Still in La Cruz
02/09/2012, Marina Riviera Nayarit
Well, we're still in La Cruz. It's really nice here, and the slip rent is pretty reasonable. We've met some neighbors and have gone to Philo's for dinner a couple of times.
We were planning to go to Nuevo Vallarta soon, but we had to go there yesterday to get some papers notarized, and the Paradise Village area is like being in San Diego-all Americans and Canadians, it doesn't seem like Mexico.
Sill, maybe we'll go there soon.
Jeanette's daughter-in-law may be coming for a visit, so we're waiting to hear from her.
We had to dump our holding tank, so we decided to go out for a sail yesterday, so we went out for 4-5 hours and just followed the wind and had a great sail, no motor!
Tomorrow night, we're going out to a fancy? restaurant called Chocolat, I believe, with some people we've met here. Sounds nice.
Nothing else exciting, we'll update later.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
We arrived in La Cruz a couple of days ago, after spending several days in Mantanchen Bay, a night at Chacala, and a night at Punta de Mita. Chacala was very pretty, and Punta de Mita was a nice anchorage at the north end of Banderas Bay, off of the 4 Seasons Golf Resort. We decided to go into the Marina Riveiera Nayarit marina, as we hadn't had a fresh water shower for quite a while. The Marina is really nice, it's only a couple of years old, and everything is first-class.
We'll probably stay here a few more days to enjoy the showers, and get away from our own cooking. However, there is a terrific fish market adjacent to the marina, where yesterday we bought a kilo (2.2#) of giant shrimp for 170 pesos, about $12.50 US. They are gorgeous, and we're having them for dinner tonight.
Unfortunately, our camera still doesn't work, so we'll have to get into Costco soon to get a new one.
Next stop will probably be Nuevo Vallarta. The weather since we arrived in Banderas bay, has been terrific, warm, sunny and a nice breeze.
More later, best to all.
At Mantanchen Bay
01/26/2012, Near San Blas
We've been in Mantanchen Bay for a couple of days now. It is really beautiful here-starting to get tropical. There are 7 other boats anchored with us, but we've only met one couple so far. I got a case of Montezuma's revenge, and have been taking it easy, but today I'm feeling better, so I think we'll go ashore later.
Regretfully, because our stupid camera doesn't work, no pix this time. When we get to PV there's a Costco, so we'll pick up a new camera.
Anyhow, this is really a beautiful spot, and so far our bug screens seem to be working.
Next stop, Chacala, 22 NM south, either tomorrow or Saturday and then on to Punta Mita.
Sunset at Stone Island
01/23/2012, Stone Island, MazatlanC
Yesterday, we sailed from Marina Mazatlan to Stone Island on the south end of Mazatlan's old harbor. It's really a peninsula rather than an island, but you have to take a water taxi or sail there. One of our dock neighbors, Ms. Lou from Portland sailed over with us and then took the water taxi and bus back.
Stone Island is a really pretty, smooth anchorage with lots of palapa restaurants on the beach. We had a great dinner there, guacamole and marlin tacos, yum!
Got a nice sunset shot, right after which our camera died and won't recharge, so there won't be any more pix for awhile.
We're currently underway to San Blas, should arrive there tomorrow AM.
FYI, Mike, we're about 25 miles south of Mazatlan and 5 miles offshore and the Banda Ancha works great!
Marsha Dee becomes a convertible
01/21/2012, Mazatlan marina (still)
We just got a bimini installed so we can have shade while sailing. We also had some no-see-um screens made for the companionways and hatches. So now, hopefully, we'll be bug free. The no-see-ums, (jejenes) here really do a number on me!
So, we're finally ready to go. We were going to leave today, but I wasn't quite through with a varnishing project, so we're now going to leave tomorrow AM.
Our plan is to sail to Stone Island at the south end of Mazatlan Harbor and spend the night, and then leave early Monday for San Blas and Mantanchen Bay. We should make it there by Tuesday mid-day.
There are a lot of Americans and Canadians here on our dock and every afternoon there's a happy hour get-together on the dock. We've met some real nice people, and we'll probably see them again down the coast.
Anyhow, that's all for now, we'll update as soon as we're able.