Monday, December 19, 2005

Seasons Greeting from Rouge's Scholarship

This will be our last post for awhile as we are leaving in a few days to spend Christmas at the island Espiritu Santo before making our way across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan. Below is our holiday card taken along the waterfront in La Paz.

We want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and the happiest of new years!!!!! Love, Liz & Mark

El Serpentario de la Paz

This guy is a Rhinoceros Iguana. He was very busy climbing around his cage and giving us quite a show. I thought he liked me and Mark pointed out he was probably just hungry.

This Iguana was a beautiful orange color.
I hope to see them in the wild once we get to the jungle.

This one was a Beaded Lizard from Africa. I swear he posed once he
saw my camera.

The Serpentario in La Paz was really quite a nice place. After a really dusty and hot bike ride we were delighted to finally find this little gem. The Serpentario had almost 100 different species of reptiles and other miscellaneous critters. What you are not seeing is pictures of the huge scorpions, tarantulas or huge snakes. Mark commented that he had never seen such active snakes in a zoo before. I think they must sedate them in the US because here in La Paz we had a rattlesnake puff up and rattle at us. He was really irritated to be seen. The other hostile critter was a pale green cobra who was poised for striking (of course Mark was tapping the glass) Anyway the sign above the cobra said that over 8000 people die in India every year from their venom. After all this I was pretty glad to be back outside feeding the turtles.
More soon......Liz

Friday, December 16, 2005

Sea of Cortez Pictures...

The beach at Ensenada de los Muertos. That is Scholarship in the background.

A night of too much fun and tequila in La Paz with our neighbors from Fidele.

The sailor in his paper boat..on the Malecon.
The Malecon is the beautiful promenade in La Paz.
Right now it's decorated with thousands of white lights for Navidad.

Scholarship all decked out for cruising. Here she is in the Cabo Marina.

Mark's mini marlin. No we did not eat him. He is back in the sea growing big and strong.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Ensenada de los Muertos

Ensenada de los Muertos

Well we arrived in La Paz a week ago and have been enjoying marina life for awhile. After a chaotic passage to Cabo San Lucas and a few days in the bustling big city we made our way up the Sea of Cortez. Our first stop was an idealic bay called Ensenada de los Muertos...translated the name is Cove of the Dead. Despite the name which I heard came from some distant past yellow fever epidemic (did I get a shot for that ?), the place was perfect. We were safely anchored for five days as we waited for a norther to blow through before we could continue to La Paz. The water was warm, the sand was white and soft and I must have spent hours looking at the all the shells, rocks and pieces of coral that were washed up on shore. The other bonus was a fantastic restaurant that we visited many times. Cruisers and fisherman are definately their captive audience since there is nothing else around, but we didn't mind. Located an hour or so out of La Paz (by road) the Cove is the sight of a new housing development and golf course. What made this place even more special was that we got to enjoy it now before they "pave paradise and put up a parking lot."

Friday, December 09, 2005

A few pictures from the trip south...

Mark in Ensenada (notice the grande Mexican flag). This was our first official port and check in.

More amazing Baja sunsets.

We visited a lovely church in Asuncion. The stained glass features scenes from the Baja. This one is of whales. We have been lucky enough to see a few along the way.