Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Time of Transition …

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell

This is a time of great transition and awakening for many of us. Everyone in the world is watching the USA and how it handles this economic crisis. In recent weeks Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, the federal government bailed out AIG, Bank of America purchased Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The credit market appeared to be on the verge of collapsing and the presidential race is turning normally apathetic citizens into strong opinionated voters who need to make a difference.

Here in Loreto, a small innocuous little town located on the Sea of Cortez, in Baja California life goes on. The Mexicans have a saying that “When the US gets an economic cold, Mexico gets pneumonia”. The peso is strong and stable but we are affected by the downturn in tourism and people being much more conservative in their spending. Some major development projects in the area have been postponed until the beginning of next year, and the locals are hunkering down once again until the next economic wave.

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. History has shown us that this is now the time to invest. It has been said that Luck is when Preparation meets Opportunity. This is the time of hard work, goal setting with limited financial and manpower resources. Carpe Diem Seize the Day! This is what I am doing.

This is the lull to take advantage of some great real estate buys in an area that will undoubtedly prosper. It’s just a matter of time. My energy needs to be succeeding in this business if I am to survive living in Loreto. Living La Vida Loca was great for a few years, but now its time to put away any altruistic ideals of creating a virtual community and be more focused and introspective. I have been looking at a closed door now for six months, denying the economic reality and hard living conditions here. I need to see the open door and step through it.

Writing the blog has been a wonderful experience for me. It is possible that one day again, I will continue the creative outlet of sharing my life journey on the internet, but not for awhile. I am grateful for the technology that has allowed me to capture and share part of my adventures with strangers who have become friends. I am constantly making a lot of new distinctions about my life. The key is find balance between them all.

Kelli McDill was a great inspiration and originally started blogging on Loreto with her She recorded her life living in Loreto with her husband and daughter, and then traveling around the US meeting all their new friends.

Clinton and Loni Stark will succeed me with their blog which is a very upbeat and informative site. They have links to other social networking, Loreto Bay information and homeowner sites as well. They are making blogging a business and I wish them the very best.

This week we had the first Annual Dorado Loreto Fishing Tournament, and Ronnie Kovach from Fox Sports was filming the best sailfish and dorado fishing he has ever seen. His group caught and released over 27 sailfish in two days on our boat. The Sea of Cortez was literally scattered with jumping sailfish, dorado and a few marlin on calm blue waters. Conditions were perfect and everyone participating was happy and excited. REEL TROUBLE was the Tournament Boat and will be getting promotional videos of the show to give away. I will be writing an article for the monthly publication Loreto News, and perhaps this will be the next step in my journalism career? Quien Sabe?!

In the meantime, if you ever wonder Where In the World Is Nellie? Just drop me a line, it’s like fishing … sooner or later I will surface and bite! Take care and thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years!

See you in Loreto!

Miss Nellie

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tropical Depression Lowell has little affect in Loreto

Loreto spent much of the week preparing for Storm Lowell which was anticipated to hit Loreto late Wednesday night dumping even more rain than Hurricane Julio, which we have just dried out from. Tuesday Loreto Bay was securing homes, sending out notices to batten down the hatches, stores and offices downtown were protecting their equipment and supplies from leaky ceilings and water seepage. The skies were grey and the barometer felt strangely oppressive for this desert town.

Tuesday morning we had some lightening and thunder followed by a few inches of rain in the afternoon. The Port Captain ordered all boats out of the downtown Marina and airports were on standby alert for possible closure. The streets were deserted while everyone huddled at home waiting and watching.

Wednesday morning I had Capt. Chino call me at 5 am with a weather report … the storm was a couple of hundred miles away, the water was like glass, there was little wind, and the clouds were light on the horizon. We decided to move REEL TROUBLE to the Loreto Marina and take out a homeowner who would probably never have the opportunity to be on the water of Loreto again. We picked up 6 passengers and chartered out for a 3 hour cruise. We caught lots of dorado and it was exciting and fun to see the dolphins play along side of the boat. There were only 2 other pangas out that day, as most preferred to wait out the storm. The wind started to pick up about 11 am so we cruised towards Coronado and anchored. The clouds broke, the sun came out and again the waters were calm. Many went swimming in the 84 degree water while some of stayed onboard for a picnic. It was a very special day for all, one that none of us will ever forget. It’s not the breaths we take - it’s the moments that take our breath away. This day, a group of strangers made a difference to a good man and shared a great moment with each other.

There are always some idiots that don’t know the fine line between adventure and stupidity. I have been accused of crossing the line more than a few times, but there is usually a backup plan. We saw this car decide to cruise the sand spit next to the water and actually into the waves. The strong current swept it off the land and it was floating for a while. Civil Protection was called to rescue them, but little they could do except get the people out of the car and wait and watch.

The airport was closed Wed night and the storm came and went, but all in all it was pretty anti climactic. For a few days, temperatures dropped to a wonderful coolness, but we are now back to sunny skies, 95 degree temperatures and high humidity. Everything is so green and the animals are out in full force again. The hillsides reminds me of Kauai and the beauty is stunning. I can’t wait to take time to explore off the beaten track again.

It was great to see Jane and Sharon of FN203, and Nancy and daughter Kimberly of FN423. We had a girls lunch at Porto Bello Restaurant at Pt. Escondido, and it was wonderful to share stories, laugh and have a three hour lunch overlooking the calm waters and palm trees. Salad and desert comes with every entrĂ©e and it’s a terrific place to relax and take your time with conversation and savor the ambiance, surroundings and food.

