La Cruz ...still..not for long
We just finished cleaning out the fridge and stowing all of our perishables for the crossing to Hawaii. We are planning on leaving on Monday. We're all three in good spirits and looking forward to it. Greg and I because we'd like to be out there and moving again, Matey because she knows we have a large supply of raw bones that she has to eat before they go bad (limited room in the freezer).
I never would have guessed the amount of joy I would have over buying bones for her at the carneceria. I never fail to get smiles as I ask for bones for my doggie. They seem to totally understand that. Today we needed to stock up again and I got a HUGE bag of beef marrow bones for only 10 pesos, that's a little under a dollar. When I left I told them (in Spanish) I was going to have a happy dog and got a number of smiles and laughs from the crowded shop. I think they we laughing at the cuteness of a doggie getting a bone and the sheer joy it brings them, of course they could have been laughing at my Spanish.
Lately our days have been filled with radio sessions and with some meals with Greg's dad and Carol thrown in. Len has been recovering from a pretty bad infection so he hasn't been up to much active touristy stuff. He's doing better after a number of visits to the doctor for various antibiotic shots.
Matey had one instance of 'acting out' when we left her alone for a longish while. She got into our basket of unrefrigerated stuff (onions, potatoes, garlic, eggs) and made herself a little snack. I think she ate about 4 eggs and tried some garlic. Fortunately she's a very neat dog so she was sure to lick all the egg out of the shells she opened and was also careful to not crack the 6 eggs she decided she didn't want (she just left them strewn in her back room). No wonder she snuggled with us all night - she was probably wondering what took us so long to clean up her room.
She's also enjoying the romping here - there is a great place for her to run her little heart out near the fishing pier. It's funny to see her zooming around.
We've been really into the music here, in fact we've found a favorite local band (Tatewari) that we've been seeing a lot of. In fact later this evening we will be going to the lead singer's home to copy some of her CDs (on our computer). It's so funny to be in such a small town. It's also been interesting as we noticed yesterday that we've become familiar faces to many locals - when we walk around town, frequently the town folks recognize us and wave.
Tomorrow is the big day, at about 9:30 we'll be pulling up anchor only to take it off the bow to be stowed away for the 3000 mile journey to Hawaii. We should be out for somewhere in the 3-4 week timeframe. I'm feeling a little nervous, no real reason except it's something I've never done before. But we feel good about it, we and the boat are ready. Today we are spending the afternoon at Len and Carol's hotel enjoying being on land. Matey is resting and taking in her fill of landsy smells.
Oh, Today is Easter and the entire week before has been a holiday known as Semana Santos which had the town square hoppin' every night (this also happens to be directly across from Len and Carol's hotel). There were fair rides and music most nights and days. It culminated with last night the burning of Judas. Of course the next couple of weeks will be wind down festivities so the parties will continue. Anyway, Greg and I enjoyed the scene - even took a ride on the Wheel of Death (the ferris wheel).
Photos around La Cruz and PV:
Well - We're off - so the next time the page is updated, we'll be Hawaii. As for those of you on my email list, we'll be sending updates during the crossing so you'll hear from us soon...
Greg, Melissa and Matey !!!!!