Tag Archives | Baja

Tide pool exploring near San Evaristo, 2009

Then and now: sailing Baja nine years later

What’s your favorite place? We’ve heard this question a lot lately. Jamie’s current answer to the “best place” question is that he has 100 top ten favorites. His point (aside from the impossibility of picking just one) is that there’s context needed. Some places are favorites for the delicious food. Others are unforgettable for their underwater […]

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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 asked what we thought were the world’s most exotic sailing location, well, I had to wonder: how could we possibly choose just one from among our favorites? I asked the question on Totem’s facebook page and […]

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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 […]

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Like a fish, he is!

We’ve had some amazing snorkeling days recently. Up in the Sea of Cortez, where there’s warm water left from the summer heat and an abundance of beautiful fish. The amazing thing is that when we left to go cruising last year, Niall couldn’t swim. His first big milestone was last Halloween, at our friend Betsy’s […]

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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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