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, July 3, 2011

Santa Rosalia Silliness

Tres Amigos - Patrick, Rich (Third Day) and Ethan (Eyoni)

Just Enjoying a Mexican Evening like the Mexicans do - hanging out in the town plaza, chatting with friends, having a great meal at one of the dozens of street side stands.

We have been having the best time here at Santa Rosalia. There's a great group of cruisers tied to the dock. We are surrounded by friends we've known for years (Airborne, Eyoni, Wavesweeper), friends we are just getting to know (Hotel California and Adirondack) and friends we've just met like Gypsy and Firefly.

The marina is small and it is packed (not one slip left!). Best of all, everyone is just very nice. We all have been having a lot of fun together - dinners on board, dinners in town, cocktails, impromptu gab sessions on the dock, shopping trips together, dinghy fishing trips and all sorts of interactions. Fishing has been really good too, and Patrick and Jack landed a 32" dorado in the dinghy right off the harbor. All in all, it's been a hoot.

Even with all this fun, I think the highlight so far was when Rich on Third Day swung into town on his car drive down the Baja. Most of the boats on the dock hadn't met Rich, but when they heard that Eyoni and JaM crews were heading into George's Burgers with Rich (a little street side stand that makes fabulous burgers) everyone was in for the fun. So after everyone gathered on JaM for a few cocktails, all 18 of us hiked into town at dusk.

It was going to be a fun night any way you sliced it, but then Nancy and her camera added a whole new element of fun. Nancy is just one those special people who is open and friendly and generous with just about everyone. I could not believe it when she befriended a 5 year old Mexican boy who was fascinated with her camera - her big, expensive, delicate and complicated camera. Nancy took her beloved camera off from around her neck and put it around Alejandro's neck. After teaching him a few things about aiming and pushing the button, she let him roam the plaza taking photos of whatever caught his fancy for about an hour. Whenever he came our way, we struck poses for him. His delight was infectious. It's hard to describe what a hysterically funny evening it was, but Nancy does a great job explaining it better on her blog eyoni.blogspot.com

Jack and Nancy in an avante guarde pose

Zada, Patrick and Laura

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