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Postmortem, 2016-2018 Sailboat Cruise From Portland to Mexico: The Human Spirit

18 May 2018 | Portland, Oregon
A trip like this can teach you about human nature and the human spirit.

Certainly you can learn about yourself, about how you make mistakes, how you deal with adversity. Sometimes the result is not pretty, such as my injury in rough conditions off Cape Blanco.

In a small way, the choices and the self-revelations you face when cruising mirror the challenges of living.

But when you look around, beyond yourself and the boat, you will probably see more profound evidence of human nature and the human spirit.

I saw that in Santa Rosalia. Santa Rosalia is a small town, a traditional Mexican town. Some tourists like me go there, but not many.

So walking through the residential streets of Santa Rosalia who would expect to see a big sign like the one above, a sign with a quotation from Simon de Beauvoir, a French writer and feminist.*

That surprised me. A mural in the small Mexican town of Santa Rosalia quotes a French feminist writer.

And what did the Santa Rosalia mural painter quote from Beauvoir? The quote is about eschewing subjugation and embracing freedom and self-actualization. It is about the human spirit.

So the human spirit lives in sleepy Santa Rosalia, Mexico. It's there because the human spirit lives everywhere.

And not just today. Also in Santa Rosalia, along the waterfront, near the Mexican Navy facilities, is a plague memorializing the Mexican cadets at the Battle of Veracruz in the 1914 Mexican-American war. Those young Mexican cadets fought and died, against superior force, for their ideals. For the human spirit.

A German song, "The Gedanken Sind Frei", attests eloquently to the human spirit. The song extols freedom of thought. The anti-Nazi resistence movements in Nazi Germany adopted the song, and those freedom fighters, including those in the Weisse Rose group, died for their beliefs.

But those people are not alone. People have died in so many other places standing up for the human spirit - at Veracruz in 1914, in Hungary in 1956, at Tiananmen Square in 1989, and countless more.

And in small, sleepy, Santa Rosalia, the mural I saw attests to the same universal human yearning for freedom and self-actualization. That mural connects people in Santa Rosalia to people throughout the world. It connects people through the human spirit, a spirit ubiquitous and unconquerable.

*PS There are 2 errors in the Beauvoir texts in the photos. On the left Beauvoir's name is mis-spelled. On the right the last word should be "libre", not "livre."
Vessel Name: Ubiquity
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 34 sailboat, 1987, hull #67
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Brian Stipak, Leslie Sawyer, sometimes others
Captain Brian Stipak typically sails with one additional crew member aboard, most commonly Leslie Sawyer. Leslie is an experienced sailor, and she sailed on most of S/V Ubiquity's 2013 Vancouver Island circumnavigation and the 2015 Haida Gwaii cruise. [...]
Home Page: http://web.pdx.edu/~stipakb/Ubiquity-Cruising.html
Ubiquity's Photos - Main
Marina Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Sailing west of Cabo Falso, Canal de Cerrlavo, Playa Bonanza, La Paz, loading S/V Ubiquity on freighter
88 Photos
Created 25 April 2018
Shows the “ghost town” of empty boulevards built by the government in Puerto Escondido, ashore on Isla San Juan, sailing south to La Paz, and several photos in La Paz, March 2018.
55 Photos
Created 23 March 2018
Santa Rosalia, Whale Watching, Isla Carmen including the Abandoned Salt Mine and Town at Salinas, March 2018
116 Photos
Created 20 March 2018
Midriff Islands, and the Bahia de Los Angeles area
48 Photos
Created 19 March 2018
Marina San Carlos, Marina Seca, Exploring the San Carlos Area, 2017, 2018
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Created 19 February 2018
Cruising north in the Sea of Cortez from La Paz to Santa Rosalia. Then crossing the Sea to Bahia San Pedro, before arriving at Marina San Carlos, north of Guaymus, Sonora, Mexico. We hauled S/V Ubiquity at San Carlos for storage at the Marina Seca on-land storage facility for the summer.
119 Photos
Created 24 August 2017
Cruising in the La Paz area, Spring 2017. El Cardoncito, San Evaristo, Isle San Francisco, Playa Bonanza
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Created 3 April 2017
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Created 13 January 2017
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Created 8 January 2017
October 7-9, 2016 get-together of friends in Cathlamet, Washinton. Photos show the kids in the group having fun.
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Created 13 October 2016