Woke up: Tenacatita Bay
Went to sleep: Tenacatita Bay
A normal person would never consider going through the rigmarole I go through to update my blog. We do not have adequate Wi-Fi at the boat so it’s a day long process. I wrap the laptop in several plastic bags and put it inside the “go to shore” waterproof bag. Then Peter takes me in the dinghy about 15 minutes across the bay.
We always cross our fingers hoping to land on the beach without throwing the laptop into the ocean. Then I haul the laptop to a nearby internet café. Like I said, “A normal person . . . “
The truth is, I love an excuse to go to La Manzanilla. I enjoy wandering the streets and mixing with the locals in this quaint, authentic Mexican village.
Living in Tenacatita Bay
Living in Tenacatita Bay is fun, too. If anyone has seen Peter’s Facebook posts you know he has literally died and gone to heaven. I think he intends to stay here through February.
Between 15 and 25 boats are anchored here on any given day. Boats are coming and going all the time. Robert, who has been coming here with his wife, Virginia, for 16 years is the self-appointed Mayor of Tenacatita. He organizes our social activities which includes a dinghy “raft up” each Friday evening.
I have found a 3 mile hike which I try to do in record time, getting my heart rate elevated enough to catalyze the endorphins. I also found a wonderful place to do yoga, secluded and hidden from the sun under a fabric canopy.
I usually hide out in the boat during the hottest part of the day finding it comfortable to come out again about 3:30 pm. At that time, I take My Boat out and peddle around the bay talking to people on the various boats.
Peter finishes up Bocce Ball about this time and the entire fleet meets at the beach palapa for cervezas and conversation.
Fruit and vegetables are ridiculously cheap in La Manzanilla.
With the fish Peter catches, rice and beans, and vegetables we eat like royalty.
Every day is pretty much the same. I have to think twice if it is Monday or Sunday. I read a lot of books and practice mi Español regularly. I’m getting where I can make my way around town pretty adequately easily asking for what I need.
I purposely try to mingle with the locals. One day we met a family at the palapa and ended up making two trips to bring the whole family out to Penelope for a visit.
The other day I had to make the trip to the next town over, Malaque, for pesos. There is not a bank or ATM machine in La Manzanilla. The bus leaves every two hours. The cost is 15 pesos for a one way ride. It’s about 30 minutes over the mountain pass and through agricultural fields to the nearby town.
I use the debit card to retrieve 7000 pesos (about $450) from US Bank. This amount should last us until February. Once we get down to about 100 pesos, I’ll make the trip again.