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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve, Melaque - Ginger

Today is Christmas eve. We watched the Polar Express last night to get in the mood for Christmas as it's been hot and sunny here and poinsettias seem out of place. We picked Lisa up in PV a week ago Thursday and have made our way slowly down the coast enjoying swimming and sun. We stayed in La Cruz for a couple of nights after Lisa came aboard. We made a trip into Nuevo Vallarta on the local bus missed the consulate by 5 minutes and then went to check in with the Port Captain. We were lucky enough to see whales on our way south in Banderas Bay and enjoyed an uneventful trip around Cabo Corrientes with gusts up to 25 kts. We arrived very early in the morning (3AM) at Chamela; snorkeled and enjoyed the bay for a day then headed on to Tenacatita. Tenacatita is known for the "jungle cruise" a winding stream through a mangrove swamp with birds, fish, fresh water crabs, and supposedly small crocodiles though we didn't get lucky enough to see those. We enjoyed the jungle cruise from our dinghy and snorkeled at "the aquarium" in big surf with low visibility conditions. Tenacatita does get the award for best pina colada ever (per Lisa)! We arrived in Melaque on Thursday and have taken the local bus to Barra and explored Melaque as well. We've been getting lots of avocado and shrimp for Lisa and tonight we're going to have to sample tequila to figure out which bottle Lisa should buy to bring home. We are feeling very lucky that Lisa delivered a very nice Christmas present from my parents and we'll be able to take under water pictures now! We soaked the case all day yesterday to check for leaks so in spite of the cloudy water we'll take it in today for some photos.
Hope everyone has a great Christmas!

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