Surf landings, giant shrimp, and turkey on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2014

Packed up the dinghy to have a beach afternoon yesterday but had to abort because of big breaking waves. Our last two surf landings (think California surfing waves) were very wet and the kids weren’t so keen on trying with even bigger waves. How to beach a dinghy 101: 1. ride a wave in until dinghy wheels hit the sand. 2. pole vault out of the dinghy using arms. 3. pull it up on the beach as fast as you can before the next wave hits. We can usually do the beach arrival OK but our relaunching into the surf needs a little work. Two days ago we got caught between breaking waves, and wave after wave crashed on us soaking everything. Marietta is always up for an adventure but Jack Jack hasn’t yet learned to appreciate unique experiences.

Today we will sail 30 miles to Bahia Magdalena, we hear the beaches are a bit more protected there and maybe we can practice our surf landings in more controlled conditions. Half the mahi mahi is gone, between sushi for lunch then grilled for dinner, this fam of four can seriously put away some fish. Raising anchor soon, must go prepare the fishing lines, this is one of my favorite parts of living on a boat – fishing!

Off to the beach.

Off to the beach.

Grilled mahi mahi for dinner, not bad.

Grilled mahi mahi for dinner, not bad.

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I can’t convince Ta that her “Princess shoes” are inside shoes. She wears them everywhere. I also can’t convince her that Birkenstock and Chaco are the coolest shoes made. Not sure what to do with this sweet girly girl.

November 25, 2014

We are spending a few days in Mag Bay, pretty place with lots of beaches and tidal pooling that the kids are loving. Two days ago Jack called the port captain on the radio and asked, half joking, if there were any turkeys in the village for our Thanksgiving dinner. The port captain replied that he knew where he could get us one. Yesterday he showed up at our boat, which is anchored about 8 miles from his village, with a 15 pound frozen Butterball turkey. That is one resourceful guy! We paid him for the turkey ($30) and a $10 tip for the delivery. We have encountered such kind people in Baja California.

Today I need to read up on how to cook a turkey as it will be my first time. Can’t believe I’ve made it 40 years without having to cook a turkey! I’m thankful for all the fish we are catching, but I’m also extremely thankful that we will be eating something other than fish in the near future.

Sailing down the coast of Baja California, a rugged and mountainous desert.

Sailing down the coast of Baja California, a rugged and mountainous desert.

Swimming lessons in a warm tidal pool.

Swimming lessons in a warm tidal pool.

 Turkey delivery by the port captain. Score! — in Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.


Turkey delivery by the port captain. Score! — in Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

November 28, 2014

We had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday. Seemed a little odd listening to “Let it Snow” while sweating in 90 degree weather. I’m living vicariously through all your snow pics on Facebook, keep’em coming! The turkey squeeeeezed into our little boat-sized oven with about an inch to spare on the top, whew. Early this morning the shrimp fishermen swung by to see if we would like to buy their catch of the morning, HUGE prawns. We bought four pounds for $15. We have a fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers and now prawns? Anyone free to fly down and help us eat all this food?

 Our Baja Butterball turkey. — in Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.


Our Baja Butterball turkey. — in Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

 Very nice fisherman selling us some of their morning catch. They were thirsty and had no water, we gave them a gallon of fresh water and they drank about half of it on the spot. — in Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.


Very nice fisherman selling us some of their morning catch. They were thirsty and had no water, we gave them a gallon of fresh water and they drank about half of it on the spot. — in Bahía Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

 I turn my back on the kids and the prawns for about a minute and look back and they are using the prawns like puppets, making them talk to each other.


I turn my back on the kids and the prawns for about a minute and look back and they are using the prawns like puppets, making them talk to each other.

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I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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