Hand crafted, unique small ship cruises: the Inside Passage of SE Alaska, British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, San Juan Islands and the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico.
Pacific Catalyst

Left Ensenada before dawn.

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ETA in La Paz is Saturday evening. A beautiful sky as we left the marina this morning. So far so good. Approaching San Quintin and about an hour ahead of my estimate. The wind has been more than the predicted 20 knots, it reached 29 knots before easing to the 18 we have now. A...

One Perfect Day

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The sun rose as we walked the valley path, firing the surrounding desert hills crimson and gold. The sun had yet to dry the night’s dewfall and the succulent undergrowth was darkened with the moisture that was critical to its survival. Standing on the shore of our island we...

As the Sunsets in Baja

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The first of many sunset images from Baja. This one from about 15 miles south of La Ventana as we near the conclusion of our 2000 mile repositioning cruise from Port Townsend to La Paz.

Moored in La Paz

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Westward is now moored in La Paz after a breezy voyage south from Loreto. We saw blue and humpback whales, common and bottle nose dolphins, newly hatched frigate bird chicks, jumping Dorado and many beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We depart soon to return to Loreto, and I am...

MV Westward Arriving in San Diego

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It is now 0500 on Monday, January 4. Westward is about 9 miles NW of Palos Verde and is 99 miles from the San Diego Harbor entrance buoy. We sailed from Port Townsend, Washington last Monday night at 2200, and since then have traversed all but 99 miles of the west coast. With the...

A small cruise provides big adventures along Mexico’s western peninsula, Baja.

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By Lauren Buchholz There are hundreds of ways to fall in love with Baja California. Maybe it’s the waving fluke of a blue whale as she pilots her sandbar-size body through waters less than fifty yards from your ship. Perhaps it’s kindled while you search for geodes on ...