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Gabriellas grandpa
12/16/2008, Barra de Navidad

This has got to be one of the most relaxing and laid back anchorages of all Mexico. Had a nice trip down from Puerto Vallarta. I left La Cruz with intentions of stopping for the night at Ipala about 15 miles down the coast from the notorious Cabo Corrientes. The weather rounding Corrientes was okay and as I got a little further down it was blowing out of the southeast which is straight into the anchorage at Ipala. I pulled in to check it out because I have never been in this anchorage and was curious. There were pangas everywhere and fish pens and the water was a little too lumpy for me. I left there and kept going for the night and pulled into Tenacatita to anchor. It was early morning so I thought I could do the mangrove river trip to the outer anchorage to have some of that delicious shrimp stuffed fish filet with almondine sauce. As I was about to enter the tide was rushing out so fast that I aborted because I was too wimpy to fight the shallows with the tide running so fast. This will be another place I will play around with longer on my way north. After a nights rest I pulled anchor to putt-putt the 12 miles to Barra. There is only about 10 boats here in the lagoon and of course more over iin the high priced marina. But it is nice to have a few of these boats to be friends I met last season. So I will hang out here until about the first week of the new year then mosey on to Santiago(Manzanillo). This place(Barra de Navidad) has a real mix of tourists and gringo residents here. It is like a miniature Santa Cruz. Just in case I don't post again until after CHRISTmas, I want to say to all.......Have a Merry Christmas......Feliz Navidad......Froh Weinach.
Oh yeah....The French Baker Lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/16/2008 | Bryan
You've got it made now Phil. You'll have the baker coming by delivering you pastries every morning. You're going to be spoiled. I mean with all the good food and the weather. It's supposed to be in the 20's here tonight. Merry Christmas from Bryan & Ronda......
12/17/2008 | Susan
I'm curious about the fish pens in Ipala. What are they growing out?
Are you having your croissants delivered to the boat this time or are you dinghying into town to buy them there?
12/18/2008 | BOOMERANG
Hi Phil, boy you sure are moving fast. No seaweed growing under your feet. Have an Almond Croisant for us and Feliz Navidad to you too.
C and E
12/19/2008 | Heather
It was great seeing you in La Cruz and I am sure we will cross paths again sometime soon. I bet the french baker's got nothin' on my cookies!!! I'll save some for ya Phil! Enjoy the holidays.

H&D
12/20/2008 | JAN AND WOLF
MERRY CHRISTMAS Phil, have a good one and enjoy.
Banderas Bay
Gabriellas grandpa
12/10/2008, La Cruz Huanacaxtle

Had a nice easy run from Chacala to La Cruz. Sailed for about half the distance. While here in the PV area I had my water pump rebuilt for one third the cost of a new pump. Since being here in the anchorage I have run into a lot of old friends and have made new ones. I was going to stay in this area throughout the Christmas season but decided to move on out tomorrow morning for parts south. I will got to Ipala anchorage tomorrow and then day trip down to Chamela for one night, then on to Tenacatita for one or two nights. Tenacatita is where McHales Navy(the movie) was filmed. It has that nice long mangrove river ride to the outer anchorage where they have those delicious fish filet stuffed with shrimp with the almondine sauce. Then on to the land of the French baker...Barra de Navidad, for Christmas.
There is so much building iin the Banderas bay/Puerto Vallarta area, that I'm afraid it will turn into another Acapulco. There was one area on the other side of Punta Mita that would put Malibu to shame. These mansions were outrageously beautiful and at the same time obscene sitting in there jungle hills. It's hard for me to reconcile the clash of the wealth with the poor Mexicans down the road. I can't help but wonder what the poor Mexicans think when they see these gingos building such extravagant houses. I've spent 5 or 6 days in the PV area and I'm leaving in the morning without one visit to the new Costco here........I don't know what's becoming of me. I will try to add some new pics before I pull out of here. The blog pic is of my Princess with her mom at Santa Cruz for Thanksgiving.

