An Unexpected Turn of Events

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While Barra de Navidad was charming in many respects, my (Cindy’s) time there wasn’t without its stresses. I was being eaten alive by insects I couldn’t see, probably jejenes, or no-see-ums as the gringos call them. No matter how well … Continue reading

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Barra de Navidad

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Other cruisers told us we would love Barra de Navidad, and judging from the length of time we stayed there, I guess they were right. Getting there was such a thrill that we were off to a good start. Several … Continue reading

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Chamela, Paraiso and Tenacatita Anchorages

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After one of my least favorite overnight passages, rounding Cabo Corrientes, Chamela was a welcome sight. Hours before, during the late night before sunrise, we tried to slow our pace to arrive after first light. We are amongst those cruisers … Continue reading

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Cruising Mainland Mexico: Cabo Corrientes heading South

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Leaving the Puerto Vallarta area in Banderas Bay was not unlike leaving home. Cool Change had been there for nearly nine months. We had a party with our dockmates to say goodbye. The government of Mexico and the Mexican telephone … Continue reading

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November and December, 2015: Recommissioning and Taking Visitors Sailing!

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After all our inland travels, Rick’s trip to San Francisco, the hurricane scare, and then rushing off to be with Bev in Michoacán for Noche de Muertos, we were ready to just get back to the boat and get her … Continue reading

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Noche de Muertos, Patzquaro, Michoacan

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In 1984 when I lived in Mexico, I went to the town and lake of Patzquaro and the island of Janitzio for the weekend of Dia de los Muertos and saved a poster I obtained there. Thirty years or so … Continue reading

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Close Encounter with Hurricane Patricia

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Being mandatorily evacuated from your boat with the prospect of a direct hit by the most powerful hurricane in the northern hemisphere in recorded history was enough excitement for me, even if it did turn out to be just a … Continue reading

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A Month Visiting Inland Mexico, Part Five: Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara

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GUANAJUATO Guanajuato is so charming that I could swear I was in a make-believe world. It is built on hills like Taxco, but has far less traffic because most cars take one of the 28 tunnels under the hills to … Continue reading

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A Month Visiting Inland Mexico, Part Four: Mexico City

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Mexico City is 20 million people living at 7300 feet elevation in a huge valley surrounded by mountains in the shape of a princess and her warrior lover. The location was chosen by the Aztecs based on a vision foretold … Continue reading

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A Month Visiting Inland Mexico: Part 3: Grutas, Ixtapan de la Sal, and Valle de Bravo

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GRUTAS DE CACAHUAMILPA Continuing our tour north from Taxco along the western surroundings of Mexico City, we took a day trip from Taxco by bus to the Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. “Gruta” means cave. I had never been there … Continue reading

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