November 10, 2004

Enroute to Puerto Vallarta

Hi Everyone!

Mary here:

We are on the second day of our sail to Puerto Vallarta. We left around 10AM yesterday. The first night we don't sleep very well but by the second night we are in the swing of it.

We did have the fishing line out all yesterday without a nibble. So this morning I put it back in at dawn (when I was on watch) hoping. No nibbles again. But when it was light enough to see, I could tell we were surrounded with playful pilot whales. They are small, similar to dolphin size.

We don't expect anymore Agricultural Inspectors. In Cabo our beef was confiscated. Darn. I was looking forward to the filet mignon and the packages of beef Burgundy that I had prepared at home. Some cruisers who had stocked up for their trip to the South Pacific really were hurt.

Along with the sea animals, we have had dragon flies and butterflies stop and rest on our rigging before flying further. It's a sweet little surprise for us.

Bandaras Bay (where we are heading) is a calving ground for Humpback whales at this time of year. This should be fun. We know from our Tonga trip, that we can safely be in the water with them and near.

It's gotten quite a bit warmer - the water is in the 80s and the air is a bit above that. We're doing the night watch in shorts ;-}

The sky is fantastic! The milky way is grand.

That's the news for now.

Regards,
Mary and Bill
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