It is 4:30 am and we are ghosting along the Mexican coast headed south. There are millions of stars painted above, yet darkness surrounds us reminding me how vast and miraculous the universe is. And we are one small speck on the radar of the great Pacific.
We started our journey in San Carlos, on the Sonoran coast of mainland Mexico. Our boat dry docks each summer waiting out hurricane season from June to October 31. This is our third season exploring the gulf of CA and mainland. We got a late start this season arriving in early December and we paid a price as the winter was unforgivingly cold and windy this year. Christmas was spent off the islands of La Paz with gusts to 30 for two days. Last year we left San Carlos in early November and had warm and balmy days meandering through the Sea, which is great October through November and March through May. This year we sped through the sea longing for warmth and to take off our jackets! It’s what we come to Mexico for, the great winter climate.
Tonight we left Puerto Vallarta after a visit with our youngest son, and rounded Cabo Corrientes, the Mexican version of Point Conception. Earlier in the day the winds and swell switched from the predominant NW to SW and the 4-6 foot seas were confused into a 3 second interval making headway slow and progress forward under 2 knots with the engine @2000 rpm. We decided why bash and turned around to Punta Mita to wait for the wind and swell to subside. It paid off and we had a much easier time slipping around Cabo Corrientes around midnight.
Tomorrow, after a 125 mile passage, we will reach our favorite destination in Mexico, Tenacatita Bay. This anchorage can hold over 60 boats ( a rare occasion) and boasts a long sand beach, friendly outdoor restaurant, bocce ball daily, snorkeling, Friday raft ups, daily radio net, provisioning close by, dinghy estuary tours, and other activities, like a triathlon, fun races and full moon bonfires. The cruising community is alive and thriving here and some have been imbibing in this casual lifestyle for years.
This is our southern point this year and then we will head north back to San Carlos, basically rinse and repeat from mainland north up the Gulf of CA. For us Mexico is a friendly experience between the cruisers and Mexican people, which keeps us coming back year after year.