Sunday, December 15, 2013

North Shore in Banderas Bay

After a few quiet days at beautiful Chacala we went around the corner to another favorite location in Banderas Bay.  Our first week back has been spectacular. In the anchorage off Punta de Mita, about 18 miles north of the downtown Puerto Vallarta, we enjoyed reconnecting with two sailboat friends, Debra & Danny from Cyclades, and Marie & Leonard from Mi Casa.  The water is still warm, about 78 degrees F, and usually flat with a light breeze in the morning. Perfect for the morning "ladies paddle" (SUP), and later, surfing the breaks off of Punta Mita.  Nancy set up her keyboard and is diligently practicing 2 solos, Debussy and Chopin, as well as some chamber works for her return to La Paz. With the gentle rocking of the sailboat while playing, she found herself actually falling asleep while playing.  Rob used extra time to catch up on small boat projects as well as some Arduino electronics geekiness.  He kept tweaking the systems so that Shindig could keep up with being off the grid.  This is the longest we've been unhooked from a Marina, and it has been a nice rest for both of us.
With Cyclades' car, we had several trips into the big city, loading up at Costco, Home Depot, Zaragoza, and a nice Italian grocery/wine store in the Marina Vallarta.  Nancy joined Marie on her morning bus commute and hit the town of Bucerias, getting her hair done, shopping and visiting local jewelry and art boutiques.
We are sorry that Mi Casa is leaving to head to San Diego for further adventures.  We enjoyed one final good-bye dinner with a group of cruisers at the street tacos restaurant and later, a beach side restaurant aptly named Margaritas before they left.
More sailboats are arriving as this is the season to be exploring the Mainland. Today starts a 3 day community/sailing event, the Banderas Bay Blast.  Shindig is ready to play and sail hard.

Cyclades, Mi Casa and Shindig enjoying dinner aboard Cyclades

Our taxi to and from sailboats to the shores of El Anclote beach

Eye Candy boards at the Pacific Paddle shop in Bucerias

Stocking Stuffers?  5 monkeys and 2 bracelets:
Nancy's negotiation skills are tested on the beach

Nancy keeps up her practicing on the Yamaha P-155
Early morning "Lady's Paddle" in the anchorage

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