We've been anchored out at La Cruz for the past 8-10 days. The town is small, but has what we need in terms of tiendas for groceries, tortillas, wonderful fresh fish, and access to services for repairs to several "List" items. We've now had our genoa repaired by the local sailmaker (now working on a minor recut of the foot of our mainsail, necessitated by the addition of the bimini cockpit covering in Seattle before we left. We had hoped the recut wouldn't be necessary, but it really is, and this will help us greatly when we need to head back upwind). We've also found a skilled canvas worker in town who is making dinghy chaps for our inflatable dinghy. The "chaps" are a cover for the tubes which protect it from the tropical sun, a necessity to extend it's life in these parts. We were also able to get our boom outhaul car welded by a local welder who did beautiful job w/ TIG setup, now stronger than original, it's good to go.
|La Cruz panorama, stitched together from 13 iPhone images.|
|Typical La Cruz streets|
We've really been enjoying getting to know the area better, taking buses everywhere we need to travel. It's always an adventure, but we have about an 80% success rate that we'll get on the right bus...not too bad! And when it's not right, well, you get to see yet a new place!!!
|Fisherman build and repair their nets by day, go out fishing by night|
|Cindi negotiating at the farmers market|
|Catch of the day, heading for a tasty fish stew!!!|
We'll be here in Banderas Bay for a few more days, exploring Yalapa tomorrow, before Glen and Carol arrive next week. The plan will then be to head south with them to Chamela, Tenacatita, and Barra de Navidad. The water should be warmer down there (area is known as the Mexican Riviera!), and we look forward to more swimming, snorkeling and fishing as we work our way south.