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Dia de los Muertos

The week or so we spent in Santa Rosalia was primarily at a marina. We chose the marina in great part to make it easy for our children to play with the other kids here, but the side benefit for me was routine early morning walks. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, […]

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Halloween, cruising kid style

We make a point of keeping celebrations and holiday traditions as familiar as possible. I’m sure this will get interesting next spring, since we expect to have at least one child’s birthday in the middle of our Pacific crossing. There are many things to learn and enjoy from being in new places, and we certainly […]

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Getting to the source

I remember when we made the deliberate choice to connect food we ate with the animal source it came from. Niall was three years old, and we were having rabbit for dinner. It would have been easy enough to tell him it was lapin or hasenpfeffer and pushed off the connection between our meal and […]

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At peace in placid waters

Sunrise at La Gringa Originally uploaded by behang We are happy to have been spared any action from hurricane Rick. The system sped up, then turned east and broke up much sooner than anyone expected. Mazatlan was still hit squarely, but at least by then it had been reduced to tropical storm force. Nothing to […]

Hurricane Rick

It's ironic that our last post was about being flexible, and rolling with the plans that the weather gods send us, because here we are in Puerto Don Juan once again. This time, it's not just inclement conditions but a bona fide hurricane sending us once again to the protection of what is popularly considered […]

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It’s all about being flexible

Our lives before we left to go cruising were very structured. Each day of the week had a de facto plan. Usually, it involved an alarm going off at an ungodly early hour, followed by marching through the steps toward school (kids) and offices (me and Jamie). How we spent our non-working days was often […]

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It is GOOD to be back

It is GOOD to be backOriginally uploaded by behang It is so good to be back at home on board Totem! Jamie and I stopped in Hermosillo to grab a quick bite on our dash back to Phoenix in a rental car to pick up the children and our things at my Aunt Glenna’s home. […]

Can you help with Jimena relief?

Our return to San Carlos has hammered home the images we viewed the Internet of devasation from Hurricane Jimena. Sadly, mass media in the US abandoned stories of the impending disaster before it even struck, so word has not gotten out the way should to help bring in relief. Please consider donating goods or funds […]

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Going home

We’ve been in the states for nearly three months now, road tripping our way though some beautiful landscapes and great visits with friends and family. Our time north of the border has brought new appreciation for the cruising life, and helped the differences in our lifestyle this past year into focus. We’re ruminating on those […]

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Food and Nourishment

As we prepared to leave Totem, snug in a berth in San Carlos, and return to the states for the summer- a concerted effort was made to work through our food stores. Thus it was, scrounging in the depths of a locker not long ago, that I discovered a jar of Julie and Gloria’s homemade […]

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