"September" still says cool, crisp fall days to me, but in Puerto Vallarta, September is all about rain, rain, rain and in between saunalike heat from the blend of damp streets and hot sunshine. But when the rain is falling it is fresh and cool, and afterwards the hillsides are glorious in forty shades of green.......

My morning letters are no longer written from the balcony over looking Los Muertos Beach. I have moved to a charming Mexican neighborhood, and I love it. My Spanish is growing by leaps visiting and doing business with my neighbors........

Coming About played host in August to supporters and friends at Terra Noble for a cocktail reception to unveil future plans and a prospectus for investors. 'Z' and I shared our vision of a bay filled with sails as we all enjoyed a spectacular sunset. We also hosted several groups of youngsters on board Southern Cross. They were part of a Fresh Air (Aire Fresco) Program funded by the City and local businesses......

The next six weeks are filled with airplanes, ferries, and taxis. I'm off to Port Townsend for the Wooden Boat Festival  (Sept 9 12), Seattle Women's Sailing Association's annual meeting (Sept 13), Bloomington, IL, Athena Awards Banquet (Sept 30), and finally the Annapolis Sailboat Show (Oct 8 10). Seeing family and friends adds to my anticipation of this bicoastal junketing.......

My mother Aileen, brother Stu and his wife Karen are leaving for South Dakota to see the Native American saddle donated by Stu to the Crazy Horse Museum. It had been in our family for a hundred years and saw duty at Custer's Last Stand. Daughter Tamara and granddaughter Kira are home from a month of travel and practicing their Spanish in Costa Rica. Now it is back to school for most of my family...Tamara and Terri both to teach and all of my granddaughters for studies in Grades 1, 3, and 9. This reminds me of new plaid dresses and the way they smelled, the feel of the fabric and all the excitement of getting ready for a new school year......

Coming About is almost ready for our new season. We are cooking up lots of things, including a fantastic menu for a Thanksgiving feast to open our second session of November...

Does this description make your mouth water? "Oven roasted turkey breast in a Yucatan inspired annatto seed, fresh orange juice and brandy glaze. Accompanied by red garnet yam and piloncillo puree, chayote and zucchini squash tossed in garlic and herbs, and a fig, panela cheese and pumpkin seed tamale." This is only one of the proposals from our fantastic caterer Marta Huante Robles. What a way to start off a nine-day sailing course? A never-to-be-forgotten Thanksgiving celebration. And now we also have a beautiful five-star luxury hotel option at the Westin Regina  as well as our cozy, comfortable Flamingo Vallarta  where Southern Cross is berthed. Check out all the new offerings at Coming About ( to see what we have in store for the new season.......

An old school friend wrote last week to tell me that she had requested By the Grace of the Sea on tape from Heart Of America Talking Books. They contacted the Library of Congress who arranged for the recording, and it is now available for the visually impaired through  Perkins Braille and Talking Books. What an amazing service! See you next month.

---Pat
 

My new writing corner for morning letters


Watching for manta rays and dolphins


The thrill of taking the tiller on Southern Cross


Friends of Coming About at Terra Noble


Enjoying the sunset at Terra Noble


A cruisers' Thanksgiving...1994 in Marmaris, Turkey

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