Cruising

Just Another Day at Anchor

10 Dec

We didn’t go anywhere today, not even off the boat. Perfect weather, a beautiful bay, and a tired and sick family made the decision to just lounge around on the boat an easy one. In fact we’ve been boat bound now for three days and don’t really mind it one bit.

I patched the hole in the dinghy. A proper patch this time, and I barely even used my super glue, opting instead for the hyphalon repair kit included with the dinghy. We cleaned the boat up, everyone got showers, we ate tacos and guacamole, and I went for a ...
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Sailing to Chamela, Mexico

9 Dec

There is no more difficult way to travel one hundred miles than to sail it. Riding bikes would have been a breeze. Jogging with Ouest on my shoulders, no problem. Sailing. My goodness, I’m beat.

 
Didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. Ali was up with a crying Lowe most of the night. He got sick too now. And I couldn’t stop thinking about how I was going to get the transmission coupler fixed.
 
So anyway, the sun came up, beautiful morning, and I crawled inside the bowels of the engine compartment. It didn’t take me long ...
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Back on the Move

8 Dec

Finally time to move on. We were ready this morning when the kids got up, and at eight-thirty, just half an hour behind schedule we were ready to take off. A couple of dock workers were there to throw off our lines and we could be on our way. The engine was warmed up and ready, but just before I put the engine in reverse I turned the wheel to center the rudder. And a good thing I did too, because the wheel wouldn't turn to the left. 

 
Without a clue as to what might cause that to happen ...
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12.7.11. our life. daily. puerta vallerta, mexico.

6 Dec

Ouest went to bed last night just fine. Two hours later she had a runny nose and woke up roughly every thirty minutes to moan for five minutes before drifting off again. Needless to say we did not get enough sleep. So today it was no big surprise to look down at her ten minutes after giving her her lunch and find her slumped over in her chair snoring. Poor little thing.

Just continued to tie up loose ends today. This morning we went in to the office to ask them to get our bill ready and they gave us ...

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12.6.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta. mexico

5 Dec

We're just sort of wrapping things up around here. Today the boat got one seriously hard core washing. The first, really, since we bought her. Feels so good I just want to roll around in the cockpit and rub my cheeks on the coaming. The covered wagon sunshade came down today, got washed, and put away. I crawled around in the engine compartment a bit to make sure everything was good to go in there. That included tapping my knuckles along the fuel tanks to see if we had enough to get us where we're going. I'm super high tech ...

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12.5.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

4 Dec

Be excited, be very excited. The dinghy is up and out of the water. Doesn't sound like a big deal right? But let's just say that was the last project that really needed doing at the moment. Now, just some washing up, filling of the water tanks, grocery shopping, and praying, and we can get out of here....

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REID STOWE: Sailing to Guyana

4 Dec

Crew of Schooner Anne

I haven't been able to confirm it, but at this point I have no reason to believe that Reid Stowe has not set out for the jungles of Guyana aboard his 70-foot schooner Anne. He announced via press release early last week that he would be leaving last Friday, and later advised me by e-mail that he in fact expected to depart Hoboken, New Jersey, for Guyana on Thursday.

Things have not turned out the way Reid hoped since he returned from his record-breaking non-stop 1,152-day voyage back in June 2010. He enjoyed a brief blaze of publicity, ...

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12.4.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

3 Dec

Busy day trying to get the last of the boat projects wrapped up for now. The last of the things that actually need doing, not the last of the projects. There is no such thing as the last of the boat projects. Ask anyone.

Of all the stupid projects I needed to do, cleaning the bottom of the dinghy has to be number one. That thing has been in the water for about five weeks. In that time barnacles claimed every square inch of it and grass grew on the waterline. Ridiculous. Took two hours to get that thing cleaned up.

Not much ...

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12.3.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

2 Dec

Lowe touched American soil for the first time yesterday, decided that was enough for now, and walked back in to Mexico this morning.

We needed new visas. We could have easily risked becoming illegal aliens in Mexico, chances are it would have never become an issue. But one can never be sure, and seeing as both our kids are Mexican, and we have every intention of spending a good many years here over the course of our lifetimes, we just couldn't take the risk of being flagged.

So yesterday we flew out to Tijuana, on the least expensive direct flight we ...

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12.1.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

30 Nov

Lowe is outgrowing his clothes at an alarming rate. It's pretty clear we're going to have big kids. We've cut the feet out of a couple of his six month-old pajamas to try and extend their life a bit, but mainly we're moving on to the nine month stuff. Ali is already having trouble carrying him for very long. Fortunately for both of us Ouest finally seems to be outgrowing the "carry me everywhere" stage and much prefers to run amok these days. Also, after a few days off Lowe went back into full rolling over mode again today.

We cleaned out ...

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