory (KI6IIU) and Admiral Donna Lou (KI6IIS) Norell E-mail: norell49@yahoo.com

26 December 2018 | San Carlos Sonora Mx
07 July 2018 | Pinacle Rock San Jaunico BCS
06 June 2018 | San Jaunico
22 April 2018 | Tanzania Africa
22 April 2018
22 April 2018
22 April 2018
22 April 2018
22 April 2018
22 April 2018
22 April 2018
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Seasons Greetings from S/V Magic Carpet

26 December 2018 | San Carlos Sonora Mx
Admiral Donna Lou
Season's Greetings!
Wow! It was December 7, 2007: When we cut the dock lines and sailed through the Delta tulle fog to start our "Dreams into Reality" journey, it's been an adventure of a life time. The only thing missing is time spent with friends and family like you. Thank you for all your comments on our Blog, phone calls, notes & our cherished get together. We treasure your friendship & wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, and we look forward to your next communications with us weather it's by e-mail, snail mail Ham, VHF radio or phone, stay in touch please we miss you. This last cruising season was different early on we hauled Magic Carpet and gave her a complete" make over" in the form of new non-skid top sides, new bottom paint, new life lines and lots of TLC using lots of wax & polish. Magic Carpet looks brand new! It was perfect timing because we were not sailing south this season. Early spring we were flying to Africa. Our safari was unbelievable, actually being in the Serengeti watching the residence wonder freely hunting, fishing, and relaxing watching the balance of nature was an in creditable experience we were guest in their home, and we slept in glorified tents guarded by Masi carrying spears. Hearing Lyons breathing at our canvas door & Hyenas moaning as they sniffed around, we were glad we were comfortable with the VHF radios we used to call to make sure the Masi know someone was checking us out. The African National Parks were so beautiful and so big with new discovery's waiting for us everywhere. We were out in the bush from sun up till sun down. We found the magnificent Seven, 3500 pictures latter we returned to Magic Carpet and sailed the Sea of Cortez for the remainder of the 2018 cruising season. We found climate change was having an effect on the sea it was cooler, tides were greater & unpredictable, wind had a mind of its Own, challenging our skills. This last season in the land of plenty was challenging also. The Car & Camp fires creating poor air quality and the loss of friends' homes. We thank God they were able to escape. These devastating fires, Changing trends have made us realize how very important our friends and family are to us.
We wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
We wish you good Health & Happiness
We wish to hear from all of you
Donna, Greg and Little Z

The morning we though we lost Magic Carpet!

