Chilling Out About The Fridge March 30, 2001
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Posted: March 30, 2001
Chilling Out About The Fridge
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
21 14.795 N 86 44.698 W
March 30, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
Isla Mujeres is a honky-tonk joint, especially after the primitive quiet of the north shore of Cuba, but it’s a great place to do boat projects, chow down on bean and chicken tamales, corn tortillas fresh from the tortillería, and my all-time favorite Mexican food: molé. Sainthood should come to the blessed soul who figured out that chocolate, cinnamon, nuts, seeds and various peppers make the ideal piquante sauce for just about everything.


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From the Heart: Home For Hannah March 23, 2001
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Posted: March 23, 2001
From the Heart: Home For Hannah
Newport, RI
039 15.60 N 075 20.10 W
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
021 14.77 N 086 44.69 W
March 23, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
It had taken Douglas and me nine months by boat—since we moved aboard Ithaka in May last year, until now—to travel the distance I covered by air in one mind-altering day. After all the travel and experiences and changes in my life over the past three quarters of a year, I was suddenly home again, back among good friends, back in the frigid temperatures and snows of winter in New England, back to the media craze of political sca...... Read More

Life In The Spin Cycle March 16, 2001
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Posted: March 16, 2001
Life In The Spin Cycle
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
021 14.769 N 086 44.694 W
March 16, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
We left Cuba reluctantly, with personal matters weighing on our minds, and perhaps this is why we opened ourselves up for a morning of messing up. Pulling out of the anchorage at Ensenada de Abalos, a well-protected cove surrounded by mangroves, toward the western end of Cuba's north coast, within minutes we replicated our botched entry of the previous afternoon. We ran aground on the west bank of the channel, constructing a perfect symmetry, as we'd run aground on the east ...... Read More

The Coda On Cuba March 9, 2001
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Posted: March 09, 2001
The Coda On Cuba
Ensenada de Abalos, San Francisco, Cuba
022 12.171 N 084 25.449 W
March 9, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
Suddenly, it seemed, the time had arrived for Douglas and me to begin looking for a weather window that would carry us safely away from Cuba and across the Gulf Stream to Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. We didn't really want to leave, but if we waited too much longer, we risked overstaying our welcome; Cuba allows cruisers to remain in the country for only two months at a time, and we didn't want to get too close to that limit.
We had another compelling reason to make tracks w...... Read More

Beisbol Cubano: Industriare 7 - Guantana
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Posted: March 02, 2001
Béisbol Cubano: Industriare 7 - Guantana 1
Ensenada de Abalos, San Fransisco, Cuba
022 12.171 N 084 25.449 W
March 2, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
Walking slowly, traveling without an agenda, stopping often, lingering long enough to get to meet people: This is really the only way to get a feel for a place. This afternoon, in La Esperanza, a sleepy fishing village on Cuba's north coast, ambling along the main street, I watched some boys on their way home from school, tossing a ball back and forth and using a stick as a bat.
A ball came my way, I tossed it back, and I got into the game a b...... Read More

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