Our Friends & Families Are Not So Far Away..
Technology has helped us keep in touch with our friends and families. Occasionally, we get wi-fi on the boat which allows us to email and lookup information online. Sometimes we can pick up a strong and consistent enough wi-fi signal to use Skype to make telephone calls. This is a great service, and it allows us to call anywhere in the world for 2 cents a minute.
Earlier this week I was able to speak with my family via Skype. For those of you who don't know, my Dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. I've been keeping in touch with my Dad to get updates from him on his condition and treatment. My Dad has chosen to have surgery to remove the cancer, and his operation will be on Monday, March 24th (right after Easter Sunday.) For all who read our blog, we hope you'll send out a little extra prayer that day for a smooth and speedy recovery for my Dad. I know he will appreciate the kind thoughts, and we feel blessed to have such great friends and families.
02/28/2008, Ixtapa, Mexico
I was just about to update the blog tonight when Cory said, "Wow, look out the window!" Holy cow, an 8ft crocodile was cruising near our boat! This is a far cry from the little crocs we saw on the jungle river trip. This guy was so big, I wasn't interested in getting off the boat. Cory, of course, ventured down to the dock to take some pictures. The croc ventured over to the slip next to us, and it got a bit creepy. My first thought was, "I wonder how high those guys can jump?" So, we saw a big croc at the marina. The reason they live here is because the marina backs up to an estuary.
On another note, we'll be here in the marina for a little while longer. The port captain closed the port this afternoon because we're getting some big breakers. The storms in Southern California have finally brought the swells this far South. We thought that the swells would be here yesterday based on the report on magicseaweed.com (a surfing site for Mexico). So, when the port is closed, you can't leave. We're not sure when the port will open. That, and the breakers have probably dumped a bunch of sand in the channel. On our way into the marina at high tide, we only had 7ft of clearance. We need at least 6ft with our keel. So, we may have to wait for the channel to be dredged to leave. Oh well, we were in no rush. The marina is nice, and Zihuatanejo is a short bus ride away.
02/28/2008, Ixtapa, Mexico
We got the work complete on our engine, but not without a trip into Z-what. Our engine coolant line had chafed beyond repair, so we went to town to get a replacement. We're so glad we did. Z-what is just an awesome little place, and I think we're going to enjoy it when we move our boat closer and anchor in the bay this week.
One of the reasons we like Z-what is because it's a great little Mexican town. In one of my previous blog entries I'd mentioned that Ixtapa didn't seem like "real Mexico." That is because Ixtapa is the land of big mega-resorts along the beach and lots of tourists. Zihuatanejo is the opposite. Zihuatanejo is only a few kilometers away from Ixtapa, but it's a nice little Mexican town. Along the waterfront the fishermen sell fish in the morning market, and there are a ton of family owned businesses in town. Although we went to town for a replacement part, we stayed and walked around a bit and had lunch at the Zihua Pancake House. We like having breakfast anytime of day, and this was the perfect place. Cory ended up ordering 2 meals and 2 beverages, but the total tab including my meal was less than $20 US. I don't think we'll go broke in Z-what with those prices, but there are so many good restaurants that it's going to be hard not to go out to eat a lot.
Last but not least, we had an "oops!" moment earlier this week. Cory has been complaining on the detail that our GPS chart plotter gives us. We have a Raymarine C70 on the helm (wheel) and a handheld Garmin 76Cx as a backup. Well, our cheap little Garmin was giving us much better detail on the anchorages than the Raymarine, and we couldn't figure out why. Well, when we were cleaning the boat earlier this week...we figured out why. It would help if we put the Mexican GPS map chip into the Raymarine chart plotter! All this time we had been using the US chart chip. No wonder we weren't getting the detail. All I can say is, guess we'll have better information for our way North!