Month: May 2015

Isla Isabel (Isla de Boobies)

s/v YOLO and Terrapin pulled out of Mantachen Bay around 8am, bound for Isla Isabel. After a solid 8 or 9 hour sail, we arrived. Envision an uninhabited, remote island, 16 miles off the coast of Mexico. Now envision boobies. Lots of boobies. More boobies than you can shake a stick at. Say hello to Isabel the island. A notoriously difficult place to anchor, but with our friends Makai and Terrapin, we made it work. All three boats, snug as bugs in a beautiful little bay.

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We awoke the next morning to flat calm conditions with incredible visibility. Just below the boat was a real life aquarium with fish of all makes and models. Court and I donned the snorkel gear and spent a good hour in the water, amazed by all the sea life around us. Unfortunately, we still lack a waterproof camera, so please check out our friends post to get an idea of what we were seeing while diving with them –¬†http://www.sailmakai.org/2015/05/01/isla-isabela/

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Later that day, the Terrapin crew graciously watched Presley and Colter while CoCo and I got to enjoy an amazing hike on shore. The bird life was surreal. The boobies I mentioned earlier were everywhere. They have such little interaction with humans that they have NO fear. Another prominent species of bird on the island is known as the Frigate. They are large.

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Northbound We Go!

We departed Barra after a relaxing week, en route to Chamela, an anchorage we had previously hit on the way down. As we were approaching the bay, we saw our new boat friends, Makai, that we had met in Barra. The kicker is that Makai is a KID boat! 3 kiddos, all a bit older than Presley and Colter, but still a super fun family! We called out to them on the VHF and dropped the hook in their vicinity. No sooner had we connected the snubber and we met another KID boat…Cat-2-Fold with 2 kids on board. Pretty awesome. We got together with Makai the next day for some surfing action. It was pure therapy for our kids, as the wave sets were just gentle rollers but great for beginning surfers! Unfortunately, we do not have a waterproof camera yet, so the photos are quite sparse.

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s/v Makai underway to Baderas Bay.

 

We set sail later that evening for another Cabo Corrientes rounding. After about 12 hours of motoring, we were back in good ‘ol Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta. The kids were pumped for some more pool and kid socialization time – hello again to s/v Terrapin, Makai, and Cat-2-Fold!

Court’s big news is that she got the salon cushions recovered. Strangely, as of this writing, I don’t have any photos to show off the new ones.

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Circa ’92 golden crushed velour cushions

 

My big news was that I got my replacement Samsung Galaxy 5 phone back after paying $150 in shipping and $180 in Mexican duty. Probably should have never done that.

One day (at band camp) we ventured into old town PV via public bus, walked the malecon, ate some super cheap tacos and drank some good Mexican beer.

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Old Chappy insisted we take his picture with the “clothes washing lady” statue.

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Live entertainment on the bus ride back to Paradise Village.

Live entertainment on the bus ride back to Paradise Village.

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All said and done, we racked up about a week in PV. Good times and great oldies! Northbound we continue!

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