The last week has been filled with more goodbyes, and
reflections on how this cruising season has reached a significant milestone. It
is time for new adventures. There is
movement in the water, as many of the sailors that we’ve met and enjoyed
sharing time and friendships are leaving.
Some have headed home (planned or unexpectantly), others are already
north in the Sea of Cortez, and several poised to leave for the South Pacific or Panama. In the last 6 months, new couples relationships
have developed, which is encouraging for the single folks! Boat projects, provisioning for long passages (up to a
month), goodbye dinners, have taken priority
since the Banderas Bay Regatta.
Rob and I joined in the frenetic pace by renting a car
yesterday. It doesn’t seem monumental
for our landlubber friends, but here in MX, we’ve been taking buses, a few
taxis and walking to places. A lot of
the bigger stores in Banderas Bay are too far away to carry loads of goodies
back to the boat.
We spent a full day racing around the towns in our little
Toyota Yaris. Stops included Costco,
Home Depot, Zaragoza (equiv to West Marine), Mega, the ATM, the World of Meat, with
several pit stops to unload the perishables onto the boat. We took a brief rest and then invited friends
to join us for dinner (via car!) in Bucerias where we shared a nice Mediterranean
meal. The car has since been returned,
and the many pallets of items are now stored out of sight, in Shindig. Our most guilty pleasures? Locally made bratwursts which we’ll share tonight, and 36 all-turkey franks from Costco. Can
you tell I was hungry when we went shopping?
|Captain Michael with Patanjali hosted a goodbye party|
En Route to South Pacific, >1200 miles out
|Jim, our old dockmate from Sausalito, leaves on First Tracks for the South Pacific in a few days|
|Dinghy ride to Final farewell dinner with John and Sue from Wizard|
|View of La Cruz Marina this am - lots of activity|
|In Costco, Rob caresses a large tub of mayonnaise|
|Crew from Kiapa in a more serious moment...heading to South Pacific next week |
|John and Sue from Wizard with crew Mark: |
leaving Friday for South Pacific
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