Tuesday, April 2, 2013



I've been looking forward to visiting Acapulco.  Cruising friends who went through last year gave it rave reviews.  They found the bad news that gringos hear about how the place has fallen apart, that there is rampant lawlessness etc. etc. has been grossly exaggerated.  Instead they found a clean, vibrant, beautiful place.  I, unfortunately will not be able to confirm this, as we are leaving as soon as possible, which means we get fuel and food today and leave tomorrow.  Our Mexican visas are expiring the 20th of this month, and we have about 500 more miles to go, including crossing the dreaded Gulf of Tehuantepec (more on this later).  Doesn't sound like much distance, but when you travel at not much more then a fast walk 500 miles looks like a lot.  Plus we must wait for a weather window to cross the Gulf.  Therefore, alas, no dinner at Las Brisas.  Bye-bye Acapulco.

We have come 460 miles from La Cruz, stopping at Barra de Navidad, Los Hadas, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco.  What a beautiful leg this has been.  Our son Kevin was able to join us, and each stop had us wondering about our decision to buy a condo in Puerto Vallarta.  I could live at any of these wonderful places.

Approaching Zihuatanejo
with Kevin on deck

Zihau has a wonderful public market

Its not uncommon for kids to accompany
thier parents to work, especially when they
are self employed.

The older girl organized a photo shoot
Zihau cliff house

More later....


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  2. From: Brad W (SV Perfect Wind or Ka Makani Olu Olu) San Deigo CA

    Hi Paul,

    I am a new reader of your blog. Enjoy it a lot and look forward to hear about your continuing travels south. I didn't find an e-mail link so I am putting this on the blog. I found an interesting web page you may like, about Jordan series Drogue. I never heard of it before. They make a device they say will keep you stable in storms up to and including hurricanes, should God forbid you get to sail in one. But the same principal will also work when at anchor during a storm by tying up by the stern instead of the bow. It will keep your boat from moving all across the anchorage and put a lot less strain on it as well. You may take water over the stern but your boat won't get damaged, like losing the mast.