Friday, November 7, 2008

My Last Night

The last night of my trip came way too soon. I was ready to either stay in Cabo or better yet catch a ride on another boat and set sail on a new adventure. I hope this was only the first of many sailing adventures for me.
I can't thank J enough for first, introducing me to sailing (Who knew I would enjoy it so much?) and then for inviting me on the Ha-Ha. Thanks also to Colleen for all she did and being my boat sister. Luv you both! - Neatz

Relaxing in Cabo Marina

Happy Hour is almost mandatory for cruisers. We did our best not to miss too many.

Isn't she pretty in Cabo...

The Cabo Marina is really nice and was full of some spectacular boats. We had a really good spot. Reverence looks great in her slip.

Booze Cruise

Jason took us out on the dingy for an opportunity to see more of Cabo. We got up really close to "The Arches".

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Squid Roe Ha-Ha Party

In Cabo, the Ha-Ha throws the "Can't Believe We Cheated Death Again" party at El Squid Roe. It was another great Ha-Ha event, spending more time with friends we met along the way (like Dino, Yuri "The Lovable Russian" and Chad).

Cabo Dinner Out

We ate extremely well while on Reverence but it felt good to get dressed up for a nice Cabo dinner.
I returned to this restaurant the next morning when it becomes Mama's and boasts it has "The best breakfast in Cabo, probably.".

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Last Leg - Next Stop Cabo

Here we are on our final leg of the Ha-Ha. We are super anxious to make it to Cabo. This great picture of Reverence is thanks to vessel Scheherezade a member of the Ha-Ha fleet.

Goodbye Bahia Santa Maria

It was a 7:00 AM start leaving Bahia Santa Maria. This was the most beautiful sight yet as we were closely surrounded by the rest of the fleet.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

More Bahia Santa Maria Good Times

We made our way back to Reverence after the beach party in high spirits. We had a visit from the "Gypsy Boys" (Chad, Eddie, Justin) who brought us a "Vino Muy Expensivo" aka Two Buck Chuck.

Election Day - Beach Party

Prior to leaving for the Ha-Ha the Reverence crew made sure to send in their absentee ballots. I didn't want the day to go unnoticed so I made "I Voted" stickers for us. I left for the Bahia Santa Maria beach party proudly wearing my sticker on my bikini top. At the beach party my stickers became a huge hit. It felt great to give a sticker to a fellow cruiser who just became an American citizen and had voted for the first time.
The beach party was a blast! Some how a rock band arrived and as I found out - cruisers like to dance. There was also a full kitchen serving food and cold beer for sale. We met a lot of Ha-Ha peeps who quickly became great new friends at this party. I also got the opportunity to meet the Grand Poo bah (he heads up the Ha-Ha).

Bahia Santa Maria Hike

After spending a lazy lay day on Reverence we got out to explore Bahia Santa Maria. Jason took Dave and I to hike the summit. We wanted to make it to the highest peak. I believe we made it to the second highest. It was really lush from a hurricane they had experienced months earlier.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Arriving in Bahia Santa Maria

We arrived in Bahia Santa Maria before the sun went down. It was a really pretty sight. There was also a nice wind that this boat pictured was taking advantage of. I had read that there was nothing in Bahia Santa Maria - no food, no fuel. I kept thinking that was over exaggerated until we arrived. It was true as there was only a handful of shack like buildings.

Squid Onboard??

While on watch Jason heard a flop on the deck. He then discovered squid had made its way onboard. We couldn't figure this one out as we were certain that squid did not fly. Thanks to Dave (The Professor) he has provided us with an explanation: Squid are among the fastest invertebrates on earth speeding through the water at up to 40 km/h (24 mph). Very odd when compared to other members of the phylum Mollusca like the snail, slug, oyster, etc. When escaping predators, some squid can even jump 3m (about 12ft) out of the water and glide like a flying fish.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Flying the Spinnaker

Here Colleen and I are raising the spinnaker on Reverence. It was a beautiful sight to see the many spinnakers flying in the Ha-Ha fleet.