We are down to the crunch now, almost ready to sail out of Mazatlan. We are at this moment waiting for the canvas guy to deliver our sun cover. We are also waiting for our friends to take delivery of their washer dryer, so they can sail with us. But Mexico being Mexico, things just roll along at Mexican time.
We have been at the dock in Mazatlan for almost three weeks now. And although it is nice being this handy to all amenities, it is wearing a bit thin since we are so close to the seawall where there are a number of restaurants and bars. Two of the bars are within a hundred feet or so of our sailboat, and they are not like Canada and the U.S. where they have an enforced closing time. A number of times we have listened to Rock and Roll till 6 in the morning, and one morning till 7:45 am. They do not close till all the patrons go home.
The welders have finished doing their work on the boat, and the deck cleaner has also been through.
As you can see from the photo our Dingy Engine is now mounted lower to be out of the way of the Wind Vane Steering System. The pushpit has also been moved further forward, and a couple of heavy braces have been added in from the radar arch to the stern of the boat. What you cannot see in the picture are a couple of new safety rails on the side of the cockpit.
Our Christmas in Mazatlan was almost a non event. I think we heard about 3 Christmas Carols in the week or so leading up to Christmas. We did not see people running madly back and forth doing last minute buying. There were no fights in parking lots. There were also no crazy line ups for boxing day sales. What a fantastic change from Canada and the U.S.
A large number of the cruisers from the various boats did get together and have a Christmas potluck, but since we had already been invited to Christmas dinner at friends of friends, we did not attend it. Our Christmas dinner was held with people who were mostly former R.V.ers who now had condos, or people who were still R.V.ing. Since we had been full time R.V.ers for 11 years before starting our cruising lifestyle, we fit right in. Bill and Paula our hosts were Canadians from the Vernon B.C. area who have a beautiful condo on the fifth floor of a building overlooking the beach. It seemed a bit strange to be standing out on the patio in shorts having a beer on Christmas day.
Christmas Eve was spent in Centro (Old Town) Mazatlan with Peter and Marie at a restaurant called Topolo. From the outside one would never have guessed at the beautiful garden atmosphere inside this
restaurnat. The restaurant was mostly open to the sky with trees, palms, various plants, and a fountain inside of it. The atmosphere was like a Spanish sidewalk. And to top it off the food was excellent.
After dinner we did a bit of a walk around the Zocolo (City Square) in Centro. We saw very little evidence that it was Christmas. About the only really obvious thing that we saw was a Christmas tree that was obviously sponsored by Coca Cola. Other than that things were very quiet and could have been mistaken for any evening of the week here in Mazatlan. We even stopped at the Cathedral, but only saw a couple of dozen parishioners inside. One can only hope that the North American Christmas hype never
ever makes it down here.
As for other things that we have done in Mazatlan, Marilyn and Marie went down to the Theater about a week ago to see a Christmas special. The boys stayed home since food and beer were not involved. We found we were not the only ones since the entire marina was full of men only that evening. It seems Theater just is not a guy thing.
We have also completed our provisioning our sailboat for the next stage of our trip, and are now loaded up with food and beverages to feed a small army. It is not that far to P.V. and access to more shopping, but it just seems to be a cruising habit to have the boat well stocked when we leave the dock.
Our tentative plan is to sail from Mazatlan to Isla Isabella, which is called the Mexican Galapagos. From there we hope to visit Mantechen which is near San Blas. Then sail down to Chacala where we used to park our motorhome on the beach. And finally down to La Cruz on Banderis bay. We have nothing hurrying us along to get there, so if we come to a nice place we may spend a couple of days. About the only thing in the way of time limitations is the fact that Peter and Marie have to be back in Mazatlan by about the same time that Marilyn’s daughter and father arrive in P.V. on the 12th of January.