Our Time In El Salvador
23 May 2019
Going into El Salvador was, to say the least, incredible. A new country! It made our 'going south' seem all the more real.
Thankfully, crossing the bar to enter Bahia del Sol was uneventful. We had a pilot and everything went smoothly. I feel lucky that my dad is an amazing boat driver/captain.
We stayed in river, on a mooring ball, for about two weeks. All the while observing the differences between this country and the previous one's that we've been to. Leaving the hotel/marina area was a whole other experience. Argus, a boat that we've been buddy boating with, and our family rented a car for the remaining five days of our stay. With it, we drove to San Salvador to explore. Stephanie the woman, who may I just say, is absolutely fabulous, on Argus was curious about the churches. Therefor, we strolled around looking at them. The architecture was fascinating. One of the churches looked gothic and Victorian, while another had a wall, that was completely stained glass. When the light shone through the glass, a rainbow shone on the pews. Along with churches, we walked through an indoor/outdoor market. It made me feel as though I was in a maze. The people were selling clothes, food, movies, comics, and more.
We also used the car to visit a volcano, which was beautiful. The temperature, which was significantly lower at the top, was pure bliss. I even felt cold for a while. After the volcano, we also visited an ancient town that was preserved by the lava of an erupted volcano. We got to see artifacts, and the areas where they were digging around the old structures.
Then, on a surf expedition, we went to La Libertad, where Brian (Stephanie's equally as fabulous) other half went surfing. We surfed El Tunco, a fun point break, over rock reef. The waves were a good size, but fairly gentle. I'd recommend it, to novices, and intermediates. We went there twice, both times were fun!
Now, towards the cultural differences of Mexico and El Salvador. The two countries are very different. The food in El Salvador was good. I enjoyed their chicken more than the pupusas, but hey, that's just me. Both were yummy, regardless. My dad would recommend the cheese and jalapeño pupusa. The trash management situation isn't great. On the sides of roads, and in the water, little blue bags, that normally old water are everywhere. It's sad to see, as is seeing large amounts of garbage anywhere is. The scenery is beautiful despite the fact though.
To people traveling via plane, I'd definitely recommend La Libertad. It has a huge young travelers scene, with good surf, for those who are looking for it. If you don't surf, it still has a lot to offer. For those staying on a boat, if you're going to be there for a while, having a car was a definite plus. There wasn't too much immediately near Bahia del Sol, so having the car to expand and see more of the country was a lot of fun.
Our time in El Salvador, was very enjoyable.
13 February 2019 | Hualtuco, Mexico
We made it too Hualtuco! Yay, this is the farthest South that my family has ever been. My mom and I have been here three times and my dad twice.
We are preparing to leave Mexico. On Thursday we will be crossing the Tehuanapec's. Then we plan on stopping in Chiapas to check in and supply for leaving the country.
Although I'm extremely excited to enter Central America, for more reasons than I can count, I'm also sad to be leaving Mexico. This country has definitely become my home, and leaving the familiarity of it, will be similar to leaving the United States. Which sounds crazy, but it's true.
Before we leave though, we are going to head back up to Playa India, a place I hung out when I was a baby in Mexico. Our friend Brian on Argus and I like to surf the make-shift break there. It's over a very shallow coral reef which can be super freaky sometimes, but so far nobodies gotten hurt! Since we don't think anybody has surfed there before, we named it The Shallows, after that Blake Lively movie. Well, that's the name until we think of something better.
Hopefully one of the few days we are there, there'll be some surf, but if not, swimming around the pretty coral will definitely suffice.
The next time you hear from me, I'll be in Chiapas or Central America! Yippee!
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
08 November 2018 | Puerto Escondido, Mexico
We made it!
Sassafrass is in the Sea of Cortes after sailing 540 miles from Punta Mita to get here. We didn't do much exploring last season, so we are very excited to check things out this season. The reason we rushed was to catch some visiting family, whom we hung out with for a couple days and had lots of fun with. Now that they've left, we are going to bop around for a little while to check out all of the neat anchorages. Hopefully I will be able to get some free diving in!
At the moment we are in Puerto Escondido to provision. We're also waiting for my friend and her family on the boat The Answer to get here. When they do, we will probably do some buddy boating.
On another note, the land in the Sea of Cortes is amazing. It's almost like being on Mars. I haven't spent much time in the desert. Since I've mainly been in tropical Mexico, being here with the view and lack of humidity, is a welcome change.
Something I've noticed that's different on Baja than the Mainland, are the sunsets. On the Mainland, the sunsets seem to be more orange and red. On Baja they start setting with a vibrant orange color and then the whole sky turns this brilliant lavender shade. I don't think that I have ever seen one like it.
For reasons more than the magnificent sunsets, I can assuredly say, I am happy that we made the trip north.
My Name is Violet...
08 November 2018
My name is Violet. I am a fourteen year old cruising kid who is currently on her second season in Mexico! My family's home is on a 65' wooden schooner named Sassafrass; we've spent a little over a decade working on her so we could start our adventure. We are extremely happy, and grateful to be here.
This blog is going to be used as an outlet for me to write about my family's travels. You'll be hearing all about our adventures and what we've been up to.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!