|Mural on the wall of the RV Park in San Carlos|
Our dancing shoes are tucked away in a locker and we've just finished a very tasty dinner at home: red snapper "roja imperial", pan-fried with a panko breadcrumb and herb coating, steamed broccoli and cauliflower and colourful fusilli pasta. Of course an economical but presentable white wine. We will listen to the music; now there are horns and a rapid drum beat over-layed with a variety of other instruments; voices over various loudspeakers ramping up the level of energy. Perhaps we will have to venture out to see for ourselves; or not.
While we are in the midst of all this energetic activity, it still requires a long walk to circumnavigate the parts of the malecon which have yet to be repaired from a previous hurricane. Huge chunks of concrete still lie askew and unrepaired, preventing a direct walk from the marina to the main part of the malecon. You must detour down some gravel, walk behind what is usually the space for a variety of midway rides and small food stands, then head towards the wide sweeping sidewalks which are the 'malecon' around the harbour. It is hard not to think about all the infrastructure projects which are badly needed here (LGD folks - thinking of you and all those dollars being doled out back home!)
Friends have sent concerned messages about staying safe in Mexico and we reply that we always try to be vigilant without becoming paranoid. We find Guaymas safe and welcoming for the most part during our visits to the mercado or ferreterias (hardware stores) or walking down Serdan, the main street. We've been asked for the time and don't feel intimidated nor uncomfortable when walking together or on our own. Of course, being cruisers, we are rarely out late at night. Our midnight experiences are vicarious as we stuff plugs in our ears and wonder what the music really sounds like up close! Hopefully, by the end of this cruising season, we will be able to confirm that once again we have found Mexico and its people to be warm, welcoming and friendly.
As for updates, Kelly successfully made his run north to Nogales on Monday for the topping lift and replacement Dutchman system, along with a variety of purchases at WalMart, Home Depot and Safeway. I also sent with him a package to the Medical Services Plan folks to be mailed from the U.S. to speed up the delivery time. Hopefully they will see their way to ensuring I am reimbursed for the excellent medical treatment I received for my vertigo
The wind has not cooperated. Northers blew again, making it difficult to lay out the mainsail and measure the appropriate spacing for the mono-filament and related attachments. Today we lugged the mainsail up to the cruisers' lounge and laid it out on the floor to measure and determine the placement of the Dutchman system on the Amsteel line which will now form our new topping lift. Remember -- measure twice, cut once -- so it's similar to that old carpenter's maxim.
With Kelly on the highway, the Admiral decided to be 'Suzy homemaker' and tackle a week and half of laundry. That entailed hauling 4 bags up the dock and ramp to the laundry room, only to find signs taped to the dryers that there were no functioning dryers until further notice. The marina office confirmed that head office in Mexico City had not released funds to pay for the propane to fuel the dryers. It's the latest in a long list of business decisions which impact cruisers at Fonatur marinas without any thought to the flip side. As in compensation of some sort when a service is not available. Without going into a long rant (been there!) I sent off emails to the head office suggesting that the cruising community would be more than interested in providing feedback and recommendations for operating a successful and efficient marina. We all have our opinions about what is really behind so many of the decisions which make it difficult for the marina staff to carry out their day to day duties.
|Laundry the hard way when the dryers aren't working - more eco-friendly of course!|
|Sacred Heart Cathedral|
|Arches inside the cathedral|
We aren't as lonely on the dock as we were last week. As always Mike on nearby MV "Fn Fun" holds down the last dock space with his Hatteras (get well Mike...your kite surfing duties await!). Ken of Plan B came in to the dock for a few days and we always enjoy heading out to brunch at the Armida Hotel with him. Margaret and Julius and Digby (SV Zeeba) came back in from the anchorage for a night's respite and now have headed south. Tony and Pat are still hard at work on SV Forbes and Cameron. Dick and Arlete successfully launched SV Quatro de Mayo and are fine-tuning things at the fuel dock. George continues to 'move forward' on SV Mollymawk and Taz holds down the fort in the corner of the dry storage yard.
Surveyors have been busy on the docks and Ted (the marina manager) says that Fonatur does this periodically; who knows if it means anything. I'm trying to identify the flocks of black birds which flit about around dusk in great flocks with cheerful songs. Think they are some sort of swift. They have a regular routine of swooping down just overhead of the docked boats, then zoom over to the malecon and back towards the marina office.(Dannie C. where are you to help - oh yes...by now you should be in San Blas!)
Time to say 'buenas noches'. Take care everyone and know we are thinking of you!
|Enjoying the sunset - pretending we are on vacation!|
|Yes - we do take time to stop and enjoy the sunsets!|