Our days in Chamela were primarily waiting on weather and to get a few groceries. We need to get up to Banderas Bay for several reasons. We have family coming to visit in a few weeks, we need to have some work done for the boat, to hopefully get to a dentist for a cleaning, and a larger provision for dried goods etc.
Steve spent a great deal of time while kids and I were in home school, diving under the boat and scraping the hull. We are actually not quite done yet with that. I went to help one afternoon and swim down the keel or lowest part for Steve. I was out there about an hour and we both then got stung by jellyfish. You never see these things but somehow they get you. We were both stung within minutes of each other. Well, it is hard to relax and continue the work when you are worried about being stung again so we called it a day and need to finish at some other location.
|One month's worth of growth on the hull. Things are growing fast right now.|
It's not just us, other boats we've talked to have similar amounts.
It took Steve about 4 hours to scrape the bottom of the boat.
|A typical Mexican shrimp boat. These are common and usually work at|
night. 4 of these left the anchorage at about 5:00PM and didn't return until
the next morning, after it was light out.
|Lot's of people having a fun Sunday afternoon at the beach.|
|Kevin waiting for a Pinata drink|
|Cindy checks her email at a beachside palapa restaurant.|
|You see many abandoned buildings in Mexico.|
Here's one just a block off the beach.
The morning of the day we are planning to leave we see several sailboats leaving the anchorage. Some seemed to be heading south and some north. A Mexican Navy vessel came in the night before but was quiet. We were surprised to see they lowered a dinghy. Vessels seemed to depart quickly to avoid this encounter. With only a large motoryacht, a catamaran (solo sailor who had left his boat on a paddleboard) and us, we knew it would not be long.