07 July 2018 | Pinacle Rock San Jaunico BCS
Admiral Donna Lou
THE WHAT, THE WAY, THE HOW!
The What!
The morning we though we lost Magic Carpet!
3 am: The wind had changed directions with a mighty roar. The Captain & Admiral woke with the snapping & wiping of the wind scoop sending gust throughout M.C. cabin. As the Captain dashed on deck to lower the scoop he noticed our anchor chain pulled straight out holding tight! A strong outgoing tide & gusting gale force winds were shoving M.C. toward the rocks. What had been Magic Carpets protection was now her enemy! The Captain immediacy started M.C. Iron horse to help hold her in place. We had a 5 to 1 scope out of 5/16 BBB chain in 25 feet of water. Than we heard the thump M.C. was grounded, on a underwater reef. The Admiral at the helm the Captain on the bow, our Yanmar iron horse at full ahead, the Captain on the windless - Team Magic Carpet worked at its best to drive/pull her off the reef, that promised sure death to M.C. The wind let up but the tidal water kept flowing fast past our hull. The Admiral kept the spade rudder centered offering it all the protection our fin keel had to offer. The Yanmar kept Magic Carpet in place we never lost ground but we never escaped the reefs beckoning call. It was like M.C. gave up as she lay on her side ready to die. Now knowing we couldn't save her alone & time was running out for M.C. The Captain got on the VHF radio woke Figment & crew a 60 foot plus luxury Yacht. They jumped into their shore boat with a 40 HP motor, but couldn't pull M.C. free. As each minute past M.C. laid further into the sea. The Captain was now standing on her side; the Admiral had wedged herself at the helm, keeping the rudder protected and the engine at full speed ahead, all to no avail. Precious minutes passed we felt frozen in place. Fearing only the worst - yet hoping and never giving up! The Captain of Figment returned and guided his luxury yacht into what was now 5 ft. of water close to Magic Carpet... M.C's. Captain Throw Figment's crew a line it was secured. The Captain of Figment asked one question of us and only one - ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS? A load and clear shout out came from M.C. Rip her off! Sure death waited for M.C. on the reef and maybe Davie Jonas locker waited at sea. As the 210 HP engine of Figment slowly and steadily pulled M.C. free. Magic Carpet moaned & groaned being dragged to freedom; we will never forget the sound. It gives us goose pimples to remember! As soon as she was free M.C .straighten up she seemed to shutter & shake and then flashed forward alive! The Admiral had to ideal her down, the Captain had to retrieve her tow line. The Admiral pointed her to deep water and soon signaled the Captained to drop the hook! Once it was set the engine shut down both the Captain & Admiral dove below looking for flooding. Wondering how long we'd stay afloat -Bulge pumps were ready to go, but there was no water. Figment hovered by, waiting for what was next. After a complete inspection we thanked Figment and watched them motor north to their next destination, like the Queen of the Sea she is - A great job done well.
Our Thanks will never seam enough to offer Don & Jan Gillings - M/V Figment
THE WHY!
After several days of soft wind from the North East & nightly Westerly winds just as soft - a strong wind shift blue with a vengeance!
We had moved into the corvette hide hole spot 4 days earlier - dropping our hook near the GPS location suggested in a popular cruising guide.
We were tired from the cross swell that had perversely kept Magic Carpet rocking and rolling for days. Our surge protesters were not aboard! At one point M.C. had almost rolled on top of us as we were boarding her from our shore boat Aladdin.
We had stayed to long enjoying good company with bad seas. Waiting for southerly winds to sail north on!
We didn't fallow our own rules "Never Trust" and dive & check out the area under M.C. Water visibility was poor, the color was green from all the turbulence.
THE HOW & PLUS!
Bigger than usual tides, the weather seams more unpredictable than ever before. We wonder if it's because of environment changes, or global warming?
We anchored in 25 feet of water; Figment reported we were in 5 feet at the time of our rescue.
We have always felt good about using a 5 to 1 scoop.
In a small hide hole that's too much it will hold great but the radius was too great at full stretch.
On diving on our anchor in the past we have always noted - she set with about 10/15 feet stretched out in a line to a pill of the rest of the chain holding her in place. M.C. has never dragged always held tight; our 35 Lb. CQR does its job well! We have held tight in 70 knots of wind!
In addition Magic Carpet carries 4 other anchors with appropriate rode. We always had taken anchoring very seriously! Now we have lots to think over.
Years ago the Captain had beefed up M.C. bow cleats by reinforcing them with ¼ inch stainless steel backing plates.
New this season to M.C. anchoring system was added a bigger & better snobbier bridle, designed & fabricated by the Captain. It held tight as M.C. was dragged of the reef!
Last but not lest was the all-purpose line kept on deck for quick emergency use. We perversely had discovered, fishing through the over stocked lazzeret took too much time, too much energy, and added to our stress when trying to move fast!
Magic Carpet Adventures, Land & Sea blog
We have kept this blog to share with our family & friends and to someday transform it into a coffee table book:" Dreams into Reality" to keep the memory alive in our Golden Years. This new adventure or was it an ordeal? Has lift us speechless, it's almost impossible to put into words our hours of horror. This is the first time we have shared the scariest event of our life's its strange in a crisis what ran through our minds
The Captain had a flash that since the engine was running we should be making drinking water.
The Admiral had a flash not to forget to spray the sprouts (Alfalfa & Mung Beans) .
Little Z, she hide after the cutting board almost decapitated her.
We all trembled for days just at the thought of all this... Nightmares are still part of our quite time!
All this besides the normal thoughts, what if had to abandon the ship! We would have to grab the brief case with all the important papers, truck keys, money, and phones. And then our thoughts went to the ditch bag, what was really in it? We carefully pack it in 2008, stowed it and hadn't look inside it since.
Aladdin was tethered to Magic Carpets stern, waiting for us.
Bernard Moitessier & s/v Joshua, and what he said as he gave her away after the Big Blow in Cabo years ago.
We entertained the thought of just leaving this horrible event out of our blog! But we knew we couldn't do that, it would turn or great adventure into a fraud. Honesty is like an icicle. Once it melts, that is the end of it. Our Dreams into Reality would be incomplete if we didn't tell all - so there you have it the most frightening experience of our life!
Magic Carpet floating high and proud! She beat a reef! With very little damage, she is near perfect!
Thanks To!
M/V Figment, Captain: Don & Jan Gillings - Magic Carpets, Guardian Angles.
The Admirals Mother Rose, for her blessing and the Saint Christopher Yacht plack that resides above M.C. chart table.
Father Ron, from our Catholic parish at home: who blessed M.C.at her Open Boat, Bon Voyage Party so long ago.
And Team Magic Carpet for a great fight against bad odds "The Reef"








