Our daughters Elizabeth and Jean provided the materials for this guest blog. Text is by Jean; photos are by Beth
We arrived on the afternoon flight into the Manzanillo airport on Sunday December 21. Mommy, Daddy, and their driver Arturo greeted us at the airport. After a 45 minute drive to the Grand Bay Hotel near Barra de Navidad, we dropped our bags in an incredibly luxurious hotel suite (the result of an upgrade). Continuing directly on to Ramon’s for margaritas, guacamole, quesadillas, we watched the Seahawks’ commanding 35-6 victory over the Cardinals. GO HAWKS!
Over the next few days, we enjoyed shopping and street tacos in Barra de Navidad, bike rides to the Grand Bay’s playa, kayaking around the Laguna de Barra de Navidad, and pool-side lounging at the hotel. On Christmas Eve we enjoyed a fancy Italian dinner at Mar y Ter, complete with Christmas lights and live music. On Christmas morning, creatively wrapped presents from “Santa” awaited us and we then headed to a potluck for all the cruisers in the area. It was nice to see that our parents had found their “people.”
On the 26th we bused to the inland hilly region of Colima for pre-Colonial ruins, active volcanoes, and coffee plantations. Our second afternoon, we ventured to the base of the Volcan del Fuego, guided by local expert Jupiter. Jupiter’s exciting stories of close encounters with this very active volcano entertained us while we shot dramatic pictures of the volcano blanketed in evening lenticular clouds. Our 11am departure from Colima landed us back at Ramon’s for the last Seahawks game of the regular season, an exciting 20-6 victory.
On Tuesday the 30th we helped our parents bid farewell to this month-long marina home and continue their journey south. We spent a peaceful evening and morning on the anchor in Ensenada Carrizal, enjoying a morning snorkel among thousands of beautiful tropical fish.
A short afternoon passage took us to Bahia Santiago. We enjoyed a fresh fish dinner aboard Elizabeth Jean. the previous post from our illustrious father that will recount the humorous tail of how we “caught” this tasty Dorado.) We toasted the beginning of 2015 as hundreds of floating paper lanterns filled the sky and fireworks sprouted all around the bay.
We concluded our visit with pool-side lounging at the Las Hadas resort and a fancy seafood dinner at Bistro Marina. We especially enjoyed the flambéed fruit with ice cream that was prepared table-side and the 2 for 1 happy-hour mango margaritas. We wish our parents the best of luck on the next leg of their journey and eagerly look forward to future holidays at sea.
The first of many rounds of margaritas.
Kayaking in the Barra de Navidad lagoon.
Beth during spinnaker run from Barra de Navidad to Ensenada Carrizal.
Elizabeth Jean at anchor in Ensenada Carrizal; photo taken from dinghy Schooner on the way back from snorkeling.