Thursday, January 28, 2016
La Cruz, Bucerias and Punta de Mita
Chris at nearby Punta de Mita. Who needs the South Pacific?
Well, we've been here at the La Cruz anchorage for 2 weeks now,
and yes, it's starting to feel like home.
Our first few days in the anchorage were pretty rolly and maybe even scary,
as waves and swells that had come thousands of miles from Cyclone
Victor in the South Pacific made landfall beneath our keel.
Breaking waves on the beach next to the anchorage
Fortunately the cyclone peetered out and we are now back to normal here.
We headed to nearby Bucerias to watch the famous "Blessing of the Fleet," where the fishing boats from La Cruz beach themselves at Bucerias where the priests bless them for the fishing season.
Beautiful, calm Bucerias
Suddenly, perfect pipeline waves came out of nowhere. How could
the fishing boats safely beach themselves under such conditions?
The fleet arrived from La Cruz to near perfect pipeline waves (yikes)
Unfortunately the date for the event is chosen way ahead of time. Usually Bucerias beach is flat and calm. Cyclone Victor had other ideas, providing big, scary waves.
The La Cruz fishing fleet toys with the idea of "going for it" and
risking capsize by surfing one of these growlers in
In the end, most of them made the smart decision,
bagged it, and headed back to La Cruz. Ah, well. Better luck next year, boys!
In other news, here in Mexico you take the bus everywhere.
Random guys selling vitamins, candy, gum, whatever, might be strolling the aisle trying to sell their wares. Or other times, musicians will climb aboard and play for a few blocks, hoping for tips.
Local musicians play on the bus
I surprised them by grabbing the guitar (well, I was polite --
I asked if I could grab it!) and joining them in a rousing version of
Cielito Lindo. The accordion players' giant toothless smile made my day.
Our friends Richard and Lisa of Golden Skye invited us to sail over to
nearby Punta de Mita for the day. Lucky us!
We anchored next to the Punta de Mita Four Seasons. Sweet!
We love Richard's "Captain Awesome" t-shirt
Lisa was a socialite back in the OC, so it's no problem sailing
AND catching up on the latest gossip at the same time
They let me drive their 62 foot ketch Golden Skye. What a thrill!
That's all for now.
XO Liz (and Chris)