December 30, 2009

Hawaii Swell arrives in Punta Mita

Today we spent the day surfing in Punta Mita. A pretty big swell that has made it's way from Hawaii has hit the breaks along the coast causing bumpy anchorages, but fun riding waves. Besides surfing all day the best part of the adventure was maneuvering our dingy into shore through the 4 foot surf . It was thrilling and took some know how not to end up in the water. Thor did a great job getting all four of us and three surfboards to shore ,dry and safe. What a rush of adrenaline.

This fun surf spot used to be a unspoiled beach with a small fishing village. It was sad to see such development along the coast line, and even more disheartening to hear the true story behind the newly built resorts. In short families who had been living here for years were forced to move from their homes, garden and subsistence lifestyle. The reef which used to be alive and flourish with sea life now is a dead reef.

This story sounded too familiar. We tried to walk to the town today making our way from the beach and were surprised to find the well manicured resorts not only were gated to keep people out, but to also keep them in. We had trouble finding our way to the real town trough the maze of Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and other 5 star resorts. We felt as if we could of been anywhere in the states except for the barbed wire surrounding the outskirts of the resort complex. We were looking for a local taco stand and walked for quite a way only to realize there were none and ended up back on the beach to eat at one of the restaurants geared toward the resort guest. The trick to finding the local places was the farther we got from the center the less expensive and more authentic it was.

We had a great day surfing with Jesse, who rode the bus from San Pancho to hang out with us.
Our day was topped off with a beautiful sunset and a great nights sleep.

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December 29, 2009

What Time is It in Mexico?

With Christmas behind us and the New Year fast approaching we are trying to figure out what our itinerary for 2010 will be. Our thoughts and ideas change as quickly as the clock , and the clock is something we need to figure out. Since leaving San Diego I don't think I have known what the correct time has been. From San Diego to Cabo we were on Baja Ha Ha time, not Baja time but HA Ha time. This was for the ease of the cruising rally so that all the boats stayed on the same time. Now I could look at the time on my phone but for some reason it always was an hour behind. I think it somehow was on LA time. Now we just crossed the Sea and our on the Mainland Coast in Puerto Vallarta where it all just gets more confusing. The Banderas Bay falls on two States, Jalisco and Nayarit. We arrived in La Cruz which is in Nayarit with our clocks still set on La Paz time. The Airport is is Nayarit, but because most of the tourist stay in Pv, which is in Jalisco everyone supposedly follows the Jalisco time in order not to confuse flight times, excursions etc. So being that We are not in Jalisco, but Nayarit,and not the typical tourist, it has been hard to find out what time it really is. Even the locals are confused by this. ( Are you following?)

So yesterday we took some friends from Jalisco and Nayarit out sailing. We sailed north from the Marina to Punta de Mita were we will be for a few days to surf and explore. We were all treated to a nice sail and catching a nice size Sierra along the way. So after a relax on the hook and a fresh lunch of ceviche everyone needed to know what time it was to be able to catch their buses back to their respective towns, the problem was no one had a watch, and the boat clock is still La Paz time. (which very well could be Nayarit time)

So to make it easy we have now decided to be on Manana time.
As for the Itinerary for 2010 I guess it looks like we will figure that out Manana.

December 27, 2009

Gotta Love It!




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La paz to Chrstmas in La Cruz

The past couple months in the Sea of Cortez have been filled with great adventures, new friends and a life time of memories. La PAz was proven to be a great spot to gear the boat up with some new and exciting luxuries on Meshach. The first new luxury was the new refrigerator Thor built with materials from the newly opened Home Depot. Nothing like a refrigerator for Christmas.... Ho Ho Ho!

We left La Paz on and did our first long crossing to Puerto Vallarta. We made the passage in in three days four nights. It was a fairly non eventful crossing with a bit more motoring then we would have liked. We left La Paz later then planned and would arrive with only one day to spare for Christmas. We were talking about what we could do for Christmas dinner and next thing you know we were pulling in a 30 yellow fin tuna and a 35 pound Mahi Mahi onto the boat. Not too shabby! We pulled into La Cruz late on the 22nd and the 23rd we pulled into the Marina to get ready for Christmas. Thor and the kids stayed in La Cruz while I with Kim and Harvey off the boat Gypsy Wind hit the town in the rental jeep to do a whirlwind shopping trip. It was a jam packed afternoon and we did all our shopping in a rental jeep with no windows and no way to lock the doors. We had the jeep jam packed with food and gifts and left it with the question," How long can you leave a jeep with no windows, full of Christmas gifts, on Christmas Eve?" It proved you could leave it with no worries.

Jesse who has been traveling in mainland Mexico since he left the boat in La Paz, joined us for Christmas. We had fun setting up a Christmas Grotto in the cockpit complete with 1 foot plastic tree, decorated with shells we collected on the Islands and a lovely metal hand painted Nativity we picked up in the Bazaar in La Paz . It was the most simple and fun filled Christmas morning . We had a beautiful Christmas dinner on our Gypsy Wind with Russian Borscht, Sushi, Ahi Sashimi and Posole. Yes quite the untrraditional feast that turned out to be and excelent meal with great company.

We will be in La Cruz for a few more days before we sail uo to Punta De Mita to get in some surfing and explore the jungles of Nayarit. The kids are haveing a blast fishing off the docks. Tristan has become quite the driver of the family dingy, and both of the kids are enjoying practicing spanish and soaking in all the surrounds.

December 05, 2009

Life In The Islands

The last few weeks have been a big blur. Everyday rolls into the next and the days are packed full of adventure and projects. We spent a few weeks in La Paz doing boat projects and exploring. Jesse left the boat and has gone onto to Mainland Mexico where he is exploring Banderas Bay (PV). It was excellent having him aboard for the past month or so. The few weeks we spent in the island off of La Paz. Our first stop was Caleta Lobos and as you can see from the pix posted last we hit some dry land with the boat... Yes this was on purpose and proved to be a lot of fun. With the full moon and the drastic tidal range we were able to careen the boat to allow Thor to re-pitch the engine prop and clean the bottom without getting wet. We anchored in the morning of the tide change and slowly watched as the water left the bottom of the boat. We had about 24 hours before we were completely floating again. It was fun experience minus the continuous swarming of wasp.

The next morning we sailed up to Isla Ispiritu Santos with our friends on Gypsy Wind. We enjoyed one of our favorite anchorages kayaking, skurfing, hiking and a great bonfire on the beach.