The USA Presidential Race is really getting interesting and it is the topic of many conversations among the Mexican business people here in Loreto. Everyone is curious what the foreigners’ opinions are as to the Democratic and Republican candidates. How quickly can the new Administration bring back confidence to improve the bleak economic outlook that always affects luxury spending and tourism destinations? Quien Sabe?

Alaska Airlines has scheduled another flight on Fridays from Los Angeles to Loreto starting October 31st. This will now be four flights a week and hopefully will continue as long we keep supporting them. This is in addition to the current flights on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

AeroMexico will stop its run from Hermosillo to Loreto at the end of this month. This makes the connectors from the East Coast a lot more difficult and lack of competition is keeping prices high. We will be entering high season soon, and hopefully when the residents and visitors return, we will see more economic movement in town.

Fishing is still wonderful and last week there was a 51 lb. dorado caught at the Governors Cup Tournament. Ronnie Kovach from Fox Sports Network West will be arriving this week with some sponsors for the First Annual Dorado Loreto fishing Tournament put on by the Hotel Association. If you are coming to town this week, you can still register for Sept 19 and 20 by emailing

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Summer Fun Still Going Strong in Loreto

It is 93 degrees with 67% humidity and feels like 110 F. We have now cleaned up from Hurricane Julio which dropped our year’s quota of 8 inches of rain on Loreto. No real damage but a lot of water, dirt and mess to clean up. The hillsides and fields are beautifully lush and the cows are quickly fattening up from the green pastures. My camera has given up after 2 years of blogging … so hopefully I will be able to replace it soon and show you the wonderful sights of this magical place.

In the meantime, I will share with you the great times that we had on the water this summer aboard REEL TROUBLE. Capt. Chino and I have worked very hard to make sure this is MORE than a fishing trip and we will organize your day to make it memorable for your whole group experience. These are my friends from Calgary, AB … girls just wanna have fun!

FUN means “You’re the boss!” Whether it’s to chase the sailfish / marlin, catch your limit of Dorado, swim with the seals, snorkel, or just drink beer and hang out at the white sand beaches of Coronado with your favorite CD playing… just let us know beforehand … and we will make it happen. In the summer it’s generally very smooth so people prone to motion sickness don’t have a problem especially being on our bridge.

REEL TROUBLE is a luxury sportsfisher so it is very safe and comfortable. A great day on the water for all ages. We have had kids on board and there is nothing better than seeing their face when they catch their first fish or squeal when the dolphins come and play with the boat. Maya preferred to drive the boat … we’re grooming her to be first mate!

Here’s a testimonial from Robert Lopez, FN236 … “Cindy, Tyler, and I can’t thank you enough for all your help on our last trip to Loreto. The Velero del Mar boat was fantastic and Capt. Chino and his sons did a great job all three days. From the Dolphins hanging out with us, to diving with the sea-lions, to the perfect sunset cruise to honeymoon bay, it was an amazing vacation. I have to give you credit for picking the perfect, place, time, and setting up the boat with great wine and cheese to make the sunset cruise for our anniversary absolutely magical. And to think, we almost changed our plans because we were worried about going back to Loreto in the August heat…as long as you and that boat are there, we’ll be back every summer.”

Here’s a testimonial from Greg Wolfe, Los Angeles … “Chino Yee is the best captain and the owner - Nellie - is the best hostess in town! We limited on Dorado with great action in the morning, swam with the sea lions in the afternoon, and finished the day with great snorkeling on a nearby white sand beach in crystal clear water. An awesome day on the REEL TROUBLE with Nellie and crew….. Highly recommend!”

Albert from L.A. was busy catching, releasing and smiling among the schools of Dorado. It is our policy to release marlin, sailfish, and smaller female dorado so that we can maintain these waters as a prime fishing area for years to come. This is Albert's first time in Loreto although he has fished Baja California Sur many times. He will be back!

Jay’s a happy man from Chicago! They don't fish like this on the Lakes! You should have seen the "one that got away"! Capt. Chino fillets your catch and we deliver to your door for dinner or ready to freeze and take back home. We have not seen any yellowtail tuna yet but they should be here soon. I actually prefer them for eating and they can get very large as well. Fresh yellowtail sashimi … what a treat!! For a fishing chart on this area go to:

Being from New York, Frank wanted to see how far we could take the adventure! Chino found more dorado as we were heading into port. The Port Captain had already radioed an alert and called all boats back as the storm was moving in fast. The group just HAD to get one more big one… so down went the lines and we had 3 Fish On at one time. All the while, Chino and I are watching the clouds get darker and move faster to overtake us. Get those lines in! Get the fish in the tanks and let’s move it!! We spent 45 minutes in the pounding rain and wind … it was Hurricane Julio and the perfect storm. Dark, exciting, unpredictable careful what you wish for!

There are 10 day celebrations currently going on now for the Loreto Festival, which included the Governor’s Cup Fishing Tournament, live music and entertainment, amusement rides and other activities. September 16 is Independencia Day in Mexico and the celebrations will continue until everyone is exhausted. Flags of all sizes are being sold on every street corner and many businesses and schools will be closed during this time. More business next week … there’s no hurry … this is Loreto.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Livin' Large In Loreto

Find out more information on Fishing in Loreto, B.C.S., Mexico. Ronnie Kovach's Fishing Expeditions Show this week is Livin' Large in Loreto. It will be telecast on FSN West on Sunday Sept 7 at 9:30 am and Tuesday Sept 9 at 2:30 pm PST.

Check Out the First Annual Dorado Tournament put on by the Loreto Hotel Association on the website:

Join the tournament and meet Ronnie Kovach in Loreto! email for more information

See you in Loreto!