Our holiday getaway

Trip Start Oct 26, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas this year doesn't quite seem like Christmas.  Whether it be the tropical weather, the lack of our families present, not doing any shopping and minimal decorating, or something else to add to the equation, it is hard for us to believe that Christmas is tomorrow.  We have been fortunate this past week to have visits from friends...both from San Diego and from Portland, Oregon. 

It was actually a trip coming back on a city bus one evening after visiting with our friends from Portland that put the Holiday season on the map... well sort of...  The local bus was all decked with blue LED Christmas lights, blue satin curtains that fluttered in the breeze, and a display of garland, x-mas cards, and small pinatas on the wall over the driver's head.  In the background was some sort of new age trance music. Festive...???!!!  Interpretive Christmas at it's best. We also found a street where they were making hundreds of really colorful Pinatas for both Christmas and New Years. We now use "Pinata World" as a landmark in navigating around the city.

Anyway, there is still time to get into the spirit.  Tonight, we will bake and decorate gingerbread cookies and then try to find a Mexican Christmas Eve church service.  Tomorrow we are thinking about inviting some of the other cruisers over for a potluck dinner of some sort. 

We have found some wonderful places to eat, both local as well as a bit more on the tourist end of things - all very reasonable. Our Spanish is slowly getting better and we are begining to understand and respond back to a waiter without reverting to English.

The boat is continuing to do well except for the expected hiccups - Craig drew the short straw and had to replace a macerator pump on the holding tank yesterday. Yesterday was also haircut day and Craig's hair got a bit, no, a lot shorter than expected - I was cutting it and the guide was closer than expected and he has a "stylish"  short crew cut. It is a look and it will grow out eventually.

We're planning on hanging out here in Zihuatanajo at least through New Year's and then will start our migration back north.  We have a friend coming in from Atlanta the last week in January.  Therefore, we will meet him Bahia Navidad (along Mexico's gold coast, south of Puerta Vallarta.)  Depending on our timing, we are thinking about finding a dog sitter for a few days, leaving the boat, renting a car, and heading inland to Morelia to see an area where monarch butterflies are known to migrate in the millions to in the winter months.

To all of our friends and famiy out there...happy holidays!!!!

We think of you and miss you - especially at this time if the year.


Bruce, Craig, and Savanna the Seafaring Hound
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Chris & Robert on

Merry Christmas or should I say Feliz Navidad!! We miss you too, as we can see you are having a fabulous time and the updates are incredible. Wishing you good health, good navigation, fun with crusing friends and Buena Suerte!!

Love C & R

Rebecca Estrada on

This is definitely a trip of dreams! I'm so jealous. Savannah is one lucky dog...thank you for the update and the Holiday Wishes. I hope your travels continue to bring you happy adventures and memories to last a lifetime. Be safe and healthy and joyous in the coming year...and always. :-)

Cathie on

You are making me so nostalgic! Let's talk this week.

carol backus ex plainjane on

great pics. i am jealous. we are in the mountains enjoying lots of family. both kids home. ned's many grandkids and parents here too. I'd trade places in a minute. Hopefully next Christmas. Are you heading west? carol

Mark and Sam on

Great pics and vids, looks like you guys are having a good time and getting to experience some of the local flavor and holiday traditions. We are well, we were in Denver for Xmas (brrrr) visiting Sam's family for the holiday. I am heading to Chicago for two weeks in Jan to watch my sisters kids so she can spend some time with my mom in Phx. Mom is doing okay, the Chemo is starting to taking its toll on her but she is really just tired and not too sick from it so far. Keep up with the updates and Happy New Years and Travels for 2010.....Miss you guys! Oh I got an underwater camera for xmas, guess I will have to come visit so I can test it out! XOXO Mark

Sandy, Dan and Sailor on

Hey Guys! We are so jealous! Looks like you all are having a blast. Just got off the phone with Glen and Sally. They are back in the US (Hawaii). I'm gonna share this info with them as they asked about you two and your journey. I'm sure you will have tons to talk about. Have fun!!

Tas on

Hey! Sounds great and pics are wonderful. Wish we were sailing with you. You know how I love the sand, water and sun!! Hugs.

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