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 1, 2012

I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together

Jack, Patrick, and Rick from s/v Hotel California enjoying the fire pit at the new resort in Bahia Candeleros.
I've found myself humming the theme from The Carol Burnett Show quite often lately.  Every week in my childhood home, my family would gather around and watch Carol Burnett and her friends.  After a hilarious show with lots of laughs she would always end the show with the same song.  Remember?  "I'm so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh and sing a song.  Seems we just get started and before you know it... comes the time we have to say, "So long.""  Then she'd tug her ear.  That ending is etched in my memory - along with her Tarzan yell.

Party on JaM.  With 18 guests,, there were hardly enough cleats for the dinghies.  In attendance were the crews of Eagle, Kasasa, Hotel California, Interabang, Eyoni, Third Day and ourselves..

These last weeks have been a lot like that for us.  We've been hanging out with old friends, having hilarious fun and then the  day comes and we look at each other and have to say "So Long."  They are heading north and we are heading south.  Then we run into more friends and start the process again.  Each meeting is so fun, and then each parting gets incrementally harder.  One thing is for sure, we have lots of friends out here.  Really good friends.  The kind of friends you always dreamed of having.  I am so glad we had this time together.

Walking, talking and beach-combing with Lori from s/v Third Day near Bahia Agua Verde.  Picture by Nancy
Puka Shell Party on Isla Montserrat with the crews of Hotel California, Eyoni, Brandywine and JaM.  This was the best beach party I've ever been to.  Just sitting on a beautiful beach, sharing appetizers, drinks, conversation and everyone sifting  through the sand, intently looking for pukas.  Picture by Nancy on Eyoni
There's always time to sing and do the dance moves to "Let's Do the Time Warp Again" (remember The Rocky Horror Picture Show?) with Nancy from Eyoni - even when you are standing on a rock in the water and if you really did the pelvic thrust you might possibly  knock yourself off your perch!  At Candeleros, picture by Nancy 
Patrick and Ethan on Eyoni, sharing a little manly talk over the windlass gypsy.  There aren't words to describe Ethan and we all three love and admire him greatly.  Nancy's picture again.
WWF Smack Down Water Fight on Eyoni.  Only the moms stayed dry.  We were too busy laughing and saying, "Oh Watch Out!  Be Careful!  Oh No!"  And Again - that girl loves her camera
Jack and Ethan being men.  Belly rubbing.  Not sure why, just nod and smile, folks.  On a hike at Candeleros to check out some caves and middens they spied on the hills.  Nancy, again.

Nancy and I, at the end of the night
We were lucky enough to run into Jesse from Frances Lee in Loreto.  Jesse's boat is in Guaymas, and he's living in the States right now,  but he came down by car to Loreto and we happened to meet.  He's always a hoot and we were so happy to see him.

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