San Jaunico

06 June 2018 | San Jaunico
Admiral Donna Lou
After our unbelievable world wind adventure to Africa, it's a welcome relief to be back at sea. Magic Carpet has been waiting safely at the docks of Marina San Carlos, Sonora Mexico ready to go! And that's just what we did! It took two tries to sail away. On the first try one hour out motor sailing we smelled diesel, an inspection detected a small leak in a high pressure fuel hose. As Murphy's Law would rule it was the only one we didn't have a spare for. So we headed back to the marina for a fast trip to Guaymas the Captain was able to find just what he needed, after installing the new fuel line & bleeding the system Magic Carpet was back at sea the next morning. Because of our short cruising season this year we headed across the Sea of Cortez to the Baja. A pond hearing our plans (Ham radio nets) fellow cruiser convinced us to include in our provision g extras for them! Thus Magic Carpet became a boot leggier! Needless to say these extra cases proved to be a storage challenge. As luck would have it we had ruff seas and a few can exploded. Much to the Admirals dismay, the smell flowed through the entire cabin. M.C. smelled like a party boat! That will be Magic Carpets last run as a boot leggier. We were greeted with cheers as we anchored at Caleta San Juanico. With a nasty cross swell in the bay, we beached party for days. We search for shells and minerals, rock hounding treasure. Only to lower M.C. water line as the Captained liked to remind the Admiral. A inland local has a farm with lots of small animals, donkeys and a vegie garden. The homemade goat cheese was the best eve rand the fresh tomatoes & peppers were a surprise addition to our provisions. The Donkey riding was a treat for fellow cruisers, but after the great fall visiting the butterflies both the Captain & Admiral felt donkey riding was not in there cruising adventure plan's. Beach Combing and rock hounding with old friends and new was great fun. As soon as the winds &seas settled down boats lift for new destinations. Magic Carpet & crew loved the peace and quiet for a few days - Than all hell descended on us. We are still trying to find words to describe what happened next!

Greg and Donna Lou's BIG Adventure to Africa

22 April 2018 | Tanzania Africa
Admiral Donna Lou
Magic Carpet Adventures Land & Sea
Our "wandering "recently took us on an eye opening experience of our life time! An Africa Safari, in Tanzania -south east Africa, along the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar. We landed at Kilimanjaro International airport, after flying over Mt Kilimanjaro where our daughter & her girlfriends were fighting to conquer there personal challenge to reach the summit at close to 20,000 feet. The Captain & Admirals personal challenge was to overcome the jet lag of a twenty-one hour flight.

