Photo #2 of the dance show.
These are photos that I took of the orphanage dance show that they put on for Mazatlan cruisers. The kids were amazing!
We went to the annual bullfight. What a cultural experience! I have a number of photos of the fighters. This style is done almost completely by horseback, with gaited horses. The horsemanship was impressive. It made dressage look rather basic!
Many cruisers define cruising as doing boatwork in exotic locations. I tend to think of cruising as a balance between traveling and staying put. We were ready for a break from steady voyaging to rest and prepare the boat and us for the next major destination. We really needed time reconsider what our spring plans will be for a number of reasons. We have been researching our options based on some of the following parameters.Paramount is of course safety at sea, and at our chosen landfall. We also had to consider other factors such as entrance requirements of the host country, hurricane/cyclone seasons, locations of possible places for repairs/maintenance, parts acquisition, mail, and of course finances. Everything is a balancing act. The more possibilities creates more hard choices. We've considered 4 main possibilities.
Major Discovery: Limes and Spicy Chips!Joan
It is true, I've developed an addiction to limes and spicy Mexican chips. I am trying to quit with the spicy chips as it's quickly showing around the waistline. I am sure I can quit any time, but first, let me dash up to the store for just one more bag....maybe tomorrow! The limes are another story. They will be permanently placed on the grocery list. I believe that the Mexicans grow the best limes I've ever tasted. I have been discovering all kinds of ways to incorporate them in about everything I eat. Naturally, squeezed on spicy chips or in avocado dip is a definite favorite! But they also go well squeezed on salads, or on other fruits such as papayas, mangos and pineapples. I think they go well with everything and if all fails, the traditional ways would include lime pie and margaritas. If I keep this up, I'll be thinking about a new title: Bubba Gump's Lime Company!!!.....and everyone said I would loose weight on this adventure ..the diet will commence as soon as the next bag of chips with a twist of lime is indulged in..... or the bag after that........really, I can quit any time.....just like I quit sailing.
Happy New Year!Joan
We are settling into the Marina Mazatlan lifestyle. We still get up early, but putter around until 8 to listen to the morning net. Then we amble on up to the Calypso. It's a little spot that serves up the beverage of your choice from coffee to cocktail. They also have a variety of pastries to choose from. For about 40 pesos (about $4) we can both have coffee and a sweet roll. We'll hang out under the umbrellas visiting with other cruisers or check email with their wireless. On occasion I will use their wireless in the afternoon over a sandwich. You have your choice of turkey or turkey, but it's tasty and gives me access to the internet. Of course our day isn't all coffee and visiting. We've been busy working on the boat and making excursions into town.
Trouble in Paradise!!12/14/2007, Mazatlan
Well, well, well, it was bound to happen. All this adventure, excitement, bliss, and no road bumps. Road bumps usually make the best stories so we were bound to find a few. How could a person experience all the joys of cruising without experiencing an occasional challenge?
Adventures of Tender Spirit