December 2008

Merry Arrives, Eric leaves

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I’d been hearing about Merry for days before her arrival. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about her coming because I knew it meant I would lose my role as the ” special princess” which I was quite enjoying! Sure enough, she was just as great as everyone said…..and I definitely lost my role :-). Once she arrived though….. things got even more fun. She brought life to everyone and everything. She is one of the best… Read More »Merry Arrives, Eric leaves

Chopping

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Here I am, chopping vegies for breakfast omlettes. I must admit……..my culinary skill are not the greatest. I think they could be……but I don’t have much of an interest. Sometimes, if I taste a really good bread or cinnamon rolls or tomato soup or tomoto sauce…..I’ll get inspired and ask for the recipe but other than that, I’d rather not cook. I think I’ve been spoiled in life, as I’ve been around people who are passionate about cooking and real… Read More »Chopping

Banderas Bay

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We arrived in the Bay of Banderas and anchored in the harbor outside the small town of La Cruz. Banderas Bay is where Puerto Vallarta is along with a number of small towns along the beach. The mountains are Grand along the bay. I had no idea that Puerto Vallarta was a city backed by mountains. Its really a beautiful setting, although it has never beckoned me…….perhaps that will change. I love exploring cities that are built up hills. But… Read More »Banderas Bay

Intentions

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I made this for myself to help keep me “centered” Sometimes when I travel, I start to feel a little off center. There is so much going on that is new, so many different people to talk to, coming from such different walks of life and a very relaxed lifestyle that is……….just different than I’m used to. I’ve been trained my whole life to get up early go to school,go to soccer. Then get up early go to work,come home… Read More »Intentions

Dolphins on Bow

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When the dolphins show up……it is a happy day!  Watching them invokes such a playfulness…its all I can do not to jump in a swim with them!

Typical Morning on the Cat

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Here we are on a typical morning. We all enjoy reading and sipping coffee. Man, its a tough life! I find that I can really get into a book on this trip.  The ability to concentrate is a wonderful thing. sometimes though, I focus almost too deeply. I get sucked in.

Chacala

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Here is the area of Chacala in relation to Mexico. In the state of Nayarit (a little bigger than Maryland) A small fishing village and coconut plantation….brought to life by a woman named Laura (great name!) De Valle, an American Doctor, a zen Buddhist and vegetarian with a strong commitment to helping the less-fortunate. She built a lodge to house visiting American medical students volunteering at the local health clinic she founded to serve the Mexican poor. Chacala started attracting others with similar ideals, along with ‘eco-tourists’ looking for a tranquil, unspoiled and little-visited beach-town ‘off the beaten path’. They could stay in her rustic lodgings (and eat vegetarian) when there was room, and even pay a reduced rate if they volunteered on projects designed to help the community. (wikipedia)Read More »Chacala

A most wonderful Spinnaker run

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Sailing away from Isla Isabela to Chacala was a beautiful run!  It was a day sail and we had a wind behind  us(downwind) which meant it was perfect conditions to fly the Spinnaker.  As soon as we got it up, we were running at about 9-10 knots.  What an incredible sensation it is to fly along with this colorful sail and feel the wind on your face and know that the only thing moving you along is nature.  Wayne let… Read More »A most wonderful Spinnaker run

Off to Isla Isabela

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After a long sail……..birds started appearing around the boat. We must be getting close to Isabella island, land of the booby (no not what your thinking…..I’m talking about birds!) But you can imagine how many jokes were exchanged over this. Actually, we had a boobie bird on the bow for the entire night and through the next morning until we ended up shooing him off so we could set anchor upon arrival. Eric enjoying the flight patterns of our new… Read More »Off to Isla Isabela