Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ensenada for New Years

Made a quick dash for the border to enjoy New Years in Mexico.  Sailing Lightspeed we can easily make the San Diego to Ensenda voyage in daylight.  
It's a good thing as the days are short this time of year with sunset before 5PM, but wow, check out this sunset in San Diego.

Check in formalities to Mexico was a breeze in Ensenada.  Immigration, Customs and the Port Captain are all under one roof.  
We completed all formalities in less then 30 minutes.

Mexico is famous for seafood, we wasted no time tracking down the fish market to score some shrimp for a lunch feast.
1 Kilo heads off fresh shrimp $120 pesos = $3.15 usd/pound 
Saute in fresh garlic and butter, serve on fresh tortillas = Loving Mexico.  

  Speaking of love, Tempranillo is a great varietal when looking at the regional wines of Baja Mexico.  KM 101 was our first stop after landing in Ensenda.  Ovis by the glass is a true delight.

It seems we're always running into old friends or making new friends anytime we're near the docks.
Today, it was Kirk and Heidi of s/v Due West my old dock mates from Eliot Bay Marina in Seattle.
 Kirk and Dave at Ensenada Seaport Marina.
 Kirk and Heidi having fun somewhere, I stole this photo from their blog.

The very cool 'Luna' seen in Ensenada.  Apparently, the vessel is 112 years old and the new French owner will be sailing here to Europe with a cargo of Run and Coffee.

We also ran into s/v Scorpido with Eric and Robin onboard, they crossed the South Pacific in 2006 when I was sailing our old monohull La Vie and then Scorpido went on circumnavigate.  Then now commute between Seattle and Puerto Vallarta every few weeks.

More cool cruisers were Jeff and Anne on Fantasia who've done a fair bit of cruising and raised a family aboard as well.  Jeff now owns CPT autopilots a great cruiser lifestyle business.

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