A pleasant, gentle sail in good wind from the Punta de Mita anchorage to La Cruz marina Monday afternoon was followed by a refreshing shower and a cold beer...great! I spent several days renewing acquaintances, getting some work done and generally relaxing - with a good sea-breeze cooling things down reliably every afternoon under a clear blue sky.
One day, I went to Bucerias in the local 'combi'/minibus .. I needed to find a reliable ATM for cash.... The cost was minimal - 10 pesos for a good length ride. Before leaving, I dropped off some laundry and on my way way back down to the marina I paused to pick up some freshly-made ceviche from my favourite place for that - 'El Rey Bonbon'.
A couple of fairly urgent jobs were taken care of - the staysail was taken down for repair by Mike of PV Sailing - it needed the foot pennant to be shortened so I could tension the luff more and the slightly torn bolt-rope tape mended and reinforced. Mike also found quite a few small areas on the sail that needed patching and/or reinforcing.
I marked the anchor rode, after the multiplait had been spliced onto the chain, to show every 5m length, with different colours used to mark every 10m. Now the added rope has given more length of scope, I will be able to anchor in up to 14m depth, rather than just the 4-5m I've been restricted to so far.
I couldn't leave without enjoying a lovely molcajete in the marina seafood restaurant .... with tortillas and a margarita... of course!
Saturday I enjoyed the town's Easter fair and celebrations in and around the town square - along with just about everyone else living in the La Cruz area. Sunday I had expected to be on my way north, but decided to stay another day which meant I was able to amble through the La Cruz Sunday market with its vivid colours, a group playing music, dancing, enticing food of all kinds, pottery, leatherwork, jewellery, artwork.... An amazing collection of stalls - difficult not to buy something ... I bought a sombrero!
Easter Monday I leave for points north - to La Paz, possibly via Mazatlan - winds permitting...