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Thursday, November 26, 2015

DAY OF THANKS - REMEMBERING THE MEANING OF TODAY




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Monday, October 12, 2015

MEXICAN RETROSPECTION - MY BAJA MEXICO, SEA OF CORTEZ ADVENTURE VIDEO

Miss the Baja Mexico posts?  
Here is a video of my entire trip in less than five minutes.

Have a seat, turn up the volume, and enjoy!


MEXICO RETROSPECTION - MY BAJA MEXICO, SEA OF CORTEZ ADVENTURE VIDEO





"Don't die without embracing the daring adventure your 
life is meant to be."  --Steve Paulina



(Many video and picture credits go to Michelle Huey!  
Thank you my friend!)

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

DAY 8 - HOLA MEXICO! MY TRIP TO BAJA MEXICO, SEA OF CORTEZ SERIES


DAY 8...


On the morning of my last day, the sun once again made its presence as it peeked over the water on the Sea of Cortez, it reached out and touched my face for a final time.  A level of sadness hit me as I knew this was the end of waking up and staring out of my hammock to see the ocean horizon and the beautiful views around me.

As expected, I was just warming up to the routine of this magical place, and now the time has come for me to leave.  It's been a life changing trip.  Seeing different things through culture, people, and environments reminds oneself of what a huge, wonderful world we live in.  Appreciation of the similarities in our humanity but at the same time, recognizing the differences that make us unique.

Not wanting to miss one opportunity to see and experience new things, we were up with the sun.  Neighbors, Paul and Julie invited us for a boat ride to the north point of the bay for some snorkeling.  Having their boat parked just off shore from the beach in front of their house, we took their small dingy, and headed out early.

Paul and Julie's boat in the early morning light.


View from the boat looking to the shore. 


View of Los Barriles 


Paul getting the boat ready.



Michelle getting the boat tutorial.



The northern end of Los Barriles.



North Point



Paul getting ready for his dive.
Paul and Julie are skin divers.  They have been doing this since the 1980's.  Skin diving is the the act of underwater diving without the aide of a scuba tank.  The divers hold their breath while maneuvering under water.



Paul with his extra long fins.
These fins are specific to skin divers.  With the extended length of the fin, the diver is much more efficient and is able to reach measurable depths with a lot less effort than a scuba diver.  Paul has been to depths over 100'.





Paul is also very good at spear fishing.  You can see the spear in his right hand with the red end.  Spear fishing is popular among skin divers.  It is an effective and ancient fishing technique.  



Paul uses a brightly colored buoy to mark his whereabouts and to warn other boats that a diver is in the area.


video

Here is a video of Julie making an ascent.




The north point offered a variety of fish.
















A needle fish



A unique shot of a needle fish that Michelle captured.


Diving down was fun but took a pretty good effort with a buoyant neoprene wetsuit and no weight.  You had to work for it!


Two thumbs up for the good stuff.

After we got back from snorkeling, Brian was hard at work in the kitchen making some of the best seafood chowder I've ever tasted.  Brian was nice enough to share the recipe and gave me permission to share it with you!

Here ya go!

BRIAN'S SEAFOOD CHOWDER


BACON - 1/2 PACKAGE, CHOPPED
ONION - 1 WHOLE, DICED
CHICKEN STOCK - 1 CARTON

POTATOES - 5, DICED
CARROTS - 3 LARGE, DICED
GARLIC - 1 BULB, MINCED

CHARDONNAY WHITE WINE - 1 CUP
WORCESTERSHIRE - 1 OZ
TOMATO SAUCE - 1, 8 OZ CAN
STEWED TOMATOES - 1, 16 OZ CAN
HOT SAUCE - COUPLE OF SHAKES (1/2 tsp)

WHITE MUSHROOMS - 10, SLICED
CELERY - 4 STALKS

SHRIMP - 1 POUND
FISH - 1 POUND
CLAMS - 2 POUNDS, IN THE SHELL
SCALLOPS - 1 POUND



HALF AND HALF - 1 PINT

  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, cook the bacon until browned.  
  • Add onion and cook until it begins to get soft.  
  • Add chicken stock.  
  • Add potatoes, carrots, garlic, white wine, worcestershire, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, and hot sauce.  Cook for about eight minutes, or until potatoes and carrots are slightly fork tender.  
  • Add the mushrooms, celery, shrimp, fish, clams, and scallops.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  
  • Add the half and half and heat through slowly.  Do not boil.
  • Serve and enjoy!






