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 2 Honeymoon Cove, Isla Danzante

December 2nd

Second day in Honeymoon Cove. There is only the other sailboat and ourselves here, although a panga brought a group to the beach for the day: did not affect us as we left in the morning to go adventuring and were gone most of the day.

First, (after a breakfast of dorado kedgeree yummy!) we headed over to Puerto Escondido in the dinghy to scope it out and to see if we could get some cell phone coverage. Worked like a charm - trip over in the dinghy was good, scenery is amazing, going into the bay was interesting (they are dredging the entrance channel and working hard to create a whole new marina). We fueled up (very nice staff, were very polite about my efforts at speaking Mexican Spanish) then we sat for half an hour while I tried to make it possible for me to blog via e-mail through Lawrence's laptop and the satellite phone. I sent a panic email to Ken Williams, thinking "This will never work!!!!", but it was answered almost immediately as he was sitting waiting for me in Cabo. Well, maybe not waiting for me, but he was there to answer the call and after a few false starts and a balky email that refused to go out, it was all fixed. Thank heavens. Proof positive that the Talkspot blog site is everything and then some!

After heaving a sigh of relief, having a little walk around to see what's changed (the fancy restaurant is gone but now there is a cafe with a real-life wood burning pizza oven!!!!) we hopped in the dinghy (oh, and they had my favourite wine at the market store, which has changed too) and off we went back to our little island anchorage. Amazing that this place is just a short dinghy ride away from Puerto Escondido and yetjust two boats here. We went around the top of the island and picked out a perfect spot for snorkeling - jumped out of the dinghyand that was it. What a wonderful place! We both got lost in the underwater, each seeing something different but I had the Go-Pro so only I can prove what I saw! It was different, and it was beautiful. Afterwards, we both pour through our various books to see if we can remember and identify what we saw.having a background in Marine Biology helps, we both want to know what it was we were looking at). Afterwards, we crawled back into the dinghy and did some gunkholing, following the reefs and admiring the (hundreds of) pelicans. We both also saw a blue footed booby, hanging out alone with a group of Pelicans. Why???just one???? who knows!!!?

Eventually we found our way home - still just the other sailboat and ourselves in the bay. I wasn't ready to give up the day yetit was calm, it was flat, it was windlessso we brought down the paddle board and..yes..yesI did it! I sat, I kneeled, I paddled, and I stood up and paddled, and I DID NOT FALL!!! I credit my yoga - Eric off of Sprezzatura did tell me that if I could do the Tree pose I could probably paddle boardand sure enough!! Thank you Perfect Hearts and Belinda and Yolaine and all my other yoga gurus. It's been a while but obviouslysomething stuck!

With that task done it was time to settle down and clean up and plan dinner. Chicken Mole is on the stove. Lawrence keeps walking through and sniffing and commenting on how good it smells.the sun has gone behind the hills, there are clouds in the sky but it is calm and warm. There were places in Alaska that I felt this calmnessRed Bluffs comes to mind. I had the good fortune to travel for two weeks there with my friends Denis and Mary Umstot on Teka III, and it reinforced my desire to spend a lot of time up North...just not yet. This is like Red Bluffs and a few of the other places we anchored and just soaked up the solitude and the ambience. Just - not so green. And a lot warmer. And some really cool fish. and no icebergs.

So that's our day in a nutshell. I get up before the sun risesmake my teaLawrence's coffeebreakfastwe get out and do stufflunch gets forgotten...dinner gets started before the sun goes down so we can eat while it's relatively lightand by the time dinner is over and dishes are done, it is dark. And I'm ready for bed! Sleepwake.repeat. Just read a quick headline on my phone saying something about a snowy winter. HmmmOK OK. I love the snow and the cold and winter. Looking forward to it. For a while. And then. we're coming back!

NRII beauty shot.jpg
NRII beauty shot.jpg


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.