Cruising in Mexico is all about the people you meet. Sure, the beaches are beautiful, the anchorages benign and the climate is great, but the big contrast compared to the Pacific Northwest is the degree to which one socializes. In the Pacific Northwest, most people are on a one or two week vacation. Even the long term cruisers are all going in different directions. In Mexico it is different: pretty much everyone is moving either up or down the coast and you see the same boats in anchorage after anchorage. Close friendships develop and that is one of the joys of cruising in this part of the world.
|Sarah & Darrell (and Sparky of course)|
|Mexican Train Dominoes|
This year, the game of choice is Mexican Train Dominoes. Then there's bocce ball on the beach, dinghy pot-luck raft-ups, tacos & cervezas at beach palapas, excursions to the local markets, shell collecting (quite a competitive sport, as I have learned), dinners in town and of course the camaraderie of shared passages and 'boat talk.'
|Happy Hour, La Cruz Yacht Club|
Unlike earlier years, these are not really goodbyes because we can stay in touch via e-mail. For example, everyday we read of Sarah Jean II's progress across the Pacific and their adventures in the Marquesas, Tuamotus and beyond via their beautifully-written blog postings (Sarah Jean II). We also always enjoy Meredith Lewis' writings aboard Silas Crosby.
|Dinghy Pot Luck Raft-Up|