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, January 30, 2011

A Change of Plans

I knew I was getting into trouble, all those months ago when I changed our declarative statement at the top of our blog. From the beginning, I had only stated that we were cruising Mexican waters, and very purposely left off any other goal. And then I got cocky several months back and added in that we were going to be going to Alaska in the spring of 2011. I should have known.

A cruiser cannot say he is going ANYWHERE until he is there. It's the thing I love most about cruising. This life makes it abundantly clear to anyone who is paying attention that they are not in control of their life. All of our lives are ruled by the circumstances we find ourselves in, but when you are cruising around on a boat, that fact becomes very clear. You aren't in control - the weather, breakdowns, money situations and more, these are the things that rule us. I can tell you with fairly good accuracy where I will be tomorrow, maybe the next day. But the further into the future you wander, the less likely you will be to pin down where you will be and what you will be doing. It's really cool. It makes you live in the moment, just like the great thinkers tell you to.

With that said, I humbly ask your forgiveness as I take that statement about Alaska off the the blog. Our circumstances have changed and so our plans have changed. Through a happy string of coincidences, we have decided that we can stay another year in Mexico! I have always been the type of traveller who would rather see one foreign city really well, than four countries superficially. We all love the Sea of Cortez and though we have spent two years there already, we are getting excited about another one. Every year we have sought out new anchorages, and despite this we still haven't even come close to seeing everything there is to see.

To keep it exciting, we are thinking of a few changes. We are planning to do a lot more gunkholing far up north where there aren't as many guidebooks to use. We've been scanning Google Earth and have picked out several bays and islands that look cool from space. We also plan on leaving the boat in a marina during the hot, hot months and going somewhere else. While July and August are some of the best times to be out in the anchorages snorkeling around - it is just too hot for Rudy and us.

So, the Mexican adventure continues. Eventually we will leave here, I just won't even hazard a guess as to when that will happen.


  1. It's good to hear you'll be back in the Sea. We're in La Paz and hope to do more exploring of the Sea this year. After bashing back in '09, we were asking ourselves why we didn't leave the boat in Mexico! Hope to see you sometime in the Sea. Collin on Mama Bird sends his regards...Pete and Kathie, s/v Citla

  2. I envy your life. When I retire, I will explore the world like you are doing.

  3. Hi Pete and hi back to Colin. We should be heading over to the peninsula side sometime in early March so we will look for you then.

    And to San Marco MS - don't wait too long. It seems like if you take a giant leap of faith, a net appears.