We spent the first afternoon on the beach and as we came back aboard, things changed. We had set a stern anchor when we first arrived to point the bow southwest so we could take any swell right on the bow, which would be the smoothest ride. The waves ended up coming from the west or even a bit northwest overnight, not quite what we had planned for, and not what was forecast. A sail vessel came in and anchored nearby just before dark. It was a mostly sleepless night for us even with the stern anchor, which was now holding us in the wrong position for a smooth ride. We rocked and rolled all night. The sailboat ended up sideways to the waves and overnight we watched the anchor light on top the mast swing heavily from side to side. I think we could see their keel in the moonlight at times. Looking at what they endured, we felt fortunate. We were awakened by creaking and different sounds and had to tighten several bolts that secure the anchor stabilizers to the mast. This was the biggest workout that they have had in more than 4 months of cruising. But, they are fine, just needed to tighten half a dozen bolts. These nights with weather always seem long and agonizing. Much more so than an overnight passage because at anchor you spend the time trying to sleep and frustrated when you are awakened all the time.
The next day we did home school in the morning and played at the beach all afternoon. The surf was still high from the swell that had increased dramatically during the past night. This made for better boogie boarding. The second evening was still a bit of the hobby-horsey feeling but we slept better (because we were tired). The kids always seem to sleep through everything so Steve and I are the ones to try get our energy up to match that of our children.
Yesterday we had a great day, walking around the town a bit and playing in the water once again. We were able to walk through a tortelleria and purchase some hot off the press/oven tortillas. We walked around a few of the blocks and headed back to the beach for some play time. Oh, I have to mention that getting our dinghy to shore today was quite eventful whereas yesterday we looked like pros! Today we came in and as the kids and I tried to jump off and another wave came in the dinghy almost flipped. We are just using the walker bay row boat so no worries if it does flip but it does make us want to practice riding the waves onto the beach. We had items in a waterproof bag so no worries about our towels, cameras, money, or anything else. We had dinner at Choc Mool right on the beach and then Cindy and I swam while Kevin and Steve rowed the dinghy back to the boat. Kevin did swim back the day before with Cindy and I. We made it back last night just as it was getting dark. The seas are much calmer now too so we are hoping for a good night's sleep.
|Sand beach of Chacala on the left, Adagio on the right|
|Steve with the toys. Palapas in background|
|We are headed to the port captain (in this building) to check in|
|boogie boarding. The water is almost 80 degrees.|
|Cindy, Kevin and Steve. Kevin does a body surfing style here in the middle|
|Kevin and Cindy out until the sun goes down|
|Chacala and Adagio in background|
|This fellow made us some bracelets|
|Kevin, Steve and Cindy swimming. Panga towing banana ride (popular here)|
|Sharing a Pina Colada - new favorite drink (w/o alcohol of course)|
|Steve took this. Cindy fits in with the Mexicans, quite brown!|
|Steve washing the boat deck. pretty dirty up there!|
|Zappa trying to keep cool. Kevin too, but also trying to take a break from home school|
|The main street behind the beach|
|Tortilla factory. Hot in there, I actually walked out and thought the |
outside was cool after being inside where tortillas are being cooked on a
conveyor belt automated machine.
|Tortilla making machine. We got them hot off the press here from the lady above!|
|Chacala, one of the streets away from the main waterfront area|
|I, Steve, guess they need a sign for this?????? It apparently worked, because I saw|
nobody disobeying it :-)