02 November 2006
We got up after a restful night sleep at anchor in Bahia de las Tortugas, or Turtle Bay, to warm sunshine and pretty warm (72 F) water. When we arrived, we were at the outer fringe of the anchorage, but when we got up in the morning, a hundred or so new boats had arrived.
We found that our anchor light had burned out, so we ran our running lights all night. We'll go up the mast tomorrow and try to change the bulb.
A weather system is scheduled to come in tomorrow, with 35 knots wind forecasted. This will last a few days and hopefully be finished by the time we are supposed to depart. If not we will stay put until it does. We're not on a schedule, so there's no sense in beating ourselves up with bad weather.
We had "lunch" on shore at the restaurant by the beach. By the time the food arrived, we were ready to call it "dinner". But this was no surprise, since the restaurant -- and the town -- are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of "yates". This town normally gets few or no visitors, but one weekend a year, they get 200 boats! I think they make a whole years' revenue in this weekend.
The town is very rustic, with no paved roads, and one tiny grocery. The meat in the meat case was covered with flies. I took a pass on the meat.
They were charging a dollar to use the toilet at the restaurant. (grumble)
The fleet is having a big party this evening at a restaurant in town, but we're in need of rest and will have dinner aboard. Pascale's making spaghetti with tomato sauce and sausage. We'll have a cozy dinner and watch a movie.