Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Week in La Paz

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My favorite place to have coffee in La Paz in Doce Quarenta. Mike and I walked here this morning and this is how my latte arrived.  Fantastico!  What a beautiful way to start the day!

Snowman surprise courtesy of Doce Quarenta

Our morning walk was rich with seabird sightings



 




Mike's cousin Dana and her boyfriend John arrived today.  We took them to Mesquite Grill for dinner.  YUM!


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Tonight was our dock 3 and marina Christmas party.  I sang 16 Christmas Carols and we had a white elephant gift exchange.  It was really fun!

John, Dana and Mike

Mike and Kate


Silent Night

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Mike and I went to visit our friend Lupita and her baby Nina.  So sweet!

Lupita with Nina and Kate
Mike and Nina

12-25-15  Christmas morning in Marina Palmira

Christmas morning in Marina Palmira
Hummingbird feeding


All was calm, all was bright



And then the Dock 3 Christmas morning brunch began!

The tradition continues with Bloody Marys and Ceasars with all the fixings.  Yes, bacon.




And a great spread of food



We ate Christmas dinner with Dana and John at Sorstis

Everything Lasagna

Lobster-stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Merry Christmas!




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Happy Birthday, Peter Max!



We enjoyed seafood at Los Mariscos down the street from the marina after swimming with whale sharks.  (Separate post)
Los Tres Virgines for dinner with soft-shell crab and octopus appetizers.  Our fish of the day dinners were spectacular, as was the lamb shank.


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The time went so fast and we were really sad to see Dana and John go today.  We took them to one of our favorite spots, Mc Fisher.  




We are grateful to have had such a great week!

First Mate Kate




Monday, December 26, 2016

Swimming with Whale Sharks

This post deserves its own feature, even though it took place during Christmas Week.

We (Mike and I and his cousin Dana and boyfriend John) went swimming with the whale sharks in the Bahia de La Paz.  It was awesome.

Here's a video sneak peek:




If you have the chance to go to La Paz, go!  Below is a link to a fantastic article on whale sharks with great photos and a video clip:


Enjoy!


First Mate Kate

Monday, December 19, 2016

La Ventana Kiteboarding with Vicki and Joe

The gang was all back together in La Ventana for a day.  Nancy and Rob on Shindig came down for the night and Joe and Vicki booked a place for a week.  We stayed at Palapas Ventanas for 5 nights.  This was taken at Baja Joe's.


Mike enjoyed playing a little guitar while waiting for the wind to come up.


I took turns playing ukulele, guitar and keyboard.



The beach at La Ventana after the wind died and all the kiters cleared.


The view from breakfast at Palapas Ventanas


The kites drying at Elevation where I took my lesson with Robin. (He rocks, by the way!)



The view from our palapa


Mike, Joe and Vicki on the beach




Mike and Joe watching the Bronco Game at Baja Joe's



I worked as Mike's kite/board caddy



Mike heading out kiting with Joe's launch


To see Mike in action, click the link below for a video.



Monday, December 12, 2016

Big Rock Radio in Denver

I am having a blast working with Big Rock Radio when I am back in Denver.  They are an emerging 80's glam band performing all original songs.  Every member is ├╝ber talented and I really love their music. Check them out!



Aaron Hart-lead singer, guitar, keyboard


Rob, Aaron, Aero, Dax




Ona and I went together to their last performance in December -Battle of the Bands. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thanksgiving


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Eric flew down from Minneapolis to spend the week around Thanksgiving with us on Pangaea.  He hadn't ever been to this part of Mexico or on our boat, so it was a new adventure!


Eric and Mike on our sail to Caleta Partida

The sunset was a crazy pink/purple that night.  This is an untouched photo.

Eric and I tag-teamed to cook Thanksgiving

The 7 k (14.4 lb) turkey does fit in the Force 10 oven!


Jalape├▒o Cranberry Sauce

Sweet potatoes and apples with bourbon pecans

After the food was prepped and the turkey was in the oven, we went for a paddle and swim.  While we were out, we met our neighbors on Dad's Dream, Rick and Daniel.  They were having a father-son week out sailing.  We invited them over to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

Mike gets the paddle boards ready


Eric takes a swim

Dinner commenced with a beautiful sunset

Rick and Daniel came over and brought an appetizer of baked clams they caught the day before.  They were amazing.  We had Kir Royals and wine with dinner, and we had so much fun we forgot to take any photos of the guests or the cooked food.  Oh well.  It was a fun night and we now have new friends!

Looking forward at Los Isolates, a sea lion rookery
We sailed down to Los Isolates to swim (snorkel) with the sea lions.  Eric and I went first and then I swam back to the boat and Mike joined Eric.  There were baby sea lions and quite a bit of activity.  It was really an adventure.  Eric loved it!  We made our way to Isla SanFrancisco for the night and arrived just in time for a hike and a sundowner.
Mike caught a fish on the way over to Isla SanFrancisco
Mike enjoying his sundowner




Hiking to the top
Mike and I being silly



The view from the top of the ridge was beautiful

Isla SanFrancisco Anchorage
We sailed back to La Paz the next day and went out to eat at Sorstis.  It was a beautiful meal. We decided to take Eric to Todos Santos the next day for a little shopping and lunch.

Eric in Todos Santos

Love you, Eric!  Thanks for visiting us!