In all honesty, this is still very much a work in progress.  We have a few scenarios that continually evolve as we near our starting date.  These are the few items that are set in stone.

1) Starting Point: San Carlos, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez

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We went through an extensive process of elimination to determine our starting point that revolved around many factors.  We considered starting in Bellingham, WA, the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, San Diego, the Virgin Islands and about every other locale in between. We eventually chose the Sea of Cortez based on our time frame, our budget, the fact that we were traveling with our 4 legged child, Wylie, and our desire to sail and explore a land that is still a bit lonely.

2) Time Frame:
Arriving in Mexico ~July 1st, 2012

After a wedding in Montana, and a wedding celebration in Austin, Texas we will be driving to San Carlos with an estimated arrival date of July 1st, 2012.  We’re anticipating at least a month (or two?) of minor boat projects while renting a small apartment in the greater San Carlos area.  (Anyone have any leads on a house sitting gig?)

3) Post-Refit Plans:
August 2012 – June 2013?

The summers in the Sea of Cortez present a few interesting hurdles:  it’s hot, (really hot), and, oh yeah, it’s hurricane season.  After the minor boat re-fit our options include:
Plan A:  Sailing the boat north to Bahia de los Angeles and Puerto Don Juan to spend hurricane season in and around this hurricane hole.
Plan B:  Keeping the boat in dry storage, taking the ferry to Baja and spending a few months camping, surfing and fishing in the Pacific.
Plan C:  Staying in San Carlos, day sailing whenever possible and exploring the mainland side of Mexico.

   Anyone have experience, tips or words of wisdom about spending the summers in the Sea of Cortez?  We’d love to hear them!