Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lucha Libre!

Yup, we had to go and experience this local live entertainment!

Lucha Libre, which is Spanish for "free wrestling", is held monthly here in La Paz. We have always wanted to go and just made it happen.

We talked the crews from Evergreen and Jessie's Girl into joining us and treated them to a local favorite - delicious eats at the corner Hot Dog stand (bring your own cervezas).

As you can see, Jess and Doug really got into the spirit and donned their Lucha Libre masks - along with a lot of the locals!

The outdoor arena was packed with families cheering for their favorite wrestlers.

We really enjoyed the first 4 matches - especially the crazy antics of "Mary Apache and Exótico Yuriko fighting Cythia Moreno and Exótico Nygma" - they were a hoot! After that, it got a little too crazy - even for us.

Give it a try if you are in the area - you just might see us there!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Casa Ana!

We had a wonderful Thanks giving feast at Casa Ana in La Paz!

Thanks so much to Ana and Steve for sharing their beautiful Casa - sure wish they would have been here to join in on the festivities...

Compadres included:
  • Shanna and Jess (Jessie's Girl)
  • Fern and Brian - (local Canandian amigos)
  • Carol, Dennis, and Josh (Evergreen)
  • Jean and Dave (Exit Strategy)

We ate too much good eats (real turkey), drank too much good drinks (keg of beer from Montana - yum!); visited, played games, and all of the other things good friends should do!

Love the Holidays!

Hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day shared with friends and family. We were thinking about all of you!

The Scoots

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nothing changes, but the changes!

I have no idea where I heard this line, but it sure applies to Moondance!

The last thing you heard from us was that we wanted to spend a year cruising Central America - Costa Rica, Ecuador, etc..

Well, after lots of discussion (and input), we have decided to skip Central America and head to the French Polynesia. The beautiful islands in the French Polynesia have always been our goal, we just got a little sidetracked!

Our very tentative ports of call in Mexico are:
  • La Paz - until mid-January
  • Isla Isabella (Mexico's Galapagas)
  • San Blas
  • La Cruz
  • Puerta Vallarta
  • Manzanillo
  • Zihautanejo
  • and maybe, Acapulco
Our plans after leaving La Paz are pretty flexible, so if you want to hook up along the Mexican coast - let us know. There are lots of wonderful places...

After Mexico, we really start to sail - to the South Pacific that is:
  • Galapagos (first part of May)
  • Gambiers
  • Tuamotus
  • Marquesas
If all goes as plans, we should be in Hawaii for Christmas. How cool is that?

Check out our path!

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Back in La Paz!

We have been on the move! Our goal was to get to La Paz quickly so that we could start on our BIG list of projects. You know us, we don't move so quick and neither does Moondance, but we did good.

We only traveled ~200 miles, but it took us 10 days. Lots of beautiful stops along the way, plus reconnecting with our boat buddies.

Highlights of the trip:
  • Homemade pizza on AirOps - thanks Dave and Merry
  • Fishing
  • Watching the wildlife
  • Marvelous Dorado dinner on Totem - yum
  • Cruising again!

We are enjoying being back in La Paz and re-visiting our favorite eateries. Special treat - the crews from Evergreen, Totem, and Capaz converging on the Burrito Lady for wonderful cheap eats!

Ana and Steve - wish you were here!

The Dolphin Roundup!

We had a special treat on our sail south - the Dolphin Roundup!

We were traveling from Puerto Escondido to San Marte when we were joined by approximately 200 dolphins. It was amazing to see them jumping and flapping their tails as the rounded up dinner, plus listen to them "talk". An amazing show that lasted about two hours - WOW!

Hope all of you get to see the Dolphin Roundup one of these days.

Thanks for the fish!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Back on the Baja!

We had a beautiful moonlit sail from San Carlos to the Baja Peninsula last night! We sailed 55 miles and motored 15 - that is pretty good for us! We were able to test out a lot of our equipment (new and old) and except for a fuel issue (TBDL), everything worked well.

It took us a long time, but nothing too crazy - except for the Frigging Frigates that were trying to land on our mast in the middle of nowhere, which generated lots of yelling and banging. People wonder what we do all night!

As we pulled into Punta Chivato on the Baja this morning, we were amazed to find the sun rising on our port side - and the moon setting on the starboard side. How often does that happen?

We also had a pod of dolphins join in to celebrate our arrival and help us find our way.

We have really enjoyed "cruising" again. We are sitting at anchor with a beautiful view (plus free wi-fi) and eating good old home cooking - the luxuries of life!

We had a very nice surprise tonight - Totem pulled in - yeah! We have really missed them and looking forward to spending some time together.

We will probably stay here a couple of days and then start heading South to La Paz. Looking forward to exploring the Baja again!

After that, we aren't sure what's happening. There is a "discussion" about our next step. Oh my. We will keep you posted!