View from the roof of Costa Bonita
Our purpose this year for going to and spending time in Mazatlan was mainly to haul Endeavor out & put her on the hard at Total Yacht Works for a new bottom, but also to enjoy spring break and spend a few final days with Terry & Diane before saying farewell. Their newborn grandson in Colorado was anxiously waiting to meet them.
Saying goodbye to our cruising buddies, Terry and Diane. sniff sniff
Farewell dinner at the Seafarer was delish!
Crossing the bar into Mazatlan wasn't quite as exciting as last year even though the harbor master closed it for all boats going in or out of the harbor. Well....it didn't seem too bad to us and the tide was high so Captain Rick gunned her in between sets of rollers and we flew through without incident, landing safely at the El Cid Marina. Let spring break begin! It felt decadent to be a "tourist" at a resort, but even Sydney agreed this was legal and deserving since we were legitimately on spring break. While spending 4 nights here, we took advantage of the pool, amazing internet (streaming Downton Abbey!), and did some exploring around town. Sydney and I stole Diane for a day and took her down to Old Town. We spent several hours wandering the streets admiring the old architecture, perusing the art galleries and the historical Basilica, and had lunch at our favorite restaurant, Molika. We strolled through Plaza Machado and passed the Angela Peralta Teatro where Syd was thrilled to see that the Mazatlan Ballet Company was on the schedule to perform Don Quixote again this year on April 12 & 13. Perfect timing!
Harmony & Endeavor were hauled out the morning of April 9. Harmony will be on the hard until their return in June, and workers began scraping many layers of paint off the bottom of Endeavor. Finding blisters between the gel coat and the fiberglass after a few days of work, Captain Rick decided they better take it all off, down to the fiberglass hull, to apply 5 coats of epoxy. This delayed our departure by a few days, making Endeavor stay out a total of 13days. In the meantime, the Phillips family was forced to endure living in a beautiful 2 bedroom condo at the Costa Bonita (which was half the cost of a hotel room at the El Cid) that friends Larry & Danice Rauh were kind enough to hook us up with. They own the unit next door to ours so when they are not on their sailboat Ladera Star or at their home in Pleasant Hill Oregon, you'll find them here along with their sweet pup dong, Gunther.
Thank you Larry & Danice for ALL of your help, driving me to Mega twice for provisioning, and being such fun neighbors! We loved spending time with you!
The last few days were kept busy with readying ourselves and Endeavor to leave. Having the extra-large galley in the condo and no concern with overheating our living space, I spent a few days cooking meals ahead to freeze for our passage into the Sea of Cortez.
Some more highlights of our stay in Mazatlan include an evening at the ballet with Sydney and Danice; an off shore fishing charter where we caught a Dorado and a Marlin; condo living in all its glory; the arrival of Rick's brother Ron who came down for another excursion on Endeavor; and spending time with great people. I think the kids were most excited about having a toaster, microwave, dishwasher, and unlimited showers. Having a washer and dryer was pretty indulgent too. Simple pleasures!