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

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Feb 24 - Bahia de los Ninos (Bay of Children)

When we finally pulled anchor in the first bay at Tenacatita and headed around the corner, we were stunned at the sight - wall to wall cruisers anchored tightly together at one corner of a large cove. After our experience in the Weather Bomb, both Patrick and I just gulped. We did not want to be anchored that close to so many boats. So we motored off to the side and dropped anchor well away from everyone else.

Seeing the bay for the first time was like finding the elephant's graveyard. There were 36 boats anchored in this bay, even more than had been in La Cruz. What was truly amazing was that we had found the kid boats. When we pulled in, there were 11 boats with families on them! Jack was in heaven. There were so many kids around that the bay was jokingly renamed Bahia de los Ninos. The cruisers here are very organized with get-togethers and games planned every day. We settled in to the new experience and just started hanging out on the beach with everyone. Bands of children roamed the beaches, volleyball players sweated in the sun, and Mexican train domino players enjoyed the shade of the beach side palapa. We met many new people and found out that loads of kid boats are planning to spend time in the N. Sea of Cortez in the coming summer. Yeah! Our next summer in the Sea will be even more fun.

This cove at Tenacatita is truly a new level of paradise. A family of four or five Bottlenose dolphins lives in the bay and is often seen fishing around the boats. Since we are on the outside edge of the anchorage, the dolphins spend a lot of time around us and come very close to our anchored boat. We wake at night to the sound of their breath just on the other side of the fiberglass, and we have heard their sonar clicks and squeals through our hull. Rudy is very excited to see them and races around the boat to watch their progress. At the mouth of the cove, humpbacks have been feeding and once gave a great aerial show of joy, with two leaping repeatedly out of the water. The weather continues, warm, sunny and benign.

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