Pearls of Sea Cortez

Pearls of Sea Cortez

  Growing weary of boat projects and daily school work, we were ready for a break.  The Pearl Farm in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico came highly recommended from multiple cruisers so off we went!.  Before going to the pearl farm, we looked up its website, (Perlas Del Mar De Cortez).  After watching an 11 min video we thought we may have spoiled the visit by knowing too much about the farm.   We were pleasantly surprised to find that there was so much more…

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Attending a Mexican School

Attending a Mexican School

  We made the hard decision to hangout in La Paz, Mexico a little longer for the girls to attend a Mexican school.  It seemed like a daunting task to find the right school among the numerous that seemed to be situated about every third block.  Fortunately, we ran into an expat whose daughter goes to school here.  It’s an alternative private school under the philosophy of Freinet Pedagogy.  Read about Freinet here.  With its relaxed view on uniforms, only…

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Feliz Pascua! (Happy Easter)

Feliz Pascua! (Happy Easter)

  Christ has risen! Lent is over and now is for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection!  We decided to hang out another week in La Paz to attend the Holy Week masses and services at the local Cathedral. I have been told that most Mexicans take two weeks off during this time, called Santa Semana (Holy Week), to go out to the coast  and party. La Paz is a popular destination during this time and as a result saw increased…

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Visit with friends from Bellingham, WA

Visit with friends from Bellingham, WA

  It was so good to see old friends.  Our family friends from Bellingham visited us in La Paz, Mexico.  They were really patient with us and finally met up with us after having to change plane tickets once already.  The story behind that was that we were for sure we’d be in La Paz area by late December 2015.  Well, those who have been following us know that we didn’t cross the border until the second week of January. …

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Bahia Tortugas

Bahia Tortugas

Bahia Tortugas’ waters were clear blue.  We were beginning to feel like we were getting closer to what we have seen in those glossy photos of the guide books. Looking at those pictures when we were at home, these destinations seemed so far away. In fact they were but now the paradise was now in our grasp.  We were making it!  From our Sandy Point home to Bahia Tortugas, we are amazed at the distance we have covered and the…

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Finally Departing San Diego for Ensenada, Mexico

Finally Departing San Diego for Ensenada, Mexico

It felt like we spent months in San Diego. Actually it was over 2 months.  Though it seems like we were stalling our departure, we had good reasons for the long stay.  During this time, family visited us in San Diego and we traveled to visit family.  Three major winter holidays were spent here: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year’s day. Our Christmas decoration on Luminesce. Anna’s handmade Christmas gift for Jeff, a cardboard (toilet paper roll cylinder) replica of…

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A Fashion Spread: Shelter Island Winter Collection

A Fashion Spread: Shelter Island Winter Collection

Shelter Island Winter Collection The girls begged us to buy them some fabric to make dresses. So we did and the following are the dresses we came up with.  It was a joint effort by the girls and Monica. One trivia about our boat: Luminesce carries two sewing machines on board- one for sewing sails and other canvas work  and another for just sewing for fun like these dresses. The crew had fun sewing these dresses in a few hours…

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Late November to Early December 2015

Late November to Early December 2015

Our Time in San Diego (Part I) We arrived in San Diego November 19, 2015 to the public dock in full sunshine. During our close to two month stay in San Diego, a lot has happened: lots of new installments in our numerous boat systems; many meals cooked, eaten, and cleaned; quite a few visitors and visits; many new friends made; and too much money spent. San Diego Part I The day after our arrival was a Friday. We were…

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November 12-16.2015

November 12-16.2015

Alamitos Bay, CA We left Santa Barbara with thoughts of returning someday.  Not sure if it was the beaches, stucco houses with red-tiled roofs, palm trees along with citrus fruit trees in neighborhoods, or the weather.  It’s hard to pin-point the reason but it was certainly an enjoyable stop over. We knew our next passage to Alamitos Bay would include an overnight passage.  We waited until early afternoon to set out so that we would arrive in daylight, and it…

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November 7-11.2015

November 7-11.2015

Arrived in Santa Barbara CA After two days of being at sea Jeff and I are beat.  Being at the helm at all times and trying to dodge the weather window create a pressure similar to a deadline we are all used to in our professional lives. Once we overcome the stress of coming into a new marina, fueling and docking, we can finally relax and turn off our engine. Though not ideal we arrived in Santa Barbara marina at…

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