We have settled into somewhat of a routine here at Paradise Village. Work on the boat for two or three days, then reward ourselves with an outing. Then repeat. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) there is always work to do on a 35-yr old Taiwanese-made sailboat.
It is fortunate for me because I need a purpose, and I like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with a completed boat project. I was going to wax the boat, but noticed some bad spots in the cabintop paint. Why not just re-paint? I have the product and I certainly have the time, and nothing shines like new paint! Kitt doesn’t like the sound of the sander though…
Dan is busy re-installing the high-pressure fuel injection pump and fuel atomizers which we had rebuilt and reset to factory specifications. They found a leaking seal on the pump and bad tips on all the atomizers. The work appears to be top notch, and it didn’t even cost a whole boat unit (1 boat unit = $1,000 USD).
I will certainly feel better once the boat runs again. I would hate to think of not being able to move the boat if a hurricane were approaching. Almost as if on cue, on June 1 the first tropical depression formed about 1,000 miles south of us. There have been several since, but none have yet developed into a tropical revolving storm and reached hurricane status. We have not seen a drop of rain since we entered Mexico back in November. Locals tell us this is unusual and we should have seen some rain by now – I hope it doesn’t come too soon, as I still have some painting to do.
The people watching was superb, and there was live music, cold beer, and misters to keep everyone cool.
This week we took in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. The bus rides were almost as fun (the trip required 3 buses). The last bus winds along the south side of the bay, past stunning vistas and boutique hotels. The gardens themselves were fascinating, with a trail through the jungle to a river where you can swim, displays of orchids, ferns, and tropical shade crops, and all manner of tropical flora.
We were excited to see wandering jungle fowl and “sensitive plants” (when you touch them they curl up!) which we last saw in French Polynesia.
When you are done wandering, there is a great restaurant where we had the best fish tacos to date. It will be interesting to visit again after we have had some rain, as the ground is very, very dry.
Next week we will head north up the coast to the hip beach town of Sayulita. It will be another bus adventure. No matter where we go on the bus, someone always asks us if we need help getting to where we want to go. I hope someday I can be as helpful to a foreign visitor as these people are to us.