Bert’s reign over the marina

When I mentioned recently that our neighbor cat, Bert, considers the marina his domain- I wasn’t kidding. We had a hysterical event recently that illustrates it perfectly. Witness Bert, hanging out in one of his favorite places: the middle of the dock. See that little orange fluff waaayyyyy down towards the other end of the […]

Belonging to a cat

Meet Bert. Bert (short for Bert Sugar Ray Reynolds) patrolls the docks here at the Cammeray Marina. His home is the boat next door to us, but Bert has claimed us as his own. He’s especially fond of the children. I’m pretty sure he considers the dock to be his domain. He defies you to go […]

The saga of the marina geese

When we arrived last spring, there were two resident geese in the marina- the children named them Peter and Paul. I couldn’t tell them apart, but they knew exactly which was which. The office manager told us they’d been living around the marina for at least two decades- the shipyard crew feed them, and they […]

It’s a wild, wild life in the marina

It’s amazing how much wildlife is around the marina, despite our relatively urban location. In addition to the previously introduced geese, Peter and Paul, there are a few regulars. Most mornings, we don’t need an  alarm clock- we have the kookaburras. You know, the one from the old children’s song, that sits laughing in the […]

Unforgettable

This past week, we’ve shared an anchorage with manta rays. These gentle giants have wingspans averaging around seven feet. Filter feeders without teeth, they swoop in graceful arcs, hoovering up the rich micro/macroscopic marine life that fills the water right now. We’ve been out to swim with them on a number of days. I cannot […]

More indelible memories

We had an amazing opportunity this past week: hands on participation in the release of endangered turtle hatchlings. Thanks to the effort of local volunteers and a small nonprofit, Olive Ridley turtles nesting on beaches in Banderas Bay have a stunningly better chance at survival. Nestled between mega resorts outside of Puerto Vallarta, a glorified […]

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. […]

Favorite memories from fall in the Sea

A friend of ours said recently, sometimes it’s better to just shut up and show the pictures. I can’t argue! Herewith, some of our favorite memories captured since returning to Mexico, sailing in Sea of Cortez. Jamie and the kids, fishing from the dinghy at sunset- Isla Carmen Hiking the hills behind the San Juanico […]

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, […]

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 […]