Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Day in the Life at Punta de Mita

With my parents safely back in Canada, Anne-Marie and I have started to fall into a routine of preparing for the puddle jump in the morning, and having a bit of fun in the afternoon.

I thought I would try to share with you what a cruising day is like for us here at Punta de Mita.
Sunrise in Punta de Mita
8:50 AM - Unchained Twinkle (our dingy) from Starship, and got the outboard warming up. This also involves pumping it up a bit since it has a slow leak.

8:55 AM - Navigated the waves on the way to the beach. There is no dock here so we have to land Twinkle on the beach, which can be interesting when a good swell is running....

9:05 AM - Arrived outside the pharmacy to find they aren't open yet. Had a brief chat with Richard, the founder of Latitude 38, as he was passing by the doctor's office.

9:10 AM - The doctor has arrived and seen us. This was the first time in a year we have needed to go to the doctor. We caught a bit of a stomach bug or something and having it taken care of from start to finish only cost us $166 out of pocket. That included rushed lab tests, the doctor consultation, and 6 different prescriptions!

9:30 AM - I walked over to the main highway to catch a van to La Cruz, where I planned on doing some sewing aboard our friend's catamaran "Double Diamond".

9:40 AM - A couple from Vancouver boarded the van and joked about how they had to wait a whole minute for the bus this time. The public transit here is really great! They have vans running very frequently and it's always an interesting ride, as my parents could tell you about.

9:50 AM - I arrived at the Marina in La Cruz, but found Double Diamond's slip empty! Attempts to hail them on the radio failed and I worried they may have gone to Paradise Village Marina early. I decided to start walking around the marina to see if I could spot them or give them a call on the radio again.

9:55 AM - As I approached the corner of the marina near the beach, I saw a group of people stretching. I realized this must be the open water swimming group, which has really expanded to nearly a dozen people. One of those people I recognized as Jeff from Double Diamond, so I went over and found out that they decided to stay in the La Cruz anchorage instead of in the marina, but I could still go out to the anchorage to do my sewing.

10:00 AM - Since I was wearing my bathing suit, I decided to join in on the open water swim session. Jeff was doing the swim so it seemed to make more sense than just waiting for him on the beach.

10:45 AM to 2:00 PM - Aboard Double Diamond sewing and talking with Jeff and Melody. They very generously allowed me to use their sewing machine for a few odds and ends projects. It's always fun being on their big catamaran with ample space and the cool lounge music they have pumping! Jeff and Melody where concerned about the pelicans diving for fish so close to their boat. The pelicans sometimes even crashed into their boat, as they have been known to do on Starship too.

2:15 PM - Back on the bus to Punta de Mita with completed sewing projects in hand. I radioed Anne-Marie to come pick me up on the beach and on the way back to Starship we could see the surfing conditions were looking really good!

New Quarter Berth Shelf Netting
New Opening Port Sun Shade & Rain Fly
2 x New Winch Handle Holders

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Anne-Mare and I loaded up the dingy with our surfing gear and headed out. We anchored the dingy just outside of the surf break and paddled in. As we waited for the next set to roll in, we could see just outside the anchorage there was a whale raising it's tail high out of the water and slapping it down repeatedly. Then sporadically in the same area, a little baby whale was breaching! What a sight to see while bobbing in the ocean waiting for the next set of waves.

Chris Surfing Near Punta de Mita

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Returned to the boat totally exhausted! We ate some Mexican style hot dogs for dinner and watch a couple episodes of Seinfeld before heading to bed.

Sunset in Punta de Mita

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our daily routine.

Punta de Mita

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