Woke up: Latitude: 19◦ 27’ north, Longitude: 105◦ 14’ west, Northern hemisphere
Went to sleep: La Manzanilla in Bahia Tenacatiti, Jalisco, Mexico
La Manzanilla in Bahia Tenacatita
From 10 miles off shore you can smell the humid soil and the lush vegetation of the tropics. I told Peter this fragrance makes me want to buy real estate, like we did when we visited Molokai in 1999.
Not long before our arrival, Peter said, “What a relief to be near our anchorage.” I said, “Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. You know how quickly things can change.” Sure enough, the wind picked up to 27 knots, gusting to 30 knots and we were caught with the main fully deployed. We were taking water into the cock pit and in through each hatch. I hurried to close everything up down below.
We had several choices where to anchor and looked to the map for the area most protected from wind out of the east. La Manzanilla looked like the most favorable. Peter held on tight and we headed there in a hurry.
This Place is Awesome
Following a well-deserved siesta, we inflated the dinghy and went to shore. Timing of our shore landing was impeccable, thanks to Peter’s patient willingness to wait and watch, count the ebb and flow of the wave cycle, get a sense of its rhythm and “go for it” on the smallest possible surf break.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story . . .