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

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Time for the Great Annual Sweat-Off in Santa Rosalia

We got into the Santa Rosalia marina yesterday afternoon and within seconds of tying the lines, we all sprang into action. Jack and I had already pulled the window unit air-conditioner out from storage under my bed and I began installing it in the front hatch. Meanwhile, Patrick and Jack pulled out the giant green tarp (20'x40') that we tent over our cabin roof for shade and got the power lines layed out. We had shade and a functioning air-conditioner in about 20 minutes. Every year we get faster on our times.

Santa Rosalia is (as I have mentioned numerous times in the past on this blog) the virtual epicenter of hellish heat. I don't think there is anywhere in the Baja hotter. The walls of the harbor concentrate the heat and block any refreshing breeze. Santa Rosalia is the last good provisioning center on the Baja side before you venture off into the wilderness of the upper Sea of C, so every year you have to come here for the last good (read cheaper and more abundant) shop. Santa Rosalia is the sole reason we have an air-conditioner on board. We bought the unit after our first experience in Santa Rosalia two years ago. We basically store it all year round and only pull it out for our time here (although this year it certainly came in handy when we were on the hard in La Paz!).

We will be in Santa Rosalia for a few days while Patrick takes the bus back down to Escondido and brings the car up to here. We'll provision and then point the boat north on our way to Puerto Penasco.


  1. You infer there's a decent place to leave a car, both back down in Puerto Escondio and there in Santa Rosalia

    Which places do you use?

  2. Yes, if you are willing to pay a small fee (usually 1$ USD per day) there are options. Most marinas have guarded, fenced parking spaces available if your boat is in a slip. They will often let you keep you car there up to a week after you leave the slip. Near Escondido we worked out a deal with a hotel/resort, so there are usually options.
    Laura, s/V Just a Minute