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Feb 17, 2007 - La Paz

Mileage 16,448 We're now heading north as we have been as far south, Land's End, as we can go on Baja California. Turn north and then east to La Paz on the Sea of Cortés. La Paz is near the original settlement on the Península Pichilingue established by Hernán Cortés in 1535. Modern La Paz is a larger city, a major free port and a seat of government as the State Capitol. There is obviously some wealth here as there are very nice sections of houses and both crime and unemployment are low and there is a progressive atmosphere created by its...

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Feb 16, 2007 - Hola Baja penninsula!! La Paz

Made here this morning, got on the ferrie at 10:30pm last night and pulled into the port at La Paz at about 7:30am. WOW, what a ride. We had a sleeping cabin but the Sea of Cortez was very rough and most of the night our feet were higher than our heads. It was a definate adventure. Tuxedo stuck it out down under in the vehicle and leaving the ship was another mexican experience as the Army litteraly ripes a part every vehicle that leaves the ship. The spared us somewhat as they never riped out our seats or dashboard but went through our...

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Mexico For 3

Feb 12, 2007 - La paz and La Ventana

The trip from Loreto to La Paz had some of the prettiest scenery yet. We hugged the coast as we climbed into the mountains, then it was through central Baja with it's farms and endless flat desert and finally back through the mountains and down to the harbor town of La Paz. It's the capital of Baja Sur and not real touristy. There are ferrys over to mainland mexico and shops along the harbor. We had dinner on a wharf that looked back across at the harbor at the downtown area and enjoyed a quiet evening. On our free day we drove about 45...

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Baja or Bust 2007

Jan 4, 2007 - We made it to La Paz

We left 2 months ago today from Ventura. Hardly seems that long, yet in some ways it seems longer. Strange I know, but so be it. We aimed Dreamweavers Bow to La Paz as a destination. We said we would cruise as long as it was fun. It has been fun! We've survived the rath of mother nature, and were in ah of her beauty. We've made a lot of great friends, and had more fun than I ever imagined we could. This adventure has been more than we expected, and will give us things to talk about for the rest os our lives. Dreamweaver is now in a slip in...

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Nov 20, 2006 - La Paz and Northern Islands

La Paz is a wonderful town at the southern end of the Sea of Cortez...a day's sail from Cabo. It remains a charming Mexican village with a Malecon or boardwalk along the water's edge. We only stopped for a day because of the threat of a late hurricane - Sergio - but we did spend a few days exploring the wild islands north of the town...the islas Partida and Espiritu Santos. Here we dived the crystal clear waters and gunkholed along the 20 miles of coastline to the tip where we gambolled with seals in ther undistrubed habitat. The fuishing...

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saltwhistleodyssey

Jun 8, 2006 - Back to La Paz

5/29 - 6/8 back to La Paz From the Swab Finally we pulled anchor, said good bye to our friends in Juncalito and went to sea. We anchored at Puerto Ballandra. First we anchored at the north side. Even before we turned off the engine we were attacked by bees. I got the first bee stink in my life. It hurt!! I had no idea if I'm allergy to bee stink or not. It hurt!! After 10 minutes I still didn't die from it so Ken decided that I was going to live and re-anchored in the south side. The water was crystal clear. This little bay was well...

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May 16, 2006 - Crossing the Sea back to La Paz

Mazatlán to La Paz We found our weather window and skipped across the Sea of Cortez back to the Baja Peninsula. We left at 6:00 AM on Tuesday May 2nd, and arrived in Bahía de Los Muertos at 4:30 PM on Wednesday May 3rd. Overall it was a good crossing, the seas were flat most of the first day and as usual what wind we had was on the nose. So we motor sailed. About 4:00 AM on the morning of the third, the winds picked up and the sea turned into a washing machine. We were traveling way over 7 knots and had to slow ourselves down. We put a...

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Mar 28, 2006 - In LaPaz

La Paz 3/28 - 4/20 From the Swab First Class La Paz is a delightful friendly city. With all the convenience of a big city but still remains a true Mexican city, not an American town like Cabo. The malecon is this wonderful big sidewalk along the beach with big statues every few feet. Two big CCC markets (kinda like a Super K-mart) with wonderful meats, fresh fruits, vegetables, clothes, appliances. One big City Club, the Mexican Costco. It's a great place to re-supply. Love taco stands, they put a tray of condiments: salsa, vegetable,...

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Mar 27, 2006 - Julie's Birthday

Caleta Lobos Anchorage to La Paz 3/27 From the Swab First Class Happy Birthday to me!!! I know...wait a minute isn't 3/2 Julies birthday? Well, there was a mix up on my birth certificate and it is too hard to change official facts in China (unless you are with the government), so 3/2 is my official birthday and 3/27 is my real birthday, the day Ken says I was hatched. You don't have to be confused by this. You can celebrate my birthday any day in March. It's my birthday month. What a better place to celebrate my 20++ birthday than this...

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Mar 24, 2006 - Cabo to La Paz

Cabo San Lucas To Caleta Lobos Anchorage N24°18'W110°20' , 1125 miles from Ventura 3/24 - 3/26 From the Swab First Class We lifted anchor at 16:07. At the Cabo Bay entrance we saw a whale lift his giant fin out of the water as if he's waving good-bye to us. We saw two more backs of the whales and a small pod of dolphins. The sea creatures in Mexico adapt to the manana time very well. Unlike the California dolphins leaping and jumping out of the water, the dolphins here simply slowly swam around us and lazily swam away. The passage was again...

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Mar 2, 2006 - On to the Sea of Cortez

Torger and I spent most of last night in the Internet bar. It defiantly was not a café; it was a bar with 8 computers along the walls. I made my first entries into our web site, mytripjournal. I also checked out incoming message inventory which stood at 30. Torger got caught up with most of his friends and for him it was a very enjoyable necessity. Molly and the rest rendezvoused with Torger and I at 9:00 or so. Unfortunately, that meant it was 10:00 Illinois time, so none of Niko's chums were on IM. Shortly thereafter, Molly and everyone...

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Feb 26, 2006 - 2/26 The Journey begins

2/26/06 First full day on location - Baja, Mexico. I am writing in a van en rout to Magdalena Island to whale watch. We are a two van caravan, 6 New Englanders, a couple from Brookfield, WI and Molly's brother Mike and family. We are driving from LaPaz, on the Sea of Cortez, across the peninsula to the Pacific coast. At this moment, we are moving through a desert/saguaro forest on a rolling landscape. Yesterday was a travel day, about 14 hrs and three flights. We got past two of Molly's fears. 1) we didn't leave any luggage in Oak Park, and...

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