2 – ADVENTURES

2017 DEC – TRIP ABORTED

2017 DEC – TRIP ABORTED

Day 1 Thur – 12/14 Great excitement as I start what I think will be an exciting month of adventures.  I board the bus to Tijuana at 10:00am clutching my 2 HP outboard. Day 2 Fri – 12/15 By afternoon we reach Tijuana and I board the bus to Puerto Vallarta Day 3 Sat – […]


2017 DEC – YELAPA

2017 DEC – YELAPA

YELAPA Since being in Banderas Bay I have wanted to visit Yelapa, however, after listening to the horror stories of the other boaters I was not tempted to take my boat over. The sea shelf at Yelapa drops precipitously from 0 feet on the beach to over 300 feet deep within a few dozen yards. […]


2017 DEC – BOAT PREP… and prep… and prep

2017 DEC – BOAT PREP… and prep… and prep

December 2017 – Boat Prep I have been away 18 months and am sad to see that FASTALLEY has been left to her own devices. I did employ an expensive boat service for about a year and he sent me photos of the work he said he was doing. But the photos had a suspicious […]


2017 DEC – BACK AGAIN

2017 DEC – BACK AGAIN

Dec 14th, Thursday After 18 months away, I am finally on my way back to my boat. As each month passed I would agonize over whether I should just give up this sailing idea and sell the boat, or keep at it. I am excited to be returning now – even if it is only […]


2016 MAY – THERE IS A SEASON….

2016 MAY – THERE IS A SEASON….

  THERE IS A SEASON…! To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:   Ecclesiastes 3:1   As another Mexican summer approaches it is time to leave the boat and bolt for gentler climes!  It gets to 105° in Mexico, in the shade on a cool day, and that’s just […]


2016 MAR – MY MIRACLE

2016 MAR – MY MIRACLE

  The Lord works in mysterious ways! My youngest son and I have been at odds and have not really communicated for nearly 5 years. Consequently my three granddaughters have become strangers to me over the years. Then 2 years ago I set out on this sailing odyssey. By this time I expected to be […]


2016 JAN – NYE

2016 JAN – NYE

2016 New Year’s Eve I have been so focused these past few weeks on getting the boat up and running again that I didn’t even notice Xmas come and go. It is all just time slowly passing….. And I have been here long enough so that my body clock is now in sync with the […]


2015 NOV – HURRICANE SANDRA

2015 NOV – HURRICANE SANDRA

  Wed November 25th Hurricane Sandra Wednesday at 2:00pm I have been monitoring Tropical Storm Sandra coming up the Mexican coast for the last 2 or 3 days. Sandra is expected to harden into the Cat 3 hurricane today. I have been hoping that the hurricane would track west and head out to sea, and […]


2015 NOV – BEES & IGUANAS

2015 NOV – BEES & IGUANAS

    La Cruz marina has a bee swarm problem this winter. Over the summer the bees found comfy nests inside sails and sail covers and moved onto the boats with a vengeance. This has been an unpleasant surprise for boaters returning to their boats after the summer away. So far I seem to have […]


2015 NOV – DAY of the DEAD

2015 NOV – DAY of the DEAD

Day of the Dead This is a very sacred day in Mexico. If you don’t understand the significance of this event, then it appears macabre, chilling, quite bizarre – with an unhealthy focus on skulls and skeletons. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Day of the Dead is to honor and remember those loved […]


2015 OCT – HURRICANE PATRICIA

2015 OCT – HURRICANE PATRICIA

Friday 10/23/2015 This is turning out to be some homecoming…! I only just arrived back on Tuesday and 2 days later Hurricane Patricia is on her way. She came out of nowhere!   I check passageweather.com all the time and on Monday there was no hint that a huge storm was brewing. Friday I was […]


2015 OCT – I’M BACK !

2015 OCT – I’M BACK !

Tuesday 10/20/2015 It has been a wonderful summer break in California with my son and his delightful family. While I was there Kevin and I worked on his smartphone app that is unique. There is no other app on the market like it. He had secured $250,000 funding for it and we did the Technical […]