Congratulations

22 April 2018

Arushia Coffee Plantation

22 April 2018
We were over whelmed with the serine beauty of the Arushia Coffee Plantation Bungalow. Sitting on our deck watching the Vervet Monkeys swinging from our trees. Or having them sneak in and steal a snack from our table was just the kind of relaxation we needed. Visits from the little Dik Diks charmed us and the sounds and sights of the birds amazed us. We recovered slowly and in total comfort' Getting daily GPS updates on our daughters climb to success - She did it! We were proud parents! We couldn't help thinking how the world has progressed; we now were celebrating electronically her victory! Latter talking to the girls we realized just how hard earned the victory was, they had been pushed to the max. While we parents lived in total comfort, they were stressed to the max.
Vessel Name: Magic Carpet
Vessel Make/Model: Lancer 36
Hailing Port: Richmond Yacht Club, Pt Richmond, SF Bay, CA, USA
Crew: Greg, Donna Lou and Boat Cat ZiWhot Norell
About: Greg a Retired E/M Design Engineer from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Vice President and CFO of DLM Marketing, Donna Lou is President and CEO of DLM Marketing, also Greg and Donna own and operate an Olive orchard Deja vu Orchards in Northern California.
Extra:
Looking for Adventure, We have a Lancer 36 "Magic Carpet" berthed at Richmond Yacht Club in SF Bay we both love to sail, fish and dive, Greg spent the last five years getting the boat ready. Ready or not were cutting the dock lines this spring (2009) and going South to Pacific Coast of California [...]
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Magic Carpet's Photos - Main
Best of Giraffes in Tanzania
25 Photos
Created 22 April 2018
Best of the Hippos in Tanzania
14 Photos
Created 22 April 2018
Cats of Tanzania
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Created 21 April 2018
Birds we saw in Tanzania
25 Photos
Created 21 April 2018
Aaron, Liz and Dakota Quinn stay at El Cid Marina with Granny Goose and Papi Gander on S/V Magic Carpet
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Created 29 May 2017
The Bright side and the Dark side
19 Photos
Created 5 February 2016
Donna and Greg Release Baby Turtles Dakota Quinn, Logan and Kayden
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Created 8 January 2016
Alamos the Magical City, Honeymoon trip
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Created 8 January 2016
Active Marine, Fonatur
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Created 24 May 2015
Fish, Birds, Mammals and Donna Lou
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Created 13 May 2015
City of the Gods Outlaying Palaces
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Birthday Ballon trip over Pyramids
40 Photos
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The City of the Gods Teotihuacan
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Teotihuacan City of the Gods
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Created 1 May 2015
San Sebastian
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Artifacts from 3000 BC to 1000 AD
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Created 30 April 2015
Over looking Mexico City
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Churches Cathedrals
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Created 29 April 2015
Cholula
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Created 29 April 2015
Zocalo District
14 Photos
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Xochimilco Floating Gardens
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Created 29 April 2015
Pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe!
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El Cid Marina
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Old Churches and craftsmen
40 Photos
Created 14 May 2014
Cathetral old town
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Created 14 May 2014
"Galapagos of Mexico"
34 Photos
Created 12 May 2014
Floats costumes and Gifts a San Blas annual event
20 Photos
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Setting atop of Cerro de San Basilio over looking San Blas
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Built 1769-1872
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Jungle tour Tovara Springs
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American Crocodiles
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Iguanas
23 Photos
Created 31 March 2014
Old Mining town near Puerto Vallarta
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Old Town Puerto Vallarta with Aaron and Liz
