Feeding the fish, bartering for art, and filling the fridge

December 8, 2014

Just dropped anchor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico after a 291mile / 47 hour sail. We had to slow the boat down in the middle of the night last night because we were sailing so fast and didn’t want to arrive in the dark today. The seas were tossing the first day of our passage and we found ourselves flying along at 9kts and feeling like we were in a washing machine. Jack’s iron stomach is a blessing because the kids and I weren’t much help for a few hours due to fish feedings. The seas finally calmed as did our tummies.

The kids loved their daily duty of collecting all the flying fish and squid that jumped on deck to use for upcoming fishing, can’t believe squid can jump that high! They also enjoyed getting caught up on all the latest kid movies.

Aside from kid care, I read “The Fishmonger’s Apprentice”, an excellent reference book on how to clean and prepare every type of seafood imaginable. Jack spent his time navigating and tweaking the sails. We have now sailed 1235 miles on our new (to us) catamaran (12,000 on our previous monohull boat), I’m loving the catamaran. Today we will go ashore to explore a bit then settle in for a long winter’s nap.

Collecting flying fish and squid off the deck.

Collecting flying fish and squid off the deck.

A glimpse into our lives: Jack navigating in his PJs.

A glimpse into our lives: Jack navigating in his PJs.

Sunrise in Puerto Vallarta as we were arriving. Hard to see in the haze but the coastline is beautiful, full of sandy beaches and palm trees.

Sunrise in Puerto Vallarta as we were arriving. Hard to see in the haze but the coastline is beautiful, full of sandy beaches and palm trees.

Catching up on the latest kid flicks.

Catching up on the latest kid flicks.

December 9, 2014

I think I just completed the best barter of my life, and that’s saying a lot as I love to barter. We were in Mag Bay a couple weeks ago, far from any city, and a boat anchored near us needed a new alternator. Jack happened to have an old but working spare, one that we didn’t need anymore. Well, traveling with the father and daughter on the boat was a friend of the daughters. She was twenty-something and an amazing artist who has traveled the world doing her art. Marietta spent an afternoon drawing with her and came home with very interesting and thought provoking sketches that the girl had done. So…my wheels were turning when they needed something we had. I ran it by Jack and he agreed that we could trade the alternator for a rendering of our boat. She loved the idea, I think because she loved Marietta, and immediately took pics of “Let it Be” from various angles. Well, today she sent me a pic of the finished artwork and I love it! I told her it would be a family treasure always. It’s currently traveling in the mail to my parents’ house, whom I hope will visit us in January.

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December 11, 2014

Did a bit of exploring yesterday, wonderful lunch of huevos rancheros, cost was $7 for the four of us. It was market day downtown so we now have a fridge full of fresh fruits and veggies. Mandarin oranges are in season and I have to limit the kids to three oranges in a sitting because they love them so much. Last night we had a neat French family over for dinner. They have traveled 40,000nm in their catamaran from France through the Caribbean and Panama Canal, South Pacific, NZ, Australia then shot straight up to Alaska and down to Puerto Vallarta where we met them yesterday. Wow! They are an inspiration and we loved hearing their stories and picking their brains for our upcoming adventures. Today brings the delivery of our new dinghy, it’s exciting, kinda like buying a new car! The one that came with our boat was ripped up, losing air daily and in pretty bad shape. I’ll post pics soon of our new ride.

Waiting for our huevos rancheros and eating fresh homemade tortillas as fast as the cook brings them out.

Waiting for our huevos rancheros and eating fresh homemade tortillas as fast as the cook brings them out.

The whole family was excited ... we found BANANAS!!

The whole family was excited … we found BANANAS!!

Marietta and Jack Jack love babies. This was our lunch cook's baby boy, 9 days old and she was already back to work.

Marietta and Jack Jack love babies. This was our lunch cook’s baby boy, 9 days old and she was already back to work.

Marietta is learning photography, she is getting pretty good.

Marietta is learning photography, she is getting pretty good.

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About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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3 Responses to Feeding the fish, bartering for art, and filling the fridge

  1. keithwnewman says:

    Love your posts! Ask Jack to send me his email address. Would like to catch you guys up on things with us here in Jacksonville.

  2. keithwnewman says:

    Guess I should leave mine… keith_w_newman@att.net Thanks!!

  3. Ed says:

    I really love the rendering of your “new” boat!

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