We begin our second season of cruising with our friend Jeff Garrity’s instructions to Captain Lal as our watch words. We have spent the time since our October 1 return to Banderas Bay combining the business of recommissioning Elizabeth Jean with enjoying the area’s many pleasures. The captain prepared a ten page to-do list that kept us on task with a minimum of lashing. When the heat became too much, we retired to the Paradise Village pool for two for one happy hour drinks. The ocean’s bath tub like temperature and generally calm waters often soothed our bodies and souls after a day of work. We also took time to enjoy events such as the Banderas Bay fishing tournament and traditional Day of the Dead celebration. In less than two weeks, we will welcome our friend Scott Vokey who will help us sail to the Manzanillo area. We will stay there through Christmas, joined by the real Elizabeth and Jean for the holidays. Beginning in the New Year we will make our way south to and through Central America. Our goal is to transit the Panama Canal in late spring.
Captain Lal going up the mast to inspect equipment, fastenings, and other assorted nautical items.
All looks well below.
Mechanic Jack Tinsley instructs Eric on the proper way to pound (er I mean tap) on Perkins’ injectors to loosen them for a tune up.
Eric threading the needle before beginning his canvas work projects, which included new covers for the windlass and outboard motor.
Lal bends on the jib.
One of the marina’s tigers licks her lips, apparently happy to see us again.
This newly hatched turtle was certainly glad to meet Eulalie who found the tortoise heading AWAY from the water. Lal carefully collected the little one and helped it find the ocean.
We found this tortuga on a La Cruz side street.
Banderas Bay is home to many national and international competitions. Mid-October is time for the fishing tournament.
Mike Danielson, the local North Sails representative memorializes the winning catches by dabbing them with paint . . .
and transferring their images to cloth. Here, the award winning Dorado.
Each Sunday, fire dancers welcome the new crop of resort guests to Paradise Village.
A sunset swim after checking off items off some items on the to-do lists; surf casters try their luck beyond the surf break.
Speaking of sunsets and fishing, this seaside sculpture welcomed us in Bucerias, a nearby town where we dined with new found friend Caroline Moore, who teaches English at the local university.
After tuning up our outboard motor, we put Schooner (our dinghy) through her paces and ended up at Nuevo Vallarta’s Day of the Dead celebration. Stay tuned for our next blog for more on this celebration.