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!  

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December 1 Honeymoon Cove, Isla Danzante

December 1

Oh my goodness 24 days till Christmas. Anyway, enough of that.

We have just upped the anchor and headed north out of Agua Verde, after spending the night. A little rolly-polly but nothing untoward. This morning I took the kayak to the beach and walked partway up the rocky hill next to us so I could get photos of the boat from above. Marginal success but at least I got some exercise! There is a small SUV with a rooftop tent parked on the beach, with a little kayak and an outdoor cooker - more than one way to see the world! The young owners went for a walk into town this morning, how energetic! We have done that walk before - best done in the morning for sure. There are also some local fishermen camped out and working from this beach - more people here than we saw the last time we stayed in Agua Verde.

On my way back to the boat I stopped and chatted to the couple on the only other powerboat in the bay. Another story from some almost full-timers.they have been doing the rounds down here for a number of years. Again, everyone seems pretty happy about the life style they have chosen!

Back on Northern Ranger II after some discussion and breakfast we decided to leave. It is tempting to stay another day but I am looking forward to trying out new anchorages. The sooner we get up to Puerto Escondido the sooner I can access the Internet to set up the satellite phone to allow me to use it to post my blog, so that is kind of driving me today. That and hearing that our broker, after showing someone our 46, wants to ask us some questions. Nerve wracking when we can't just phone him (sat phone to US cell in Mexico not a great connection).

Anyway, there's a place called Honeymoon Cove that is looking awfully pretty, and the couple on the Bristol Channel Cutter told me about another bay on the other side of Isla Carmen. Time flies when you are having fun and I want to make the most of every day!

Later. Honeymoon Cove it is. It is situated on a small island called Isla Danzante, across from Puerto Escondido. It is a rocky, craggy, unwelcoming piece of real estate jutting out of the sea with a few coves that provide safe harbour and beautiful (dare I say paradise-like) surroundings. It looks not so much like a dancer, rather more like a dragon that has fallen into the sea. The sun is setting and the moon is rising and the bees are amassing around the boat. That's the only negative everything else is perfect. We had large fish jumping and gamboling around us as we maneuvered in, and I even saw a turtle. Also, on the way here suddenly, we had cell coverage, although it was quite spotty. Quick chats to as many people as I could in the short time I was able, including a text to the broker.

Other than that - I have been kayaking, we have spent a few hours snorkeling, and then I went kayaking again as the sun set. It is absolutely gorgeous here - there are three boats, one in each of the lobes of the cove - perfect privacy. One sailboat is from France, and he came over very quickly to ask us if it would be OK if he started his compressor to fill their dive tanks - he was quite concerned about the noise. They really are a little ways away from us and the noise was no worse than listening to our own generator. He gave us some tips about where to snorkeland offered to speak to us in French, Spanish or English. Nice guy!

There are birds to watch and fish to amuse us and the air is calm. Looking around I feel as if I have landed in some grand movie set - it's otherworldly but in a beautiful way. Rocks seem to have fallen out of the sky, or been thrust out of the earth in a jumble and tumble of red and white and greenmist makes the distant mountains (Sierra La Giganta) softly purple and gorgeous in the gold glow of the sunset. Considering all of Baja is volcanic rocks, tumbling out of the sky and emerging from the earth aren't too far of the mark, I reckon.

The snorkeling was great. The water was relatively clear, more so when the sun came out from behind the clouds. There were lots of the usual fish, and a few new ones. There was also a garden of huge sea urchins(!) and some crown of thorns starfish. Also, lots of little thin starfishvery prettyand I was able to get down to see some slate pencil urchins tucked into deep crevasses. Above the waterline, our favourite crimson crabs were on the rocks. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get pictures of everything - some OK footage but there were a few things I was trying to get (some crazy rockfish!!! deep down!) and the GoPro camera just refused to download all the last pictures I took. I think I overloaded it! We were out there almost two hours - even though it's warm here, the water isn't as toasty as it is closer to La Paz. Our core temperatures kind of went down after a while and even I had to admit defeat and go back to the boat for a hot shower.

After I figured out dinner (more dorado yum) I went out for a kayak to scope out some more snorkeling spots. This place has amazing rock formations and boulders that have just heaved themselves into the water, places for fish to play and birds to fish. I can hardly wait to get back in the water tomorrow.

Tonight the moon is almost full. I heard today that Sunday is a Super Moon - I remember we were down here last year, sitting in Isla San Francisco with Tom and Phyllis, when the moon rose up. HUUGE!!!! no way could I get a picture of it coming up. But I got a cool pic of it coming down the next day, landing on a big plinth of stone on the opposite side of the bay - still one of my favourite pictures ever. Hopefully we will be somewhere that will give us a great view on Sunday.

As usual, our itinerary is written in sand at low tide. There is some weather (norther) coming in several days from now, and we are questioning our plans to get as far as Bahia Concepcion. That bay continues to elude us! Although who knows, things can change. But we don't want to be up there, get caught a few days with crummy weather, and have to head back south in a hurry with 25 knot winds behind us. Although, come to think of itwe have spent a lot of time doing just that. But once again, a firm itinerary gets in the way. I am looking forward to a time when, like the boaters I have met over the past few days, ETA is truly just an estimate, and the weather and how we feel will dictate when we move (and whether we need fish). We met a couple on the water up north a few years ago. The name of their boat was NOETA. It was a nice name but I knew there was something else behind it. I asked, and they told me: Noand then spell it outNO E T A. Seemed like a great name after that! I sincerely hope they are still living out that motto somewhere!

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sandra nerreter 11/22/2017

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


Jim & Tara 8/28/2017
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.
---Reply posted by TimothySops on 2/14/2018
Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to seek out someone with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is something that's needed on the internet, someone with slightly originality. useful job for bringing one thing new to the web!
---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!)
BillC 4/27/2017
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?
Kim 10/31/2016

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 !!!


Mary Lou 5/16/2016
...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.