Southbound on the Baja Peninsula

Headed South

Despacio, Por Favor!! Please, SLOW THE $#@% DOWN!!! Jeff and I are driving a rental car from Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico and beyond, down the Trans-Peninsular Highway.  1000 miles of 2-narrow lane, mostly paved, sometimes flat, often steep, monotonously straight, blindly-curvy cactus-lined and shoulder-lacking highway. We’ve become complacent in our current living situation … Continue reading


Gringo Gulch

On the main square

Ensenada, Mexico, our home port, has a split personality. It can be a charming place to stroll the seaside malecon, listening to the barking of the ever-present sea lions, or a hectic whirlwind of frantic tourists cramming all they can into a few hours of port-time. Cruiseport Marina, where El Gato is docked, … Continue reading


The Art of Drinking

That's a lotta vino!

Now that Jeff and I are Mexicans, we’ve resolved to explore our adopted country more thoroughly. So this weekend, we visited Baja wine country in the Guadalupe Valley. Most gringos aren’t aware that some of the best wines in North America come from this area. With over 150 wineries and a … Continue reading


Adventures at Two Harbors

“Whale!” I shriek, lunging for the lifeline on the beam of El Gato. “Grab my camera!” It’s barely moving,, just a long stretch of its brownish back, but it’s a WHALE!! No, wait. It’s not moving at all, I realize as we pass it by. Is it dead? No, turns … Continue reading




I’ve been told, no, promised, that I’d see whales on our sail to Catalina Island. It has been 10 hours, and I haven’t seen one breaching baleen. What I have seen are hearts. Big, red, mylar heart-shaped balloons, a reminder of this past weekends Valentines Day. They are floating on the … Continue reading


That’s the Maine Thing.


SHIT! SHIP!! SHIP!!!! Jeff drops, no, slings, the chart aside as he grabs the wheel and slams it to port (left). Directly off our starbird (right) side is what at first appears to be a mega yacht cruising full speed ahead toward our beam. On a second, less hysterical look, … Continue reading