Thursday, March 28, 2013

Adios Amigos!! Fair Winds and Good Seas.

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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