Happy Thanksgiving one and all

Jess is washing the boat, she is salty from 4 days sailing…

Me?  I am weather watching on computer models.  So, when we were questioning the logic of coming back to Mazatlán or continuing on to Puerto Vallarta, the correct answer may have been to continue on!  So it goes !

Shingles:  We did find out that the quickest doctor visit was a dingy ride over to El Cid marina, walk up the fuel dock to the “House Doctor” sign just down from the “Harbor Master” signs.  Consultation, diagnosis and prescriptions $35 USD.  Drug of choice:

Consultation, diagnosis and prescriptions $35 USD.  Drug of choice:

Aciclovir, also known as acyclovir and acycloguanosine, is an antiviral medication. It is primarily used for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infections, chickenpox, and shingles. Other uses include prevention of cytomegalovirus i… Treatment is 3 times a day for 7 days 1000 mg. Cost for 2 days was $400 peso or $25.5 USD… AND a cicloferon spray (acyclovir/lidocaine spray) 50ml, it may last 7 days?, for another $400 peso or $25.5 USD… Jim is an expensive boy!

On to the weather watching:

http:/windyty.com  Windyty is kinda cool to watch


http://wxug.us/1s29c  Weather underground setup to watch storm path models


http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac  NOAA national hurricane center tools…

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https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/wxmap_cgi/cgi-bin/wxmap_loop.cgi?area=nvg_tropepac&dtg=2015112406&prod=prp&tau=000&set=All   A USN model site:


There are more weather sites, but,  enough is enough?

More later, the fridge just quit working and jess is emptying the lazarette.  Woo hoo!



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OK, Maybe not…

We thought we were ready to get the show on the road.  Figured we could handle the storm stuff FINE.  Headed out to Isla Isabella Saturday at 3:00 PM.  Sailed some, motored some arrived around 7:30AM 21Nov to find a beautiful anchorage just south of the rocks to the east of the island.  It is really the only anchorage at the island, all others are NOT GOOD!  This is probably our 4th time to stay overnight at the island and really there is only one anchorage and it ONLY fits one boat!   The draw is location and water clarity it’s the clearest anchorage on the pacific coast of mainland MX (N. of Acapulco, we haven’t bees south of Acapulco yet!!!)


Some photos:

So why are we back in Mazatlán?  Remember the GRIB plots from the last post?  We were thinking that the storm might not get north of Puerto Vallarta, but the forecast changed to Mazatlán or points in between, or???  We decided that the nice double finger tie we have at Mazatlán is better than taking pot luck at any other marina, San Blas, or the 4 in Banderas Bay.  AND figuring that the UPHILL run would only get worse as the storm builds, we ran back up to Mazatlán last night.  Arrived here at 7:00AM for high tide +4.3 ft. entering the harbor…

(Note we got too close to the red marker on the way out 3 days ago and touched bottom at 6.75 foot (minus the 3 inch touch) it was about +2.25 tide at the time too… So stay to the middle of the channel when passing between the red and green lights at the entrance here in Mazatlán)


ALSO:  Jim caught a little cold before we left and then showed a rash.  The rash got worse and hurt some so we came back to get it checked out at the Doctors here…  Diagnosis is Herpes (Shingles)…  Wah.  Jess is picking up drugs and Jim is staying out of the sun !  Stuff happens!

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And a screen shots of windyty.com GRIB predictions for the next few days:





We shall see!


Fin (for now)


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2015 ready to go

Hey all,  we have been in Mazatlán since Nov 9, 2015.

We arrived on the 9th, stayed at Oceana Pacific hotel on the beach near El Cid resort…  It was nice, they have a lovely complex but tried to get us to a FREE breakfast which turned into a timeshare pitch down the street at Luna Palace, we bailed and walked back a couple blocks to the hotel and packed out to go open the boat as planned…

Some photos….

Boat was fine, we got everything opened, hung, tightened, cleaned, etc.  Took a shakedown cruise around the 18th and now on the 20th we are looking to head south to Isla Maria Isabella and then over to San Blas.

There is a named storm out there, “Rick” and a couple spinners projected after, but the projection is for 9 days away…  We are heading out and can hide at San Blas if it gets bad!

SPOT will be on every night at 6:00PM MST and friend John is watching for us!

The current 20Nov , and a projection for 29Nov:

We are off, more from San Blas!



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Jessica got to spend quite a bit of time with her dad, Franklin Miles, this last year.  She is appreciative for the opportunity life afforded her…   She says she got to know her dad a little better.

I got to spend some time this year at 966 Van Auken as well and it was definitely not awful.

Frank was born December 15, 1933.  He passed quietly at home at 10:45 AM on August 29, 2015.

