26 March 2016
February 17, 2016 – Day One, Chamela
It is dawn. The decks are really damp this morning. The sun hasn't risen yet so we have a short respite from the heat. The morning commute has started. A flock of birds are chasing one who has caught a fish. They want to claim him for their own. They are quite vocal in their cause.
The shore is lined with palm trees, of course, and brightly painted buildings in different shades of orange, blue and yellow. (Aren't they all?) Hurricane Patricia, a cat 5, came through here only months ago and yet I see very little sign of her destruction. Just one roof has been left open. A testament to the spirit of the Mexicans. They don't seem to wallow in their unfortunate circumstances but get back to work instead. The fix what is broken and sing while they do it. The Mexicans we have met seem to be a generally happy lot.
There are a total of eight boats in the anchorage this morning. All are sailboats.
I forgot about the pangas. The pangas line the shore too. Yesterday we watched as they navigated the waves. They make maneuvering on and off the shore look so easy but it is an art. Sometimes they take flight and soar across the top of the sea.
Later – In the afternoon, Jay and I lowered the dinghy and went for a cruise. The bay is so big! We took the dinghy over to the east side where there are two small islands. Lots of rocks too. Definite obstacles in the water. One island looked like it had a small sand beach that we could land at because the swell was so small. We made a note to come back and check it out on the way back to PV. Maybe take a picnic lunch.
When we got back to Cadenza, we jumped off the boat and went for a swim. Then lunch. Then another swim. After that we hooked up the outside shower and rinsed off.
Life is good!