|Rocky but beautiful Puerto Angel|
After a few anxious days bouncing around in the tiny but very surgy anchorage at Puerto Angel, we pulled anchor and headed south to Huatulco, where we are currently anchored (in a much calmer, safer spot).
A volleyball net is hung on the Puerto Angel beach for the local youth.
We watched an evening game played by young Mexican women -- they were quite talented!
After living amongst the swirls and eddies of people in Acapulco,
a few days in tiny Puerto Angel was a relaxing treat.
Our first spot in this tiny port was too close to the rocks in the scary swell conditions.
So we pulled anchor and moved to the center of the anchorage.
Once we were a free boat, we dove through the swells to the middle of the small harbor, where the engine promptly died.
Within a minute or two we would be on the rocks.
I yelled up to Chris at the bow: "The engine is dead. Drop the anchor -- NOW!"
And he did just that. In the nick of time.
We really worked together. As a team. It was a very good sign. :-)
He later diagnosed and promptly fixed the problem with the fuel line.
|The scene in Puerto Angel unfolds before you like a book of postcards|
As unsettling as it was trying to sleep so close to the rocks, there is something soothing about the sound as well. The rhythmic crash of the waves feels like the pulse of the earth.
|A simple beachfront home here in Puerto Angel|
The economy has been hit hard here, like everywhere else. There is an abandoned movie theater here, which closed in 2007 and has not reopened.
The faded poster for "Leones Por Corderos" ("Lions for Lambs") starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise, was the last film to play here when the theater closed in 2007 during the worst of the economic crash. The poster remains on the theater wall as a time capsule for the international stock market collapse.
A family makes do with a cinderblock foundation.
They give it a homey feel with plants, vegetables and flowers growing in the front garden.
This family doubtless prays it is a long time until the next hurricane or
earthquake -- or even the next stiff wind.
|What a pleasure it was shopping for fresh fruits and veggies in Puerto Angel!|
|Typical beachside scene|
|Fishing boats line the beach of bucolic Puerto Angel|
As lovely as this town is, sadly I can only recommend the anchorage for sailboats with a big flopper-stopper and an even bigger anchor. This challenge no doubt is the reason for it's lovely isolation and unspoiled beauty.
Regardless, we will always remember the gift of our few days in beautiful Puerto Angel.
We will remain in Huatulco for several more days with Talaria, Stray Cat, China Doll and Nana as we wait for the "go" to cross the Tuhuanapec. We will do it together. It's good to have a tribe!