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Our New Home, Marina San Carlos, Sonora State, Mexico

Since arriving in San Carlos, on the mainland side of Mexico, a lot of things happened to us in less than a month. John got COVID and fully recovered after a week or so. My COVID test result was negative, his was positive. I lost the sense of smell for five days, John did not. John had a 102 degree fever; I had no fever at all. John could barely talk, and I enjoyed the silence. I am recovered but still coughing. Our friend is still dealing with his COVID symptoms.

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Night Sailing Crossing the Sea of Cortez

Night sailing in the Sea of Cortez, making bright blue bioluminescence on the side of the boat, gliding on the water, from Isla San Marcos to Bahia San Carlos, Mexico

On January 18, 2022, the winds were forecasted right for sailing, we changed our original plan and sailed from Baja California to San Carlos, the Mainland Mexico side. The reason is to see our friends from Florida. We met them five years ago in Bermuda so we don’t want to miss the opportunity. Grab the opportunity of meeting friends whenever we can as the future is unknown.

The sea water temperature has been around 68f (=20c) degree.

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Sailing from Loreto to Conception Bay

Bahia Conception, the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

(December 23, 2021 to January 8, 2022) From Christmas day 2021 to January 7th of 2022, we had neither cellular connection nor Wi-Fi. Without it, I went to bed earlier and earlier. For my New Year’s resolution, I set my bed time from 9:30pm to 5am. It is a good balance for me. I am an early riser. I read somewhere, if you are a worm, it is better get up late.

We are about in the middle of the Sea of Cortez (Baja California), at Bahia Conception. There are many small islands and protected anchorages.

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Loreto Bay National Park, Protected Natural Park

Salt Mining Abandoned, Isla Carmen, Loreto, the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

(December 10 to 23, 2021) We are about 6 miles from the town of Loreto. Due to strong winds from the North (called “Northers”) we have been stuck here for a week behind Coronados Island, a part of the Loreto Bay National Park. This National Park is the largest marine protected area in the Sea of Cortez. Each island in the park is easily accessible by tour boats or small rental boat (Panga). There are flights from Loreto to the USA.

Checking the weather again this morning,

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Luxurious Stay in Marina Puerto Escondido

Marina Puerto Escondido, Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

(December 3 to 10, 2021) Oftentimes, we are used not to connect to the world. Coming to the marina, we took care of things online (excellent Wi-Fi speed in the Marina), this time, mainly renewing the Iridium Go Satellite Service to get the weather forecast.

This “Hidden Port Marina” (Puerto Escondido in Spanish) is a nicely built, relatively new marina. The surrounding water protection is naturally perfect. This marina aims to be the best marina in Mexico.

The weather has been awesome. As we have no firm sailing plan for next summer,

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Sailing from La Paz to Puerto Escondido in Mexico

(November 20 to December 3, 2021) The Sea of Cortez has been amazing us. Many mountains and many islands, they stand by the open sea, as deep rooted with proud.

After leaving La Paz, we mostly motored from one island to another island and kept going north, about 15-20 miles a day. Our Thanksgiving Day was uneventful with our gracious guests, all shining stars in a dark sky!

One day, we passed a sailboat that we met in Panama. I spoke to them on the VHF radio for a while. They sailed up in the Sea of Cortez,

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Pictures from La Paz, Mexico

(November 7 to 20, 2021) As always, the most important thing in life is timing. We are happy! The weather here now is beautiful unlike the summer weather which is hot, and sticky. We are sleeping with our windows open, under blankets, and a cool breeze blowing through the boat.

Even the cats have noticed the difference. During the “coldest” part of the night my cat Happy is sleeping on my arm, on my leg, between my knees etc. Usually she sleeps near me, but not touching. Now, she can’t get enough contact. I feel like a human heater.

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Sailing from La Cruz to La Paz, Mexico

View from Puerto Balandra Hiking Trail near La Paz, Baja California Sur State, Mexico

(November 7, 2021) We have been tacking upwind (Zig Zag sailing) and motoring for more than a week. We left Mainland Mexico at La Cruz, crossed the Sea of Cortez, and arrived near La Paz, Baja California. In the USA, there is the state of California. In Mexico, there is the Baja California Peninsula. Baja means low/drop in Spanish. There are two Mexican States in the Baja California Peninsula: Baja California and Baja California Sur (South).

Sailing from La Cruz, we anchored a night at Punta de Mita and Matanchen Anchorage (San Blas,

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Started Sailing up the Sea of Cortez

Sunrise near Punta de Mita near La Cruz Marina, Mexico

It is good to be back at sea. It is locally called either Sea of Cortez, Mar de Cortez, or Gulf of California; no matter what you call it, I will say it again, it is nice to be back at sea! The beautiful and tranquil sea, the quietness with nothing but nature, just pure wave and wind sound in my bed, I feel full. I cannot ask for more. Today’s journey started with watching the sunrise in the layers of mountains. A school of dolphins were with us for a while.

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Excellent Medical Checkup in Mexico

Doctor Shukan’s Office, La Cruz, Mexico

October is my birthday month and when I usually have my annual physical checkup. Many doctors and dentists in Mexico speak good English. I visited Doctor Shukan’s office which is near La Cruz Marina in Mexico. He is well-known by the cruisers/expats community in this area. The office collected my blood and urine samples. When reports were ready, I had a long and pleasant consultation with him. As I live on a boat and travel all over, I see doctors in different countries. There are some doctors (ones in Trinidad, Colombia, South Korea,

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