|Tsunami damage to a few of the La Cruz marina docks.|
|La Cruz fishing fleet sorting gear|
Well, the weather window opened as anticipated, and we left La Cruz last Tuesday, 3/29, headed around Punta de Mita for an anchorage in Chacala Bay, approx 45 miles away.
|Catch of the day, great variety at the La Cruz Saturday mar|
The next day we woke to flat calm, and we motored out, heading north approx 150 miles to Mazatlan. What little wind we had, up to 7 or 8 knots, was all right on the nose, and we motored and motor sailed all the way to Maz, arriving at the Stone Island anchorage at around 9am. Saw several whales, with some grays breaching fairly close to the boat. Also a few turtles bobbed by during the day. One fish brought aboard, a little skipjack tuna. Not great eating, we sliced him up into bait strips for the yellow fin and dorado which must be soon to follow!!! All in all, a very calm passage, but we certainly motored a lot more than desired.
|Mazatlan long line fleet. Note the bundled marker buoys, complete with black flags!|
|Goats overlooking the harbor on Isla de los Chivos (Island of baby goats)|
A few shots of Old Mazatlan:
|Pulmonia taxi's...golf carts w/ VW engines, a Mazatlan original!!|
|Absolutely shocking.....!!!!! And they worry about people stealing cable TV in the US!!!|
|Pork stall at the local market...it was right next to the goat vendor.....Awwww...kinda cute!|
|Girls enjoying a school performance from the cheap seats|
|Lovely little Mazatlan city house.|
|Cindi hikes up some scary stairs for an even better view!|
After two nights at anchor, we headed this morning to the marina district, about 5 miles north in an area known as "Nuevo Mazatlan". Three marinas here, so many boats we've heard on the radio or met over the past few months are moored. We just had a quick walk about, and the area is a pretty harsh contrast to the pretty and "seasoned" ambiance we experienced in Old Maz (not to mention La Cruz before that). It's, well, as the name says, "Nuevo", or "New". Pretty sterile, with resorts and condos surrounding the marinas. There is an active cruiser's community here, though, so should be some good activities, such as tomorrow's bike ride, to keep us occupied until we fly to Seattle for a weeklong visit next week.
A boat checked into the local radio net yesterday, saying he was entering the marina on an "S&M 49". Said he was here because he had heard Mazatlan is famous for it's great leather work, especially with studs.....Ahhhh, ya gotta love April 1, celebrated all over the world!!!!!