We spent nearly a week in Chamela. Cindi signed up with a local dive shop to get her scuba open water certification. The instructor was great, and she was the only student in the class! They did the classroom sessions (and tests) on the front porch of the shop facing the dirt road. Pool sessions were at a small local hotel. The four dives were in the island group near the anchorage, reached by local panga. Lots of wildlife were spotted, including rays, lobster, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, and the myriad of colorful reef fish. And the best part....of course she passed, and is now a certified diver!!! We're looking forward to diving as we continue our journey both in Mexico and beyond.
It was interesting anchoring in Chamela this time as compared to our previous visit a couple of months ago on our trip south. Very few boats remained, with most already heading back north, or south to the South Pacific. One night there was only one other boat in the large anchorage, whereas at times earlier there had been as many as 20.
|"Fish on"!!! Adam brought the 15 pounder aboard,||but it was just a jack crevalle, so it was "catch and release".|
As we settled into the last leg of the passage, from the Cape to La Cruz, we fired up the watermaker to fill our tanks, as the water in La Cruz is, well, let's just say we weren't wild about drinking it! After it ran for a few minutes, we heard an engine alarm indicating water in the fuel filter. Opening the engine compartment, we found that the prefilter intake manifold for the watermaker had sprung a bad leak, and was spraying saltwater all over the engine!!! A bad thing indeed!!! So, we shut everything down, cleaned up the mess, changed the fuel filter, and were underway again a couple of hours later, but without the watermaker. Another project for "the list"!!!
Ah, "the list"..... We arrived in La Cruz to a very different atmosphere than when we were last here in January. The docks at the marina are full, and an incredible bee hive of activity. This is a major jumping off point for the "Puddle Jump"...boats leaving the west coast for the South Pacific, typically the Marquesas. It's also a place where all of the boats who have been cruising Mexico for the past several months are ducking in to refurbish, refit, and repair...cruising full time is indeed hard on gear, and everyone, it seems, is up to their eyeballs in projects of all sorts. Rigging, engine, bottom, running gear, systems, electronics.....it goes on and on. It's kind of like a naval fleet coming into port and drydock for needed repairs. That, coupled with the crossroads of boats with stories to share and old friends to meet up with makes for a great sense of comraderie at the bar....How many stories can start with: "So there we were...."
|What's that guy whispering in Steve's ear???|
While here we had a surprise email from a former coworker of Cindi's, Steve and his wife Laura, vacationing here in Puerto Vallarta for a few days of sun. They braved the busses to get out to La Cruz, and we had a nice evening together with them at Ana Banana's, listening to a good local blues band.
|Adding our boat name to the legions who came before us at Ana Banana's|