Moving Days

Now that we’re in Banderes Bay, our moves from place to place are very short, so we spend extra time zigging and zagging as we please.  Our move from Punta de Mita, 10 miles east to La Cruz was spent slowly ghosting along with the Genoa out, watching whales all around us.  This is the birthing season for humpback whales and there are pairs of Mommas and calves everywhere!

humpback_migrationThe whales that are here are the same whales that we saw last summer in Alaska!  I’m sure we recognized a few!!   🙂

Since we were sailing for part of the day, it was awesome to hear their blows – sometimes before we even saw them.  There were lots of pairs of females with their calves just floating along, not moving fast.  The calves are fairly active, practicing their baby breaches and pec slaps.

We had a great day just wandering around the bay in crazy circles with our cameras out, watching whales, boobies, dolphins and enjoying the slow roll of the southern swell coming in.  Here are a few photos, though none are too great because we didn’t feel like getting as close as the panga drivers who would literally drive their pangas full of camera toting tourists right over the whales!  It made us doubly sensitive as to how close we brought Happy Dance, not wanting to annoy our whale friends!

We only spent one night at anchor in La Cruz because we ran out of propane!  Major debacle!!  Our days begin with a cup of java and trying to perk coffee over the bar-b-que didn’t sound like much fun.  There was no propane in La Cruz, so we decided to head over to Nuevo Vallarta, and go into a slip at Paradise Village Marina.  We are tied to a slip alongside the behemoth yachts.   Listening to their huge dock lines stretch is a bit disconcerting when you think that the cleat holding them is attached to a 2×6 with 2 bolts.  Crazy!

Marty, I think you shrunk the boat!

Marty, I think you shrunk the boat!

We’ll stay here a couple of days, until we get laundry, shopping, boat washing, Seahawk supporting, and people watching completed.  As we sit watching the world go by it’s always thought provoking to watch the juxtaposition of wealth.  Picture a well-used tiny boat riding low in the water with two guys moving along with a paddle made from a stick with a flattened can attached, throwing their nets to catch fish under the shadow of the bow of a 100′ megayacht.  They look so at ease in their environment and are so skilled at what they are doing, with their nets landing in a perfect circle with each throw, and yet I wonder what they are thinking as they look at the shiny bow overhead.

So, until our next moving day, adios amigos!!

Dolphins coming to visit

Dolphins coming to visit

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