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Gabriellas grandpa
02/02/2008, Scary Zihua Bay

I hope you children in Mrs. Balantacs' class are tuned in to this blog. I was sitting in my captains chair behind the steering wheel and enjoying my bowl of cereal when I looked off to the side of the boat and could'nt believe my eyes. There was a 5 or 6 foot CROCODILE swimming lazily over toward Madeira beach. I put down my cereal bowl and scrambled down below to retrieve my camera because I wanted evidence of my sighting so maybe at least Gabriella would believe me. It was a really exciting moment and then I flashed back to yesterday when I was scrubbing the bottom of the boat next to me. I was wondering how close the Crocodile would come to me if I was in the water. I don't think they really want to fool around with humans in the water. The rest of the day I was ferrying passengers to boats that were in a parade. When they came back from their little cruise/parade I had to pick them up at the boats and deliver them to the beach. They had to jump off the dinghy into shallow water at the beach. On my second to last load one of the other dinghy operators yelled something to me, but I could'nt hear him because of the outboard motor making too much noise. I soon found out what he was yelling about....there was the Crocodile about 10 feet off to the side of the dinghy real close to the beach where I was dropping off passengers. I guess this Crocodile was in a wondering mode. It was a real long day ferrying passengers back and forth. All this effort is for a real worthy cause though. All proceeds from the Zihua Sailfest goes to support primary school children who are from indigenous families or other very poor families. This is the sixth year of the Sailfest and they have built them a new school. By the way, there are a couple more photos of this darling croc in my photo gallery. I went to the airport this afternoon/evening and picked up my parts for my windlass that my friend Susan sent me. So now the repair begins and hopefully I will be on my way to Acapulco by Tuesday or Wednesday.

02/02/2008 | phil jr
geezzzzzz dad you let my boot's get away. next time don the camera and dive in after my boot's. peace
02/03/2008 | Susan
Holy, moly, now THERE'S a blog entry! This is going to be a ZihuaFest that's going to be remembered.
02/03/2008 | Susan
Happy to hear that your package arrived:)
02/03/2008 | The Little Princess Gabriella
Grandpa, I hope you don't get eaten by that crocodile!! I love you! I'm looking at a newspaper that has a picture of a crab on the front of it. But it's not a real crab -- it's just a pretend crab. Be careful, Grandpa. I don't want anything to hurt you. And I really don't want you to get eaten by that mean old crocodile who's rotten and rude. ! Love you, Grumpy Grandpa! -Gabriella
02/05/2008 | Jeff Perkins Sr.
Hi Phil O by the way Gabriella the CROCODILE would bit him and just spit him out because he is our GRUMPY GRANDPAthat we LOVE plus he would not tast to good Phil I love your BLOG. Jeff
02/07/2008 | Judy Yawman-Adams
Hey, P.W. Don't know where I've been, but just caught up on seeing the entries regarding the crocodile. Pretty neat! And, to think I was worried about you and sharks! What's it going to be next -- the Lockness Monster?!
02/09/2008 | elizabeth
Wow - what a cool croc sighting! Thanks for sharing your trip. You and my parents are just too cool with your blogs. - dockrat
Homesteading
Gabriellas grandpa
01/29/2008, Zihuatanejo Bay

It has been over a week siince my last post, so I better put something in here or I will lose my audience. The famous(among cruisers) ZihuaFest started today and will run until the 3rd of February. The whole thing came about when some cruisers wanted to raise money for a school for underprivileged and orphaned children of the Zihuatanejo area. This is the sixth season it has been run and it gets better each year. Last year they finished the constuction of the new schoolhouse and they now give to 4 or 5 other needy schools. The money the cruisers raise from boat races(fun), raffles, auctions. and jam sessions and the sales of CDs created from local and cruiser artists are matched by 2 or 3 philanthropic(sic) organizations. So each year they do quite a bit of fund raising. The local merchants really help out also, because they don't want the gringos to show them up and they do like the results. I will volunteer the use of my new dinghy and of course myself as driver to take passengers back and forth to cruisers boats so they can go on a parade/cruise of the Zihua/Ixtapa area. They pay for the privilege and the proceeds go to the children. As soon as I get my Anchor windlass back together with the new part I will be ready to go south to Acapulco. I should have some exciting new pics from the area. Susan..that police station you referred to is actually a naval base. It's probably all the guns you see them tote that left the impression of a police station. There's tons of fresh produce all over this town and there is a few coffee bean stores.

01/30/2008 | Susan
Do boats come into Zihua for the festival? How many are there today? How does the whole thing get organized every year with all new cruisers?
01/30/2008 | Phil
There are about 60 boats here and yes, some come for just the event. There are cruisers who spend 3, 4, or more seasons cruising here in Mexico, so there are repeat participants. Rick's Bar is the staging point each year.
01/30/2008 | phil jr.
hey dad good to here your voice last night. your lovely gabriella misses you very much, as she keeps asking when is summer gonna be here, because she knows you'll be here then.send her another post card. love ya dad stay warm
Settling in
Gabriellas grandpa
01/21/2008, Zihuatanejo

Been here for almost a week and starting to get settled in. I've decided to try and fix my anchor windlass here, so I will probably have the parts flown in. I did this in '98 when I was here and my good friend Susan did all the stateside footwork and it worked like a charm. I'm going to post some pictures of the town. They are of shops, markets, and general shots. I've added another (cool) feature to my blog. It's called an XPLOT(map) feature that lets me put a location on the map of where I have been and am currently. Also, if you click on Google Earth icon, you get a real photo from a satellite to give you a better feel for where I'm at. If you don't have Google Earth...DOWNLOAD IT, you won't be sorry and it's free. The first time you click on the Google earth icon at the lower left side of the Position Map...click 'save' then click 'save' again. Then you can open it after the initial download connection to my blog has been made. Then you can click on different locations and get the blog from that location....I know this is confusing, I think I lost myself a way back. A large Carnival Cruise Line ship pulled in today and the town was flooded with gringos. If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to email me or post a comment. Well, back to my struggle in Paradise.

01/22/2008 | William
Do you drink the local water or do you make your own?
01/22/2008 | Phil
I purchase local water for drinking. I use their tap water for showers, etc.
01/22/2008 | Susan
Nice pictures. Is there still a police station by the beach where you land your dinghy?After looking at the meat, you can understand why their beef is sliced thin and grilled:)
The kindergarteners should get a kick out of the chicken picture.
01/23/2008 | Judy
Hey, P.W. Nice shots. I still very much remember the outdoor market at Zihuatanejo -- the meat as you show it now, and also the very skinny dogs running around. So, I guess some things haven't changed. It was 15 or 18 degrees here this morning -- sure looks inviting where you are!
01/24/2008 | Pastor Standley
Hi Phil, Lois and I spent a few days in Tucson this past week, her brother who had been dealing with Lymphoma was in the VA hospital there. I was looking forward to some warm weather and good mexican food, got the food but not the heat, I had forgotten how cold it can get in the evenings there. Ash Wednesday is February 6th so not much of a break between seasons for me. I do hope you have a fishing rod with you. Too much water not have a line or two in it. Blessings, Pastor
02/01/2008 | The Little Princess Gabriella
Dear Grandpa -- I love you and you are missing a lot of fun, like having ice cream cones at night and the breeze in the trees. How is your back, Grandpa? I love you. And for my classmates -- I hope you bring home a surprise for us. You can make it seashells, rocks, sand or anything you want. I'll ask what my classmates like from beaches. All of my friends like all of your adventures. Love you, Grandpa! Bye, bye. -Gabriella

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