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Dec 12, 2010 - Merry Christmas 2010

Feliz Navidad Friends and Family, For a reasonably high latitude couple there are many strange disjointed feelings that come with celebrating the festive season in a near-desert environment close to the Tropic of Cancer. Clear skies, dry warm days, palms and not conifers, sipping water rather than exhaling clouds of condensation. Same Bing Crosby in the stores, different pace of buying, sandals rather than winter boots and certainly no snow. Strange in so many ways despite the fact that the first Christmas was probably spent in a similar...

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Chirpy Ventures

May 17, 2010 - Off the Grid

So we have happily existed off the grid for over a month. Truly green living....wind for propulsion(very little diesel when the winds don't cooperate), we make fresh water from sea water, we charge our battery banks with solar panels and when that isn't quite enough we fire up the generator which heats our water and provides more battery charging if necessary. We anticipate at least one more month of living off the grid until we reach our homeport. This lifestyle has it's challenges but it definitely has it's advantages. Since leaving the...

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Tales of Blue Aweigh

Apr 23, 2010 - Into the Sea

So we left resort living a week ago by necessity. We were starting to feel fat (due to all the wonderful and inexpensive eateries) and lazy (Mike got a cold thus we weren’t exercising) and decided we could just laze around Mazatlan another month or act like cruisers again and get out on the hook and enjoy the Sea of Cortez one more time. So after shaming ourselves into it, we took off. First jump is a 30 hour overnight run to get to Baja California Sur. We stopped in Bahia Los Muertos for a couple of nights, Puerto Ballandra and now here we...

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Tales of Blue Aweigh

Feb 2, 2010 - La Paz, Baja Mexico

We’re all having a great time in Mazatlan. Last night we did a Fiesta at one of the Hotels. That’s dinner and a show plus all the Margarita’s you could drink. This morning we all got started a little slow. It’s our free day and we elected to clean the RV and do a little beach time. That included me taking off and landing from the beach on a para-sail. It’s so easy, even you could do it. Tomorrow we get on the ferry for our Sea-of-Cortez crossing (18 Hours) and our arrival in La Paz. We get off the ferry and head out to the beach for a...

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Jan 16, 2010 - La Paz & Pichilinque Harbor(Ferry)

Moonstone took pity on us and invited us to stay in Casa Nova (Yarrow & Nova's place) for the night so we could get our s___ together and break camp on the dunes the day before leaving. Also, dinner & DVD - Corazon Vaqueros - The Cowboy Heart, the story of Baja Sur cowboys and families living off the land in the Sierras of Baja, excellent! Blue got fixed in just 1 hour, Bon got her T-shirt, Blue up on blocks, covered in a wonderful location. The folks at Canada del Diablo even drove us to the bus station. Unfortunately, the lady selling...

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Jan 4, 2010 - La Paz

Got here by noon and were able to pay bills (fidos) but got late and decided to go to movie (Sherlock Holmes), shop for groceries and on way out of town spotted an Áuto Hotel¨Los Delfines. Given our past experiences driving S. to TS in the dark (rolled our truck once), we opted to try it out. Designed specifically for one night stands complete with complimentary condoms, over the bed mirrors and enclosed garages with door openers to keep vehicles discretely out of sight! Amazing. Bon´s car, Blue, got an experience of her lifetime. She (the...

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Nov 15, 2009 - Trip down to La Paz (last journal entry)

This will be our last journal entry on this website. We want to thank all of you for following our sailing adventure into Mexico, saying prayers for our safe passages, and maintaining good thoughts for retirement lifestyle. We are not done cruising! We are just done with this website. Our new website is http://svdistantshores.blogspot.com/. This website does NOT do automatic emails upon a new entry post – however, if you use MyYahoo or iGoogle you can add the site so you will see if a new entry is posted. You can find directions on our new...

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Apr 16, 2009 - La Ventana

After the kayak trip, Jean and I went to a small town further north called Mulege. We did a long hot bike day-trip on a desert road which proved to be quite challenging, but interesting. Then we went on a guided hike up a canyon to some cave paintings, which were pretty spectacular. Jean flew home a couple of days ago, and I made my way to a quiet beach town called La Ventana, south of La Paz, which is where I am now. I plan to stay here as long as I can before heading down to Cabo to fly out on Monday. This area is big for wind surfing and...

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Feb 9, 2009 - La Paz

We arrived in La Paz around two yesterday, set up, had a siesta (a tradition worth copying), were fed a great hamburger dinner with all the trimmings, had the "official" group photo taken, and then found the internet. Nice to get up to date with the blog. WE spent the morning in old La Paz just browsing in the little shops and stores. Bought a couple of things, but nothing serious. There was a shop that specialized in hand made things, but most of them were tourist trinkets. Interesting to look at, but not really anything I wanted, or...

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Feb 1, 2009 - Jack and Lib's - in La Paz, S. Baja

We made it to Jack and Lib's yesterday, just in time for happy hour. Talked until we tired out. It's nice they both like to listen, being PhD shrinks it comes natural to them, I suppose. Testimony to their professionalism: while I talked they closed their eyes to contemplate every single word I said - even as I said goodnight, they maintained their deep posture of contemplation. That's friends for you!

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Freedom 2008/2009

Dec 14, 2008 - Getting Loaded

Here I sit in Dreamweaver's salon listening to Puff The Magic Dragon, very much looking forward to getting loaded tomorrow. Back in the 70's if someone would have told me it would mean putting a small boat onto a very large boat, I would have laughed my bell bottoms off. I'm sure I'll still work up an appetite, and I just hope I'll remember to eat. Tomorrow will be another big accomplishment. My friends Norma and Bill, and maybe little Eddy, who knows, will help me power into the Big Ship Lolly Pop. Looks like we're on for a 10:00 loading....

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Nov 28, 2008 - were still in LaPaz

Dear Family and friends, It is hard to believe that we have been in LaPaz for a whole week already.The pure joy of having the inter net, power and unlimited water has been easy to deal with as well as the 80+ weather everyday We have some disappointment and some great joys this week. To start with, the very first friends we made in Alameda Cindy and Gary have arrived in LaPaz as well. We have had a great time telling each other all the tales about our travels. It sure has been great to catch up. As for the dissapointments, boat part are...

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