Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dia de la Revolucion

We are staying an extra night in La Paz (seems to be a habit of ours). I am happy that I can post my parade photos while they are still fresh and relevant. It's so much easier to write about something that just happened and difficult to write about one location after we have moved on to another.

Mexico's Revolution Day celebrates the 1910 revolution against dictator Porfirio Diaz. It lasted for 10 years and is the revolution in which Pancho Villa played a critical role.

There are a lot of holidays and festivals in Mexico and we attend whenever we can. The Mexican people are so incredibly warm, welcoming, and gracious. I try not to get in the way. It is their holiday, after all, but people were so friendly when I took their pictures, laughing and posing for me. Bystanders would not only move out of my way but make sure that no one else interfered with my photo taking. They are all so proud of their heritage and enthusiastic about sharing the event with strangers.

After the police on motorcycles with lights flashing, there were several marching groups from schools for special education bearing banners encouraging diversity and respect.

Then came dance teams and marching groups from schools throughout the city. There were so many people (mostly children) in the parade that we wondered how there were any left to be spectators.

Baseball teams, basketball, volleyball, soccer of course, running groups and karate schools were all represented. There was even a children's boxing school that staged demonstrations along the parade route.

  Folkloric dancers entertained.
Soldiers demonstrated their skills.
 Perfect ending to a perfect parade.


After a week in La Paz we are leaving in a few minutes to begin our trip to Mazatlan.
We had a great time visiting familiar places with so many old friends.
I just came back to the boat from the Independence Day Parade. What an experience! I can't wait to share the photos here when I have internet again.

Correction: Mexico Independence Day (1810) is September 16. Today's celebration, November 20, is  Revolution Day (1920 - think Pancho Villa).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ahhhh.... Cruising Again

It is true that for the moment we are tied to a dock in a marina, but at least it is a different dock in a different marina and we cruised for a few days to get here. We left San Carlos, Sonora a week ago and crossed the Sea of Cortez from mainland Mexico to Baja. Our goal is Mazatlan on the mainland side but, from a cruiser's perspective, it makes more sense to cross west, sail south, and then cross east to the mainland again. It is further but easier and more fun.

Our first stop was El Refugio on the north end of Isla Carmen. It is a small cove with room for only one or two boats to anchor and we had it all to ourselves. We had motored with no wind for 25 hours to get there so the first order of business was naps. Then we set out to explore the anchorage. It was glorious with a clean, sandy beach to stretch our legs and warm water for swimming.

I felt like I was in heaven again. After a little swimming and onshore exploration we took the dinghy around the cove. There are stunning geological formations and beautiful sea caves on both sides of the cove. Several of the sea caves went deep into the cliffs and inside were layered with beautiful colors. The water was clean and clear, the bottoms were sandy and deep enough for swimming.

El Refugio is a magical place, definitely on our list of not to be missed anchorages.     

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bittersweet Departure

Two weeks after returning from the States we are readying the boat and ourselves to leave San Carlos. We have spent a lot of time here this summer and last, made some very good friends, and had many memorable experiences. I am excited to be sailing again, to see Baja again and, most of all, to return to my beloved Mazatlan. But I am very sad to be leaving this place that seems so much like home. We will be back in a couple of weeks to retrieve my car from storage, but we will be tourists then, just passing through and spending a night or two in a hotel. So this is good-bye San Carlos.
Sadly there are no photos to accompany this post. The internet connection is too slow to upload; one of the things I won't miss about leaving here!