2016 was a big travel year for us. We work hard so we can play hard and we pulled out the stops in celebration of our 25 years together.
Sailing is my husband’s passion and he has us signed up on a crew list called Latitude38. I describe it as a ‘dating site for sailors’. It’s been a dream of Jim’s to sail the Baja Ha Ha which typically starts in San Diego and ends in Cabo San Lucas. It’s a group of sailors all boating down together at the end of October. I chose our last adventure –BALI– so it was his turn to plan our next destination. He connected with Jules and Jeff through the sailing site who are currently sailing/living on the El Gato, an amazing catamaran in Ensenada. They needed to get their beautiful boat down to Mazatlan and enlisted our help. Of course it’s a little unnerving meeting up with complete strangers and agreeing to spend 3 weeks in tight quarters so we did a little meet and greet for a few days before hand to see if we were a good match. (.. like a coffee date before agreeing to dinner haha) Getting there was similar to the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”; flying to San Diego, driving to the border, walking across said border, taking a bus to the boat. It does seem like a strange way to make friends and travel buddies but when it works- it works. Jeff and Jules- Jim and Jess… or as we call ourselves #jcruise (along with adorable Roxy and Chance the lovable doggies) were a great match agreeing on most things relating to sailing and also politically which given our political climate, was important to all of us.
We enjoyed deserted beaches, amazing sunsets, fishing and the resulting ceviche, dolphin brigades, sunshine and laughter. The sturdy ‘El Gato’ carried us over 900 nautical miles in about 3 weeks. We dressed up for Halloween, an impromptu 80’s day and spent time kayaking, shell collecting and reading. Nothing like being completely ‘unplugged’ in the middle of the ocean to get me through a stack of books.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to make new friends, see new places and have a grand adventure. We look forward to future sailing endeavors with #jcruise!