Yesterday, we pulled into our old home town north of Seattle 2,448 miles from La Paz, completing the giant circle of our travels and bringing the end to our Mexican adventure.
Which makes this the last post - nearly four years worth of experiences summed up in 246 posts from beginning to end. Writing this blog has given me much joy. I really appreciate all the people who took time out of their lives to read about ours. We've had over 60,000 views from places including, but not limited to, Serbia, India, Russia, the Philippines, Japan, Ethiopia, France, South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland, and China! Simply amazing.
For those of you who helped get this dream afloat, a heartfelt thanks - namely Mark Schrader and Herb McCormick. Both of you played major roles in starting this thing off right. And Herb, your advice to buy a catamaran was invaluable! I don't think we would have been able to sell a mono hull, in this market, for $10,000 less than what we paid for it, in three months. Wow! Not to mention, it's the only reason we stayed out for four years - we were very comfortable.
Our adventure couldn't have happened without a lot of help from our friends. First, an enormous thank you to all the people who helped us troubleshoot breakdowns or improvements - namely Dave on s/v Juniata, Total Yacht Works of Mazatlan - Rafa and Bob) and Rick of s/v Hotel California. You Guys (and quite of few others) Rock. God bless the cruiser mentality of happily lending a hand, without expecting anything in return. It's getting harder to find it seems, but it is still there.
A huge thank you to our very patient and loving extended family Our absence has meant all of our sibs have done extra duty. An extra big kudos goes to my parents. It would have been so much harder to do this without your help. Mom and Dad acted as our mail drop, appointed banking representative, and yearly hotel, all while being deprived of access to their grandson.
A heartfelt thank you to Ben for spending every Tuesday night for several years with Patrick's dad.
A very big thanks to Tom for taking excellent care of our rental/renters in our absence.
A big apology to every Mexican whom I made suffer through my horrendous "Spanish". It was too embarrassing. I'll do better next time, I promise.
And last, an enormous hug to all the amazing cruisers out there that we have met and befriended along the way, some still cruising, and others now dirt dwellers like us. You made our trip so special. To name a few - Hotel California, Third Day, Juniata, Eyoni, Hotspur, Summerwings, Mamabird, Sunbaby, Jacaranda, Adios 3, Evergreen, Jake, Overheated, Masquerade, V'ger, Frances Lee, Full Shell, Dealmaker....there's just too many to name. We are so happy to have spent time with you.
For those of you now looking for new Sea of Cortez blogs to follow, check out a couple from this year's fresh crop of cruisers headed into the far north for their first hurricane season - two we've enjoyed meeting are Trisha and Derek on Interabang and Tom and Jeanne on Eagle.
As we head in to the arms of America to be lost in the anonymous shuffle, I have just one request. Go have your own adventure, and I'll read about yours!
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