Just a quick note to say that we arrived back n Mazatlán on December first, Cindy with a brand spanking new left hip and ready to roll! We promptly moved our boat from the inexpensive, secure location of Marina Mazatlan to the glamourous resort marina of El Cid, and began recommissioning Cool Change for another season. She had been stripped down of everything that could fly away in a hurricane or get UV damage during the summer, and now we had to put all of that back together – halyards, lines (ropes), sails, safety equipment, canvas, all of it. Amply extended by visits to the pools here at El Cid, and by visits made with fellow cruiser friends, the whole process has taken us a little over two weeks.
This Mazatlan visit included stopping by our usual haunts – a sunset drink atop the Freeman Hotel on Olas Altas downtown, dinner at our favorite restaurant in the Historic District named Water’s Edge, drinks at the charming 18th century Hacienda El Presidio, salsa made at your table in a molcajete at Los Zarapes, multiple visits to Mega grocery store, a dinghy cruise through the estuary, pizza with Debbie and Chip from Elegant Sea at Marina Mazatlan, and giving away a few extra boat items at the cruisers’ swap meet. We also had to take care of some business, like going to the special office of the Mexican telephone company to get Rick’s local telephone chip to fit into his new phone. We also met a lovely couple named Julie and John, whose boat Myla, a 44 foot Moody, pulled in next to ours, and we enjoyed the Posado (Christmas party) put on by the marina on behalf of the cruisers.
Today we set off down the coast for an overnight sail to San Blas. We also plan on stopping in Chacala before arriving in Puerto Vallarta on December 23. We have been invited for Christmas dinner at the home of Mexican friend of ours, so we don’t want to miss that. More later! And happy holidays.