End of one season and on to the next09/12/2007
Everything went very well this year even with totally new computer system and internet based ticket system. But we cannot complain too much, we do work in a beautiful area right on the beach. We are really looking forward to the end of the 14 hour work days. We are ready for less work hours with bocce ball, and beer breaks thrown in.
Love the Fair-not!09/12/2007
As we started this working season, business was good and then the fair came and our office was squeezed in between the Australian Batter Potato Stand and Orange Julius Stand, but the 3:00 frozen yogurt break was well worth it!
Welcome to our adventure06/08/2007, Mike & Julie-Del Mar California, Slacker- Marina Mazatlan
We are currently earning those all important cruising bucks at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California. Slacker is in Marina Mazatlan awaiting our return in the fall.
Heading North04/14/2007, La Cruz
When last you heard from Slacker we were in Barra de Navidad living the food life in the warm weather. Well, all good things must come to an end. We have started the long haul back to Mazatlan to end our season. The biggest hurdle of the trip so has been getting around Cabo Corrientes. This is Mexico's version of Point Conception. Not only are there strong winds from the NW, but a current of 2 -4 knots from the South. When these collide at the point they create huge steep seas. We were lucky in that we had only 20-28 knots and seas of 8 feet. Not that we saw a lot of that, we rounded the point a 5:00 in the morning! Others have had it much worse. We are now anchored in La Cruz, outside of Puerto Vallarta, and have been spending time at Philos Bar. Philo is an ex cruiser who settled in La Cruz and opened a pizzza and burger joint. They have live music most nights and it has become the cruisers hangout. In a few days we will move to Chacala, San Blas and them Mazatlan where we will store Slacker until next year. More to come....
Tenacitita fun & Games01/27/2007, Tenacitita
The anchorage here in Tenacitita has a self appointed Mayor and a Director of Fun & Games. This years Mayor is Chris from Legacy and the Director is Rita from Overheated. Each day these two are responsible for insuring that the cruising community has a fun and safe time. Rita organizes a daily swim to the beach followed by a 1 mile walk to make sure we all stay in shape. For those needing to sharpen their mental skills, a fast paced game of dominos follows the walk. For those who's minds are edgy enough the Mayor host a daily bocce ball game. Competion is fierce. After all of that fun and frivolity we adjourn to to the beach palapa bar for afternoon beers.
Help Wanted01/15/2007, Tenacitita
Ah, the good life. This little boat came into the anchorage the other day. If you look past the stern you can just see Slacker. After they got the anchor down the crew lanched a J-24 race boat that was carried on deck next to the helicopter. As on would expect it had 3DL sails and all of the latest go fast stuff. Two of the guest sailed it around for a couple of hours then jumped into the helicopter and flew off. The crew pulled the anchor and left just before sunset. I am pretty sure I saw a "pilot wanted" sign on the side. Buzz, you should apply!
Mexico's Gold Coast01/14/2007, Ipala to Barra
Christmas without a tree? Say it aint so!12/21/2006, La Cruz
Its just not Christmas without a tree. This is a problem on a sailboat that is hundreds of miles from an evergreen forrest and limited in space. Ever the crafty one, Julie looked around the boat and her gaze fell upon the mast. Ho Ho Ho, we now have a Christmas tree.
Return of an old friend12/20/2006, La Cruz
Some of you may remember the sad tale of our bucket "Mendoza". Storage space of a boat is always limited so we hang a bucket off the stern to hold empty beer cans that take up so much space in our garbage can. Every few days we crush the cans and that way we can get two or three weeks worth in this one bucket. Three years ago our bucket was lost overboard between Cabo and Puerto Vallarta in some rather large seas. We watched the wave roll up behind us thinking it would break into the cockpit, pooping us. It broke behind and a little to port, right on top of our bucket. Needless to say the bucket lost its grip on the boat and was never seen again. After we arrived in Puerto Vallarta we began the search for a new bucket. Buckets here in Mexico represent a way to make a living. You can open your own automobile window washing business, use it to carry your masonry tools to the job site, or simply use it to hold all of the aluminum cans you find on the side of the road. It took two weeks of searching to locate one for sale. It was a white bucket that originally contained lard or manteca. Lard is used in the manufacture of tortillas, tamales, carnitas, and other tasty goodies. This particular bucket contained lard made by the Mendoza lard company, and featured their mascot, a smiling pig. We named the bucket Mendoza and he served us well for two seasons. Last year Mendoza was lost in a 50 knot wind gust in Bahia Conception. We watched Mendoza take flight and land 100 feet away in the water. I jumped in the dingy and sped to his rescue, but before I could get there he drowned. We were devastated. This summer we purchased an ordinary white 5 gallon bucket at Home Depot and tied it to the boat. We thought we were done, but the ghost of Mendoza would come back to haunt us. While underway from La Paz to San Blas last week we were again struck by a big wave. Despite the line that lashed the white bucket to the boat the wave grabbed it and swallowed it whole. We looked at each other and said "not again!" When we arrived in Puerto Vallarta we began our search for another bucket. Several hours were spent in a fruitless search. We were sad. Yesterday while walking through La Cruix, Julie pointed to a tienda and said "do you think they have any buckets for sale?" We walked over and to our amazement we saw a smiling pig staring up at us.
