Above: Diana and Jim Jesse, Behan and Jamie Gifford and the kids aboard s/v Totem
We were delighted today to be hailed on the VHF by Jim Jesse of m/v Nalu. Jim and his wife Diana were Marina Village Gate 11 neighbor of ours, and they've been sailing for the last few weeks with the Gifford family aboard s/v Totem. We got to know the Totem crew when they were guests on Gate 11 on their way to Mexico last year.
They were just arriving in La Cruz from points south and wanted to get together. After the folks on Totem grabbed some much-needed sleep, Dave and I joined them for a sundowner that lasted long past sundown and into dinner time (which was yummy!). We finally brought out a gallon jug of wine that we've been hauling around since another Gate 11 resident gave us before we left. We couldn't think of a better time to enjoy it.
We've made lots of new friends since we've been in Mexico, and it was wonderful to catch up with old friends. Jim and Diana, a remarkable couple, have been cruising since the 60's, having somewhere around 135k nautical miles under their belts. They were pioneers in the cruising movement and we feel truly lucky to know them. The Gifford family is no less remarkable, cruising with three charming children ranging in age from 5 to 10. The kids are absolutely awesome, and are great examples of what magic can happen when parents become totally committed to offering their children life learning experiences.