Now that it is hurricane season and Camille is safely tied up to the dock in Paradise (a resort and marina - watch my dad's video about our marina), I'm sure many of you are wondering what we do all day. After coming down the coast and then sailing the Sea of Cortez until June without any real schedule we looked forward to being in one place for a bit. While we certainly don't miss our cubicles, sometimes it is nice to have a bit of a routine.
Since we are not retired or independently wealthy we still have to work, but our days no longer adhere to a strict Monday through Friday 9-5 schedule. Some days we work in the mornings and other mornings we go to yoga and work later. Weekends are a thing of the past.
I usually spend my time working on client websites, helping my dad with his TV travel show and updating our website and our Facebook page.
Mike is taking care of all the boat chores, such as cleaning and maintenance, and going through all systems on board to optimize them. After cruising non-stop for half a year we had a quite a bit of a maintenance backlog but we are finally catching up. I used to pull him up the mast once a month to wash it down and inspect it but it rains daily and we haven't been sailing much here. Next month we plan to haul the boat for bottom painting.
Some days we both go shooting with my dad - shoot video for the Travel Secrets Mexico TV series that is. Have you seen Mike's interviewing skills yet?
After "work" we walk down to the beach. Since it's currently the rainy season and we're close to the river, the water has been very murky and full of jellyfish and stingrays. So we gave up on swimming in the ocean and instead are getting to know the pools of the many resorts along the beach.
Most days we also visit the resort's parrots and Mike likes to climb the trees and pick coconuts.
Since we both get bored with routines fairly quickly, we take short trips. This is something that kept us sane before cruising, too. A week ago we took a road trip to Guadalajara and about once a week we take the bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta or to a beach farther away from the river where the water is sparkling clean.
While we walk along the beach we pick up plastic trash. I understand that tourists are afraid of Mexico's water -- though there is no need for that here -- and like bottled water. But why can't they sell bottled water in recyclable glass bottles like most of the soda in Mexico??
|This is trash from just one day!|
|Lots of resorts to choose from for our daily swim|
|Healthy and yummy coconut water!|