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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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First Dock Party during COVID-19

As we plan to leave here (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) soon, heading to La Paz in Baja California, Mexico, I suggested to the neighboring cruisers that we have a Sunset Pot-Luck dock party. We enjoyed a beautiful evening with Fred and Judy on S/V Wings (USA) and Viviane and Luc on S/V O2 (Belgium, http://orinocotoo.com/).

Viviane loved the color of the Spring Rolls and wanted to take a photo. The picture came out great, showing my yummy dishes along with me as well as S/V Bad Bunny. Cooking Shrimp Tempura and Vietnamese Spring Rolls, was a lot of work but I was very happy that everyone loved my dishes.

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Pictures from Puerto Vallarta Area, Mexico

My new way of eating pear with Chile/Salt/Lime powder in Mexico

Local Fishing Boat with Recycled Vehicle Top, La Cruz Fishing Port, Mexico

Banderas Bay County Mayor Inauguration Event, La Cruz Marina, Mexico

Wedding on the Beach by La Cruz Marina, Mexico

Sunrise at La Cruz Marina, Mexico

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Hurricane and TEQUILA

Hurricane “Nora” passed right above us on Saturday, August 28th, 2021. One of the dockhands said that the worst hurricane that he had ever seen. Two sailboats were washed ashore from the anchorage. One is sitting on the beach and might be recoverable, the other sank when it struck the rocks on the jetty at the marina entrance. Knowing the arrival of “Nora”, we secured the boat as much as we can. This hurricane (Category 1) was not catastrophic but it did minor damages in the marina property and to some boats. Upcoming September is the rainiest and the busiest hurricane month in this area.

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Exercise, the Fountain of Youth

Sunrise at Marina La Cruz, Mexico

“Dwell on the beauty of life.” — Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher)

Practice brings us better living. Thus when I am awake, I practice “Dwell on the beauty of life”. It lets me to live mindfully with appreciation.

My sailing around the world has been stopped. I am happy that I am here in Mexico not in French Polynesia at this moment, living on the boat. Mexico is pretty free and laid back with COVID restrictions. There are tourists, tour boats, organized tours etc.

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Patting Ourselves on the Back

Ready for Splash, La Cruz Shipyard, Mexico

The summer weather here is like being in a sauna. It didn’t stop us working on the boat, nonstop for three weeks. I started my day with a bug-spray shower. I quickly found applying sunblock lotion is useless as my sweat immediately washes it off. My main struggle was not the heat nor physical work. It was dealing with bug bites as it made me crazily itch.

An episode happened when the boat was back in the water. Somehow, the propeller of the boat was installed backwards. Driving the boat backward goes forward and vice versa.

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