Getting Really Close
24 March 2011
John's Blog Updated. Original post with photos: http://travel.reservationkey.com Latitude: 20.68962 Longitude: -105.292955
We must be getting close now since we have officially checked out of Mexico.
This involved going to the Port Captain's office and getting our Zarpe, which is documentation for the boat. Next Immigration officials visited us on the boat and did a quick inspection and stamped our passports. We now have 48 hours to leave the country. Unless any last minute projects come up, we plan to leave Paradise Village marina today, and go to Marina La Cruz for fuel and our last night in Mexico. This puts us on schedule to depart on Friday.
The main focus of the week has continued to be provisioning. Yesterday was possibly our last big shopping spree. We made the rounds to most of our usual stops, plus a couple more. We picked up some last minute items at Zaragosas and Home Depot, topped off our propane can, and then it was out to Mega for buying our fresh produce. Mega has a great selection and we really stocked up. It will be very interesting to see how long everything lasts. We are planning on storing the produce in nets hung from the ceiling inside the cabin, plus one large net hung in the back of the boat between the dinghy davits.
Our friends on another boat, Phambili, are now only 220 miles from the Marquesas. They have been at sea for 21 days so far and have about 2 days left. Their trip was easy the first week or so, but then they hit some rougher weather just above the equator for about a week. We would be pretty happy if we can make as good of time as they have made. Another boat we have been seeing a lot of, Evergreen, checked out of Mexico at the same time as us and are leaving today. We will likely be in contact with them on the radio quite a bit as we will both be in semi-close proximity to each other as we make the crossing.