Tomorrow is Cast-Off … Sea of Cortez, Here We Come!

I’d like to start with a bit about the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, one of our favorite weeks of the year.  With 550 hot air balloons this October, the sky was full of wonder and the city full of smiles.

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We crewed with the cactus balloon, it’s HUGE!

What a neat week!  My parents drove in from Marion, IL and my sister flew from DC to meet up.  We again crewed with the Nilz Family balloon team and Jack and my dad even got to fly.

Back row:  JJack, my sister Megan, my Momma and Dad.  Front row:  Jack Jack, Nicole, Marietta.

Back row: Jack, my sister Megan, my Mom and Dad. Front row: Jack Jack, Nicole, Marietta.

Marietta working the early morning balloon set-up.

Marietta working the early morning balloon set-up.

I had an especially fun time this year as the kids are now old enough to wake up at 4am to head to the field and be part of the team, which meant that I got to be part of the team.  They loved setting up the balloons, being on the chase team, then packing the balloons away.  After the morning work is done the tailgate party starts.  If we ever tire of sailing, I could see having a family balloon.  I always wanted to get my pilots license and Jack already has his.  We would be a good team.

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Unpacking and laying balloon out flat on ground.

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Inflating balloon, first with huge fans then with hot air.

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And … lift-off.

Marietta and Jack Jack

Marietta and Jack Jack

Our good friend Captain Ron Sheridan met us there for the week, great to spend time with him and reminisce of our sailing adventures together in Panama.

Our good friend Ron Sheridan was a kid magnet.

Captain Ron Sheridan was a kid magnet.

And now for current news … WE’RE OFF!  Tomorrow morning we plan to start our southerly migration toward Cabo San Lucas then up into the Sea of Cortez.  I have some last minute things to get at the supermarket and then will rig the fishing lines.  We are hearing stories of the big tuna and Mahi Mahi that sailors are catching along our route south, hoping for some sashimi soon!  Please pray for smooth sailing and that the little guys (and the mama) don’t feed the fish.  Will update blog when we have internet again.  So excited to be on the move!

A bit of play amidst all the preparations.  Cool new tube that we pull behind the dinghy.

A bit of play amidst all the preparations, enjoying our new tube that we pull behind the dinghy. And there is our beautiful “Let it Be” in the background.

And a few more neat shots …

Yes, that is Darth Vador and Yoda flying together.

Yes, that is Darth Vader and Yoda flying together.

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About Oh, the Places We've Been!

In 2008 I married Jack, the love of my life and the only man that could ever keep up with me. Instead of the nice little French Colonial with a white picket fence, we opted to make our home on the 46-foot catamaran "Let it Be". Since living on a sailboat we've had two kids and sailed thousands of miles along the coast of Central America, the United States, the Bahamas and currently Baja California. Our family of four is always ready for the next adventure and we’re never quite sure where it will take us next. Oh, the places we still have yet to go!
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7 Responses to Tomorrow is Cast-Off … Sea of Cortez, Here We Come!

  1. Labat says:

    I hope meet you again and your too georgous kid. Good trip … Polynesia ? Friendly Etiennette

  2. Hi all, we wish you fair winds and delicious Mahi Mahi meals 😉
    Eric&Sandrine s/v Jingle

    • Oh, the Places We've Been! says:

      Ahoy Jingle, Hope we see you again soon. Where are you now? Polynésie française en 2016 peut-être?

  3. Carol McGrath says:

    Sending you all prayers for a safe journey. 😄

  4. So happy that you and your beautiful family had the opportunity to enjoy the Fiesta!! Wishing you happy times and smooth sailing on your wondrous adventures!! Bon Voyage!

  5. Alyson says:

    WOW, how I would love to see all of those balloons. Thanks so much for sharing the terrific pictures. Prayers for a safe trip!

  6. Debbie Murrie says:

    Great pictures! I like your dads jacket! Go Wildcats! 🙂

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