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

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Life at El Cid

Life at Marina El Cid is a lot of fun. This marina is very small, with only about 100 boats, and most of them are local charter fishing boats. There are maybe only 20 - 30 full time cruising boats at this marina. Meanwhile, the hotel/timeshare units number in the hundreds with lots of American tourists here to vacation in the sun for a week or two. As cruisers, we stand out. And since we have a dog and a kid, we REALLY stand out. It seems like we can't take Rudy for a walk, or go to the pool without meeting someone new. It's very fun.

One of our favorite couples we've met was Luke and Tara from Montana, on their honeymoon. They first spied us when we were walking our dog. Over the last few days they have taken Rudy out walking, Luke taught Jack how to boogie board, they have come with us to the beach to swim Rudy and play in the surf, and have come to socialize with my parents and our cruiser friends. We have had a great time with them and were sad to see them go home today.

Mom and Dad are getting a taste of our new life and I'm pretty sure they see the beauty of it. We spend hours at the pool, or hanging out on the boat, on the beach, etc. Last night we had an impromptu social session with Colin and Sharon (cruiser friends) and Luke. Tomorrow we plan to go out sailing on the Mazatlan bay. So we are keeping busy while we wait for the boat parts. We haven't heard anything yet from the boat yard, so we are thinking it will be at least another week. There are tougher things to bear.



  1. Love all the new photos! Keep 'em comin'.

  2. We made it home safe to Montana and it was -3 degrees. We miss you guys and are very honored to be on the very first page. Will write an e-mail soon.