Thursday, May 9, 2013

This past month

This past month has been good and bad at the same time. While we haven't enjoyed saying goodbye to our best furry friend and the grieving that comes along with that, we have had a few good times before and after that incident in this past month in Banderas Bay on the ocean and also on land in the US. We miss our little guy so much though, the boat is empty without him and we've agreed that having a dog is one of the best decisions you can make in this lifetime; the joy they bring to your life is indescribable.
So here is a hodge podge post with tons of pictures of what we've been doing this past month.

While in Banderas, in this past month we:
- Hit up Sayulita and went surfing (T got up his first time, me the second, so fun!)
- Raced in the Banderas Bay regatta on s/v Destiny
- Flew back to New England to visit family - brrrr 22 degrees! While in New England spent tons of time in Boston and also spent the weekend in Burlington, VT
- Flew back to the US again to visit some good friends in the south
- Went horseback and atv'ing with Mike & Holly
- Learned how to play tennis! We love love love it! What a great game! We took a bunch of lessons from the tennis pro, Raul, at Paradise Village and played with John & Deborah on s/v Bella Donna
- We boogie boarded in 80+ degree water at the Paradise Village beach and had a boogie boarding competition with s/v Wanuskewin - fun!
- Went to a fantastic brunch with friends at El Tigre Golf Club, T couldn't stop talking about it for days!
- Went back to La Cruz for a bit, then sailed back to Paradise Village
- Took our good friends on s/v Bella Donna, s/v Wanuskewin + Gary and Yafei to a foam party (ok we are done for this lifetime with foam!)

Race Day! Day 1 of the Banderas Bay Regatta

Checking sail trim

More sail trim checking

Looking good!
Dawn driving the boat with viking helmet!

We flew out to New England to visit
family! Me and my nephews:
 Kaiden & Carter

Can't go home without stopping here and
getting mounds of fattening delicious desserts

And then we stop at Moonlight Pizza to get wieners.
Very healthy diet when we go home! lol! YUM!

Carter and I engage in a very
intense game of CandyLand.

Coloring eggs for Easter
With Fabricio, T, Kaiden & Carter


My adorable nephew, at Newton Center just outside of Boston
Yes, that is snow on the ground behind him!

Road Trip! VT here we come!
T, K, Kaiden & Krissy (my sister)

Arrive to Burlington, VT in the evening just after sunset.
This the view of the park in front of Lake Champlain.

Downtown Burlington, VT at night - super charming!

T, K, Kaiden & Krissy - brrr it was really really cold!

The mountains of VT

A trip to VT wouldn't be complete without a visit to Ben & Jerry's!

Go Ben & Jerry's! 

The top 10 wall - Cherry Garcia at #1

Where unpopular flavors get laid to rest....

Picturesque VT

Us in front of Stowe Mountain, wish we had our snowboarding gear!

Two guys on the side of the road selling their maple syrup!

Of course, VT wouldn't be complete without a covered bridge!

Ahhhh Burton, my future employer - lol!
We visited the Burton HQ.
The history of the snowboard on the wall.

Love their mission!

T in the lobby with the Burton yeti

Me in the lobby...

Me outside, love this company!

View of the slips at the marina in Burlington on Lake Champlain
No boats, they are all on the hard, too cold!

Sugar on snow - maple syrup on ice that forms into a chewy ball of
sticky sweet goodness - it comes with a random donut and pickle too!

Maple syrup taps on the trees

Back to Boston. This is a view of Winthrop, just east of Boston.
Darling little seaside community.

Us @ Gillette Stadium - Home of the NE Patriots!

My mother promised us an xmas dinner since we
weren't home for xmas - this is my dad slicing
the pork roast!

My mom with her dinner rolls!

Flying back to Puerta Vallarta - love the mountains in Mexico!

Of course there still is a lot of churro eating going on - LOL.
John & Mike, after we all had dinner together

Tennis lessons! T with the tennis pro, Raul

Me working on my forehand

More forehand!

