Parade/party goersD & D
03/02/2011, Barra Navidad
Pictures of the crowd on the roadside for the parade.
Visit with the PentlandsDonna
3/1 We hooked up with old highschool friends of Donna's who are vacationing here - George and Margory Pentland . Delightful time over dinner getting reaquainted and catching up with each other's lives, while reminiscing of our interesting highschool years. To get there, we took a water taxi from our boat to Barra Navidad (we're in the lagoon) and then a taxi to Melaque, about 6 miles away. Our ride back was quite fun! we became a part of a parade that was on the roads, our taxi slowed to a snail's pace and we just waving and laughing with the people that drove by - I'll add some pictures to show the spirit. Our taxi driver was great, just took in stride, but finally, asked if we minded walking the rest (8 blocks or so)and we happily agreed, so we could walk with the meandering crowd of party goers. It was interesting, colorful, very different from our parades - and a slice of Mexican culture.
Wind and wavesDonna
03/01/2011, Barra Navidad
1/28 This day started out so pleasantly. We left Santiago Bay with very light winds, dolphins swimming along side and headed a very short distance - 28 miles northwest to Barra Navidad. I would like to end the story there; however, there's a bit more to write about! Winds built to 10 knots, we turned off the motor and were thrilled to sail, though the winds were turning toward our bow. The winds continued to build to 27 knots, the waves were short (think staccato) and high as in 6-8'. Our forward progress slowed to nil and we tacked back and forth, with waves coming over our bow, drenching us every so often. It became so wild, that we reluctantly tethered up with our life jackets, just to err on the side of safety. We put in reef #1 on the main, furled the genoa and plowed through the waves, at times only making 1 ½ miles an hour. 9 hours later, and we finally rounded the tip into the Barra Navidad area. We were two whipped pups, had showers and a very very simple dinner at 8 PM and went to bed with achy muscles. The boat held tight overnight and at least we had something a bit more interesting to write about in the blog (I assured Darryl). And, as Shakespeare says, "All's well that ends well!"
A Market in Manzanillo02/27/2011, Santiago Bay
Picture is Darryl working on new connections between the anchor chain and line.
Hanging out in ManzanilloDonna
02/25/2011, Santiago Bay on 2/24
2/22 We awaken in Maruata to some cool air and haze. We have the anchor up, a cup of coffee in each of our hands, and sailing by 7:40 AM. It's a quiet day of puttering along at 4-5 knots, and arrive in Cabeeza Negra at 5:15 Pm. As we arrive, a couple of whales and a group of dolphins put on a "welcoming" show for us. We are again, the only boat in the anchorage. In the morning, we wonder if it is because the anchorage was rockin' and rollin' all night long, at (we swear!) a 45 degree angle - both directions! Did we sleep? You figure it out!
Chilli rellenos, ready to eatD & D
02/23/2011, Zihuatanejo Cooking Class
Ok, last piucture from the cooking class, but this shows the finished product - basically a Pablamo pepper, burned and peeled,stuffed with 3 different cheeses, then dipped into a batter of whipped eggs and fried quickly. The sauce that accompanied it was delicious!
First time cruisers
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