Northern Ranger Heads South - New Latitudes, New Adventures! 

Northern Ranger, our 46 foot Nordhavn foreverboat, is now down in La Paz, Mexico, after two fun-filled and exciting  voyages - one in September, which saw us go from Vancouver BC to San Diego California in eight days, and the second in November, when we joined the CUBAR rally and hopped down to La Paz in eleven days. Now we can start doing what we  have dreamed of doing - spend time cruising around the Sea of Cortez and maybe going even farther one day! 

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!  


Well, I am certainly grateful for days like this! I promised I wouldn't write again until we started out in the GWB on our trip North.... but hey - I'm allowed to change my mind.

Last night we spent a delightful afternoon/evening with the OTHER Talbott's ( n/b the two t's) from Tororontto... on board their gorgeous N63 Piredmus... They were part of the Cubar last year, but we hadn't had a tour yet and I have to say, she is one beautiful ship! Tim and Michelle are rightfully proud of the great job they did on designing the perfect boat for their needs. Storage! storage! storage! and a walk around upright and don't hit your head engine room. Not to mention just a real pretty boat inside and pretty darn shiny and new outside. Not that I am jealous ( it's OK Northern Ranger we love you best!!!! ) but.....

I also had a chance to meet up with the owners of a large lovely sailboat who have "been there done that" all the way to the South Pacific and back. And why did they come back??? because although the South Pacific was fantastic, the Sea of Cortez is special. Great stories, looking forward to hearing more, specifically the ones about cruising down the Mexican mainland coast. Already started dreaming of La Cruz and parts further south! Although we have been thwarted in our efforts to see more of the Sea, and I know that there are special places up north waiting for us to explore. Hopefully, though, the future will see us executing a passage south, as we don't want to become too comfortable here and be one of those boats ten years later... not that there is anything wrong with that!!!! Just more to see...more to explore...

After dinner with Tim and Michelle and a relatively early bedtime, we actually slept in.. until 7!!! woohoo! and.. we woke up to wishing we had put the comforter on. Winter comes to Costa Baja - 17 degrees outside ( I know, LOL! LMAO! WINTER?????)   I threw the down comforter over Lawrence so he could enjoy a few more minutes of warmth, and checked up on the great outdoors. If only I was quicker! The security guard was doing his rounds wearing a large toque, winter coat, winter gloves, and winter boots. He moved out of my camera range too quickly but I sure enjoyed watching him. Guess the locals' blood is a lot thinner than ours. He must have thought we Canadian Gringoes are crazy, wandering around in shorts, sandals, and shirt sleeves.

However the sun warms everything up pretty quickly, so by 10:00 he was back in his whites and jaunty pith helmet. 

Now we have spent the day just puttering on board NRI - I have dusted the inside of the camper, and have started plotting where I am going to put STUFF that is going home. And then organizing that same STUFF in the boat so that when I am ready I can transfer it. That and food - we have to eat for 7 days while we are on the road, so at some point I have to do another fairly good shopping. But first we have to clean out the fridge and freezer of leftover food from the boat trip.

The laundry is probably ready, Lawrence is downstairs vacuuming something ( I think he is revamping the guest cabin getting rid  of an extraneous computer and monitor to make more room for the printer).. time to take a few bags to the camper and pick up the (  maybe ) last load of clean clothes. Edging closer to Pool Time - we didn't go  yesterday

( much more enjoyed hanging out on Piredmus!) but I think  a snack by the pool is in order. 

So unless something ELSE fun and exciting happens that's it. 

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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


---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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