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Leaving Mexico behind for now

Tomorrow morning I will wake up and be back in US waters. I guess that I’m ready for that, but maybe not. Baja is nice, but it’s good to move on.

This positioning trip is just plain astounding. It’s almost perfectly flat, no seas and little wind. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m kind of glad it’s like this, but it sure does make it boring. Who wants to work, anyways? I’d rather be pitching and yawing along the coast right now. Oh, well! There’s always the south-bound trip later this year.

Anyways, all is well and I’ll post some more pictures to my Baja 2013 page tomorrow when I can find a little time.

Baja page updates

Hola mi amigo’s!

I updated some of the pictures on my Baja Page for this year, so you should go over there and take a look.

All is well this season, it’s been a bit windy this year, but we have still had some really nice days, and seen some really great wild life.



The weather hasn’t been all too great the last couple of weeks down here in Baja. It’s been windy and cool just about every day, which has meant that we’ve had to duck into every other cove along the way. The good thing is that it means I can sneak off the ship and get a walk in every now and then, but the bad news is that we don’t see any sea creatures this way.

I’ve adopted the name “elephante” for the place I took this picture on Isla Santa Catalina. Can you see why?

What I see when I look at a boat

Last night we got into a bit of rough seas, nothing compared to some of the positioning trips I’ve been on in the past, but as far as having guests aboard it was pretty bad. Talking to some guests that had never even imagined what this could be like opened my eyes a bit. It’s really no different than a lot of things that have come in gone in my life, but it’s easy for me to forget that not everyone in the world knows how it feels to look at an inanimate object with the affection of knowing the emotion that goes along with the very thing that it is.

When I look at a ship, the first thing that I ask myself is how it handles the seas. Then I envision what it must be like to be on that ship when it’s getting pounded by gale-force winds and 30 foot seas. It’s very much the same way I look at a well-built Jeep, and know what it feels like to get stuck in the mountains on a rock or in a snow drift with nothing but your own mind and some tools to get you out. The knowledge that’s gained by experiencing what a vehicle can do to get you into and out of trouble of various shapes and sizes is something that isn’t easily described in pictures or words. It comes from standing there, taking part in whatever it is that the world has put in front of you.

So, for those of you reading this who don’t know what it feels like to bond with an inanimate object like I have, I want to strongly encourage you to do so. It doesn’t have to be a ship, although that’s a good one. People do it with everything from mountain bikes to sail boats and snow skis. Take the time to use these things as a tool that can further your adventures in life, because these are the things that encourage us to go places we’ve never been and see places that many other will never have a chance. On top of that, it’s always a great idea to take a look into the way that others use their machines or equipment to encourage adventure. One of my favorite pastimes is to sit and stare dreamily at that muddy Jeep in the parking lot, or the ship tied up at the dock, wondering just where it’s been and where it’s going next.

Oh, and always remember, getting a little sea sick along the way is ok. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, AND it sure does make the story all the better when we get home.

My time in Baja winds down

I know I’ve talked about it before, and I’m sure I’ll talk about it again. Here I am at the end of another rotation, six weeks of solid work, with a bit of free time thrown in here and there. I’m tired, emotional, sometimes irrational, and for the most part just ready to go home and have a “real” life once again. The last six months have been a bit rough on me, the last six weeks have been really rough on me. I’ve attempted to and unsuccessfully tried to reign in several aspects of my life with not much luck. Love, friends, kids and work have all been a bumpy road. Once again I sit here and ponder just how hard we really are supposed to try. Like many other people, I’ve learned the lesson (again) that the more we struggle to get somewhere in life, the more we are let down when it doesn’t come together. I’ve always been somewhat of a go-getter, never one to let a bad decision or wrong move slow me down too much. So now, I’m at the point where I sit back and wait. See what happens. Try and remember how to be grateful for what I have and grateful for the troubles that I don’t have. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, but it’s possible.

Baja isn’t totally over for me this year. I am scheduled to come back for the last week of the season, which is usually a pretty good time. All in all, Baja has been really good to me so far this year and I have much to be grateful for. I’ve touched Gray Whales, seen the ever elusive Brydes (pronounced Bru-tus) whales, seen some great Orcas playing, both began and ended many days with epic sunrises and sunsets, and even had some really awesome hikes. When it comes right down to it, I’ve been taken pretty good care of the last few weeks. Nothing to complain about, that’s for sure.

Internet the last 6 weeks has been horrible. I know that I’ve promised pictures, and I have some pretty good ones, but you will just have to wait a bit longer. How about within two weeks of this post, I promise to have my “Baja 2012” photo page up for you to check out. I think you’ll like it, and I hope you’ll think it’s worth the wait. As a little bit of a teaser I put up a shot from a couple weeks back, Lands’ End at sunset, with one of the booze-cruise tall ships out of Cabo san Lucas in the background.

I am happy to hear that my new (to me) lens has been delivered and is peacefully awaiting my arrival back in Nevada City. So now I’ll be traveling with the 17-40mm f/4 L lens and the 70-200mm f/4 L lens and I think my photos are going to get a bit better because of it. I do feel that I should probably get something that will fill the gap these two lenses leave, but I have no idea what at this point. I feel like it’s probably a good time to buy a 50mm prime lens, but I still need to do some research on them and save some money. I’ll have to see just how much I need it, when I get into the field with my other lenses. I’m also contemplating another body too, those 60d’s sure are nice…. If only I were could afford one….