Me on the beach in front of Paradise Village

Releasing of the baby turtles, something they do often on the beach
as there are many turtle sanctuaries in the area

cute litte guy!

Our buds, Mike & Holly

Stuffing ourselves at Fajita Republic

Opti racing in front of Paradise Village!

Downtown PV for some fun

Sand sculpture on the beach, one of many

Drinks at the SkyBar with Mike & Holly (s/v wanuskewin)
and John & Deborah (s/v Bella Donna)
Note T in the mirror waving! lol!

Infinity pool at the SkyBar

Group shot!

Horsing around with Mike & Holly for horseback riding day!

Mike & Holly atv'ing their way through a herd of cattle

Mike, Holly and me on my own - lol - T stayed home and got some rest!

Back to the US to visit close friends.
Raheleh & me, we are always cracking up laughing!
Thank God for good friends!

Beautiful Aryana! This is a great picture, letting
it all hang out! lol! Oh to be a kid again!

Tons of food for our bbq

T & Arash at the bbq

Arash & Aryana - she is his mini-me! People ask Raheleh if she
is Aryana's nanny - lol!
Us at dinner, a delicious Persian restaurant

Back to Mexico! Drinks and music at Philo's with our cruising peeps
Check out that adorable dog sitting by it's owner, Philo

Mike, Holly, Gary, Yafei, Deborah (T&John are there but not shown)

La Cruz Carnival - Gary, T & Mike playing a game at one of the booths.
Throwing rocks at beer bottles, if you break a bottle, you win a beer!

T throwing rocks 
John throwing rocks

Winners! The guys with their beers

Fruit & goodies at the carnival

Things you can win at the carnival

Dancers in their pretty dresses

And of course, an evening wouldn't be
complete without stopping at the
churro stand! lol

Surf's up! Us surfing in Sayulita. Had a blast!!

And then it was time to say goodbye to Banderas Bay.
We did a drive by in the La Cruz marina to pick up dinner!
Holly and Mike delivered pizza to us as we all headed out
to sail back to Baja.  We are certainly going to miss these guys
when we head back to the US, they've made this trip incredible for us!
Wanuskewin passing us after the pizza delivery in the La Cruz Marina

Sunset as we headed out of Banderas Bay

Wanuskewin on the ocean with their favorite thing - birds!
Just kidding - the birds poop all over our boats; we hate it! lol
Cool picture though....

2 overnights and 1 very long day, we arrived to San Jose del Cabo
Marina as the sun was setting

Where are we now? We are in San Jose del Cabo marina ---- getting our auto pilot fixed. Yay! Not. It died on our way over from Banderas Bay half way through our trip, but thankfully we made it safely over and only had to hand steer for 1 overnight! Once that's fixed, we'll say our goodbyes to s/v Wanuskewin (who have been awesome to travel with this season!) and s/v Bella Donna (our partners in crime)! We're sure we'll keep in touch with these awesome peeps, but it's sad to say goodbye nonetheless. Mike and Holly will head north into the sea for the summer, while John and Deborah will continue up the pacific coast to San Francisco in prep for America's Cup this summer.

And us? We're heading north to San Diego where we've already been in contact with our favorite marina there who will be welcoming us back to a slip in a few weeks! :)  But for now, we'll be in Cabo probably for the week or so (heading north for a bit since marina fees here are steep!), but then back here to pick up our auto pilot and then heading out for good. More to come.



  1. It certainly has been an adventurous few months! It was so wonderful to meet you both in the tiny little bay last January. God speed, fair winds and remember to beat the auto helm to keep it in line :) We miss you.

  2. It was so wonderful to meet and cruise with you guys! What an adventure it has been! Be safe, fair winds, and have a great trip north with Inspirare :) We miss you both and thank you again for all your help with the Dink in La Cruz!!