Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Homecoming week in Puerto Vallarta

We had planned on returning north more slowly, but favorable winds, and overcast weather (unfavorable for snorkeling), caused us to spend only one night at anchor, in Tenacatita, followed by an overnight passage around Cabo Corrientes and back into Banderas Bay. We sailed about 1/3 of the time, which was better than expected. Cabo Corrientes has somewhat of a reputation for rough conditions, so we were glad to "sneak" around it in greasy seas in the middle of the night!
We're now in a slip at the La Cruz marina, about 15 miles from Puerto Vallarta. We are surrounded by a mix of old acquaintances and new friends. We finally caught up with the crew of Albatross, whom we hadn't seen since Newport Beach; Stella Blue, last seen in Santa Barbara; Renova, last seen in Turtle Bay; Exit Strategy, last seen in Mazatlan; and Third Day, whom we hadn't seen since New Year's in San Blas.
After more than 6 months on the boat (not counting time ashore in Newport Beach), we are both feeling like this is a "vacation" from our vacation. A vacation, in other words, from the minor inconveniences of life aboard, like limited water and power, short showers, concern for weather, and rolly anchorages. While here, we'll enjoy other people's cooking (i.e. street tacos and restaurants), some short bus trips to nearby towns, and a first birthday party for our friend's daughter.

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