Our canvas maker Evette, her helper, and her 8 yr old daughter Valentina came early in the morning and spent a couple hours working on the patterns for the exterior window covers. The kids had the pleasure of visiting and playing with Valentina and then she stayed with us through the afternoon. Valentina has an American father so her English was awesome. We should have made her only speak Spanish to the kids. If we were staying here we would certainly make this a weekly event and have her work with the kids. Our friends Earl and Louise on mv Serenity (who spent about 5 years in Mexico, ending last spring) had stated that our kids would not get a lot of opportunity to learn Spanish down here, as most of the destinations are dominated by American and Canadian English speaking cruisers. This has turned out to be very accurate. It is surprising to us how well you can get by with virtually no knowledge of Spanish. Cindy and Kevin are primarily playing with American and Canadian kids and not the local children.
|Cindy, Valentina, and Kevin|
|Kevin in the hammock on the boat deck|
|Playing games with Valentina|
|Cindy, Valentina and kitty Zappa are out for a walk on the docks.|
|The La Cruz marina|
Movie night Thursday night had the movie "The Imitation Game". We went ashore early to get produce at the awesome Thursday evening produce market. After stocking up on all sorts of goodies we went over to the amphitheater in the marina to watch the movie. We met our friends from sv Namaste there and the movie started promptly at 7:30, half an hour late. Everything down here seems to operate on a looser schedule that we are used to back home. With about 45 minutes left in the excellent movie raindrops started to fall. The rain gradually picked up until they had to stop the movie to protect the audio and visual equipment. The DVD had started to skip and pixelate, so maybe they were too late? We didn't get to see the last 30 minutes of this movie. Bummer!
While we were shopping at the produce market we started talking with a Canadian women and ended up walking back to the dinghy dock with her. She and her husband are on a 34' Catalina sailboat and are from Gabriola Island near Nanaimo in the Gulf Islands. They are leaving Saturday, from La Cruz, and will be sailing roughly 30 days non-stop, transiting more than 2000 miles of open ocean, perhaps hundreds of miles from the nearest human. Their first landfall will be the Marquesas Islands in the south pacific! They then plan to spend more than 8 months exploring the south pacific, including the Cook Islands, and of course the islands of French Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc). This couple isn't much older than us. They retired a bit early and know what it is they want to do now that they aren't punching a clock anymore. We also know a large catamaran called "Family Circus" is leaving La Cruz this weekend for the Marquesas. They are a family of 7. Yes 5 kids onboard. Another "kid boat" Apropos is also leaving Saturday for the south pacific. There are several other boats leaving for the Marquesas, and even a few headed for the Galapagos, 700 miles off the coast of Ecuador. It is so inspiring to meet these people. People that are not afraid to have an adventure. Not afraid to break away from the norm. They are not afraid to follow their dream. Not afraid to LIVE!!!!
|From our anchorage we saw several whales flapping their tales making huge waves.|
This went on for about 5 minutes, that we were aware of.
|Another amazing sunset from the La Cruz anchorage|
|At the dock, Steve did some bicycle maintenance. 4 bikes lined up for gear-train maintenance.|
We have not had the bikes down for a while and the salt water and air is taking it's toll on them.
|Zappa cat has some funny ways to take a nap on the floor. We did not curl|
|Riding bikes around towns is EXTREMELY bumpy! Almost every road|
in La Cruz is this bumpy. The bikes have not seen much use in Mexico.
|John, Journey, and Cindy (sv Namaste) getting burrs out of Nanuk's fur. |
This dog is a lucky dog!
|After the rains and the runoff from shore brought brown water|
and debris all the way to the anchorage
|A beautiful rainbow|
|Great sculpture in honor of the Bucerias oyster divers|
|Bucerias, the little town located between La Cruz and Puerto Vallarta|
|Vendors are colorful, and plentiful in Bucerias|
A few days later we jumped on a bus to go to the Puerto Vallarta airport to rent a car for the day. This was the day after those big floods we already mentioned. We were concerned that we might have some problems getting across the bridge, or perhaps we would end up stranded on the wrong side if the flood waters returned. Fortunately for us, and everyone else down here, the flood waters had receded and both bridges were back in service with no discernible impact on normal life. We rented the car so we could do a lot of provisioning. We shopped at Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, AutoZone, Office Depot, Mega, Zaragozas Marine, and a few other small stores in a mall. As you can see, shopping in Mexico (Puerto Vallerta) can be a lot like shopping back at home. We filled the trunk of our car twice. We made the most of our 24 hours with the rental car but really missed using it to visit inland. Next time we will plan to have time to hike or visit some of the remote towns/villages here.
Cindy has been messing around with her recorder, trying to figure out a song she learned in band last year. She spent a few minutes teaching Steve the song and here they are playing a duet. Kevin playing along in the background with his favorite instrument, the whoopee cushion.
We are headed over to Paradise Village as family is coming this weekend. We are really excited. Also, we know that sv Stochastic is there with a friend for Cindy and Kevin to play with. They are looking forward to seeing Sophie again. We had hoped Chandro and Matero on sv Kenta Anae would be back from Canada when we were in La Cruz but they are not due back until next week so we will catch them in La Cruz in about a week after our time in Nuevo Vallarta at Paradise Village is over.