Marlene and John live in La Cruz and have taken us on a beach day several times. Playa Distilledaro isa about 10 kilometers north of La Cruz. It is a favorite spot of the local gringos and Mexicanos that live in the area. Marlene is shown next to some local artwork at her home.
John and Marlene's pool.
The full name for the town of La Cruz is La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. This is a huanacaxtle tree. They used to be very prevalent in the area. This tree is in the town park and provides very nice shade.
Marlene and her Daughter Jennnifer. Bought a new camera and still trying to work out the details.
An ex cruiser wons a hpuse in La Cruz and once in awhile we go over and enjoy the pool.
A women named April owns an adventure company that caters to cruisers. We joined her for the day and visited Alto Vista, a petroglyph park in the mountains north of Banderas Bay. As is the case with most sites like these very little is known about the people who made the markings in the stone. What is known is was created by shamans who were under the influence of mind altering drugs or so the story goes.
After leaving Bahia Magdalena we talked about turning left at Cabo and going to La Paz. The trip down Baja was serene but never really warm. We decided we would give Cabo a pass and go straight to La Cruz and warm up and do the Sea of Cortez when the northers ended sometime in March. Good decision as it was in the 70s when we arrived in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. About 10 miles from Puerto Vallarta.
Sunsets from our first day at the large anchorage in La Cruz. Counted 30 boats the first day.
As we were leaving Bahia Magdalena this large monohull appeared and started to pass in shore. Out came our spinnaker and we clawed ahead. He challenged with a pink spinnaker and as the sun went down about eight hours later I lost him in the darkness. He did a horizon job on us quite skillfully.
I am a sailor. Cashed it all in in 2003 and sailed around the NW USA then went to Mexico for two years then sailed to Australia on a Baltic 42. Sold the boat in OZ and bought a Privilege 42 in Venezuela. Not fully retired so have been doing the nuclear steam generator change out gig to recharge my financial batteries. Work 13-15 hours a day for two to three months. Make great money quickly so I can get back to the boat.