Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Acapulco to Zihuatanejo, and Las Hadas


Zihuatanejo beach

As we bob along up the coastline it brings back memories of all of the fine places and people we had the pleasure of meeting and are now revisiting on the homeward trek. One reflects on the kindness of strangers, and in particular, the warmth and hospitality of the Mexican people. We are making good time now, two double-overnighters to Acapulco and on to Zeetown, our favourite Mexican port of call. We returned to this idyllic harbour exactly four and a half years to the day that we arrived on our way southbound. The placid bay and bustling community were just as we has left them.

    In the bay we revisited Kirk on SV Freedom Kirkland, whom we had met on our way down so many years before. On the morning net he invited fellow cruisers to attend his up and coming wedding the following afternoon! It was a halcyon day on the beach when he and his lovely bride Charlene tied the knot, (no pun intended) which we followed with a sumptuous dinner at Coconuts.
Kirk and Charlene wedding bells!

Spanish coffee at Coconuts

Back on Chantey V, with deadlines to meet, we reluctantly pushed off for Las Hadas in hopes of reuniting with other sailor friends from yesteryear and sharing the joys, trials and tribulations of our travels.
Joel & Daraghs new panels!
Los Hadas Resort and anchorage

Arrival at Barra de Navidad Lagoon
     Las Hadas resort was as impressive as remembered with it's imposing white turrets and clear pools, but the price tag had gone up! What used to be a small charge for keeping your dingy at the dingy dock and buying drinks, has now escalated into two full day passes for use of all the facilities during high season. In dire need of a shower and the pool beckoning we reluctantly dug deep into our pockets and paid up.  It truly is a special place, but the new policy may put a chill on the visits from cruising community.
    The following we day set sail for Barra de Navidad, dreaming of a morning visit from the French Baker with fresh croissants from his jaunty panga.

Breakfast from the French Baker!
          Look to this day for it is life!
          In its' brief course lie all the realities and truths of your existence,
          The bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendour of achievement,
          are but experiences of a time,
          For yesterday is but a dream,
          And tomorrow a vision of hope,
          But today well-lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness,
          and every tomorrow a vision of hope,
          Look well therefore to this day!


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