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, February 23, 2011

Birds of San Blas

One recent morning, I took our kayak up the estuary on an incoming tide. The current pushed me along with it, past the masses of mangrove trees. I hardly had to paddle. Since I was drifting along not making a sound, I was able to get very close to the birds resting in the mangroves.

Most of the mangroves around the estuary in San Blas have been left untouched, and large sections are even protected so there are many birds, and many types of birds. San Blas is hip to ecotourism and there are several outfits that give guided birdwathcing tours. Accordingly, San Blas has become a mecca for birdwatchers, people like my Dad. In his honor, here are some pictures of the birds I saw - he could probably name them all, alas I cannot. ( 02/25/11 As I figured, my Dad was able to name the birds for me, so I added their names in today.)

Snowy Egret


Great Blue Heron

White Ibis


Tri-Colored Heron (his best guess since the photo isn't quite close enough to make out all identifying features.)

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Snowy Egret


  1. Ok...those are amazing photos! Forgive me if someone has already asked this but, what camera are you using? Clearly, you have an eye for photos but I am curious as to the camera.

  2. Hi Debbie,
    Thank you very much for your kind words. I really do enjoy photography but it seems like every time that something REALLY exciting happens, I don't think to grab the camera because I am too busy enjoying the sights! Anyway, I have a Fuji but I don't know the model number, I will have to look it up. It is 10 megapixels and it zooms in really close. When I look it up I will let you know. I am very happy with it except it is bigger than the little pocket guys so sometimes I hesitate to take it along on trips.