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We’re leaving today- Marquesas or bust!

Things have been a little crazy around the boat, as the dearth of blog posting surely shows. Imagine stocking your boat with nonperishables for ~6 months? Then as many perishables as you think you can consume before they go bad? Then the punchlist of making sure every system is cross checked, thoroughly going over our […]

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Salsa, salsa, or salsa?

We’re preparing ourselves and Totem for our biggest journey together yet, the passage from Mexico to French Polynesia. Over the last few months, we’ve felt a little smug about our general state of preparation: no question about it, Totem is ready to cross an ocean. This may help explain the karmic whiplash which has put […]

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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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Tsunami report – La Cruz entertained by bad judgement from fancy boats

We’re fine and all’s well, although according to the last NOAA report, about an hour ago (2028 UTC), there’s still a tsunami warning in affect for Mexico. That’s the highest level of warning which can be issued, although it seems as though we’ve seen the affects come (and go) through La Cruz already. There have […]

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Tsunami warning

Following an 8.8 earthquake in Chile, we awoke to tsunami warnigns this morning. Jimmy, from s/v SeaLevel, walked through the marina to get the word out and it’s been broadcast on the net. The current projections from NOAA look like we will probably be fine, although we’re keeping an eye on developments. On the other […]

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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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Don’t hate me for this…

Don’t hate me for this, but I often forget what day of the week it is. This would NEVER have happened before we went cruising, but I’ve been involved “what day is it?” debates that lasted far longer than they ought. We’re not even trying to tackle the actual question of ‘date’, just… Tuesday? Saturday? […]

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Underway

We’re currently working our way north from Zihuatenejo to Banderas Bay. This is generally considered the uphill direction, although we were lucky and had light southerlies for much of the first half of the distance. The worst we can say of that trip was that we had foul current and didn’t catch any fish. OK, […]

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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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Snapshot from the life

A couple of nights ago, we were treated to another lovely sunset… I remembered to get the camera out on time. Niall and Mairen were soaking it up from the bow.

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