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Mexico at last…

November 21, 2012

We have arrived in Ensenada and are enjoying the slower paced Mexican life style; at last!  We walked into town yesterday and savored chili relleno while a guitarist serenaded us at our table. It brought back memories of when we cruised Mexico over two decades ago.  But things have changed.  First, we are in the beautiful Cruiseport Village Marina, one of several marinas in Ensenada, rather than anchoring out.  Second, the marina prices rival those of the Empress Hotel in British Columbia – sticker shock!  And now there are huge cruise ships coming and going.

There are a number of ex pats living in Ensenada that have helped us identify stores and services.  They have a morning net on the VHF radio and offer shuttles to San Diego, mail delivery, and recommendations on everything from stereo repair to varnish work.  Everyone has time to say hello and offer help.

We concluded our stay in San Diego with a trip to the zoo and seeing the latest Twilight movie (high on Sandie’s priority list).  The highlight was getting to visit with Curtis & Barbara Bryant from our old cruising days.  Barbara was in town for the breast cancer walk and she was joined by family and friends who were great fun.

A lot of projects were completed in San Diego.  We received our new dive compressor and it works great.  We also had fareleads machined that should solve our chaffing problem.  The varnishing was finally completed, as if varnishing is ever completed.  And a lot of small projects were checked off.  We were getting real antsy to leave after almost three weeks in the same place.

On our last night we invited friends from a couple of other cruising boats over for a farewell.  We exchanged stories, plans, and contact information.  We raised the anchor at 6:00 AM and motored out of the harbor and past an incoming submarine.  The wind picked up after a few hours and we sailed the rest of the 65 miles to Ensenada arriving at sunset.  The port offices were closed for a holiday so we spent the night on the boat.

The next day the marina manager helped us with our paper work and provided transportation and an interpreter to help us check into the country.  The process was very smooth but still took 3 hours.  But what is time in Mexico?  We have decided not to go out to Isla Guadalupe because of the permit hassle and we learned that we would not be allowed to leave the boat, even to go for dinghy rides.  We plan to take a slow route down to Cedros Island and figure it out from there.

We have activated our new world phone and bought a cellular wideband access point for the computer so we should be able to stay in contact as we move down Baja and into the Sea of Cortez.  I am just starting to use the HAM radio modem for email and weather information.  It seems like we are still very “connected”.  Brian has started a book on the Kindle that Beverley provided and we may become believers in electronic readers, at least until the first wave hits it.

We think of family and friends constantly, but we are not lonely.  The cruising community is large and very close.  We hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving as we will enjoy ours this evening before heading south tomorrow.

Renewing old friendships.

Visiting the zoo.

Bon Voyage party with fellow cruisers.

Early morning departure from San Diego.

Passing close to a nuclear sub leaving San Diego.

Entering Mexico, flying the courtesy flag.


Headed to the book exchange at Cruiseport Village Marina, Ensenada.

Coast Guard training by the San Diego anchorage.


Trying out the new dive compressor.


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  1. Ensenada sounds delicious right now as I sit at 11 below zero. Warm photos. Thanks

  2. Ann permalink

    Great to read about your adventure as it continues. Be safe and enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving to you wherever you spend it. Ann and Michael (Long Beach)

  3. Steve Greenfield permalink

    Thanks for the update. Im sure the weather is warm & wonderful in Mexico. We saw Breaking Dawn Part 2 with the McCleerys. I thought it was their best one. I want to see James Bond next.
    Reading anything metaphysical?

    • We keep talking about Alaska, Canada to everyone we meet. Our boat picture is Canada/Alaska with all the layers on. Mexico is a little different than the cold. We love it! Hope your home is what you want it to be! and of course your cars. We don’t own a car now. Our car is our dingy. Hope to see you in February when I visit for one week.


      On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM, Brian and Sandie's Around the World

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