A Mess at Sea

Thea Renee buddy boated with us across from Mazatlan. Here she is to starboard in the last rays of Friday’s windless day, her owners unaware as we were that in less than an hour these placid moments would become a vague memory as they struggled to keep her dinghy from Read more →

Lunch at Playa Mazatlan

I thought I’d post a few more pictures taken at our latest day out, when we rewarded ourselves after having our skin zapped of funny things at the dermatologist. Poor Michael. He not only zapped the bad guys, but also got a sore on the top of his head.The restaurant Read more →

Dangerous place?

News stateside is that Mexico holds extreme danger to us and other visitors. Between drug deals and shoot-outs, kidnappings and theft, one ought to hightail it back to the safety of the good old US of A.Hmmm…During our last year in Richmond, CA, there were 43+/- drive-by shootings that took Read more →

Xanadu’s Crew

Paul and Tamar and their boat Xanadu, and at Normandie’s Birthday dinner at Playa Mazatlan. Also in the dinner picture is Erwin of s/v Thea Renee.We became friends with Paul and Tamar in Ensenada, and they caught up with us here in Mazatlan. Check out Paul’s videos at http://web.mac.com/pecahill/XANADU/Welcome.html

The Vagabond 47 Thea Renee

Thea Renee’s owners, Erwin and Phyllis, have lovingly cared for their beautiful boat, especially its gleaming, perfectly varnished teak. This picture captures them sailing through the anchorage at Stone Island, off Mazatlan, with their tanbark sails flying.We’re moving away from varnish and opting for the choice Paul and Tamar made Read more →

More Mazatlan

Playa Mazatlan is a hotel on the Gold Coast, Zona Dorada, and is a lovely place to go for lunch or dinner. We had my (N’s) birthday feast there: six people, drinks, appetizers, lobster for me, and all for about what you pay for two in the States.The last picture Read more →

Mama’s 81st B-Day Feast

Harker’s Island hush puppies, local shrimp and asparagus with a strawberry shortcake for dessert. My mother’s almost 93-year-old brother Ecky came to celebrate with us, as did good friends, Susan and Grace.We journeyed to Charleston to pick up my mother on the 3rd of March, leaving the boat in Mazatlan Read more →

The barber

Here are two pictures of my second haircut in Mazatlan, which took place on the dock between Sea Venture and the Beneteau next to us. The local barber, Luis, epitomizes the best of Mexico. He’s courteous, friendly, always smiling, desiring to please, grateful for the business. His daughter does manicures Read more →

Marina Mazatlan

Here are a few pictures we’ve taken at the marina. Very lovely, clean, open, friendly–quite different from the town, in which my olfactory sensors rebel. Still, the Mexicans are a delightful folk, so we’re very glad to be here.

Still Crossing the Sea

By Friday we were making minimal headway in very light wind and Friday night our boat speed read 00. We kept all sails up in hope that we could at least minimize the drift away from Mazatlan. Then, around midnight, the wind shifted, and though boat speed still read 00, Read more →