Wednesday, January 15, 2014

This Is Not About Our Trip To The Copper Canyon

Eastern Shore of Isla San Francisco
Yesterday I wrote that this post would be about our November trip to the Copper Canyon. As often happens with my plans, there is a complication. In all of the excitement of the squirrel and the issue of not having legal tourist permits, I went to the Copper Canyon with a dead back-up battery for my camera and no battery charger. As a result, most of my best photos are in mike's camera which is with him in Seattle. So, the Copper Canyon will have to wait for another time. (Apologies again for the non-capitalized letter m. I have got to get around to calling HP Support about that.)

Leaving San Carlos Bay
We left marina Real on Nov. 16 and moved to our friends' mooring ball in San Carlos Bay. It was nice to be close to town to do laundry and last minute provisioning. Being at anchor for a few days after months in a marina also gives my body a chance to readjust and avoid some of the seasickness. We left San Carlos at 9:30 am on the 19th and arrived at Isla Coronados 21 hours later. It was calm seas and light winds all the way. We ran the engine more than we would have liked, but I'm always grateful for a peaceful crossing.

Sunrise Isla Coronados
We spent a couple of days at Isla Coronados, anchored with our dear friends Thea and Jonathan from Escondido and then headed south visiting some of the lovely islands and anchorages we had seen on our trip north last July. One thing we both realized is that we have been traveling too fast and have not spent enough time exploring the Sea of Cortez. A lifetime would not be too much! We have also learned to be flexible and not afraid of changing direction. So rather than make the El Salvador Rally this spring as previously planned, we will be heading north in late spring, back to the Sea of Cortez, happily looking forward to enjoying it all at a more leisurely pace this time around.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I'm Back In Blogging World

The last real post to this blog was way back in November. For all of this time I've been taking lots of photos, making notes, and thinking about what I would write when back on the blog again. I still do not have the kinks worked out of my new computer. I can usually get it to make an m, but never as a capital so please overlook that obvious error in future posts. I am seriously struggling with the Windows 8 operating system but I have at least finally found where my photos were hiding and I think that I can access them for the blog. When my girlfriend from Cape Cod comes to visit next week she will be bringing me a "Windows 8 for Dummies" book. It is very frustrating but I am determined to persevere.

mike has had to make an emergency trip home to Seattle. A strong wind storm brought 4 large trees down on the garage and tore the power lines from the house. So he is back in the rain and the cold dealing with insurance adjustors, roofing contractors, a tree removal crew, electricians, the power company, and Comcast. I am in Banderas Bay near Puerto Vallarta, walking on the beach, eating seafood skewers, drinking margaritas, and watching fiery sunsets from the cockpit. I feel just a tiny bit guilty but someone has to stay behind to watch over the boat, right?

I have so much that I want to write about and so many photos to show that I hardly know where to begin so I think I will start where I left off and work forward. Tomorrow I hope to have posted photos of our Copper Canyon trip.

A big thank you to my faithful friends who have been waiting for me to resume blogging again. I'm very happy to be back.

Friday, January 3, 2014

To anybody who is still faithfully following this blog I offer my most sincere apologies for the long absence. After more than a month without any computer I was thrilled when Mike returned from Seattle with my new HP. Sadly it has some problems which are not easily resolved in Mexico. The m key doesn't work and an unidentifiable glitch prevents connection to the internet most of the time. Add to that the miserable Windows 8 operating system and I can't do much more with the new machine than turn it on and off. This short post is being written on a borrowed computer so I can't include any photos.

We leave Mazatlan tomorrow for La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (near Puerto Vallarta). The plan is to stop along the way at Isla Isabel, San Blas and Chacala arriving at our destination on or about January 10. We expect to be in the Puerto Vallarta area for at least 6 weeks. We are very excited that we will have visitors from the States, our first since arriving in Mexico last April. First my BFF from Cape Cod is coming and we hope to do some inland exploration. Then my cousin with her husband will visit from Iowa. They were our crew on the first leg of this adventure so it will be a bit of a reunion and I expect we will do some sailing while they are with us.

Once settled in our new marina I hope to be able to resolve all of my computer woes and get back to a normal blogging routine. I'm still anxious to post the photos of our trip to the Copper Canyon two months ago. Until then I wish all a very Happy New Year.