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Adventures

Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Isla Isabel: The Galapagos of Mexico

Isla Isabel (also called Isla Isabela) is a small volcanic island, a little over a mile square, and about 45 miles from the nearest port. Often called the Galapagos of Mexico, and famous for the documentary that Jacques Cousteau made here, this…

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Kristie Dahlia James
Kristie Dahlia & James

Mazatlán: Port Notes

We spent close to two months in Mazatlán, from mid January to mid March 2019. Here are our Port Notes. Things change pretty fast in the world — don't be surprised if the businesses we mention or conditions we describe have changed if…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

El Faro Mazatlán: The Lighthouse

What you read is "the highest lighthouse in the Americas!" What you don't read is: tiny building atop a huge lump of rock jutting into sea at the end of town! What everyone tells you is: The climb! followed by Have you…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Carnaval in Mazatlán: The Parade

Sunday night was Mazatlán's famous Carnaval parade. The ending was not too far from our marina, so we walked down the beach at sunset and had dinner shoreside at twilight. Barra al Mar was some of our favorite food and drink in…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Carnaval in Mazatlán: Burning of Bad Humor and Naval Battle Fireworks

After our work in the boatyard was complete, we decided to hang out until Carnaval, the pre-Lenten festival; Mardi Gras is the most famous example in the United States. Mazatlán's Carnaval is world famous, one of the biggest. We were warned: Mazatlán…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Stumbling into Magic: El Cladavista

After we completed our work in the boatyard we decided to linger in Mazatlán; Carnaval was not far off and Mazatlán's Carnaval is quite famous, one of the largest in the world. Carnaval is a public celebration of indulgence that often precedes…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Boatyard Life

In order to replace the seals and bearings on Rejoice's rudder, she had to be hauled out of the water. We were about due to repaint the part of the hull that is under water, so as long as we'd paid to…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Hanging in There in Mazatlán

You might remember that when we were crossing the Gulfo de California / Sea of Cortez, we had some concerns about our rudder after a dull thud that didn't match the pattern of things clattering about in lockers in the waves (1 meter…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

The Southern Crossing: No Resistance to the Darkness

for Mary Oliver, whose spirit left her body during this trip, and whose words have long guided my heartFirst Leg: It was a couple of hours from La Paz, the Peace, to Isla Espiritu Santo, the Island of the Holy Spirit.  Gracias,…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Caleb is 50! Our Trip to Tulum

Caleb and Tricia are some of our favorite humans, so when Tricia asked if we'd be able to come to Tulum to celebrate Caleb's 50th birthday with a few friends, we said HECK YES. Okay, actually, when she asked, we were in…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Women Who Swim with Sharks

When we arrived in La Paz at the end of November, all our new sailing friends were doing the local tourist thing, which is going swimming with whale sharks. James asked if I wanted to do this. I said "F*CK NO!…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

La Paz: Mercado Bravo

By the time we got to La Paz, our cupboards, fridge and freezer were nearly empty. As usual, I'd researched the local farmer's market, so we biked up to the Tuesday and Saturday "La Paz Organic Farmer's Market" the first…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Cabo San Lucas to Los Frailes: Two Tries, and Our First Emergency

The first time we left Cabo San Lucas, the day seemed mild, the forecast was good, and we didn't have far to go, so we left in the late morning. As we approached to the point at the edge of the bay,…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Ha-Ha Redux, Because Gabriel is an Angel

Our friend, bright shining light of human inspiration, and crewperson Gabe shot a lot of stuff during his time aboard Rejoice, and here are a few of my favorites. James doing some logging. Why yes, we do use sheepskins for cozy in…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Ha-Ha Leg Two: Bahia Tortuga to Bahia Santa Maria

By now our crew was in a sweet groove. We had a routine with shifts, and the second leg was just one overnight rather than two. Gabe had noticed that while the schedule said we each had a three hour shift at…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Ha-Ha Leg One: San Diego to Bahia Tortuga

In San Diego, we joined the 25th Annual Baja Ha-ha. I have in the past not been much of a joiner, and I must admit that it was mostly James who felt that we should participate in this rally. It turned to…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

The Baja Ha-Ha is Underway!

If all has gone as planned, we departed for Mexico on Monday, October 29 with the 25th annual Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers' Rally. You can check out the schedule if you wish, or just know that we'll be landing in Cabo San Lucas…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Marina del Rey to San Diego

The Santa Ana winds were up, so we lingered a day longer than planned in Marina del Rey. James used the day to go to the banjercito at the Mexican Consulate to get the TIP (Temporary Import Permit) which would allow us…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Sea Lions, Ahoy!

In Marina del Rey we stayed at the guest docks of Burton Chace Park. This was our first time at a park; we've docked at marinas and a yacht club, we've rafted and we've anchored. This was a little strip of guest…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Santa Barbara to Marina del Rey

We sailed from Santa Barbara to Ventura and spent a day visiting with our friend Anastasia and her daughter Maeve. They have an extensive garden, two cats, and a dog, and we had a cozy time chatting and eating and picking herbs…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Cojo Anchorage to Santa Barbara

To recap, we sailed from Morro Bay to Avila Beach, where we spent a brief, rolly night and rose at 3a to round Point Conception, landing on the far side at Cojo Anchorage. We spent another rolly night here and woke with…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Rounding Point Conception

Brian Fagan, in his canonical "Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California", says that this area has been "known since the ninteeth century as the 'Cape Horn of the Pacific'"; he then devotes two sobering pages to detailing…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

First Overnight Passage: Monterey to Morro Bay

When one secures a boat, there are several ways this can happen. Anchoring: You use your anchor! Because humans have been sailing for a very long time, there are resources that tell where safe anchorages are. When anchoring, it is necessary to…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Half Moon Bay to Monterey

Since coastal cruising is new to us, we are doing our best to stay wide open, clear, and limit our expectations. We set out for the Golden Gate on Friday morning with minimal fanfare, just texting a few friends late the night…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

WE DID IT: Sailing Out of the Golden Gate

Friday morning September 14 at 8:51 we cast off our dock lines from our berth at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, which is where 'joice was when we bought her, and which has been our home base for the past year. A…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia

Basic Keelboat

This bit of backstory was written in September 2015. Home today after a week on the Bay learning to sail during the days and at home on my boat in the Berkeley Marina at night. Last night I woke back in my…

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