The Cruise of Mariposa

24 November 2009 | Fondeadero San Carlos, Baja California Norte, Mexico
20 November 2009 | Turtle Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 November 2009 | Bahia Asuncion, Baja California Sur, Mexico
18 November 2009 | Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
02 November 2009 | Bahia los Frailes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
01 November 2009 | Ensenada de los Muertos, Baja California Sur
30 October 2009 | Playa Pichilingue, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 October 2009 | La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
16 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
04 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
03 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
09 July 2009 | Puerto Los Gato, Baja California Sur, Mexico
07 July 2009 | San Evaristo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
04 July 2009 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 June 2009 | Southern Baja
22 June 2009 | Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
19 June 2009 | La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 June 2009 | Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Mazatlan 2

22 June 2009 | Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Sarka/Hot and humid
From Antigua we flew back to Mexico City. We had eight hours of freedom between the touchdown and the 15-hour bus ride back to Mazatlan. It made sense to store our luggage, including the umbrella, at the bus terminal and take the Metro downtown. It felt nice and homey to be back in Mexico. As we emerged from the subway station at Bellas Artes, the rain started pouring. We were caught under a drinks-stand awning at an open market and watched people and goods getting soaked. We revisited a few favorite spots, in particular the cathedral and Pasteleria Ideal, the largest cake and pastry store we know of. There are 50 kilogram cakes for sale there.

Three bad movies and eight pieces of pastry later the bus delivered us back to Mazatlan, and the boat. To our delight, the dock lines had not chafed through, nor did any of the thru-hulls fail. The birds unfortunately mistook the boat for a toilet, but we easily restored her to her previous beauty.

The El Cid Marina in Mazatlan is nice, very nice. It has two swimming pools, an enormous jacuzzi, a palm grove and manicured lawns, showers, laundry. There is Bingo every afternoon, aquatic volleyball, and happy hour every hour for "national drinks" from 2 to 8 pm, all to a daily-repeated soundtrack of oldies from speakers hung in the trees. They show two movies a week, projected on a screen hung between two of the palm trees. Lying in our outdoor lounge chairs we feel like a pair of retirees.

And it's really hot here. We sleep entirely without covers, and we stop sweating only when we are inside Home Depot (we make a trip there for one screw at a time). We'd like to move on, but the weather is pulling our leg and does not let the wind turn around. According to our sources, it's been blowing steadily and soundly from the northwest, the exact direction where we want to go. Forty hours of beating into it does not seem like fun, so we wait. Meanwhile, Eric is doing work on the deck (removing teak plugs and rusted screws and replacing them with new ones), and I kill the occasional roaches. It has taken nine months, but we finally got roaches on the boat. The marina is full of them, so they just climb the dock lines and get in.
Vessel Name: Mariposa
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Ta Shing Baba 30
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Sarka & Eric
About: Sarka and Eric are on a 12-18 month trip to Mexico and the South Pacific.
Mariposa's Photos - Main
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 14 June 2009
1 Photo | 12 Sub-Albums
Created 14 January 2009
7 Photos
Created 4 January 2009
1 Photo | 18 Sub-Albums
Created 22 November 2008
58 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
These are photos from our departure and trip down the California coast
28 Photos
Created 20 October 2008

Who: Sarka & Eric
Port: San Francisco, CA