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.

Emily and Annika from S/V MonkeyGirl.  The
boat is named after Annika, who is a
gymnast and swings and climbs all over the
rigging of her 40 foot sailboat.  
Unfortunately, Monkeygirl and crew is
heading up to the Sea of Cortez for the
summer, so Emily and Anika had a sad
goodbye in Tenacatita.
Emily and Martin diving from Carmelita,
where 13-yr old Kate lives.  Martin is
holding on to a swing rigged off the
spinnaker pole.  Emily and Kate spent a
lot of time together, and had another sad
goodbye, since Carmelita is heading to
the Sea of Cortez for the summer.  We
hope they will meet us in the South Pacific
next year.
We caught this 4 foot long dorado leaving
Banderas Bay for Tenacatita.  It was the first
really big fish that we caught, and Mary was
reading out loud from a book about cleaning fish
as Lou butchered it.  What a bloody mess, but it
gave lots of good meat.  We ate it for days, and
gave 2/3 of the meat away to others.  Since then,
we’ve learned better techniques for filleting fish,
so the next one should be much easier.