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Back to La Cruz: 2023 – Part One

Our hasty departure from Costa Baja ( basically “goodbye kids, safe travels, now untie the lines and let’s go!”) was initiated by a small weather window appearing a few days earlier than expected. Though normally not impetuous by nature, we have learned to be flexible with our schedule when nature provides us with an opportunity …

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A Mexican Christmas Miracle!

Christmas on Northern Ranger… a Christmas Miracle! Sometime  last year son Andrew and his wife Adrienne decided that it was time to join us for Christmas on the boat in Mexico. Our first  Mexican Christmas, 2021,  was fun for us, we made friends and celebrated with them together, so although I missed the family very …

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Communication – we all need it, we’re all talking about it….

Through our years of cruising, one of the biggest issues has always been—communication .  We have marine VHF radios to talk to other boats, pretty much line of sight within a certain distance..but if you aren’t within range, no one can hear you scream….(I know this first hand!) For more reliable long distance communication, SSB …

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Prince William Sound- to Valdez

June 4  Cordova The crossing, which took around 50 hours, was remarkably and delightfully uneventful. The seas were the predicted 6-8 foot swells with a twelve second period… and the skies were a consistent, beautiful blue. Daylight lasts about 20 hours here so night watches were done in relative brightness, a huge change from our …

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Alaska Bound!

At last! Our long anticipated adventure and reunion with Daybreak, Sea Level II, and Piredmus –  has begun!  After last year’s incredible month long sojourn to Hakaii Pass and back down to Victoria on Daybreak, Jerome and Karen Fisher’s gorgeous Nordhavn 68, we were thrilled to be invited back aboard for the 2022 trip. This …

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Part two: cruise interrupted

The final leg of our Mexico cruise – and arguably the one I had most  looked forward to – was nearing an end. I put away the fishing rods, realizing that if I were to be lucky enough to actually catch a fish, it would mean the pounds of frozen chicken and store-bought tuna in …

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Cruise, interrupted… again…

part one of “what happened to our cruising plans 2022….” also known as ”soooo much stuff” I can’t honestly say we have been cruising – I don’t think one forty-four hour crossing to another marina constitutes cruising if you remain tied to the dock at said marina for a few months. Sadly, that’s what happened …

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South to La Cruz and…. Pause…

We are back!  In La Cruz de Huanacaxtle that is. After a few weeks of boat chores, including a week at the boatyard, we were finally ready to start this season’s long delayed Mexican Adventure. One where we are determined to spend more than a month or two at a time doing our favourite thing …

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We Are Back!

Nineteen months of dreaming and waiting and we are finally back on Northern Ranger II in La Paz, Baja California Sur! November 5th 2021 – it’s been nineteen months since we left her in her slip at Costa Baja and headed home, as Covid changed the world around us and we adapted and stayed relatively …

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Quarantinis and other Pandemic

Day two… three… of quarantine. Not a bad place to be under house arrest, except for the minus ten and snowing part. But it is beautiful, and I’ve always said the lake is my happy place. We have neighbours who, even if we can’t see them in person, are there for us in spirit and …

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