We are now heading north to meet Kathy and Mike Jackson and Tom (Chrissy’s brother) and Claudette in La Cruz on March 4th. They will be on Anna for two weeks.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
We had a major computer glitch – an accidental dousing of margarita on the keyboard. As a result our main computer with the ability to communicate with the single side-band radio is out of commission. So I can’t make the yotreps position reports until we get another computer with Windows 7 capabilities (our MacBook won’t handle it) – hopefully in La Cruz/PV. This leg is all backtracking anyway.
Friday, February 18, 2011
After leaving Barra de Navidad we spent two nights in Ensenada de Carrizal on our way to Las Hadas. It was a beautiful uninhabited bay surrounded by cliffs. It reminded us of some of the anchorages in the San Juans and BC. There were only 3 boats – Anna, Moshulu, and Loomba-Loomba. The best snorkeling we’ve had yet. Lots of different kinds of coral and reef fish.
|Heading into Ensenada de Carrizal|
For 100 pesos (about $8.50) per day we dinghy into the resort and have access to all the amenities. There is a fantastic pool and beautiful beach, a restaurant above the anchorage with wifi so we have wifi on the boat.
|Happy Hour with free wifi|
|View of Loomba-Loomba from the restaurant|
We took the bus into Manzanillo one day to re-provision. It is a very large commercial port and not a cruise ship port. There is a great public market and many little mom and pop shops in the heart of the city. In the suburbs between Manzanillo and Las Hadas there are most of the big box stores, chain stores, and fast food restaurants (including Dairy Queen and Starbucks).
|Sculpture of a sailfish on the waterfront in Manzanillo|
We are leaving Las Hadas today to head north to Santiago Bay for a few nights.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
We loved Barra de Navidad and stayed for a week. We are really enjoying getting to know the little towns along our route.
|Sunrise - anchored in the Barra de Navidad Lagoon|
|Dinghy landing at the Sands Hotel - buy a beer at the bar |
and you can use their pool and internet!
|Street side of the Sands Hotel|
|Our favorite internet cafe. Casa de mi Abuela.|
|Our favorite tienda|
|You need to take your own egg container if you want the eggs|
to make it back to the boat without being scrambled.
|Veracruz - main street in Barra|
|Looking out toward the lagoon from the Sands Hotel|
Saturday night there was a Mexican Rodeo (bull riding) in Cihuatlan which is a 20 minute bus ride inland from Barra. We went with a group and had a fun afternoon and evening.
|Leaving Barra de Navidad Lagoon - 2/13/11|
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
We left Chemala with Anna on 2/2/11 headed for Tenacatita. On the way we headed into Paraiso to take a look. It was beautiful, but the swell was way too big to be a comfortable anchorage.
|Heading into Paraiso (photo by Joe Upton on Anna)|
Navigating here is a little more difficult than it is at home. The GPS charts and the paper charts are inaccurate so we have to go by waypoints (which often show up on land on the chartplotter), radar and visuals.
Tenacatita is a beautiful big bay with a great walking/swimming beach, a river to dinghy up (complete with crocs). There used to be the village of Tenacatita in the next beautiful bay at the end of the river trip, but there was a land dispute last year and the village ended up getting bulldozed and a resort is going to go in. Very sad to see. The video is of the resident dolphins in Tenacatita.
We took taxis with both the Anna crew and the Journey crew to La Manzanilla one day, which is across the bay from Tenacatita. Since we had all been wifi deprived for awhile we all took our computers. We took up a large portion of La Risa internet café!
|Chrissy and Jim at one table, Joe and ML(Anna) at another, Kathy and Mike(Anna)|
and Jeff and Dori (Journey) at another.
Friday night there is a weekly dinghy happy hour raft up. There were approximately 25 boats in the bay that night and most everyone joined the raft up.
|One section of the Friday night raft up.|
We left Tenacatita at 10am on 2/7/11 and arrived in Barra de Navidad at 12:30 – a nice short hop.
Right now we are at La Casa de mi Abuela in Barra de Navidad sitting in the shade of an umbrella just off of the main street eating a cheeseburger!