“Sailing around the World” is still our dream. I have been sailing for last 7 years. However, just looking at the circumnavigation route on the globe, we, so far, sailed from Florida to Pacific side Mexico. We enjoyed sailing the Caribbean and two Atlantic Ocean crossing there and back, but this is not a part of our original route. We still need to sail the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and the South Atlantic Ocean, about 95% to go of our plan. Pandemic seems to be delaying us 2-3 years here. However, I am happy. All is good. This stage in my life, I truly value more about the journey not the destination. Eventually, we will finish sailing around the world. The best thing is that we are free to be flexible.
We are staying in La Cruz marina this time, in Puerto Vallarta, Pacific Mexico. I like this area and Mexico in general. We are working on the boat maintenance projects, both routine maintenance and major repair. We already replaced all four engine mounts. The mast has been pulled out a week ago for corrosion removal and mast repaint. The boat will be out from the water for the rudder work and the boat bottom paint. Our sails are under repair. We hired many contractors. John has been going to ATM machines frequently. I found myself happier to work on something than playing all the time.
On June 17, 2021, the U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico. “Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. The Advisory does not include a country-level risk assessment for crime; it has one for each state. Please note that some areas of Mexico have increased risk of crime and kidnapping… Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread and common in Mexico.”
Mexico is a safe country in my opinion based on my two months stay so far. For our daily life, we are not aware of any security issues. We might be living in a safe shell. We take buses and we walk in town. We live a moderate lifestyle. Our shoes and clothes look worn out. We try not to visit questionable places at the wrong time, whichever countries we are in, even in the USA.
Today, the Tropical Storm “Dolores” is approaching towards us. Port is closed and local tour boats operations have been cancelled. We are monitoring the weather, mainly rain and wind. We secured our boat by adding more lines to the dock. Indoor project day!
“Security is mostly a superstition… Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968)