If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Arrival in Barra de Navidad - Sat 04-07-07
I had a nice flight to Manzanillo airport. Had a great view of Bahia de Los Angeles on the Baja side, Punta de Mita, La Cruz & Yelapa in Banderas Bay, and Ipala, Chamela, Tenacatita and Bahia de Navidad along Mexico's "Gold Coast". Jim met me at the airport with "Jungle Joe" (Chris & Lorry's little friend we used to hang out with 7 & 8 years ago), an orchid and a sign Jungle Joe made! Chris was taking pictures of the long hug Jim, Jungle Joe and I shared! Got into the "woodie" - Chris's mahogany truck (yes it is made of wood) for the warm drive through the palm and banana tree lined roads to Barra de Navidad. I recognized Cihuatlan (town) and then Barra! I didn't recognize their house until we pulled up to it. Lorry greeted us and Jim made margaritas. We watched a man across the channel dropping coconuts to the people below on the ground. It was great to see their boat again, be in their house and just BE THERE! Ariel and Alan came from the marina via panga - more hugs and smiles. Chris and Lorry made us an incredible dinner of bacon-wrapped blue and striped marlin, salad, garlic bread, twice-baked potatoes and vegetables on the grill. We finished off with the pineapple upside down cake Chris made. Piled into a panga across the lagoon to the marina where "Guavi" was tied up. Unloaded the parts and a few things for the guys and to bed!
We cruised Mexico's West Coast for 3 years on our prior boat, "Thistle" a Columbia 50. Went back to California in 2000 and bought the "new boat" in 2004. We then spent a year and a half cruising in Mexico. We just did the "Baja Bash" ~ sailed up the outside of Baja and returned to SoCal! We are We are now back to work for awhile...
A thought we say to ourselves everyday:
"You'll only regret the things you didn't do".
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain
"Life is either a daring adventure or Nothing." ~ Helen Keller
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." ~ John A. Shedd
"Make it happen." ~ Alan Burg of the sailing vessel Toshal
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away." ~ Anonymous
“Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.” ~ Rabbi Hyman Schachtel
"Make 'someday' today." ~ From inside a Dove candy wrapper