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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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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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November 4.2015

November 4.2015

 We finally made Kimchee on the boat! We have been craving kimchee since departing Sandy Point.  It may be obvious that we eat a lot of rice with everything.  Usually, we have kimchee to go with everything, too, but we have been without it for so long.  Every time we have soup or stew (typically enjoyed in colder weather), we need to have kimchee.  We were able to secure some of the critical ingredients so I decided to try my…

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November 2-3.2015

November 2-3.2015

Hanging out in Monterey Bay, CA Taking notes for the next paint job on Luninesce! Walking along the Cannery Row. The city of Monterey obviously trying to copy Eureka, with various rail cars scattered along the waterfront. Practicing fake smiles.  Someone’s tired from walking but obviously not the young ‘ns. The girls always check out berries and fruits on trees.  They love these palm dates. Ok, load up those backpacks girls.  Looks like we found dinner. Another pic of the…

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November 1.2015

November 1.2015

Arrived in Monterrey Bay, CA We left Bodega Bay, CA in the early morning.  Once again, the strategy of leaving on a rising tide paid off.  Sona waved farewell from her dock as the fog rolled in thick.  Soon we found ourselves straining to discern the next pair of channel markers in the fog while dodging a crab pot buoy and some logs floating in the water.  It turns out the “floating logs” were seals laying on a submerged sand…

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