2015 MAY – MX REFLECTIONS

2015 MAY – MX REFLECTIONS

It was the end of April and getting too hot in Mexico, so I decided to return to the cool temperatures of California for the Summer.  On the advice of a long time boater in La Cruz, I moved my boat from its end tie near the entrance to the marina, to far inside the […]


2015 APR – TINY VOLCANO

2015 APR – TINY VOLCANO

Cuexcomate is advertised as… The Littlest Volcano in the World. In fact, it’s an inactive geyser and this limestone cone is just 43 foot high – and rather than being the littlest volcano, it is actually considered the biggest geyser on Earth. It’s name comes from the local Nahuatl language meaning “mud pot”, and it […]


2015 APR – HISTORIC PUEBLA

2015 APR – HISTORIC PUEBLA

Historic Puebla is just fascinating.  The city has a long history of buildings and architectures to dazzle the eye. BIBLIOTECA PALAFOXIAN The oldest book in this spectacular library dates from 1473 and the most recent is from 1910. The library was established in 1646 by Juan Palafox who donated 5,000 books of his own collection. […]


2015 APR – PUEBLA PLAZA

2015 APR – PUEBLA PLAZA

I loved the city of Puebla! I loved the weather. I loved the architecture. I loved the preserved historic nature of the place. I loved the laid back people and lifestyle. I loved the huge tree-filled plaza (zocalo) surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and ice cream parlors. I was happy to spend hours hanging out, […]


2015 APR – CHOLULA

2015 APR – CHOLULA

As we bussed to Cholula from Mexico City we passed through a region where you could see a ring of volcanoes surrounding us as we rode along. In fact, one of the volcanoes (Popocatepetl) was active and spewing smoke! It is the first time I have seen volcanic activity with my own eyes. The city […]


2015 APR – LAKE XOCHIMILCO

2015 APR – LAKE XOCHIMILCO

The ancient Lake Xochimilco (So-chim-ilco) is within the city boundaries of Mexico City. The lake’s freshwater springs attracted various cultures over the centuries but it really came into its own when the Aztecs arrived around 1430. They took advantage of the shallow lake and started serious farming. The Aztecs piled mud on reed mats and farmed […]


2015 APR – TEOTIHUACAN

2015 APR – TEOTIHUACAN

The archeological city of Teotihaucan (Tay-o-tee-wah-kahn) was inhabited from 100BC to 700AD by a group of inhabitants whose origins have been lost in time. The most widely accepted theory is that they were a proto-Nahua group. This ancient city pre-dates Christ by 100 years. Our guide took great pains to point out that the Aztecs […]


2015 APR – CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE

2015 APR – CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE

The castle is built in the middle of a very large park of several acres which was a sacred spot for the Aztecs. It has had a number of uses over the years, most recently it was the home of the president until they moved the Presidents to Los Pinos and converted the castle to […]


2015 APR – DOWNTOWN MEXICO CITY

2015 APR – DOWNTOWN MEXICO CITY

  Downtown Mexico City has some important historic places to visit, namely – The Angel of Independence which has the same stature and status in Mexico as the Statue of Liberty in New York. Monument to the Revolution The city’s Cathedral, opposite Los Pinos Los Pinos which is the home of the current President, and […]


2015 APR – MEXICO CITY BASILICA

2015 APR – MEXICO CITY BASILICA

I had earlier decided to visit Mexico City when I reached Acapulco by taking a road trip inland.  Even though I didn’t make it to Acapulco this month, Francisco and I took the bus anyway. This metropolis is home to 30 million people, and is quite the madhouse!  It is also the first city I […]


2015 MAR – DUNKED…!

2015 MAR – DUNKED…!

 Saturday 3/28 We have been in Puerto Vallarta for a month waiting for Francisco’s passport to arrive. Apparently there was a printing glitch in the govt office and no passports have been printed for weeks. However, it finally came through a day ago, so it is time to move on. We started prepping the boat […]


2015 MAR – SAYULITA

2015 MAR – SAYULITA

Sayulita is just a 40 minute and $2 bus ride north of La Cruz.  Driving there I was struck by the dense jungle that came right down to the road’s edge. The road was hacked out of the jungle – literally. Due to the sheer remoteness of the place, the dense jungle, and the lack […]