January 1, 2005

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone!

From beautiful Bahía Tenacatita on the Mexican Riviera, Mary and I want to wish you all the Happiest of New Years!

The last few days we've been snorkeling, doing boat chores, getting fishing gear set up for the next opportunity, learning Spanish, doing some computer work, contending with a busy social calendar and generally having a relaxing time.

Every day there's a swim into the beach from the anchorage followed by activities on the beach and in the local Palapa. Which is nothing more than an open thatched shelter with tables, chairs and a kitchen.

We've been learning to play "Mexican Train" and "Chicken Foot" dominoes and bocce ball. Interestingly, you can't buy "double 15" (for chicken foot) or "double 12" (for Mexican train) domino sets in Mexico. The days go fast.

Yesterday afternoon was the weekly dingy raft up. The "Mayor of Tenacatita" (another cruiser) drops anchor and all the dingys tie up together and pass around stories, appetizers, boat cards and books and videos to trade. Following that, we had some friends over for an early new years celebration. It was also Philip on Carina's 60th birthday.

In a few hours we'll up anchor and head 10 miles down the coast to the marina in Barra de Navidad for a week or so to get a real network connection, take care of some re-provisioning and get our January mail shipment.

Tenacatita remains our most favorite anchorage so far and we will most certainly stop here again on our way back North.

Warmest Wishes,
Bill and Mary
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