A perfect week in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

I was awakened by the shriek of a great-tailed grackle or Mexican grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus). Over the next seven days, I would hear the call of many a Yucatan peninsula bird and see even more of them. The four of us, Stretch, Miriam, Sam and myself, rented a two-bedroom condo steps away from [...]

By |2020-01-26T09:56:04-08:00April 19th, 2016|Categories: Food and Wine, Travel, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cervezas, Tacos & Fiestas in a sailboat

Living the dream We’re in the beautiful port/beach city of La Paz on the Sea of Cortez. The trip from Los Cabos was relatively uneventful, except for the very uncomfortable anchorages in Los Frailles and Los Muertos where the waves caused the boat to roll all night. I’ll tell you a little about the food, [...]

Baja-Ha-Ha — San Diego CA to CA-BO Mexico

It’s hard to believe that we left San Diego just two weeks ago as we’ve already had what seems like a mini-lifetime of cruising experiences on the Baja-HaHa. Before I tell you about the adventures and misadventures, we have to give major props to Latitude 38 for organizing the HaHa as it is [...]

Mother Nature and Pirates on a sailboat

October 16, 2013 – It took a while, but we did finally leave the marina on Monday, September 30. The sun was shining, and there was virtually no wind, so we started motor-sailing from Oxnard to Santa Cruz Island, where we planned to spend the night before sailing to Catalina Island the next [...]

Honoring Veteran’s Day in Italy

Originally a group of five motorcycles leaving Rome together, the two riders behind us were no longer visible in our rear view mirrors, and I hoped the riders were okay. The ride to Rome began as a road trip from Naples to the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery to lay a wreath honoring Veteran's Day. [...]

By |2017-03-22T07:59:40-07:00March 13th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Europe, Travel & Leisure|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Imperial Beach in a 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Pier South Resort and Imperial Beach are a combination of Frank Sinatra meets Key West. Over the Coronado bridge, all the way down the peninsula Imperial Beach is a throwback to Key West, to the island ways. Life looks simple; the weather is warm, the breeze is soft, the people are pleasant. Hemingway [...]

Living the dream in a sailboat

September 27, 2013 - We can’t believe it’s been over a month since we left our jobs but it’s been crazy busy. Of course, we had to start with a little downtime, so we spent some time at adult Disneyland aka Vegas. Since then it’s been endless weeks of getting the boat ready [...]

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves in Southern Italy

No Italiano Flying down the toll road in my Fiat 500, I saw the woman from a distance. The Telepass lanes came up fast and choosing the right lane in Italy is always critical. I had euros - cash - and quickly looked for a green light indicating an open, cash lane. There were none. [...]

Three gallons of gasoline in three days in a 2016 Nissan Sentra

The resort at Pelican Hill While others are covering plants, stocking wood for fires and turning up the heat, I am sliding open the balcony door at The Resort at Pelican Hill to breathe in the seventy-degree salt-tinged ocean air. The resort is right on the Newport Beach coastline, a perfect place for [...]

23 hours of fun in Florida in a Buick Cascada

Buick Cascada Convertible Miami, Florida has a vibe, a smell that comes off the ocean that puts your mind at ease. We're here for a quick 23 hours, but we are making the most of it. I throw my stuff on the crisp white bed at the Edition Hotel, jump in a Buick [...]

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