|Tenacatita, Mexico, March 2004
|Anchored in Tenacatita, Jalisco, Mexico. We are about 10 miles north of Barra de Navidad. There are about
20 boats in this anchorage, but it is a nice size bay so it doesn't feel too crowded. There are **8** "kid" boats
in this anchorage. The kids range in ages from 2-14. Their community is amazing and complex. But, it is so
cool to see them at play. Martin and two other boys take a low (like 2) horsepower dinghy out to go fishing.
The kids boogie board, go tubing and just have a blast with all their freedom. The parents watch for any "Lord
of the Flies" type behavior and try to deal with it before it gets too drastic. Otherwise, they have much more
freedom than they would in the States.
This community is really nice and it's comfortable. But, Lou and I both really love to have more cultural
interactions and to be off on our own exploring. Mexico has been a nice transition to cruising life. How do I
say this without sounding like I'm too good to hang around with other Statesiders and Canadian or that we will
never be satisfied? But, look-we had wonderful friends and relationships in the States and we embarked on
this adventure to see some of the world, not to travel around with our like kind. When we reflect on our time
that we have been out cruising, some of the best moments are when we have had some up close and personal
experiences with nature or when we have had experiences with the locals. So, we've decided to head south to
Central America for the summer, and get a little bit further off the beaten path..
But, life is good here. No complaints. In the afternoon, I kayak to the beach with a friend and then we walk
along the beach talking and looking for seashells. So, regular exercise has continued to be part of the mix.
We had a bonfire last night on the beach. We had musical instruments, fireworks and sang all the songs the
guitarist knew-several times.
Books we are reading: I'm reading the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the Emily and Martin. Even though
they are both avid readers, they love having a book read to them and I love reading to them. When they were
small, Lou always read to them and I think that hooked them on to reading and on to the pleasures of being
read to. I'm continuing to read the Eye of the Albatross by Carl Safina. Lou is reading some Heinlein books
and other science fiction, while he is keeping his eyes open for something more substantial to read. Book
selection is limited to what we can trade with other cruisers!
Addendum: As of March 7, we are now in the lagoon at Barra de Navidad. Emily, Martin and I leave tomorrow
for Kansas. As we left Tenacatita Bay, two humpbacks breached in front of us. The largest one was full body
out! I screamed in delight and awe-Emily and Martin thought something had gone wrong.
Addendum #2: As of March 15, Mary and kids are now in Topeka, and Lou is slaving away on boat projects in
Barra de Navidad, looking forward to the visit of our friend Bill Zuravleff.
|Anchored in the lagoon at Barra de
Navidad. This was a beautiful anchorage,
with many bird-watching opportunities, and
obviously great sunrises. Lou did 3 weeks of
boat projects here while Mary and the kids
were in Kansas for Barney’s 80th birthday
and St Patrick’s day.
|Kyle, Heidi, and Cory from S/V Lumeria, with
Martin and Emily. Lumeria also split from us in
Tenacatita to head north to the Sea of Cortez.
Another sad goodbye. Cory and Kyle taught
Martin a lot about surfing and skim-boarding in
Zihuatanejo, and he’s been begging for a
surfboard ever since.