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

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Back in Civilization

The Dirty Laundry. Over the hurricane season, we end up doing hand wash for two months. Nothing really gets clean, the smell is just knocked down a bit. By the time we get back to a self-serve laundromat, every article of clothing, every sheet, towel and slip cover is stiff from grit, sunscreen, sweat and sand. It's disgusting. Today begins the first of many loads, and this pile doesn't even include all the sheets.

We just dropped the hook in the harbor of Guaymas. Tomorrow we are set to pull into the Singlar marina here and tie up to the dock for a week. Oh, the joys that await us. A hose with running water! Internet on the boat! A self-serve laundromat! Large grocery stores just blocks away! Hot showers! Taco stands! Really, it is just too good to be true.

When you finish up a summer in the far north Sea of Cortez, you tend to need a few of the little luxuries, just to restore the balance. It's like coming home from the best camping trip ever - dirty, bug-bitten, out of food, and kind of tired. All you want is clean clothes, a hot shower and a nice take-out dinner eaten in front of the big screen TV. For the last one, we'll have to settle for a boot-legged movie on the laptop, but the rest we'll get.

We had the best summer yet and over the next few days, I''ll be posting pictures and telling stories.


  1. Wow.....ditto on all the "luxury" items you stated above, except, I do hope YOUR Singular is better than ours here in Santa Rosalia in the HOT water category. Zada and I have gritted our teeth and powered through a couple awfully c-o-l-d showers as I kept saying over and over "this is so not right!" and "just remember how hot it was this summer" but damn, that mind over matter doesn't really work when it's physically uncomfortable. Enjoy the big lights o' Guaymas and I'm glad you guys are doing well...miss you...lots. Oh, it was good seeing Rich, he only left a towel and his fleece this time (no undies nor briefcases, so I think he's improving)...oh and Hana Crew stopped for 15 minutes on their trek north...wonderful seeing them, what energy that family has...I love it! Heading south to La Paz tomorrow or another big jump anyhow...hello to all! xoxo N.E.Z

  2. Hi Nancy!
    We'll as long as we are at a dock with water and power hook-up, we can have hot showers on our boat. The water hose hooks right into the system to run the toilets, sinks and showers without going into our tanks and fouling our drinking water. And the electricity runs the hot water tank so we don't have to rely on Singlar for hot showers. Good thing too because this Singlar doesn't have hot water either!
    Miss you guys
    sv Just a Minute