The question of how long to stay in any one location presents itself almost daily in our travels. We first recognized the tension between staying and going caused by our movable home after our month living aboard in Ballard before heading out to the Pacific. The more we experienced Ballard as its residents, the more we liked it. “Gee, we could even get comfortable here,” we thought. But no. After a month, our departure date came and we went. Since leaving Ballard, we have visited many wonderful places. In some we may even have thought, “Gee, we could get comfortable here.” Yet we hear the sirens’ song, weighed anchor and set our sails (or turned on our engine) and found the next great place.
Earlier this Spring we decided to slow down and spend a second season on Mexico’s gold coast. A number of factors influenced our decision. We could see hurricane season around the corner and knew we needed to be above the hurricane belt (northern part of the Sea of Cortez), below the belt (Costa Rica), or in a nice hurricane hole (safe harbor). Going north to the sea, felt a bit like going backwards and Costa Rica seemed far away. The hurricane hole option felt right and we happened to be near a great spot in Banderas Bay. Cabo Corrientes, which we’ve discussed in earlier posts, juts out into the Pacific and deflects hurricanes. Also, we were just getting comfortable with Mexico and looked forward to spending more time exploring areas that we enjoyed so well. Finally, with three international airports (Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, and Zihuateneo) so near our cruising grounds we knew we would remain accessible to family and friends who traveled our way either coincidentally (as was the case this season) or by design (hint, hint).
So Elizabeth Jean will remain in the Banderas Bay area through next fall and in Mexico through early winter. Her crew will spend the summer in cooler locales and will return to Mexico in October.