18 Photos
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Banderas Bay Whales
12 Photos
Created 30 March 2014
Loreto Victoria's Visit
25 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Exploring North side of Isla San Marcos, so much to see...
21 Photos
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Pa Pa Kilo Hotel forth of July Party
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Bahia La Mona
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Puerto Refugio
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Zorro's Hotel, City Plaza, Fort
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Petchocho, The Lonely Dolphin
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Traditional Mayo Indian Dancers
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Greg and Donna Lou Visit Pearl Farm
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Fund Raiser for Bano's
18 Photos
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Under Water Paradise
24 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 8 September 2010
Santa Rosalia to San Francisquito
26 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
Puta Willard
6 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
Gold in them ther Hills
10 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
One of the top Achorages on the Baja
27 Photos
Created 13 August 2010
Cruisers Shrine
6 Photos
Created 14 July 2010
Fourth of July and Shell Beach
25 Photos
Created 14 July 2010
Swimming at Mission Hotel
5 Photos
Created 28 June 2010
Cave dwelling at V-cove
28 Photos
Created 28 June 2010
Hiking the Volcano at Isla Coronado
12 Photos
Created 28 June 2010
Over 200 boats gather for Loreto Fest
12 Photos
Created 6 May 2010
Raft up and Snorkeling at San Marte
12 Photos
Created 5 May 2010
Children of Nopolo
22 Photos
Created 5 May 2010
Fishing Village Isla Coyote
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Hiking trials on Isla San Francisco
13 Photos
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100 days and nights in La Paz
20 Photos
Created 10 April 2010
Donna Lou Swims with Whale Sharks El Magote La Paz BCS
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Created 9 March 2010
La Paz Carnaval 2010, 5 days of of Festivities
29 Photos
Created 17 February 2010
Greg and Donna Lou visit to Trinidad Cave painting site out of Mulege
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Created 12 February 2010
Whale watching with friendly Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
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Created 12 February 2010
Parties San Carlos and La Paz
34 Photos
Created 2 January 2010
Tori and team Magic Carpet visit Isla Islotes and Swannie dive sites
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Created 29 December 2009
Donna And VIctoria Distribute food to the poor at La Paz Colony
39 Photos
Created 28 December 2009
Donna Lou Plays with Dolphins
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Hurricane Hole at San Carlos
6 Photos
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Donna Lou Fights off Woman Eating Moray Eel
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Festival at San Ignacio
40 Photos
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Isla Danzante
29 Photos
Created 13 July 2009
Mission's, Loreto and McLuLu's
24 Photos
Created 7 July 2009
Rural Aqua Verde
18 Photos
Created 6 July 2009
Life in San Evaristo
21 Photos
Created 6 July 2009
Marine life at Espritu Santo and Roca Lobos
26 Photos
Created 12 June 2009
Diving at Espritu Santo Island
13 Photos
Created 10 June 2009
We made it to lands end
6 Photos
Created 7 June 2009
Adventures at Bahia De La Muertos
7 Photos
Created 7 June 2009
Greg and Donna Lou Hammer the Dorado
9 Photos
Created 6 June 2009
Tourist stuff in La Paz
18 Photos
Created 29 May 2009
Man O War Cove Magdalena Bay
10 Photos
Created 18 May 2009
Turtle Bay after Wild Ride
6 Photos
Created 10 May 2009
Ensenada BC
5 Photos
Created 2 May 2009
San Diego Yacht Club
5 Photos
Created 30 April 2009
Santa Barbara Yacth Club
12 Photos
Created 24 April 2009
HMB Morro Bay Pictures
9 Photos
Created 21 April 2009
Magic Capet Leaving SF bay
5 Photos
Created 21 April 2009
Tori's visit SF Bay
11 Photos
Created 11 November 2008
SAD DAY IN BETHEL ISLAND
9 Photos
Created 26 July 2008
21 Photos
Created 21 July 2008
Specifications
7 Photos
Created 15 July 2008
Donna and Greg Leave BI
6 Photos
Created 14 July 2008
Allison and Jason's visit
7 Photos
Created 14 July 2008
Aaron's visit
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Created 14 July 2008
"Greg, Donna and Boat Cat ZiWhot's BIG Adventure"