Thursday, December 29, 2011

From La Cruz, Mexico


As you all know the sailing language is a little different. Here are some vocabulary.

#1. main sail - the sail that uses the boom to stay up.
#2. dodger - a plastic screen that protects the cockpit from the wind.
#3. spinnaker - a sail used only when the wind is just right.
#4. Los Muertos - a tiny town mostly a big hotel.
#5. Mazatlan - a large town
#6. Catalina 38 - the type of boat we are on.
#7. Profligate - the leader of the Baja Ha Ha.
#8. marina - a place where boats go to dock.
#9. Keep in touch! Hopefully I will get another time soon to do another entry.



Dear Followers and Readers,

Hello everyone. This is J.P. saying that we sailed from La Paz to Los Muertos and then from Los Muertos to Mazatlan and Mazatlan to La Cruz. Now we are at La Cruz and I met a kid that is about Mickey's age meaning about 10 or 11. His name is Leo. He has a sister named Theresa. We also met some kids named James and Sydney. We went sailing on their big boat and went snorkeling. A whale splashed us, but we did not see it come out of the water. Mickey, James and Sydney were all on deck and so was I. They got wet, but did not get as wet as me! That is all I have to say today.



Monday, December 5, 2011

More Answers to Your Questions.....

Our friends, Mary and Friedie asked these questions and now we will answer them:

"I wonder when you guys are going to get to La Paz? Are your friends from the village still your friends? Did they speak Spanish or English? JP, We think it is really funny that you were a naked sailor." -Mary and Friedie

We got to La Paz 3 weeks ago and it is very hot and fun here. We went out to the Islands and they were beautiful. The water was so clear that we could see millions of fish when we were at the sea lion rookery. My dad choked on salt water because a sea lion swam around him and then swam away.

Are your friends from the village still your friends? Not really, because we haven't gone back to Bahia Tortuga. They spoke Spanish, but they wanted to learn English. The word home run in Spanish is just "home run".

Here is a question from our friend, Sara: Have you learned any Spanish yet? If so, you will have to teach me some when you get back.

Hi Sara! We haven't been learning very much Spanish, but we have been learning little by little.

We have learned: hello - hola
How are you doing? - Como estas?
My brother is crazy - Mi hermano es loco!
thank you - gracias
no - no
yes - si
your welcome - de nada
french fries - papas
orange fanta - fanta naranja
shoes - zapatos
market - mercado
football - futbol americano
soccer - futbol
How do you say? - Como se dice?
cheeseburger - hamburguesa con queso
I don't know - No se
all of the numbers to 10

We like it when people ask us questions! Keep in touch!
Mickey and J.P.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

La Paz Poems

Here are the poems the boys wrote about La Paz (their annoying teacher assigned it!).


L uscious Fanta
A ctually awesome

P recious beaches
A lways sunny
Z ooming waves


L uscious food
A wesome sports

P eople, lovely people
A ppetizers, chips, bread, rice
Z zzzzz, easy to get many zzzzzzz's

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stuck Sweatin'

Mickey here! Right now I am stuck on the boat sweating and maybe later I might go swimming. My cousins cam and visited from Petaluma which is right near San Francisco.

They gave me a new favorite food. It is a brown sugar bagel with blueberry cream cheese!!!!! It came from the bagel shop here in La Paz. It tasted like no other bagel I have tasted before!

The other day we went to try and see a few whale sharks that are in the bay. We saw a few huge dolphins, but no whales. our cousins and my friends, James and Sydney, were on board. Jack and Chase's reactions were Ooooohs and Ah Ah Ah Ahs. When we saw them we went, "Where, where, where?.....Oh, just dolphins." (we have seen a lot of dolphins).

From J.P.

Hello people! We are in La Paz and it’s very warm here! I am stuck with my brother. It is a little breezy. It’s a good day to swim and it’s very sunny.

There are treats like Milch and a brown sugar bagel with blueberry cream cheese here. Milch looks like an ice cream bar, but you don’t have to freeze it! There is one more treat that is a cupcake called Penguino.

I lost a tooth when we were looking for whale sharks, but all we saw were dolphins. When we were watching for whale sharks, we picked up Jack and Chase (my cousins) and James and Sydney (my friends). Jack, Chase and Mickey sat in a boson chair and we tied a rope to the chair and my dad raised them up the mast (scary!).

I guess that is all for today. Goodbye and have a great time!



Friday, November 18, 2011

Answers to a Comment's Question

Our friend, Chris asked a question in the "Comments" section. Thanks! We love it when people comment! So as for your question....our mom helped us with what it meant.

"Hola Micky and J.P. ¿Qué es lo que más te gusta de México? Can you
answer this?"
Translation: What do you like most about Mexico?

Mickey: I like the clear water because I can actually see the fish and go
snorkeling and easily see. Sometimes you can see the bottom in 40 foot

JP: I like the food in Mexico because I like rice,
tortillas, quesadillas and mostly Fanta soda - orange (naranja).

Keep the comments coming!!

Mickey and JP

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Belated Halloween Pictures....

The JACE crew going to the Baja Ha Ha Kick-off Halloween Party!

Obi Won Kenobi (Mick), Jedi Knight J.P., Princess Lea (Molly) and Chewbecca (Chwebacca's sister (Ben).

