Trip Prep and Provisioning
10 March 2011
This day was very busy. We started out with watching the Banderas Bay Regatta parade of boats which was going on right outside our boat slip. About 50 boats participated including Splish Splash, the boat Francois is crewing on for the race.
Next we spent a few hours debugging problems with our mast mounted video camera. It looks like there is some problem with the wiring as it is very sensitive to movement. Bruce bought an identical camera yesterday as he though the first camera was dead, but the new one also has the same problem. We have now bought one more camera, this one more like a security camera, which we will soon be testing.
Then our marathon shopping trip began. We started at Costco where we bought one cart full overflowing with goods. It was amazing to walk into Costco here and feel like I was back in Costco at home. The layout was identical, the smells the same. One major difference is most of the packaging is in Spanish. Also, no free food tasting stands. In fact, the only sample station was a lady demonstrating her brand of toilet paper. She had a roll set up and was giving out samples. Pretty funny actually. I stocked up on my personal stash of candy, nuts, and dried fruit.
Next we stopped at Walmart, arriving about 7pm and not getting out of there until well after 9pm. We ended up with two carts overflowing with dry goods. We bought everything from cheap tee shirts for covering our fuel cans to drawing paper for Antoine. Plus all the staples we can expect to need for about 6 weeks before our next major provisioning options (pasta, rice, beans, sauces, drinks, mixes, and much more). With this trip out of the way, we have finished purchasing about 95% of the dry goods we need and probably about two thirds finished with provisioning. Our next major shopping will be for fresh meat and fruit and vegetables, which will be right before our departure.