As I reflect back on my trip, I take time to remember not just the things I saw but, the things I felt.  Total strangers treating you as if they already knew you as they welcomed you into their establishments, their homes, and their lives.  It is these feelings that I embrace and maintain in my positive outlook for mankind.  With all of the negativity in the world, it is the positive that I seek.  It is the positive that keeps a smile on my face and a warmth in my heart.  The positive that makes you want to live life to the fullest, dig deep, and release your true inner self.  The positive to move forward and make a difference.  A difference for myself and more importantly, a positive difference to those I am around.


Always..."No Dias Malos" (No Bad Days)

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."     -- Jawaharial Nehru

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DAY 7 - HOLA MEXICO! MY TRIP TO BAJA MEXICO, SEA OF CORTEZ SERIES

Day 7 already!  

What happened on day seven you ask?  

Well...this!


Click on the link:  
CABO PULMO SCUBA DIVE
turn up the volume, 
sit back and enjoy the video!




"The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish."  
--Jacques Cousteau


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Monday, August 31, 2015

DAY 6 - HOLA MEXICO! MY TRIP TO BAJA MEXICO, SEA OF CORTEZ SERIES


Day 6!
Are you going fishing again?  Why wouldn't I?!  Vacation is supposed to consist of relaxing by the pool and sipping cocktails, right?  Well, maybe for some.  I myself prefer to be seeking new experiences and trying new things.  This vacation has proven to be just that.  Never had I been deep sea fishing in warm water before.  Even though the hurricane put a pretty good hurt on the fishing, we were bound and determined to get something, somewhere!  Lack of effort was certainly not the issue on this trip.  Even so, without the fish, this place has certainly won my heart over and I am already looking forward to the next chance to get back down here.

Up and at'em at 06:00 again.  It is so peaceful waking up every morning to the sun smiling at you while you swing gently in your hammock overlooking the Sea of Cortez!

Today it got serious!  We invited a local and friend of Brian and Michelle's to come with us to help us find some rooster fish!  Luis is well known in the area for his fishing skills and his ability to find these somewhat elusive and beautiful fish.  

A rooster fish is easily identified by its distinct "rooster combs" along its dorsal.

(Picture courtesy of imghoot.com)

Back to the marina to load up the boat.


Gear ready for the trip.


This is Luis.
Our guide for finding the beautiful rooster fish.
Super nice guy!


Luis at the helm.


Today we headed south to the known rooster grounds.


A small light house on the point.


Luis prepping the bait.





Beautiful houses along the coastline.
Everyone here was waving as we went by.  





Looking for any sign of game fish.


These crazy brown pelicans hung out on the wall at the marina.
They were often found bugging the bait boat and sneaking their share of the catch.  Funny characters indeed!


Back on land and yes, time for lunch back at
Restaurant Bar "La Costa"!

Did you think I would pass these up?
I think not!
Today I gave the fish tacos a try.
Uh, yes, just as delicious as the shrimp tacos from yesterday.
This place knows how to make your belly smile.


During this visit,
I took some pictures of the fish oriented decorations.
This is a fish scale.


Shark jaws!


I loved the colors and the light through the bamboo!


Yes, I know, it's a sink but I love the contrasts of color, the mix of materials, and the light shapes in the sink bowl.





On the way back to the house through La Ribera,
I spotted some very cool wall advertisements.  


The rustic design is amongst my favorite.





After we got back to the house, Michelle and I again grabbed the Razor and went for a spin around the area.
Here is a perfect example of how hard the salt air is on all things metal.


I was hoping to see one and we did!  This is one of the neighborhood road runners.
I kept looking for Wile E. Coyote, but no luck.


Crazy stout cactus.


Sweet faces.


Although the desert is a very harsh and dry environment, it manages to produce some beautiful flowers!


Getting ready to bloom!


A good example of look but don't touch!








Skeletal remains of a cactus.


Yes, these are donkeys just cruising through town.








Cemetery sky line.


A perfect sunset to another fantastic day.

We were able to get a few aggressive bites and a couple on but was only for a short moment.  We never did catch a rooster fish.  We did in fact spot quite a few but they had other things on their mind than taking a slurp at our offering.  

It's hard to believe that this vacation is close to being over but tomorrow holds more adventure.
Time to hit the deep water and join the fish scuba diving.
If you can't catch'em, join'em!!

"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it."  --Harry Middleton
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