Jedi Knights from the boat JACE....sSlaying the Devil from the boat Panache!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Hi again! Sorry it took so long to get WiFi. JP, my mom and I right now are hanging out in McDonalds because they have WiFi and great food.

We were in Cabo San Lucas for about one week and we had fun. We had a good time swimming in a hotel pool, snorkeling and having movie night.

JACE (our boat’s name) pulled into Cabo at around 4:00 in the afternoon on November 4th. The Baja Ha Ha race ended and they threw a party and an award ceremony. My little brother won the award for “Naked Sailor”. Everyone won an award for finishing the Baja Ha Ha. We won third place, here is a picture of the award (oops, we can't download the pic right now, will try later!).

We are stuck here in Cabo San Lucas waiting for the North winds to die down. We were anchored out in the bay. Anchoring out is when we find a spot we like in the bay, use a machine to lower the metal thing, called an anchor. When it hits the bottom, we back up and it gets buried in the sand. We stayed for 5 nights anchored out near the beach.

It got very wavy so my dad said, “I’m getting tired of this. You know what, we are going to get a slip in the marina!!” So we did!

Our next stop is La Paz, Mexico and we will try to do another blog entry when we get there!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Where Are We??

The boys wrote these blog entries while under way from San Diego. We had not internet access to post them so we will be catching up with posts for a while. Please note we are currently anchored out in Cabo San Lucas:

October 27, 2011

You may ask, “where are we?”. Well, in Mexico!! We just pulled into Turtle Bay and we started the Baja Ha Ha. On the way from San Diego to Turtle Bay, we saw dolphins, a sting ray, and as I, Mickey, told my fish that jumped into the cockpit. I also played in a baseball game with all of the kids that lived in the village.

The Baja Ha Ha is a race down the coast. It goes from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. It is one of the most popular sailing races ever.

We will post pictures soon!!!

October 27, 2011


Hello! We are doing the Baja Ha Ha. The Baja Ha Ha is a race, but not too competitive. We saw a sting ray and dolphins eating. We went to a costume party too. Mickey was Obi One Kenobi and I was a Jedi.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

First Overnight Sail

We made our way to Morro Bay and had our first over night sail. We have put away toys, food, bed stuff, books, the dinghy and maps. I slept in the cockpit with my dad because I get seasick when I am down below when we are out at sea. We saw small dolphins called porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, jellyfish and other fish. The water is not totally clear yet, but we could still see underneath.

My birthday was yesterday and we had donuts for breakfast. We had lunch and watched the 49er game at a restaurant. Then we went out to dinner where we had sushi.
Tonight we are barbecuing sliders on our little grill.

This is me on my birthday on the way to Morro Bay.

J.P. is asleep. He is a great sailor!

The sea otters and sea lions were our neighbors in Monterey.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bye-Bye!!...from Mickey

Every trip starts with a begining. This is us sailing from Emeryville, underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and our destination was Half Moon Bay.
In Half Moon Bay, we anchored out, fired up the dinghy, went to land and had dinner.
One year earlier we buried a one dollar bill on a sandy beach under a rock. We decided to try and find the one dollar bill. When we lifted up the rock we saw a TWENTY DOLLAR BILL!!!!!
Here is a picture of us sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge:
Now we are in Santa Cruz. Hopefully we will sail to Monterey later today.
Bye Bye!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pictures of the Boat (Knee Deep)

A picture of our boat:

This is me in the V-berth. It is JP and my bedroom to sleep in.

This is me driving the boat. My dad is teaching J.P. something about the sails.

Every boat needs a pirate!!

Monday, September 19, 2011



We are naming the boat Knee Deep. It is my parent's favorite song by Jimmy Buffett. Here is the song:


You have to load the dinghy on your boat sometime. This is my dad and I loading the dinghy onto our boat. The dinghy is inside the bag all folded up without any air in it. We will fill it with air when we are ready and will buy an engine for it.

Mickey 9/19/11

The rest of our floating home, Knee Deep......

The Galley (for you land lovers, the kitchen)

The Navigation Table (or breakfast table)

A place to hang the Nerf swords in Mickey and J.P.'s bedroom

The main salon area (also turns into a dining area)

Mickey and J.P.'s bedroom (a.k.a. v-berth)

Door to Mickey and J.P.'s room

The head (a.k.a. the bathroom), complete with pump toilet!

Where we spend most of our time, the cockpit.

The playroom :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Hi! This is Mickey and J.P. Doolittle. This Fall we are going on an sailing adventure. We are headed down to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal and other places on the coast. We are going on a sailboat called a Catalina 38. So follow along and every once in a while check back in with us!

Mickey Doolittle - I am 9 years old and will turn 10 on October 9th (send presents...just kidding!). I am in 4th grade and I like traveling, sports, video games (obviously), and spending time with my family. I am very excited to go down the coast with my family, stopping by different places, such as San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Mexico. I am excited to see whales, dolphins and other tropical fish.

J.P. Doolittle - I am 7 years old. My date of birth is March 13th, 2004. I like Legos, video games and especially my family. I really am going to miss: t.v., beds, big space, kickball, four square and definitely my friends. I'm going to have fun with: swimming with the dolphins in clear water, sword fighting on the boat with my brother, sleeping in the V-berth and especially having this blog.

This is us with our mom and dad shopping for a dinghy. This is the little boat we will take into shore from our big sailboat (kinda like an escape pod).