Northern Ranger Heads South - New Latitudes, New Adventures! 

We have had a change of heart - a while ago we had the opportunity to trade up to a Nordhavn 50. It was too much of a deal to pass up, and although we absolutely love the 46, we saw an opening for dealing with the un-acknowledged two foot ( four foot) itis and we bought Worknot, an N50 we had the pleasure of meeting on the 2015 Cubar cruise. The story has unfolded through this blog somewhat - and now we have done the Cubar 2017, in our new Northern Ranger II - another stellar Nordhavn that we have totally fallen in love with. 

In a perfect world, we would be able to keep the 46 up in Canada and cruise her around the Pacific Northwest, but that is not possible. We are hoping that someone will fall in love with her the way we did, and we will once again be a one boat family ( I lie .... we have about 14 little boats up at the lake and down on the coast and on the 50 - but it would be nice to divest ourself of the 46 and make someone else's life perfect the way ours was when we found her.

And so the story continues - we are back in Mexico, the future is unclear but I see more cruising ahead! And again, we have found the boat of our dreams, our forever boat, and we know she will take us on lots more adventures! 

Some photos from our two legs down to La Paz - Anacortes to San Diego, and then the Cubar Rally , from San Diego to La Paz!  

Winding Down in La Paz

We had just deposited Tom and Phyllis at the bus terminal in La Paz and have returned to an empty boat! A clean boat! A boat that is in better condition than when we arrived, mechanically as well as cosmetically, thanks to Tom and Phyllis! They laughed and asked us about our “back of the head party” we would be having tonight - I guess that’s what they do in the Bahamas when the guests leave. None of that here! They were great guests, and we certainly kept Tom busy in the engine room ( and Phyllis busy in the kitchen) so no one was bored.

It was a great holiday - too bad we couldn’t show them as much of the Sea of Cortez as we would have liked, but that is boating. It all worked out and they saw some of our favourite places so it’s all good.

And of course we always enjoyed our evenings by the pool - always something to see and people to talk to, and aside from the bitey bugs that got to us once the sun went down ( at 5:30... weird.. never get used to that)... a wonderful place to end our day.

Now we are relaxing a bit and working a bit. Camper needs packing and readying for Phase 3 of Larry and Penny’s excellent adventure, the Overland Version part Two. Kayaks have been put away until next time ( three weeks from now, to be exact… right after Christmas).

We leave  here Friday, so there are a few days to relax and also to visit boating friends. Hopefully another day in La Paz is in order - we have put the Grady back on the trailer so it will have to be by bus ( driving the truck and camper around is a bit of a difficult task).

We had a wonderful evening with Christy and Ken the other night, and their kids and grandkiddly - but now they have to leave to go home and hopefully bring their boat back down here  before Christmas. Adventurous souls! 

The weather is changing somewhat - this morning it was almost cool. However, that quickly changes as the wind drops and the sun is high in the sky - I am sitting beside the camper ( to catch the good wifi) up in the parking lot thinking I may move my chair into the shade. The local security guards and other various and sundry workers like to hang out in the shade of the truck, they will miss it when we go! 

It’s been a great trip, although broken up by engine troubles, but I am looking forward to heading home ( maybe not into the weather up north but after all, it is winter). 

Signs of Christmas around La Paz reminds me that the season is near, hard to think about when the bougainvillaea is in riotous bloom and the coconut palms are growing lush and green. 

So unless something totally exciting happens, I will sign off for a few days and return to regular programming while we are on the road. This time, we know what to expect through the Baja - but we are a bit unsure ( in my case nervous) about what we will find once we get through Southern California. Snow and Ice aren’t on my wish list until I am safely home! 

And then you can bring on winter all you like!

Because pretty soon, I will be back here.. hopefully I will do a better job of inflating my kayak and keeping it inflated.. but I will be out in it! 

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Loved reading your blog Penny.   How will I know when you post something or do I have to go in and "look"?


 sandra nerreter  11/22/2017


How exciting for you!  A new boat is always a dream come true.  I came across NRI for sale on which brought me here, and I have enjoyed reading your blog entries.  It has been my life's dream to own a N46 for my wife and I to retire to, one day.  We can always dream!  Fair winds and following seas to you, and maybe we will see you along the way, some day.

 Jim & Tara  8/28/2017


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---Reply posted by Penny Talbot on 8/28/2017
Hi Jim and Tara! thanks for the kind words... we have loved NRI and she is a wonderful vessel to retire on - hold onto the dream, and I hope that you find your forever boat waiting for you in the future! ( just not ours... although that would be lovely... but we would really like to sell her earlier than later.. she has many many miles end years of adventures in her yet and she needs to be out there making someone very, very happy!)

Looks kinda hot. Still be rainy and cool here for a few months. WAnt to trade? No really that sun can be very bad for your skin. And any more than 5 drinks a day can be bad for you, but need 7 for hydration, or at least good dance moves. What's a girl to do?

 BillC  4/27/2017


GREAT photos Penny !!!  Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure !!!!

Travel safe and we will see you soon, in La Paz at Costa Baja !!!


 Kim   10/31/2016


...getting up at 3 in the morning to look at the stars... I love it, such a picture in my mind. I'm so enjoying your travels Penny. I feel like I'm in your back pocket...learning so much about living on the water.

 Mary Lou  5/16/2016


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