Monthly Archives: January 2016

La Paz January 2016

Marina-PalmeraWe’ve taken up temporary residency at Marina Palmira in La Paz, Mexico, allowing Steve an opportunity to recuperate following a minor injury.
La Paz is the largest city in Baja California, offering numerous cultural events.IMG_20160111_121757366 The Malecón, commonly referred to as a stone-built embankment or esplanade along a waterfront, offers fantastic views of the bay and beautiful bronze statutes featuring the nautical flare of La Paz.
During our stay in La Paz we’ve had the opportunity to make new friends while appreciating living like a local. We’ve met boaters from far reaches of the world while learning about sailing the Sea of Cortes, various boating presentations and traveling throughout Mexico. Everyone has been extremely friendly, insightful and helpful.
Local theatre productions and art museums provide cultural opportunities that Peggy enjoys with her group of new friends while Steve hangs back with the guys discussing boats, cruising locales and sea tales.

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Steve teamed up with fellow boaters and neighbors from dock 5 (muelle cinco) to attend the annual La Ventana 2016 Kite Festival. This event consisted of wind foils, kite boards and freestyle aerial athletes. The day Foiling-Start-weboffered a strong fresh breeze for the participants while lightly sandblasting spectators on the beach. Steve’s photos illustrate the excitement of the day. This event generates money that funds the Amigos de Alumnos group; which contributes to high school scholarships helping local students in La Ventana/El Sargento to continue their education. A meager $12,666 dollars enables over 40 kids to continue high school!

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While Steve and the dock 5 gang were at the beach, Peggy attended a fashion show fundraiser that replenished resources allocated to support needy local families during the Christmas holiday season. The generosity of the gringo travelers, expats and residents is pronounced and evident throughout their support and providing opportunities to the local residents.
Peggy has been volunteering with the local Catholic Church and orphanage to tutor young students in English while attempting to ramp up her español. So far it appears the students are learning more English more quickly than she is español.

DSC_7474TorreblancaMost recently a weekend side trip to Todo Santos and the 5th Annual Todo Santos Music Festival located in a small town half way between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, offered good music, numerous art gallery tours and a day trip to the pristine Pacific coast of la Posada beach.
IMG_20160116_115835498Peggy_Flyer-(1)After visiting a family owned shop, The Hammock Factory, we bought a hand loomed/woven hammock for Flyer. The owner and weaver, Artima and her young son Mateo offered the best quality in town.
So, for the time being, we’re taking La Paz in stride while reaping all that the area affords.
Estamos enviando sol su camino — we’re sending sunshine your way