Better late than never12/19/2006, La Cruz
OK, so we have not posted in a while but we have a great excuse. No Internet connection! We are now in La Crux de Huanacaxtle, which is about 8 miles from Puerto Vallarta. If you cant pronounce Huanacaxtle just remember that it rimes with "Robin of Loxley", Robin Hood. We arrived last Thursday after a windy and lumpy but quick passage from La Paz. We stoped first in San Blas, then Chacalla before sailing down to La Crux. We will stay through Christmas then head further South.
Every day is a party!!12/07/2006, La Paz
We have a tradition here at Marina Palmira Dock 3. Every afternoon at about 4 pm everyone ends their work and projects for the day and we enjoy a happy hour, which usually runs more than an hour. If you talk to people on the other docks and tell them you are on dock 3 they say "Oh the party dock", if they only knew what really goes on. Our time is actually spent training this poor critter to do people tricks for our amusement. Buster "the bad dog" is on loan to us from Jay and Janice of "Ceilidh". He has proven adept at sitting, laying, and begging, but has so far rejected all attempts at bartending.
Still here12/01/2006, La Paz
Well, yes we are still here in La Paz. I think that there may be a magnet implanted in the bay somewhere. Seriously, we have been sitting out a big northerly. Winds yesterday were 30-40 knots. Not good sailing weather. We have all of our boat projects completed and the freezer is fully stocked. Whenever the wind lets up we are out of here. Of course if we had already left we would have missed this sunset. Yea, life is tough.
Thanksgiving in La Paz11/23/2006, La Paz
We all have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but no one as much as Lucy the goose. When we first came to La Paz in 1998, we met Lucy here at Marina Palmira. She is the marinas unofficial mascot and guardian of the sidewalk. Lucy has seen a lot of change here in the last 8 years. In '98 there was one internet café in town, it took a full day to check paperwork in and out, there were 2 supermarkets, and one single screen movie theater. Now you can get high speed wireless on the boat, you can check in or out by radio, there are 6 supermarkets, an Office Depot, a Costco style store, Burger King, and an Applebee's, and finally an 8 screen movieplex. We are truly thankful for all of the improvements in the cruisers life here in La Paz, but I know that Lucy is just thankful she is not on the Thanksgiving Day menu.
Strange but true11/06/2006, San Carlos
Well, that's a sight you will never see in the US. One must be a jack of all trades on a cruising boat. When oil needs changing, when electronics need tweaking, rigging needs splicing, or when canvas needs sewing you must do what you can. One must also be prepared to always make a fashion statement,
San Carlos Swap Meet11/04/2006, San Carlos
Well what do two Slackers do in Mexico on a Saturday? Go to a marine swap meet of course! There is a swap on the first Saturday of each month here in San Carlos. It is held in the side yard of a bar, which is a good thing. This time we were sellers not buyers, well I did buy a little something. We not only lightened the boat a little but we covered out beer expense for the next week or two.
A Temporary Setback10/29/2006, San Carlos
Hello all. When last we left you we were laboring away, getting projects done. Well, last Sunday Julie and I were taking a walk and she felt something on her head. Raising her hand to swat it away she was stung by something. It looked like a honey bee stinger and sack which I removed from her right hand. Julie was not happy about being stung by a bee, but after wrapping it around a cold beer(medicinal) the pain went away. On Monday it was a little swollen as you would expect, but on Tuesday it looked like a Ballpark Frank had sprouted from her hand. Off to the doctor in San Carlos. The doctor speaks excellent English and is a plastic surgeon by trade but functions a the town GP. He thought it might be a spider bite but whatever it was it was serious. He splinted her finger and wrote a prescription for an 8 day course of antibiotics. On Thursday it was still looking bad and we went back to the doctor on Friday. He thought it looked a little better and sure enough by Friday she was definitely on the mend. Julie still has to wear the splint but the little piggy is looking almost normal. Needless to say having a nine fingered boat mate has slowed down the speed of our boat work. We are still looking at leaving around the 10th for La Paz. We have several friends who will be there then and some of them are heading down to the mainland with us.