November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving! The one truly great American holiday – generally free from jingoism, fireworks, commercial pressures and TV dinners. We hope you have a good meal with good friends.
We’re at anchor in Bahia Tenacatita – a quiet place and a marked contrast from the high level of activity and tourism at Puerto Vallarta. We got in yesterday afternoon, dropped the anchor and promptly went swimming in the warmest water we’ve seen yet. On the horizon are palm trees, sandy beaches, and high, forest-covered hills.
Sunset brought another reminder that we’re getting south – a cloud of tiny mosquitos. The small ones are the ones that carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and that new entry: chikungunya. In most of Pacific Mexico there is little risk of any of the above, although we did hear from a health official in Puerto Vallarta that chikungunya, previously limited to the eastern Caribbean, has made an appearance in Chiapas.
Hannah killed hundreds, Birgit strung mosquito netting, and Syd hoped that a sufficient blood level of fine tequila would make his flesh unappetizing. (It seemed to work.)
Thanksgiving here will consist of sausages, eggplant and marinara sauce on pasta, and, reflecting the context, jicama pieces with chili, salt and lime juice as an appetizer. We hoped to catch a dorado on the way here, but no joy. But we have plenty of food and water, and we’re planning for a lazy four day weekend, including visits to the palapas on the nearby beach…