Final Sights of La Cruz
In between the engine repairs and all of the music and drinking, we also got to
spend time exploring La Cruz, and every day seemed to bring
some new discovery or additional pleasure. As we would walk to
town we would take in the work going on all around us at the marina.
It was constantly changing, and it seemed like each day a new building
or street would appear. And as we walked thru the town itself, we
were constantly charmed by it's character and the people that we would
meet along the way, always exchanging pleasantries, always smiling.
Other notable experiences over our stay included a nice dinner on Mike's boat,
SNOW GOOSE, prepared by Mary and Bonnie, with good new friends Eric and Glenn,
and Glenn's friend Judy. And no description of our visit to La Cruz
would be complete without a mention of Douglas, from FANDANGO, who,
had a birthday party on the dock that everyone enjoyed.
In addition to circumnavigating around the world something
like 15 times and being the most respected old-salt on the docks,
Douglas told everyone the story of how he had been sitting on a beach on some remote
island at one of his previous birthday parties, and this guy was playing guitar
by the campfire so well that Douglas told him he should consider a career in music. The guy
chuckled and said "do you really think so?" ... and it turned out to be
Eric Clapton, LOL!
There was also a lovely beach that we had a chance to visit, and
the time we met with Tom and Heidi from INCAHOOTS, and walked
around town and visited Hikuri, a restaraunt who's name means
"peyote" in Huichol, and at which we met Wendy, an artist, and
at which we saw a lot of great Huichol art. We had dinner with
Tom and Heidi, Tad and Tina from IMAGINE, and several other couples.
And personally, I'd also have
to mention Scruf, Hock's dog, who was the nicest friendliest dog
around, and who got her first sea legs when we took Hock and Tequila
Dudley out on a daysail on RHAPSODY once for an afternoon.
We left our signature on the wall
at Ana Banana's. Oh and did I mention that Tequila
Dudley is a world renowned sculptor, with many works spread throughout
the Pacific Northwest? Click Here
to check out his webpage! As a final parting present, he gave us a small
sculpture that he had carved recently that he called "one of the
hangover series". It hangs proudly in the galley on RHAPSODY.
Clearly, we loved and were very touched by La Cruz, and all
of the good times we had and the wonderful people we met.
So it was with real sadness that we finally got RHAPSODY
ready for sea again and slipped the lines and bade this little
piece of paradise farewell.