Back for part 2 of our exploration of Mexico
21 March 2015 | 20 45.98'N:105 30.69'W, Punta de Mita, Banderas Bay, Mexico
We returned to "Speakeasy" a couple of days ago and have been busy with lots of boat jobs as we get ready to head up into the Sea of Cortez, an area that we really haven't explored yet. Everything was just as we left it and there were no serious leaks even though they had over 4 inches of rain since we left!
Our trip home was great. We were able to visit 3 of 4 of our parents (sorry Mom!) and squeezed in several visits with friends. It was nice to be at "home" in our condo, but the different pace of life and the responsibilties of life back in Canada were exhausting. I guess it now seems strange to us that people back home in Canada do more than "one thing a day!" Down here, among cruisers, life moves at a much slower pace. While Dee adapted to life back in Canada more quickly, I found that I was quite frazzled by the end of each day. I remember the same feeling when we came home after our first year away back in 2005. Like integrating into any different culture, there is definite an adjustment period necessary when taking time off from the boat.
Now that we are back here, we both agree that the boat feels as much, or more, like home than our place in Victoria. We love the laid back Mexican lifestyle, enjoy shopping for fresh food in the tienda's, and look forward to the motion on the boat that lulls us to sleep. Talking about sleep - since we returned, we have been sleeping better than any night the last few weeks in Canada.
Because many items are hard to find, or very expensive in Mexico, we returned with a suitcase full of boat parts and spares. What that also means is that we both had a full list of jobs. I installed a new AIS transceiver, fitted a new barbecue burner, replaced my fridge compressor fans, cleaned the growth off of the props with my new scrapers, plus a bunch of other jobs that I don't even remember. Dee was just as busy, cleaning, cooking, and making up a bunch of ingredients and cleaning products from scratch.
It was nice and windy, just under 20 knots, this afternoon so we raised the anchor and sailed off towards Punta de Mita, at the North entrance to Banderas Bay. It was a great opportunity to test my newly tuned rig. So far so good. Nothing fell down, and it looks like I did manage to get the main a little flatter. It was also good to simply go sailing, put in a reef, and shake out that reef later. After a couple of weeks off of the boat I felt pretty rusty! We will stay here in Punta de Mita a couple of days, give the bottom a good cleaning, and then head North, starting the several hundred mile journey to the Sea.
The picture above is the Thursday night vegetable market in a warehouse behind one of the tiendas. By 5pm the truck has unloaded all kinds of very fresh fruits and vegetables. All of the restaurants and the savvy locals come by to get their produce. It's kind of a free for all with everyone ripping open sacs and getting what they need. You find a spare spot on the floor, pile your stuff up, and then get one of the warehouse guys to total it up for you when you are done. It's really, really cheap, and perfectly fresh. That big pile right in front of Dee is cilantro. Yup, they use a lot of it here.
Yes, we were able to get another bunch of those mega large radishes!