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Chacala
Gabriellas grandpa
12/01/2007, Chacala

I went to add some photos from the camera and my computer went online sitting here in my boat out in the anchorage. It's the Linksys system in the palapa that I'm recieving. The signal strength is very low, but its working. Meeting more and more cruisers and starting to get the cruising feeling. For Susan...dinner in San Blas was uneventful as I ate by myself and quality was not there. Later I met up in the town square with all the cruisers that were in the estuary with me. One boat from Cameron Park has two girls, 10 and 13 and have been up in the Sea of Cortez cruising during hurricane season. I just love the adjusted mentality that all young home schooled kids have when out cruising...It's such a treat to meet this kids. There is another couple with their adult daughter and her boyfriend from Montana who are cruising on to Florida. They are setting up housekeeping in Florida. Then of course our host that evening was Norm Goldie...that transplanted New Yorker who tries to run San Blas. Delicious ice cream was a treat and I stayed on land after dark socializing...the world is changing. On to La Cruz tomorrow.

12/01/2007 | Susan
I have the utmost respect for home-schooling families, both land based and floating. It really helped on our cruise that we had a child who loved to read because there weren't all that many children that year.
12/01/2007 | Judy
Hey, P.W. OK, my second try to see if this goes through this time. Your trip sounds great so far; I'm envious. Thr photos are beautiful. Hey, is Chacala a place worth staying (on land)? I had actually just recently checked out some rentals there. Happy sailing! Love, J.B.
12/02/2007 | Jan
watched you sail by Lo de Marcos this morning, knew it was you when you had your spinnaker up. Not much wind out there but a beautiful day. Catch you in La Cruz
12/02/2007 | Susan
When Drew was visitng friends in Lo de Marcos this past March, he stayed at a trailer park hotel in Tlaquepaque.
Paradise
Gabriellas grandpa
11/30/2007, Chacala

I don't mean this to be a tease to all you hard working people up north, but!!! I'm sitting here at a nice palapa on the beach having fish tacos and connected to the web. So as I type this, I'm in a very pleasurable place,space, etc. I did'nt get eaten by the noseeums in San Blas estuary, but all the traffic was a little much, so I weighed anchor and took off for Chacala, a distant 20 miles. A wonderful beam reach again in 10 to 14 knots of wind. Arrived at Chacala and dropped the hook and ran a stern anchor to keep the boat into the oncoming swells. The swells are like getting a massage...nice and gentle. If Gabriella were with me we would put on a life jacket and swim to the beach. My Canuck friends Wolf and Jan should be showing up today or tomorrow to visit with me. I should leave here Sunday 12-02 Banderas Bay.

11/30/2007 | Wolf and Jan
we will be up in Chacala on Saturday morning to see you. Thought you were going to be another day before you got there or we would have been up today. See you manana.
Nayarit (The state of)
Phil
11/29/2007, San Blas

I got my raw water pump humming nicely and off I went for points south. I cruised by the Islands in front of Mazatlan and set a course for Isla Isabella. The seas were flat and I was doing a nice beam reach at about 5 knots and not running my engine.It was so peaceful and quiet. It was so flat and calm I decided to take a shower underway, which I don't normally do. It was great. In the middle of the night I had to fire up the engine to motor for a few hours. Coming alongside Isla Isabella at daybreak I noticed 2 boats anchored that were rolling a little too much for my liking, so continued on to San Blas. I'll be able to visit the island on my way back north. Pulled into the San Blas estuary in the afternoon and set anchor. I normally would anchor out in Matanchen Bay to stay away from the No-See-Ums,but was a little adventurous this time. Spent a nice evening with cruisers and dinner ashore in what I consider to be the most authentic Mexican town I have ever seen. I'll pull out this afternoon for Chacala and visit with my Canuck friends who are land cruising and staying at a RV park just up the road from Chacala. My next posting should be when I get into Banderas Bay.

11/29/2007 | Bryan
This is a fantastic, beautiful picture. What a symbol of peace and prosperity.
11/30/2007 | Susan
Tell us about the dinner and the town.
Who else is out cruising?

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