Some people get to the port of La Paz on the Baja side of Mexico and never leave, coining the term, “La Paused.” Well, we’ve been in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (pronounced wanna-cox-lei) for over three weeks and we really have no plan as to when we’ve leaving. Thus, I’ve decided that we’re now in “La Cruz de WannaStayForever.” I’m up for other name suggestions along this same idea.
Hanging out on s/v Charisma with Charisma rum drinks, the setting sun and Camanoe in the background. (Thanks Ann for the photo!)
Anyway, I haven’t been writing much because, although we’re loving this area, I can’t say that when we finish up a day that I have anything EXCITING to share. We get up, Dave starts a project while I either go ashore for provisions or work on my own small projects, then by early evening we’re cleaning up the boat and ourselves and either making dinner or going ashore for cheapo tacos. We go to bed and start all over again.
Enjoying “Tacos on the Street” where they only serve three dishes, but they do them very well (L) and “Tacos de Luna” (R), or as we call it, “The Backyard Taco Place” or “The 10 pesos a taco place.”
The little town of La Cruz is very sleepy. Not much opens prior to 10am, except for the Mercado del Mar where we’ve bought freshly caught shrimp a couple of times. Most of the taco joints don’t appear until 7pm or later. And when I say, “appear,” that’s exactly what I mean. All of a sudden, people appear with grills and they’re dragging out plastic tables and chairs and they serve THE BEST, cheapest tacos you can imagine. A lot of the time during the day, I just roam around and meet up with other cruisers. I’m in no hurry to be anywhere or to return anywhere and that’s a nice feeling. The produce market is every Tuesday and Friday at 5pm; there’s usually a cruisers’ swap meet on Saturday mornings and there’s a large artisan/farmer’s market every Sunday from 10am-2pm. Otherwise, you just sort of hang around La Cruz and wait for something to happen or someone to invite you to go do something.
Tuesday produce market (L) and the Sunday morning market along the Malecon (R) in La Cruz.
I’ve travelled into nearby towns, Bucerias, Sayulita and Nuevo Vallarta. While Nuevo is very much a smaller version of Puerto Vallarta, mainly a resort town, Bucerias and Sayulita are small beach towns that are frequented by locals and tourists alike just looking for a little sun and surf.
Enjoying a beach and surf day at Sayulita with a warm empanada.
Dave’s been working on various boat projects he wants done before he jumps to Hawaii in a couple months. He has a sea anchor and a sea drogue for dire emergencies and he’s glassed-in, bolted, and basically secured all items necessary to deploy either one should he get into a bad storm. We’ve hooked up a trolling generator (which I made a canvas cover for), which required Dave to make a step on top of the wind vane platform in order to attach the generator. He’s reinforced our stanchions and glassed them in to keep them from leaking. He figured out why the propane locker was letting in water whenever it rained or we had the hose on and then proceeded to fix that. I’m sure I’m forgetting something else that he’s worked on and I can’t even begin to explain EXACTLY what all those projects were and how they help, but just know that while I’ve been soaking up the La Cruz atmosphere, Dave’s been a slave to Camanoe.
I’ve helped out where I can, mostly with the sewing machine. We have a lot of open shelves in the salon and galley, so my job has been to sew lee cloths/curtains for all these open areas. There was also the trolling generator cover to protect it from sun and moisture and I also created a sleeve for our two hatch covers so they can be stored nicely without banging into each other or scratching up the boat.
Pre and post lee cloth shelves in the salon (top photos) and galley (bottom photos).
Yes, I realize how little time my projects took compared to Dave’s.
So, what’s next after the projects are complete (or at least, complete enough for Dave to sail to Hawaii)? Well, I’m hoping to head a little farther south to Barra de Navidad and possibly Manzanillo before heading home to the Bay Area. There’s no exact date set yet for Dave to begin his crossing, so when we figure that out, I’ll have to get a plane ticket.
But, in the meantime, La Cruz is a nice place to play and relax and work on boat projects. The anchorage is full of friends, the town is sweet, and we have everything here that we need.
Sorry for the rambling…I think the La Cruz lifestyle is causing my brain to go soggy. Maybe I should just do photo posts instead. 🙂
Double rainbow anyone?