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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Parting is such sweet sorrow....

We love Mazatlan, and El Cid Marina here in particular. It's been our home port since we were first broken down here in 2008 for 3 months. It's hard to say good-bye and know that we won't be bopping back next winter like we have for the last three years. The closer we get to leaving this, the harder it gets.

Looking across the entrance channel, north up the beach towards Cerritos. This is also part of El Cid and is where all the weddings take place. To get to that side, you just take the complimentary water taxi.

The El Cid Marina. There are only three main docks with room for about 100 boats. Many of the slips are taken by permanent residents or fishing boats, so there is limited room for cruisers who come and go.
The "Tarzan Pool" as we call it. This is our main hang out.
With a slip in the marina, you get access to all the amenities - hot tub, two pools, the beach club, towels, and even room service to the boat.
Patrick was the big winner one day at Bingo and won two of three games. For each game won, he got a T-shirt.


  1. So sad! :( Are you guys planning to sail back over to Baja area or leave the boat in Mazatlan as you head off to the next adventure? We're really bummed our time frame is not working out to cross paths and swap stories in Baja with your crew. :( (Wylie is especially sad not to sniff bums with Rudy!)

    Katie and Mark

  2. "Gringo Bingo" as it's known. The relaxation training is now complete.

  3. Hello Katie and Mark,
    We are untying the dock lines as soon as the fog lifts a little here in Mazatlan and are headed over to La Paz for the "big offload" We have a car there and storage options while we clean out our junk and get her ready for sale.
    It's too bad we won't get to meet up.

  4. Hey Rich,
    It was a banner day for Patrick with Gringo Bingo. However, there was lots of competition from vacationing Mexicans, so it's not just for Gringos!