We are back in Banderas Bay in La Cruz getting provisions and the boat cleaned before heading north to Mazatlan and then on to the Sea of Cortez. It is getting close to when we have to make a decision regarding where to spend hurricane season. With not much exciting going on I thought I would post a few random pictures we took that somehow didn’t find their way in to a blog.

This first one is of a sea turtle we caught on camera as he was swimming around the docks in the marina. I say ‘he’ but I really don’t have a clue whether it was male or female. Lucky for me he kept surfacing and I was able to snap a picture right when he came up. They let out a little gasp of breath when they break surface. Not as big as the one we had swimming with us a few years back in Waikiki but just as pretty.

Sea turtle swimming off the docks in Marina La Cruz

Sea turtle swimming off the docks in Marina La Cruz

The blessing of the fishing fleet is an annual event here. This is a collage of fishing boats decorated by each captain and their family. The boats parade the five or so miles from La Cruz to Bucerias and then charge up on to the beach. It is tied in with one of the many religious ceremonies that take place here.

Fishing boats decorated for a parade from La Cruz to Bucerias

Fishing boats decorated for a parade from La Cruz to Bucerias

The last two pictures are from the beach in Barra Navidad. It was a about a two mile hike to get there but it was worth it. There are stairs leading up to the top of a rocky bluff and Gary snapped the picture of the surf near the top. The beach was so steep no swimming was possible but the waves were so large there was no way I would have attempted it anyway.

The rocky bluff at the Barra Navidad beach.  If you look carefully you can see stairs leading up over the top and down to another cove.

The rocky bluff at the Barra Navidad beach. If you look carefully at the very left of the bluff you can see stairs leading around at the side and down to another cove. The water marks indicated that waves crash over these stairs probably at high tide.

Gary caught a great shot of the surf from the bluff

Gary caught a great shot of the surf from the bluff