Just before we left La Paz we hopped on a luxury tour bus for the 1 1/2 hour trip  to a small town called Todos Santos. It’s a quaint, artsy tourist town with many galleries and shops full of local artist’s wears. It made for a great road trip and total cost for the return bus fare was $25 each. Speaking of costs, Barb and I got our hair cut in La Paz. We found a barber shop and the lady cut both mine and Barb’s hair. With the tip it cost 200 pesos (about $12 Canadian)

Todos Santos Street
Flower Vendor and his wheel barrow
Great spot for lunch
Mosaic wall decoration – 8 ft. in diameter
Typical Mexican colours

We departed La Paz and headed back to Los Muertos. Winds were gusting to 25 knots with waves about 6 feet so it was a bit lumpy but once through Canal de San Lorenzo it was a down wind run so it was not a bad day of sailing. An early night in Los Muertos and a 3 am start for the crossing to Mazatlan. What a difference a few hours can make. We went from 25 knots to just about nothing and we ended up motoring or motor sailing the entire 190 miles across the Sea of Cortez.

I wish there was a good way to take pictures in the dark. The night crossings (on calm nights) are pretty amazing. Looking around at the stars is like being inside a ball with the top of the ball poked with millions of holes letting little bits of light through. Interrupted only occasionally by a shooting star streaking across the sky.

As the boat passes through the water it disturbs micro organisms. At night they emit their bioluminescence. It often looks like a lightning storm.  sparking and streaking  in the waves and wake of the boat. Words cannot describe how cool all of this can be. Then you cap it all off with a sunrise like this.

Amazing Sunrise

We had an uneventful crossing (except for catching and releasing a 5-foot Marlin) and arrived at the El Cid Marina in  Mazatlan 30 hours later. We have since had the chance to do some of the typical tourist stuff. A trip into old town,  walks along the Malecon and the Golden Zone.

Marlin on the line
Sign says it all
Old town Mazatlan
Some of the fishing fleet along the Malecon
Old town market shop
Market butcher
Malecon Statue
Cliff Diver in flight

Now the Christmas Chill part. The El Cid Marina and Resort is an all-inclusive resort with a marina, so we get the use of the resort facilities as part of our moorage package. Two pools, hot tub, pool side beverage service, a couple restaurants, beach cabanas, etcetera. When we are not too busy we are chillin’ by the pool. Feeling sorry for us yet? The boat is here for a month and we will fly back to Vancouver for a couple of weeks to celebrate the holidays with family.

In the mean time you’ll find us by the pool. Feliz Navidad

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