My husband, Joe, and I divide our cruising time between San Diego, California, and La Paz, Mexico. At our Mexico bon voyage party last fall, a friend gave us a window box full of fresh herbs: oregano, thyme, basil, chives, cilantro, and rosemary filled our boat with delightful fragrances as we made our way south. During the month-long trip, there was little opportunity to take on fresh provisions. Isolated islands and desert communities are the norm on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. Few villages have any semblance of a super mercado (supermarket) until you reach Cabo San Lucas, nearly 1,000 miles south of San Diego. On this stretch of coastline, youre lucky to find a few potatoes, onions, or carrots, and youd certainly be hard-pressed to find any fresh herbs. Having a constantly growing supply onboard made cooking aboard JoyFull a truly joyful experience. Now, Im addicted to fresh herbs once you get used to the fresh flavors, dried herbs taste like straw.