Sunday, March 29, 2009

New dining experiences in La Paz

You know us, we are always looking for a new experience - especially if it involves food and drink. It is amazing the selection of great places here in La Paz. The following examples are a little upscale, but still inexpensive compared to the States.

Friday nights are Prime Rib night at the Club Marlin - this is the view of Bahia La Paz from the patio.

Wiley and Carol (La Paz locals) invited us out to their lovely home in Comitan for happy hour, plus a wonderful dining experience at their new local restaurant - Restaurante Bar El Lenador. The food was great, but the best part was the flaming food and drink - what a sight!

Placeres Argentinos is an Argentina restaurant - lots of great meat cooked on the grill, empanandas, Spanish tortillas, and very interesting salads.

La Bohème is a French restaurant, unfortunately Ana and I just had guacamole and bebidas (drinks). Guess we are going to have to go back for the French cuisine.

We will keep looking for more great places!

Monday, March 23, 2009

La Paz Art Fest

We skipped projects on Sunday (big surprise) to attend the La Paz Art Fest held at Marina Palmira. We didn't buy much, but had a great time. A lot of local artists were present and ranged from high-end art to crafts - lots of very unique stuff. My big buy - two hand painted rocks - art by kids. I can never resist.

We spent the day visiting with friends, shopping, and enjoying the local cuisine at Moyeyos - great place for camerons and margaritas!

There were lots of local talent on stage at the festival. We really enjoyed hearing Roz play her harmonica - she can jam!

Also, a lovely young lady in traditional dress sang a beautiful song.

All in all, a wonderful day. Check it out if you are around next year!

Having a good time in La Paz!

I know, we are supposed to be working on boat projects, but we have to have some fun too! We are actually making progress and have lots of locals involved in boat improvements. It is pretty amazing, Doug does a great job of working through any communication gaps and making friends along the way. Current projects include: remodeling the aft head for generator installation, adding a feed roller to the anchor system, holding tank improvements (yuck), watermaker installation, and more fun stuff.

In between projects, we have been enjoying the local activities and hanging out with our amigos - Steve and Ana.

Wandering along the Malecon you can see lots of wonderful sites.

Lots of amazing statues...

Incredible sand sculptures - works in progress...

Cool car shows...

And always, a beautiful sunset...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bahia San Gabriel

Our next stop - Bahia San Gabriel on Isla Espiritu Santo. A huge bay with a beautiful white beach. It used to have a pearl fishery - wouldn't a pearl be a great find? Oh well!

The red sandstone cliffs on the northern end of the bay are spectacular - especially during sunset. We spent a couple of days exploring. Wish we could have stayed a couple more

We hiked across the island to Playa Bonanza on the East side. We thought it was going to be a short hike, but turned out to be about 5 miles round trip. It was worth it.

Vacation is over - back to La Paz to finish some boat projects - oh boy!

Ensenada de los Muertos (again)

This is a great place to recoup from our journey. Apparently, this sailing stuff wears you out. We actually spent three days hanging out in Muertos. We got lots done though - email, taxes, sight seeing, and meeting lots of new folks - of course.

We also had a wonderful surprise. While we were working away, good friends from Vindsang, Sea Horse, and Abrazo showed up - how fun!

We wandered the beach, across the golf course, and over to the fancy resort - GranSueno. It was beautiful - suites, pools, and swim up bars.

They didn't have any guests for the day, so they invited the cruisers over to play in their pool - how cool is that!

In the main restaurant area, they had an amazing game room upstairs. 8 train sets that circled the whole room, slot car tracks, Foosball, and lots of really neat stuff. Doug could have played there all day!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Back to the Baja!

We made it back to the Baja from Mazatlan. We motored 37 hours right into the wind, but a smooth ride. As you can see, the view was beautiful!

The Sea was pretty flat, so we got to see some interesting wildlife. Lots of jumping/flapping rays that are fun to watch - we just can't figure out why they jump.

Traveling turtles... we passed a long chain of turtles heading east. They looked like floating rocks and all had a bird along for the ride. Not a bad way to travel!

We fished most of the way, but only caught a few things - not keepers. We hooked a big, beautiful Dorado that we are still drooling over. Unfortunately, it snapped the line, waved at us, and swam away. Next time!