Pangaea World Tour

16 March 2014 | La Paz, MX
07 March 2014 | La Paz, MX
05 March 2014 | La Paz, MX
04 March 2014 | La Paz, MX
11 November 2013 | Sea of Cortez
08 November 2013 | Isla San Francisco
06 November 2013 | La Paz, MX
04 November 2013 | Sea of Cortez
02 November 2013 | La Paz, MX
29 October 2013 | La Paz, MX, Marina Palmira
24 October 2013 | Marina Palmira
21 October 2013 | La Paz, MX, Marina Palmira
18 October 2013 | La Paz, MX, Marina Palmira
17 October 2013 | La Paz, MX, Marina Palmira
15 October 2013 | La Paz, MX, Marina Palmira
14 October 2013 | La Paz, MX
06 December 2012 | Sea of Cortez
04 July 2012 | Denver, CO

El Dia de los Muertos

29 October 2013 | La Paz, MX, Marina Palmira
First Mate Kate
Today is a very weird, quiet day. The marina is quiet. The streets are quiet. It is really dead. It is cloudy and we have off and on sprinkles and wind from the passing tropical storm. Perhaps La Paz is getting ready for "el Dia de los Muertos" (the Day of the Dead).

Similar to the timing of Halloween, Mexicans have el Dia de los Muertos to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods to honor the departed. The streets near cemeteries have paper flowers, candy, skeletons and skulls, and of course, they have parades. Skulls are painted bright yellow and don the name of the departed.

The people in Mexico believe that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd.

Skeletons, skulls, yellow marigolds, bread baked in shapes of skulls and figures and photos of the family member who died are placed upon an altar with candles and incense and the altar is the center of the celebration.

Mexicans react to death with mourning but also with happiness and joy and fear. They confront their fear by mocking and living with the dead. In other words, they accept that death is a part of life and teach that concept early in life. Young children's toys are often painted with skeletons and play "funeral" like we in the US play "house" or "dress-up". Many forms of art depict death.

Death is a celebration in Mexico. Death is among them. The children dress up but many have skeleton faces or costumes. I will be out among the living and the dead and hope to capture it and share in my next blog.

Link to El Dia de los Muertos page continues in the marina. More and more people are returning and it's kind of like returning to camp. The community of people in La Paz is quite remarkable. This is our third year here (only a few weeks here and there before) and we have gotten to be close with many of the cruising community. It's always fun to see the new and yet familiar faces walking the docks.

That's all for now. A little history lesson today. Enjoy!

First Mate Kate
Vessel Name: Pangaea
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Denver, CO
Crew: Katie and Mike Gordon
About: Captain Mike is a rocket scientist retiring to be a wanderlust sailor. First Mate Kate is an old soul and goddess of the sea whose passions include singing and living life to the fullest. The trip will commence in October of 2013 as they trade the 9-5 for the sea gypsy life on Pangaea.
Extra: Look for music links to their band Wall of Trout. Coming soon!
Pangaea's Photos - Main
18 Photos
Created 14 November 2013
12 Photos
Created 24 October 2013
The photos I was trying to insert into the blog
8 Photos
Created 22 October 2013
Fun shots from our trip abroad.
16 Photos
Created 16 October 2013

SV Pangaea

Who: Katie and Mike Gordon
Port: Denver, CO