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Monday, January 01, 2007

Lisa's visit to the Gold Coast of Mexico

We anchored at La Cruz, in Bahia Banderas near Puerto Vallarta, (with an international airport) to pick up our daugher Lisa for a two week visit. We took a bus into PV, met Lisa, rode the bus back to La Cruz, bought groceries, and loaded up for a hop down the coast.

La Cruz park

Lisa was a wonderful addition to the crew. She’s a natural sailor, never bothered by the motion of the boat and always ready to help. She even cheerfully cleans shrimp.

shrimp night

As we headed down the coast, we were lucky to see whales and dolphins.


Lisa on dolphin watch

After stops at Chamela and Tenacatita, we arrived at Melaque. It seemed like a good place to remain at anchor for a while, with the nearby town providing internet and great shopping, and perfect swimming and snorkeling water available in the anchorage. Not to mention good fishing!

Lisa's sierra


We celebrated Chrismas here. Ginger’s family sent a full Christmas kit down with Lisa, so we decorated the saloon and enjoyed the event.

Christmas

The big present, from Ginger’s parents, was a waterproof digital camera – so Lisa and Ginger geared up for snorkeling and jumped in.

self portrait

Melaque fish 4

Melaque fish 2

Melaque fish 7

I had life guard duty.

Melaque life guard

Two weeks went by quickly and all too soon it was time for Lisa to take the bus back up the coast to PV and fly back to the Seattle to face the cold and snow - as well as next quarter at the UW. But she could not go, of course, without a tequila tasting and picking up a few gifts at Barra.

Tequila tasting

Barra De Navidad

Barra shopping trip

Lisa boarded the bus and off she went.

Lisa on her way

As we got back onboard Marcy and started preparing for the two day passage down to Zihuatanejo, we reflected that it was not only the end of Lisa’s visit to Mexico, but it is close to the end of our visit as well.

Gold Coast

Zihuatanejo will be our last port of call in Mexico. This is where we will refit Marcy and will be our departure point for the South Pacific.

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