Mexico Part 2
29 September 2017 | Merida Mexico
On our trip back to Canada, the weather was much better we got to see a lot of our friends and we even got to go sailing. We also got to meet our brand new grand niece Kara Ireland, and had a surprise visit from my sister Hilda her grandma. The trip was all about relaxation, seeing doctors and healing and that is just what we did for several weeks.
With Andy back on the mend and feeling strong we headed back to Cancun to get the boat ready for the sailing season, while being in Isla Mujeres we made a lot of new cruising friends, Robbie who helped bring the boat back to Marina Del Sol, the owners were amazing, Tim and Reba who looked after Zoe for us, Blessed, Ananda, and Vida Libres all from the states along with Molly J from the UK. But one of the best friends we made was Luis the owner and manager from the Scorpion Bar. When it was stinking hot, tied up to a marina Del Sol, we would head to the beach with our chairs and stop in for a cold one at Scorpions.
We did a lot of traveling in Mexico, several trips into Cancun, even got a Costco Card, loved the big Chedruri's and did a trip down to Merida for a few nights to pick up our replacement dinghy that had been stolen in Cuba. Unfortunaly we never got to go swimming with the whale sharks as the doctor said it was too soon, so maybe neck year.
While we were in Isla Mujeres we had been planning our next passages as soon as hurricane season was over, we discovered some of our friends wanted to join us on the next leg of our trip, I was all in for having buddy boats, safety in numbers. So mid November when everyone was all ready to set sail, we left, along with Molly J and Blessed. Our first stop Isla Morrolos, this was a lovely stop, we didn't' get to explore it the last time, so we stayed 3 days anchored off the main dock, it was a little rolly but the town was quite charming.
After our three day stop we headed out at noon for an overnight trip to Bahia De La Ascension we managed to have good wind and was able to sail the whole way and arrived at sunrise, just outside the reef, after all three boats got there we motored 2 hrs to the anchorage, nothing much here except a small village on the other side of the island which we visited and some beaches. Blessed had some engine problems coming in but got that all sorted out over the 3 days.
Leaving there in the morning we sailed to the next bay Bahia Del Espiritu Santo, arriving mid afternoon, Not much here either, only to shorten our next days trip. Some beaches but lots of mozzies and sun flys. Next morning all 3 boats headed offshore to Banco Chinchorro again arriving around mid afternoon after motorsailing. This was a lovely stop, we were led in by a school of dolphins, crystal clear water, only 8 ft deep, nice snorkeling. There is a rangers station here, but we did not go ashore.
On the move again the next day, we headed out Xcalac, Molly J had some problems, they were burning fuel very fast, we all managed to get anchored but the harbour master came out and told us to move, but Molly J had run out of fuel. Got it sorted and anchored in front of a huge dock, we went ashore here and found a lovely little restaurant and everything on t he menu was 100 pesos, all the food was great but they had to go to the store to get us beer. Next stope would be San Pedro, Belize.