In August we made a road trip to San Sebastian Del Oeste, a mining town founded in the 1600s. Much of the town is as it was 500 years ago. Only a 1 1/2 hour drive from Puerto Vallarta ,at about 5000 ft elevation it gave us a nice break from the summer heat on the coast. We found a hotel built on one end of a building that was probably four or five hundred years old. It was remodeled beautifully and we would recommend Mansion Real Hotel if you make the drive up there. We went on a Tuesday and most of the towns restaurants and shops were closed. Open only Thursday thru Sunday. Maybe it was their off season schedule. We will go on a weekend on our next visit. On the drive up there are a couple of Mezcal, Tequila distilleries we stopped and enjoyed the small batch artisanal beverage. Taking a few to go bottles, yum.
So it must seem like all we do in the summer is work on the boat and take pictures of food, other than the pool activities and shopping thats pretty much what we do. We do play a lot of cribbage staying in the AC during the heat of the day.This blog brings us up to date with the going-ons with Namahana and crew. Jill flew to the states to visit, and to MULE parts and other stuff back to the boat. When she returns we will have 3 weeks in Paradise Marina to get everything done and set sail south. At the bottom of this blog is our rough draft schedule of our next year. Make some plans to join us.
NAMAHANA KINDA SCHEDULE. November 2022 – December 2023
Sometime the first part of November 2022 we will leave Banderas Bay and head south for another season on the Mexican Gold Coast.
November thru end of January we will be in and around Barra de Navidad. Anchoring in Chamela, Tenacatita, Cuastecomate,.Barra Lagoon and a limited time in Isla Navidad resort marina.
February we will sail south to Zihuatanejo , stopping in Ensenada Carrizal, Santiago Bay and Beautiful Las Hades, south of Las Hades we make 2 or 3 stops on 200 mile sail to Zihuatanejo ..
Mid February thru mid March we will be in Zihuatanejo Bay to enjoy Sea fest, and The International Guitar Festival. More about Guitar Fest in the next blog.
We will sail back to Banderas Bay leaving Zihuatanejo after Guitar fest is over, about March 15th.Taking our time sailing”motoring”up the coast. The “plan” is to cross over to Baja from Puerto Vallarta in April and stay up in the SOC for the remainder of 2023. Anchoring in all the awesome anchorages north of La Paz. July 15 2023 we have reservations in Marina La Paz where we will stay 3 months to R&R Namahana. We plan to then head back north into the sea for October ,November, some of the best months to be there. Eventually in January 2024 ending up back on mainland Mexico in San Carlos to haul Namahana for bottom paint etc. Hopefully not too much ETC. Our”schedule” is very ambitious and completely dependent on weather, and whether we actually end up wanting to put a couple thousand miles under the keel in a year.
We will keep updating the blog as well as the NAMAHANA ADVENTURE facebook page now that we have Starlink with reliable internet. This is the year things hopefully will get back to pre covid attitudes. We would like to hear from anyone wanting to come for a visit, crew on passages, or just hang out and explore in one or more of the beautiful anchorages we visit in Mexico.
11-15-22 TO 01-15-23. BARRA AREA
01-15-23 TO 2-15-23. MANZINILLO AREA
2-15-23 TO 3-15-23. ZIHUATANEJO
3-15-23 TO 4-1-23. SAILING TO PUERTO VALLARTA
4-10-23 TO 4-20-23 SAILING TO BAJA
4-20-23 TO 7-15-23 CRUISING THE ISLANDS AND COVES ABOVE LA PAZ
7-15-23 TO 10-15-23 MARINA LA PAZ
10-15-23 TO ?? BACK UP THE SOC
SUBJECT TO MANY CHANGES ALONG THE WAY, WE ARE NEVER ON A REAL SCHEDULE, THESE DATES ARE IN SAND AT LOW TIDE
CURT & JILL