We had a mic failure on the way to San Francisco which was sending out Distress signals causing the US Coast Guard to contact us wondering what was going on. This was solved by unplugging the mic and replacing it. In Banderas Bay how ever our EPIRB decided that we were in imminent danger and was turning on, then off, then on …. This engaged the full Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre which manages rescues of Canadian Vessels world wide. Lucky our Winlink map on our website had us pegged at anchor in Punta Mita which would be an odd place to set off an EPIRB – we could swim ashore if we had too – so the the Mexican Navy was put on stand-by while they contacted us and we figured out what was going on. Josh sitting in companionway saw the errant EPIRB go off, flashing lights again, so with screw driver in had we took the unit apart to unplug it. The whole event was a little stressful but it is good to know that if we were really in danger, the rescue network really works! Mark and Dee from the catamaran, Speakeasy, were traveling back to Victoria so they offered to return the faulty unit. Kannad the manufacturer decided to replace the unit in time for the Speakeasy crew to bring us the new unit, so all will end well!
This beautiful anchorage in Tenacatia Bay is known to capture cruisers and hold them for weeks and we were no exception. We departed and returned numerous times, truly enjoying every stay. The cruising community had elected a Mayor – Robert and Virginia on Harmony who have returned every winter for many years. They provide, with the help of Chris and Heather on Legacy, daily activities such as beach bochi, Mexican train in the palapa, swim to the beach at 1:30 and of course there is always beer in the palapa no matter what one does with the day. The weekly Friday mayors raft-up with potluck appies and theme sharing is always fun and a great way to meet the cruisers anchored in the Bay. We would fish, surf, paddle board, beach walk, took a dingy trip into the mangrove swamp, swim, beers on the beach, play bochi ball, happy hour with cruisers and talk about everything under the sun! Then it would happen all again. We made such good friends, here and are sure to keep in contact with many, some living on our own Vancouver Island – just another example of how small the world is!
This little beach town across from Blue Bay in Tenacatitia was one of or favourite stops. Oddly so did quite a few Canadians escaping the cold in our home province of BC. We met so many friends from Cortes Island here as well, just a little mind blowing, walking the beach and seeing so many familiar faces. Aside from Sue wondering if we should retire here the big draw was the hike up to a waterfall. We took a few fellow cruisers up to splash in the fresh coooool water, on a hot day, it just doesn’t get better. Hikes in the jungle are full of new plant, animal and insect life that is just amazing to see. What a planet we live on and reminder for us to take care of it lest we lose all this beauty.