04 April 2010 | Chacala
It is so gratifying to have the exterior of the school finally painted. If I wasn't restricted to weekends only it would have been more pleasant. I don't really know what was more appreciated by the kids...the school being painted or the video conferences with snacks. It was fantastic to sail out of Barra De Navidad and on up to Tenacatita for a couple of nights. The ocean swells were so great as to create large breakers on the beach, making it impossible to do the mangrove tour. Pulled out of Tenacatita with friends Tom and Barbara on Hooligan headed for Chamela. Moving on up the coast I got online when I was 3 miles off the coast with my Banda Ancha 3G. It was a hoot to surf the net and get weather and sea conditions for the trip. Weather was so favorable, we decided to continue on and do an overnighter to La Cruz(Banderas Bay-Puerto Vallarta). Once in La Cruz, I started my daily trips by bus into PV for my people watching and Costco(Disneyland) indulgence. After long periods of being in small towns and going to small tiendas(stores) to buy only what they had and not want you wanted, walking into Costco was like visiting Disneyland. The variety of foodstuffs was just mindboggeling. After a week in La Cruz it was time to get move on. Big tourist towns are only good for a few days then I loose interest and don't feel right with all the gringos and the superficial manner of all things that results in large amounts of tourism. Had a nice daysail around Punta De Mita and up to Chacala. With a lot of boats migrating north, I thought Chacala would be packed with cruisers. There was not one boat there. I had the whole anchorage to myself and about 1,000 Semana Santa partiers. A sailboat would come in and spend one night here then leave the next morning....They can't handle the noise that comes with the celebrating. I've had a blast walking among the masses of Mexicans and being the only gringo in the crowd. I will try to post a lot of pics of the Semana Santa partying. It looks like Hooligan will catch up to me today and then tomorow or Tuesday I will move on over to Mantenchen Bay(San Blas) for one night before sailing out to Isla Isabella.