Hello 2018


1/1/18
Violet and I slept in until 12:30 after the late night. She came in to wake me up and told me we were going surfing at two. I rolled out of bed to find that mom and dad had gone on a hike with Jake. I got all of my stuff together, and when they got back at about 1:15 Mom gave me the money and after waiting way to long for a water taxi arrived at the surf shop to get the board I would use from Carla. Carlos brought us down the beach to stretch then we got in the water, with booties on to avoid getting cut up feet. Violet and I paddled out to the small waves that were breaking because the surf wasn’t too good today. We waited until a good wave came then Carlos pushed me in and I almost stood up. A few more tries and I was standing up almost every time. The first time I stood up the darned wave abandoned me, and I was left just standing on my board. When our time was up we got out and gave the board back to Carla and Carlos. Violet and I then returned to the water with her board and tried to surf on our own. Turns out we have absolutely no ability to predict where a wave it and missed virtually all the good ones. After another hour we came in and ate pastries our moms had bought. Right before we left a big Mexican family set their stuff about three feet in front of us with no apparent consciousness that they were extremely close, and just sat their talking and drinking beer until we left. We headed back for the boats to get ready to have our last dinner with the Scotts. We went to the place next to the one we went to for Mom’s birthday. I ordered beef fajitas and they were delicious. I slept well that night after a filling dinner.

Overnights


This is where most of my time is spent on an overnight passage!
1/5/18
Welcome to the exciting life of Camille, while on an overnight passage. Buckle your seat belts everyone, this is going to be a wild one. I had anticipated an early morning, but mom let me sleep in and I woke up at about 10:30. We had originally planned to stop for a night and have yet another early morning, but the weather was not in our favor. So, we all had a boring day, Kyra and I did schoolwork, games, movies, watches and reading. Dinner was composed of anything in the freezer that could be thrown in the oven. We had Costco dino nuggets and wedge fries, oh and salad. I played guitar until my watch at nine, and finally went to bed at midnight.

Good Bye Barra De Navidad!


1/2/18
Today was the day that we left Barra De Navidad, and headed for Manzanillo. We said our goodbyes to the Scotts then they headed into town to get food provisions for their next two weeks in Tenacatita. We had about 5 minutes until we would leave, and I realized I hadn’t made Violet her early birthday present. I grabbed my laptop, canvas, charcoal, and lead. I quickly sketched two girls sitting on the edge of a dock. I shaded it and made it a black and white lead and charcoal canvas mural. I put it on the shelf above her bed with a note on the back for her to find went she got back. Then we pulled away from our ten-day home. It was a short hop to Manzanillo, and anchored in full light. Made burgers and slept tummy’s full of good beef burgers, none of that crap the Mexicans classify as burgers.

Island Ixtapa


1/6/18
When I woke up this morning we were anchored in a beautiful little bay, by Island Ixtapa. It seemed pleasant until about ten o’clock then we were blessed with the roaring engines of jet skis and pangas, and the screaming gringos on banana boats. Kyra and I kayaked to shore to meet mom and dad to go snorkeling on the other side of the island. The sun was setting at the light to see the beautiful reefs was waning, but it was amazing nonetheless. We found a flock, is that what you call a group of rabbits, I don’t know, but they were munching on a heap of lettuce. We drove the dingy away from the beach, navigated our way through the vast amount of power boats that had begun to infiltrate the tiny anchorage for the sunset. Two particularly large boats had anchored very close to us, but all was good when they left just after sunset and all the people on the beach took water taxis back to the mainland. The beautiful anchorage was finally peaceful again and we had a delicious dinner of steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans. We watched the first half of In the Heart of the Sea, and slept soundly without all the side to side rolling.