24 November 2017
November 18 – 24, 2017 We have been enjoying this small Mexican town with its plaza, ice cream, laundry and great food! I also accomplished a much dreaded sewing chore by replacing seven zippers on our bimini and insert – it took almost four days - ugh! Monday, November 20 was the celebration of Revolution Day – which marked the official start of the Mexican revolution in 1910. San Blas had a small parade with dancers and bands, with all the locals lining the streets enjoying the festivities!
Chacala to San Blas
17 November 2017
Easy four hour motor to Marina San Blas. One of our favorite things about cruising is meeting fun people – we enjoyed dinner at La Isla and ice cream in the plaza with Brenda and Bob (s/v Perfect Excuse) from Canada. We’re not sure anyone is left in Canada – they all seem to be in Mexico! We watched the second message “One King leads to Another” in the Andy Stanley sermon series “Right in the Eye”. You weren’t created to rule yourself. Maximum freedom is found under the authority of the Creator-King. The great news is that when you cry out to God, He is willing to rescue you. But because He knows the power of the little kings, he requires unconditional surrender.
Joshua 24:14 Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods of your ancestors worshipped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
Guayabitos to Chacala
15 November 2017
Easy two hour motor 6 miles to Chacala. We passed this fisherman on the way – first time we’ve seen tree branches and an umbrella on a panga!
14 November 2017
Now if you are wondering what life is like living on a sailboat, it has lots of highs and lows. Today is a good example – we did small chores in the morning, went to town to drop trash, have lunch on the beach, buy ice and of course indulge in an Oxxo frapp! Came back, took naps and did a couple more chores. As we were sitting on the side of the boat adjusting the kayak mounts (3rd time/position) Bruce noticed that our dinghy was floating away!!! Yikes! The dinghy painter was still tied to our stern cleat, but had broken (no chafe, just broke). Soooooo, we quickly decided he would kayak out to it and bring it back (about a half mile away). We dropped his kayak in the water and as we did it seems the glue gave way on the sea view port – the clear window came off, sunk, then the kayak started to sink! We were in 35’ of water, 200’ of anchor scope and the sun was setting. No diving for the window was even considered. We hauled it back aboard and I ran around to the other side of the boat to get my kayak ready to launch and I caught my little toe on a port light and broke it! Sigh. We finally got my kayak launched, Bruce paddled out to the dink and rescued it. Just another day in paradise!
Punta Mita to Guayabitos
14 November 2017
November 13 - 14, 2017 Easy seven hour motor sail to Guayabitos. Bruce caught a small Bonita, but he let him go. Enjoyed a birthday lunch on the beach – DreamCatcher is in the background just to the right of the island.
La Cruz to Punta Mita
12 November 2017
November 11 - 12, 2017 Easy 2.5 hour motor to Punta Mita. Kayaking, relaxing and reading on the hook. Our second time here – didn’t go ashore again. Dinghy beach landing too rough and rocky!
La Cruz Marina
10 November 2017
November 3 – 10, 2017 OK – we are now having battery problems, so the captain has decided to move into the nearby marina and check it out. After a day of shore power charging and testing, seems the starting battery is bad, so we purchased another one. We did a few boat chores, including repairing the leech line casing (had to remove the mainsail and sew it on deck), farmers market, Thursday night marina movies and Tacos on the Street with Will and Kathy – yay! We started a new Andy Stanley sermon series “Right in the Eye”. The American dream is “I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone”. We want to do what is right in our own eyes. You weren’t created to rule yourself – maximum freedom is found under the authority of the Creator-King.
Joshua 24:14 Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshipped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
02 November 2017
November 1 – 2, 2017 Bruce spent the last couple of days working on the autopilot (loose wire to clutch) and the tachometer (loose wire in engine compartment), I kayaked (still working on entry/exit from boat) and we enjoyed dinner with Sharon and Rick (s/v Between the Sheets) at Tacos on the Street. Thanks guys for taking 3 buses (1.5 hours) to come see us – we miss and love you!! We also reconnected with Jeff (s/v Sailors Run), a friend we met in Ecuador and he joined us for tacos – we are blessed!
Puerto Vallarta to La Cruz
31 October 2017
Shakedown cruise!! Wellllll, thankful we did – on the six mile motor to the La Cruz anchorage the autopilot failed, the tachometer didn’t work and a lazarette latch broke. Sigh. So much for relaxing on the hook! Photo is my final weekly “Mickey D’s” lunch with sweet Sharon – you are going to be missed!
30 October 2017
October 18 - 30, 2017 After seven months in Puerto Vallarta the departure countdown has begun! The dreaded chore of refinishing the toe rail (two new stanchions, new bungs, wood repair, recaulk chainplates) has been completed - this time we used Epifanes Yacht Enamel (black). Good Lord willing it will last a couple of years. Lots of sewing projects (awnings refurbished, new throw line bag, new fender covers with leather inserts, etc.), a new side ladder fabricated (it pins from side to side), kayak mounts installed, boat washed and waxed, stainless polished, two new Dometic A/C units installed, refurbished dinghy (paint stern, sew new seat cover, replace wood seat with starboard, new lines, two extra midship handles attached), MMSI number reprogrammed on all radios. All projects were funded by Big Dog bitcoin investments - woohoo!