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Fall is Here!

This is the first time in eleven years we have been in the Pacific Northwest at this time of year.  It's nice to see the fall colors, but it's also cold and wet. We are having a tough time acclimating, but are keeping busy with yard and house projects in between medical appointments.  There is so much building going on that it's difficult to get electricians, plumbers, etc. to work us into their schedules.  Jim's treatment is progressing. He has his immunotherapy infusions every three weeks and kidney stent replacements will be every three months. We really like his team of doctors. The biggest downside is that he is exhausted most of the time (his body is fighting hard against this sarcoma) and he isn't supposed to lift anything over ten pounds.  Needless to say, having been a builder/carpenter, he's getting really frustrated about not being able to do the things he would be capable of doing if he were in better health. Things are slowly progressing, though, an
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A New Journey........

Without beating around the bush  - Jim was diagnosed with cancer last week. After five days in the hospital getting all kinds of tests we are now home. The treatment plan is not in place yet. The treatment team includes a pathologist, oncologist, hematologist, cardiologist, thoracic surgeon, and a pulmonologist.  It's a great team and we are lucky to have them in our corner. It is just too hard to keep our friends informed individually so I have started a private FB Group for those that want to join: Jim's Storm Tactics

Back in the USA.......

We stayed at Drew's house near Apache Junction for FIVE WEEKS!  It was one of those silver linings.  Drew's office is at home, but he is usually traveling at least two weeks out of every month for work. Because of Covid19 he was home and isolating. He was getting a lot of yard projects done which we could help with and he was able to help us with some van projects. We also did most of the cooking. It was a great visit! Tosca (one of their seven rescue dogs) and Jim enjoying the view of Superstition Mountain waiting for the sunset on the new patio. While we were waiting to see how things were developing in Washington we decided to tackle the removal of the faded decals on the van: Heat gun and plastic razor blade: it wasn't fast or easy, but it worked! Before: Almost done: After we got the decals off we had a mobile repair/painter come to do some touch up. He did a great job. Prepared to go to pick up our grocery order at

The Great Escape............

The roads heading north from San Carlos to the US border were eerily quiet.  We have made it to our son’s house in Arizona. Loomba-Loomba is in storage in San Carlos and ready for hurricane season. We are so thankful that things fell into place for us to get across the border so quickly. We are, however, worried about our friends and fellow cruisers who are still in Mexico and wanting to head home to the USA and Canada. Many of the cruisers who were heading to Central America or French Polynesia did not go because of port closures so there are more boats needing marina slips or haul outs and storage spots for hurricane season. So our journey home began on March 14 when we left La Paz. Because Loomba-Loomba was for sale we hung around at Marina Palmira most of the winter. We had a great time, but marina life isn’t normally what we like. Because of the Covid19 spread we figured there wouldn’t be too many people boat shopping so we decided to head further north, spend so

La Paz: Winter 2019/2020

La Paz is a pretty special place.  Although we would prefer to be at anchor farther south this time of year where the water and air are both in the 80's, we have thoroughly enjoyed our time here so far. We were able to get in on some of the Christmas festivities before we headed home for Christmas.  The beginning of the Christmas decorations along the malecón. It was amazing when it was all done and dark.  The lighted boat parade. Cars and trucks were decorated. Even the cow outside of our favorite grocery store was dressed in it's Christmas cape. After Christmas we returned with terrible problema... a visit to a Consulto Medico and a Farmacia and we were on our way to recovery: We are staying busy while we are waiting for the right person to come along to buy Loomba-Loomba. The new malecón and bike paths are amazing. Most days we ride the six mile roundtrip from Marina Palmira toward Marina de La Paz doing