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, March 9, 2010

Tenacatita to Melaque, Feb 27 thru Mar 4

After the Tsunami Regatta, we stayed another couple days in Tenacatita. We had an excellent dolphin show one day when a school of 2 foot Jack Crevalles took up residence under our hulls, in the shadow of our boat. Unfotunately they didn't have long to enjoy the shade before Nacho and his family came to visit. Fish scales floated down through the water like confetti as the dolphins herded and fed. The dolphins would charge under our boat, the fish would scatter, and then a minute later the survivors would congregate under our boat again. Each time there were fewer Jacks. Rudy was extremely interested in the going's on. One dolphin swam between our hulls, down the length of our boat and did a slow circle around the back pontoon, just under the surface, with his body turned so he could see us. Patrick and Rudy were standing on the back steps together and got a great look at him, too. The dolphins continued feeding for about 30 minutes and during that time we saw several complete leaps out of the water, many surface dives and slow shallow circles around the boat. It was an amazing experience.

The next day we met Tenacious Grace, a nice family from Canada on their new Seawind 38 foot catamaran. They are just one of the many families who chose this year to start out on an adventure. We spent a great evening on their boat and look forward to seeing them again further north before they head for home. Tenacious Grace is on a one year adventure, and are about 8 months through it, so we won't be spending the summer in the Sea with them, but there are plenty of other new families who have told us they will. It seems like this next summer in the Sea may be crowded! Hard to imagine, but it sounds like fun.

Finally, we began to get that itch to start moving. Adding to the urgency to move, was the fact that we had run out of everything from Top Ramen, to flour, to beer and did not have one fresh vegetable or fruit on board, so we pulled anchor around the 1st and went to Melaque, the next anchorage further south. Melaque is a great town of 10,000 and we were sure to find a good supermarket or two there. Oddly enough, we also found a lot of French Canadians, but they evidently know a good thing when they see it, and have chosen Melaque as their own Mexican heaven. Melaque is charming - a long sweep of sandy beach, with one of the best restaurants we have found in Mexico (cheap, excellent Mexican food just like they serve in America), and a happy hour from 1 - 6 pm daily with 2 for 1 margaritas (no cheap tequila!). It's surprising that we only stayed three days.

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