Tag Archives | Mexico

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What’s your favorite cruising destination?

With 71% of our planet covered by oceans, there is no shortage of places to explore by boat. So when I landed recently on a page for the latest campaign from LOOK, which aims to identify the world’s most exotic sailing location, well, I had two reactions. What’s their pick? And how could we possibly […]

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More action in La Cruz

Mexican marine toting a big gun, watching Alchemy coming in from racing in the Governor’s Cup (opening race of the MEXORC series, here in Banderas Bay). Some seriously enhanced security in the marina and in town today- President Felipe Calderon made an appearance. Lots of helicoptering and large automatic weapons being bandied about.

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Barra de Navidad

I had a slow day in Barra de Navidad. It wasn’t supposed to be slow, but sometimes that’s not in my hands. Laundry was dropped with a family in town for pickup at 1. It wasn’t ready- no problem. I had the perfect excuse to be alone, without a “to do” list, for a couple […]

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Provisioning adventures

Getting food to our home is a little more complicated than it used to be. Frutas y verduras, Zihuatanejo First, of course, the obvious- we don’t have a car. We get everywhere on foot, sometimes aided by buses, on rare occasions by a ride in a taxi or a friend’s car. But consider the quantity […]

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Comfort food

I try to restrain myself, really, but I’m incredibly food centric. What we eat, where it comes from, the literal flavors of an experience… after my family, it would be fair to say that my life revolves around food. Living in Mexico this past year has meant a world of new things to try, new […]

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Living the lush life in La Cruz

Pardon the radio silence, but Totem has somewhere between 1) insanely busy with, and now recovering from, the holidays and visitors and 2) soaking up the lush beauty that is La Cruz. I’m offering this bit of visual candy as a kind of apology. Thanks to an extended Pineapple Express weather system (yes, they affect […]

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Indelible memories

Our travels opened opportunities to create some amazing memories with our children. This past week, one such gift came in the form of an encounter I’m not sure any of us will forget: holding month-old tiger cubs at the Vallarta zoo. Their bellies full after guzzling down bottles of formula, the cubs were undeniably adorable. […]

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Goodbye, Baja- hello, mainland Mexico!

Here’s a little catch-up on the path of Totem. I had fun queuing up pictures and notes to post automatically while we’ve been away from the internet for the last couple of weeks (thank you, Blogger). We’re happy to be mostly staying in one place for the next month. Making the jump from Baja over […]

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Scenes from San Blas

We arrived in San Blas on April 4th- just for a few days, you know. Well, it looks like “a few days” means “about two weeks” when interpreted through our low-key, low-risk approach to cruising! At one point we did actually decide the tides and weather looked right for a dash to Isabel Island. However, […]

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Isla Isabella

Once upon a time, a family on a sailboat went to Isabella Island. The wildlife refuge was famed for fearless, magnificent birds. But the family couldn’t get to the island, just a few dozen yards away; the surf was too rough. They were disappointed; but then, a bird came to them. The frigate bird was […]

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