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

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Santa Rosalia

Our time in Santa Rosalia is winding down. We are planning to leave on Saturday. Looking back on all of the things we have accomplished since coming back from the States, I am amazed. We have completed the new solar panel addition. It was mostly Patrick's work, but I helped since I'm his "monkey" - I am lighter, more flexible and not afraid of heights so I climb all over the arch and help him tighten screws and such. I sewed up new cushions for the outside cockpit area which increased our comfort level greatly. One of the biggest beefs we have with our Lagoon is that there really isn't any comfortable seating area. Patrick bulit and installed shelves into a closet to turn it from clothing storage into a pantry. Major improvement since now all of my food is easily accessible, visible and secure. Before, if I wanted a can of beans I had to take apart the dinette seats and dig down into a deep locker. We added water aerators, a small change but with big results. Now we are using 1/12th the water we were when washing dishes, which means we don't need to make as much water. I have cut out the fabric for window shades but have to wait and see if my sewing machine will agree to work for me. Very frustrating, but if it's broken maybe we can use it as an anchor? But biggest of all, we have gone through every storage area, organized and repacked it all to make better use of our space. Phew! And I learned how to make tamales!
Above is a picture of the famous church in Santa Rosalia, the Iglesia Santa Barbara. It's a pre-fabricated building designed by Frenchman Alexandre Gustav Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower fame). After it was displayed at the World Exposition in Paris in 1889, it was bought by the French mining company that was encamped here in Santa Rosalia and installed here for its workers. Santa Rosalia is such a different looking Baja town due to its French influence from the Victorian era. It's strange to see the old Victorian wooden (the wood was shipped down from the Pacific Northwest!) homes and buildings lining the streets of the old town, most still in use.


  1. What an honor to be invited into a home and taught to make a local food. What a generous family you met! Sounds like everything there is going great- keep up the stories and photos. I for one love seeing and hearing about your adventures.


  2. Great to hear about your continuing adventures on the S/V Just a Minute! We're enjoying a much cooler summer back in San Diego. We'll probably miss going south by boat this coming season, but hope to return in the Fall of 2010. Keep the stories coming!