Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta (PV) has to be our favorite Mexican town so far. Good thing, since we’ll be here all summer (to wait out hurricane season). After spending the last few months in the dry desert of Baja, the lush green landscape of this area has been an amazing change of scenery. Downtown Puerto Vallarta, with its boardwalk, cobblestone streets and small town feel is just the right size to get lost in, without feeling overwhelmed. There is no decent marina near downtown, so we get to ride the bus from our marina. Make that two buses since there is no...
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Sea Turtle Rescue

This is the (true) story of how a dorado saved the life of a sea turtle…. Also published in 48° North Magazine’s September 2012 issue.   After an early morning start from Mazatlan, we headed for Puerto Vallarta. Mike was napping below and I was whiling away the time of my watch with a good book in our sunny cockpit. There wasn’t much of a breeze and just a few clouds. Being “on watch” simply means we look around every ten minutes or so, making sure we are still on course and no other vessels are in sight. Occasionally we also...
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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Copa Mexico Regata We are currently docked next to my parents’ boat Prana in a very nice marina on Banderas Bay – about 20 miles from Puerto Vallarta. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (pronounced wahn-a-caxt-lay) is a sleepy fishing town with cobble stone streets and an outdoor restaurant with live music on every corner. My folks arrived here a couple of months ago and have made themselves at home. My dad has been busy working on the latest installment of his “Travel Secrets Mexico” series. The segment about La Cruz is coming to a television set near you soon. Check out the accompanying website made by...
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Sand Storm in Turtle Bay

The day we had planned on leaving Turtle Bay (on a good weather forecast) a wicked sand storm blew in from the east. It lasted for two days and sand got into every nook and cranny on board. One of our neighbors, who also didn’t know what was coming, had secured his dinghy by simply hanging it from a halyard – something a lot of people do. Take a look at how his dinghy beats into this boat. Luckily, he was able to wrestle the dinghy aboard and secure it on deck before any damage occurred. The video is a bit jumpy...
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Turtle Bay

After a two day, three night sail we arrived in Turtle Bay at first light. It’s only about 200 miles south of Ensenada but when you are moving at 4-5 knots things tend to take a little longer. Turtle Bay seen from our anchorage The dinghy and fuel dock The abandoned fish processing plant The lone sailboat in the distance is Camille

Arrival in Mexico!

November went by fast! Portland one week and Mexico the next. After (finally!) finding a boat which suited both of our needs, we jet-setted down to San Diego for survey and sea trial in early November. After given the all-clear from the surveyor we only had 14 days to finalize the sale, put our jobs on hold, move out of our house, sell all the big things and move the rest into our cargo trailer and 1-ton passenger van. Thanksgiving week we left the freezing temps of Portland and drove south. As the scenery rolled by at 60mph it just kept getting warmer....
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