Sunday, February 1, 2015

La Cruz to Barra de Navidad

Pulling out of La Cruz was bitter sweet.  On one hand we were excited to continue our journey south.  On the other hand we left behind some great boat friends that we know we won't be seeing again anytime soon, if ever. Along our journey we have met boats that are going in our direction, some that are doing the "jump" across the Pacific, and others that cruise seasonally and will start going back north for the summer in the Sea of Cortez.  The Puerto Vallarta area is where all of these boats converge, then go their separate directions.

So, I did say that we were done with overnight sails for a while,,.  Well, leaving La Cruz involved going around Cabo Corrientes which can be notorious for bad current and wind.  We decided to take this leg at night when it would be at its calmest.  So, we headed off into the sunset with our buddy boat, S/V Fellowship.  It was a great feeling to pull out of the harbor with friends waving us on our way.

The kids had a great time with friends from Sarita, Heavy Metal, Puddle Pirate, and Family Circus.

Cabo Corrientes was benign as we rounded the corner around midnight.  We had a great sail from 6pm to about 9:30 am.  The stars were out in full glory with no moon.  On one of our late night check-ins with Fellowship, Rich pointed out the Southern Cross.  I had a bit of a sentimental moment at 3am as I stared at the constellation and thought of the Crosby, Stills, and Nash song that we have been listening to for years.  Of course, I had to play their song on repeat until my watch was over.  

Our first stop after leaving La Cruz was Bahia Chemela.  We were surprised to find about 30 boats anchored in the picturesque bay, including Seahorse V and Velvet Sky - other kid boats. There is not much to do at Chemela besides relax and swim.  That's my kind of place.

Our next stop was Bahia Tenacatita.  This is another bay with a nice anchorage and great swimming and snorkeling. One morning we spotted a baby sea turtle swimming 2 feet from the boat.  We found ourselves in the jungle again.  They have an estuary tour that was similar to San Blas, but we were able to take our own dinghy this time.  I must say it is a bit of a different perspective being in a croc infested river with our own dinghy versus a guided panga tour.   

Following Rich and Lyn from Fellowship through the estuary.

We played in Tenacatita for 2 nights, then moved on another 13 miles south to Melaque.  We could have spent more time lounging in the bays between Chemalla and Melaque, however, we were low on provisions and pesos.  In the states we were so used to pulling out our debit card to pay for everything.  Now we have to plan in advance and make sure we have enough pesos on hand because most businesses do not take cards, cash only.  And of course, most of the small beachfront communities do not have ATM's.  

Our first morning in Melaque, we woke up to a double rainbow and saw a volcano bellowing smoke in the distance.  

We spent 5 days at anchor in Melaque.  It was a bit rolly at times, but overall a great anchorage.  We were close enough to swim to the beach and landing in the dinghy in the surf was manageable.  Sometimes I do wish that we splurged for dinghy wheels.  We also had a great time running into friends from Aprapos again.   

I might become a vegetarian.  I still can't get used to buying meat like this... Donde esta Safeway? 

Hannah is quite the fish.  Whether in a pool or the ocean, she swims around like a mermaid.  She wanted to try "surfing" and did a great job balancing in the calm seas.  Katelyn is a bit more reserved when it comes to swimming in the ocean.  She saw a few too many sea snakes and crocs on this leg of the journey.

After "roughing it" at anchor for 2 weeks, we pulled into the Grand Isla Resort and Marina.  It always feels nice to give the boat a fresh water rinse and take showers without worrying about conserving water. 

Every morning the French Bakery boat comes into the marina to sell fresh baked goods.  He rings a little bell as he comes by and my mouth starts to salivate.  He has the most amazing almond croissants with an almond paste in the center served with a French accent and everything.

We took the kids on a walk around the resort property and found a large open grassy area.  I swear the kids thought they were at Disneyland.  The ran around shouting "We're free! We're free!"  Only boat kids would understand...


  1. I love your life too. I admit I get a bit teary-eyed reading all your entries. So happy you and the family are living in joy and I am able to share a bit of it and escape "land reality" through you. Thanks! Miss you so much.

    1. Miss you mucho Kelly! I'm glad you enjoy reading our adventures. That is exactly why I keep the blog going.


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