Welcome to our mid-life crisis! These are the chronicles of Laura and Patrick, their young son Jack, and their goofball Labrador Retriever named Evinrude (Rudy), as they travelled the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coast of mainland Mexico in their catamaran. We went cruising in search of a change of pace, a closer knit family, and peace of mind. We found all three and more. The fun all started in October, 2008 and nearly four years later the Mexican adventure came to an end August 3rd, 2012. With our mid-life crisis cured in Mexico, we are excited to start a new adventure - life back in America.

Patrick has since joined the Sales Team of Marine Servicenter as a boat broker. Whether you are looking to make your dream of sailing away come true, or ready to sell your boat he can help. He can be reached at http://marinesc.com/about/crew/patrick-harrigan

Candeleros Chico

Candeleros Chico
Just another beautiful day at anchor on the Baja. 2010

Dolphins at play in the bow wake 2011

Dolphins at play in the bow wake  2011

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A typical day

We are settling in nicely to our new life. It's not hard to do. Every day dawns beautiful and sunny. Our marina is a resort and since we are moored here we get to enjoy the facilities. which include a beautiful pool, free wi-fi, clean showers, laundry, 24 hour security guards, restaurants and bars. We are tied to the inside, right next to the ramp and so everyone walks by us to get out, and people on the sidewalk often stop to talk with us. Rudy is extremely popular with all the passerbys and everyone seems to know his name. His antics have been closely followed by our neighbors. The first time that he peed on the astro-turf mat we had provided for him was greeted by a cheer from all those nearby. His next performance brought even more acclaim. We were so proud.

Our day is simple. Every morning I get up, make coffee. Then I take Rudy out for a brushing. It looks like Christmas in July with mounds of white hair floating away on the water. By 8:00 am, the VHF is on channel 22 so we can listen to the cruisers net. This is a radio broadcast where all the cruisers in this marina exchange info, announce arrivals or departures, ask for assistance locating services, make announcements about charity work we can participate in, etc. It takes about an hour. The rest of the morning is filled with little chores, walks, fishing, maybe a little grocery shopping and homeschooling. By lunch, it is hot (89 ish usually) and so we head off to the pool or sometimes take Rudy to the nearby beach for a swim, or sometimes both! Evening rolls around and the choice is dinner at the restaurant or dinner in. Sometimes there is a little cocktail party at someone's boat, but mostly we have a quiet night at our boat. It's a tough life. The people around us are a hoot and we are really enjoying ourselves.

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