12/13/2008 | The Little Princes
Hi, Grandpa,
Your little sweet princess (me -- Gabriella) is helping Auntie Molly decorate her tree. We just had Zelda's pizza and it was YUMMY! I am making cookies at school on Friday the 19th. I'm sure you would love them if you were here. I miss you! Bye bye. Loooooooooooooooooove, Gabriella
12/14/2008 | Susan
Gabriella, now this is the type of blog comment that makes my day.
On the Sea Again
Gabriellas grandpa
12/04/2008, Isla Iabella/San Blas/Chacala

I left Mazatlan after a nice, but too long of a stay. Thanksgiving dinner was quite nice and it felt good to do something with a meaning. I worked most of the time I was there by carving and serving the turkey. 180 people and 10 turkeys..whew, I'm tired. Pulled out of the marina at noon and headed for Isla Isabella to get some shots of the blue-footed boobies and some underwater pics of my art work on the boat. Arrived at daybreak and quickly set my hook(anchor) in a patch of sand. I wanted to double check the setting of the hook so I decided to go diving right away. I put on my new shorty and the dive rig my son got for me and went over the side. First off, I did'nt have enough weight to let me go down, so I had to push off the boat and work my fins like crazy to get down. I took a few pics of Gabrielllas name on the bottom of the boat and then decided to grab my anchor chain to check out the setting of the hook. Sure enough, it was wrapped around a rock and the anchor itself was just laying on its side and could not penetrate the hard shale or sand covered rock. There was'nt much wind, but the seas were lumpy and uncomfortable, so I decided to weigh anchor and set off for San Blas. I could always get the pics of the birds on the way back north. As I'm pulling up the anchor I try to pull the boat ahead to unwrap from the rock. With the action from the lumpy seas, my anchor chain dug into the bow roller and chewed it up. Then I finally got the anchor almost all the way up and the lumpy seas caused my anchor to hit my bow and punch a nice little chunk into it. So off to San Blas licking my wounds. I get into Matanchen Bay wich is the outer anchorage at San Blas and drop my hook and let the noise of the engine drain from my body. The next morning I go and start the engine so I can motor into the San Blas estuary and I decided to check my exhaust water flow(which I only do once in awhile) and there was NO water coming out. Here we go again with the raw water pump. I take the pump off and check it out to find nothing wrong with it. So I'm thinking my heat exchanger is shot and start trouble shooting the cause. Evidently I did'nt check the pump good enough because I later checked it out again and found the impeller was slipping off its metal housing. So I put on one of my backups and bingo, I'm back in business. Now I don't want to go in the estuary at San Blas, so I take off for Chacala. A nice 4 hour motor-boat ride and I pull into Chacala with only one other boat. Chacala is so laid back and peaceful for me. The whole tropical look is so inviting and the food is good at the palapas. I give my business to Las Brisas palapa because not only is the food good but I get free internet from their beach palapa. I don't have to lug my laptop ashore and set it up in a internet cafe. I go to visit my good Canadien friends Jan and Wolf in Lo De Marcos tomorrow. I will take the bus to get there and then they will drive me back. They are about 15 miles down the coast. Then Saturday I should move on to Banderas Bay and La Cruz De Huanacastle. The blog pic is for you Bryan. I will try to post a few more pics in the gallery.

12/05/2008 | Susan
Interesting, the dock rat's blog yesterday featured avocados on toast and now you are checking in with guacamole and chips. What IS it with you two?:)
Love the squid picture.
Explain what exactly you're remodeling?
12/06/2008 | Phillip Perkins
I just tore off the wallpaper that was behind the settee. I think it has been on there since the boat was built in 1984........
12/16/2008 | Bryan
Hi Phil. Thanks for the pic. I just now caught up with you again. Looks like things are going well. I'm glad to see you enjoying your retirement as much as I'm enjoying mine.

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