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Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard Bravo, a Kelly Peterson 46 sailboat with homeport in Seattle, Washington. We headed south in 2010, destined for Mexico and beyond. Cheers, Adam and Cindi


"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." -Herman Melville, 1844


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baja Bound!

After leaving Urique (again via a rather rugged bus ride...several lost their tacos on the ride up out of the canyon!!) we headed by bus for the town of Posada Barancas.  This is another stop on the CHEPE railroad, located at the canyon rim.  We found a great guest house run by the Diaz family, and then set out to explore the dramatic cliffs in the area.

 


 

Check out the guy sitting and meditating on the ledge near the top.  Talk about exposure!!!
It's great here how accessible the cliffs really are, unimpeded by the typical guardrails or safety glass seen in the U.S. to save the errant tourist from an ugly splattered demise.  Here we were, immediately adjacent to a 5 star hotel (Hotel Mirador), and we could stand (or crawl) right to the canyon edge.  Very cool!!!

 The next morning we took a beautiful 6 mile hike down into the canyon, where we caught the tram back to the rim, and then the train back to El Fuerte.  We backtracked our route to Mazatlan, where we got the boat ready for the 200 mile crossing to Baja.



 

Tarahumara ranch passed on the trail

Cindi negotiating the "summit ladder"





Dramatic views through glass floor!



 


Mazatlan cliff diver...a steep learning curve!!!


Here are a few parting photos of Mazatlan, before the four of us untied the lines in the morning to head across.
 
Diver said he's been at it for around 6 months...kids, don't try this at home!

A bike with air bag, no worries!




We had a great crossing, enjoying some excellent sailing the first day.  That night the winds became light and variable, and we motor sailed much of the rest of the night and next day, as we made our way to Los Muertos, a pretty bay south of La Paz, arriving at around 5 pm.

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