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Apr 19, 2017 - Made it to Snta Rosalia

4/19 Got a LATE start...noon ... but Bon is a determined driver and we made it to this fine town. The last time we stayed overnight here was in '77 on our bike trip down the coast and Baja. This time much has changed! The old mine is a museum and we stayed in a motel which once had been the storage buildings for the mine equipment, etc. See photo. 4/20 After a huge day of driving Bon got us as far as Encinata and our last O.N. in MX. On the way into town just before the last Military Inspection stop, we were passed by no less than 17!...

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Oct 4, 2009 - On the Move Again

We spent a month at Marina Real. We took a short trip back to the states driving to Phoenix then flying to Norfolk, VA for a short visit with Gray & Fatima. Upon our return to Phoenix we continued with our shopping extravaganza picking up much needed parts for the boat and some comfort foods like Tillamook cheese, M&Ms, Chocolate Chips, Halloween candy and spices. Jim & Patty Walmann were gracious enough to open their Tucson home for us to stay for 3 nights before hauling our horde back across the border. Fortunately there were no issues...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Last Major port for 2 months???

Hi All, We are back in Santa Rosalia doing our last provisioning in a town that has numerous grocery stores where we can get a good supply of food items. Next on the agenda is heading north where we hope the weather, evenings and water are cooler. We have been cooking in our oven boat and just can't seem to keep down enough fluids. Today is Sunday the 19th and we plan to leave 9 ish tomorrow morning for San Francisquito. I will try to attach a pdf file that shows a rough drawing of the northern part of the Sea of Cortez and our anticipated...

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Jul 18, 2009 - Grocery Shopping in Santa Rosalia

Shopping in Santa Rosalia: From where the boat is moored at the marina in Santa Maria there is a 5-10 minute walk to large round-a-bout that has a small train replica statue. At this juncture you walk one block further west then 2 blocks north (right). You are now at the “1st up street” of town (so called as it is a one way street going west). Along this street you pass some small novelty stores, cafes, ice cream, fish taco and hot dog vendors then on the right nearly 5 blocks is one of the 4 main grocery stores in town. This is the Isste...

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Jul 13, 2009 - Santa Rosalia

Hola! We had a wonderful trip back to the states getting to see and talk to many of you plus spending lots of time with family. The time went by very quickly. Besides the obvious joy of being with friends and family we actually were very excited to walk up and down a real grocery store. Fans and M&Ms were the most desired on our list bringing lots of each back. Ok, so what have we been doing since back in the Sea of Cortez? We went from Puerto Escondido back to Puerto Ballandra for a few days then sailed across to Loreto to visit the...

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Mar 2, 2008 - Ferry to Guaymas

On the way back to Santa Rosalia, I shot some video of the highways approaching the sea. Nice and windie with very little traffic! Back in Santa Rosalia, we got up early to make it to the ferry for a 9 a.m. departure. We had to be there for eight to clear Mexican customs...

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May 10, 2007 - Day 5 - Santa Rosalia, BCS

The well-protected harbor of Santa Rosalia is the site of the most Northerly of the Fonatur built dock systems that make up the Escalera Nautica (Nautical Ladder). These ports can be recognized by their large infrastructure of steel buildings and offices (unused for the moment), extensive slip systems, large boat haul-outs and storage facilities. For the most part, these docks are under-utilized but they are being built with the future in mind so that cruisers will have all the facilities that they need when sailing up and down the Sea of...

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Jan 27, 2007 - Santa Rosalía

Mileage 15,868 We spend a day in Santa Rosalía. A very pretty little 1880's town built as a French mining town (one of the Rothschild's - no less). They have a very interesting section of Victorian style French houses that were built with timber that was shipped down from British Columbia for the company white-collar staff; very odd looking in a Mexican town. They also decided they needed a church so they bought a pre-fab church exhibited at the 1889 Paris World's Fair. A steel construction by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel - yep the same Eiffel...

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Sep 16, 2005 - Bahia San Francisquito to Santa Rosalia

We left in conjunction with the 1:30 a.m. high tide, to catch the ebb out of the bay, through the tide rips, and on our way south. The early start had three main purposes: 1) Easily clear the tide rips at the south end of the bay 2) Pass the part of the coast with strong West winds in daylight, when the winds are generally less 3) Arrive in Santa Rosalia in daylight We are glad to report we easily reached all three of our goals, which made the early a.m. start well worth it! Once we were underway, Cathie went back down and rested for two...

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Jun 25, 2005 - Isla San Marcos to Santa Rosalia

We made the 10 mile journey to Santa Rosalia mid-day on June 25th. We anchored inside the breakwater. There were two spots open in the small marina, but we plan to stay perhaps one night there just before we leave, to charge our batteries, fill our water tanks, etc. It is extremely calm here, and also extremely hot. There is no wind here whatsoever. The residents of the town do the full siesta thing as a result. Not so much a nap, but a time to sit in the shade and visit and do not much else. Most stores are closed from 2 to 4 or so, but...

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Jun 23, 2005 - Bahia Conception (Pta Sto Domingo) to Isla San Marcos

We left at 7:30 a.m. for the 30 mile trip to Isla San Marcos. We were ready for some new scenery, and to start making our way to our next provisioning destination. There was a very annoying swell out of the East most of the way, with very little wind to justify it. We tried motor sailing to reduce the motion, but the wind was under 5 knots and the sails just banged around, so we took them down. Eventually, as we turned into the Craig Channel between the southern end of the island and the mainland, the swell was more on our stern and...

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