I have a few photos, collected, taken, found, and thought I would put them up here, many people visited and we did not get a photo, I am very sorry.  If you have some to share, email em to me or Jessica and I’ll put em here…

Found at 966…  I loaded them and linked them here 161 photos from a 2006 trip to France taht looks like they enjoyed quite a bit!  Link:  https://goo.gl/photos/pnQueyDYXaFG6VvbA

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Some random photos…

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The 2015 trip to France, was a lot of work for Frank, but we think he liked the hard work…

Link to April 26 ish:        https://goo.gl/photos/yJkEJthxeUhqEvYr6



Links to collections of the trip photos…          https://goo.gl/photos/7MKJvv5iHJjdE8rV6



And some photos form July and August 2015:

This is not an obituary or epitaph.  Just sharing a few photos.  There were many times when we did not take photos, however, those who came to visit; family, friends, co-workers, and share some memories with Frank over the last few months were surely the bright moments in his last days and weeks …

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Been a while -Techie…

Hey all,  I will put together what I can on our time with Frank soon as I can. Been on the road some…

In the interim, I thought I would do a Techie post.  Not too long, but interesting.

I had heard, someplace, that a little toothpaste would do wonders for small scratches in plastics.  I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, on the polycarbonate (lexan) windows in the boat dodger prior to this.  So it seems the plastic needs to be pretty hard surface, unlike the lexan…

Frank’s 2000 Honda Accord had a newer clear plastic headlight assembly on the passenger side, replaced after a fender bender a while ago, and the original on the drivers side.  The original was scored And foggy from California sunshine, maybe?

Some photos…

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So we tried the “toothpaste solution”  to see how it did… Stopped and took a photo half way thru the polishing…


And took a couple when finished, we just put a little toothpaste on the corner of a clean damp cloth and did that small circular polishing motion and the cloudy, foggy just disappeared …

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Here are before and after photos side by side…


Pretty happy with the results, saves $45 ish for a new plastic headlight assembly (eBay prices) and the removing of the bumper in order to change the headlight assembly…


FIN for now…


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Stranger things happen

We talked to lots o folks, studied the weather patterns, scratched our heads, tucked our tails, and are putting the idea of heading north to bed for this season…

Friends Gil and Lexi are heading inland to do some sight seeing and will try again next in the fall…

I am heading back to San Francisco for family and friends… A bus and a plane ride away.

Storms and more storms… This model shows the storms following one after the other up the coast predicted for a 12 days out…


After Dolores spins out up off the coast of California the northerlies fill in blowing down the Baja pacific coast …  Here are the current conditions showing we would have headwinds around 20 Knots and waves in the 4 to 8 foot range…


FIN again


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Planning for a trip uo the coast…

Hey all, planning a trip from Mazatlanupthe coast to San Diego (ish) …  Here are the tools we are using tocheck the weather prior to departure.

Date 2015 Jul 17:

This is the NOAA Tropical weather outlook site…   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=epac&fdays=2

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Here isthe Navy Waveand wind model site:


Note the date in the link, it should change to the current date when you try it… Below is youtube link to screen of 240 hour loop…  Looks like another system follows as Delores moves up the coast…

And here is a youtube of the Maxsea program running a simulation combining the route from Mazatlan toEnsenada with GRIB data from UGRIB…

We notice that after the storm passes the winds on the outside of the Baja seen to kick up pretty strong northerlies…  Along with the storm swell, not favorable conditions for beating up the coast…

SOOOOO  we may not embark right away, we will , however, wait and see if the storm that MAY follow Delores WILL actually develop?

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Koog Zaandijk Bet yo can’t say that 3 times fast

After Paris, Champagne, Mont Saint Michel, Paris again we bussed up to Amsterdam and 20 minute train up to Koog Zaandijg…

Here are links to some photos, we hope:




And here are some if the link is bad:

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Paris and beyond…

So… 15 days since last post, a lot of water under the keel since then…  Our itinerary for the trip MEX – ESP –  FRA – NED. and we are now in NED, actually Jess booked a B&B outside the city of Amsterdam and so far so good! We are in Koog-Zaandijk…  A poor attempt at a map: 2015 Europe trip Prior post got us up to first few days in Paris.  Paris was FINE, we saw sights, ate some pretty good food and had some memorable times with family .  Our host (B&B ) , Jean or John? was most gracious.  We will recommend any time, however, he is booked for the next 3 years so we hear?  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/548675?s=PMEv Some more photos of Paris, Champagne – Reims, Granville – Mont Saint Michel: The Aristons from Brouillet, Champagne… Old and dear friends of Frank’s…

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Paris in spring time

LINK to photo page,,,


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