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

Monday, February 16, 2009

and waiting......

The great thing is that there are a lot of fun things to do in Mazatlan and we haven't even scratched the surface. Yesterday we rode the bus into the Old Town section. Our main objective was to take in the cliff diver show. We were not disappointed. We met Chuey who works with the diver, making sure he gets tips for his dive. For about $20 US, Chiki Garcia will hurl himself off the perch which is about 150 feet up in to water that is about 6.5 feet deep, depending on the wave. The pool he dives into is affected by surf and surrounded by rocks. It's scary just climbing up to the launch spot - it's scarier climbing down, but better than jumping. Chiki invited Jack and Patrick up to the top to be with him as he jumped. It was really amazing.

Later that day we strolled through the beautiful historic center, Plaza Machado. And then back to the Central Market for tamales and fruit. The Central Market is a hoot to stroll through. It's a large, high ceilinged shed-like building that covers an entire city block. Take Pike Place Market, get rid of the art, triple the size, add a bunch of pig's heads for sale along with other unidentifiable parts of animals, lots of fruit and clothing, and you've got the picture.

Yesterday, back at the pool Jack amazed us by diving off the waterfall, just like Grampa. His diving skills are really improving with daily practice. Patrick did a front flip off the waterfall, also just like Grampa. Ouch!

We know we've been here a long time because we now look forward to the bingo game every day at 2 by the hot pool. Patrick won a prize on his first game and now he's hooked. He keeps saying that he's looking for black socks to wear with his sandals. Look out Grandma!


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