|This year was the 14th Annual Loreto Fest at the Marina in Puerto Escondido. I use marina loosely as there is a huge bay here with mooring buoys, not slips. Since our last visit a nice new restaurant, Portobello and small store for beer & munchies is now resident here. This adds greatly to the bay as there is little to nothing in the way of services in walking distance as the town of Loreto is 15 miles distant. We spent time here two years ago with our good friends Kenny and Nancy on Brandywine and were lucky enough to do so once again. Kenny the former Hidden Port Yacht Club Commodore (or commode door as he affectionately says) was the chairman of the spaghetti dinner for 400 people, so we happily got involved in the efforts. We and so many others contributed time and energy all weekend to pull off 3 days of great fun. There were classes on pressure cooking, fishing, kids’ crafts, splicing, jewelry making, etc. Some activities included Spam art contest (see pic), dinghy races, bay clean-up, horseshoe and various game competitions, etc., etc. Lots of services were available for the cruisers which I was thankful for….a haircut, first time in 5 months. We met lots of people and can now add a few more as friends. We were lucky enough to visit with Don and Debbie the new owners of Buena Vista from Ventura. Buena Vista cruised in Mexico with prior owners Nancy and Leigh also from Ventura two years ago and we spent time with them in Zihuatanejo.
Finally, we got to know Linda and Orlando (Spam connoisseur and official judge of the Spam Art Contest) on Cuba Libre 3. They own our sister ship (same boat model and year) so there is lots of info for the skippers to share on trials and tribulations of our vessels. The four of us rented a car the last couple of days. It was nice to do big provisioning, enjoying new restaurants and touring Loreto and spending time with Linda and Orlando. They are newly retired and enjoying their first year of cruising. Did I mention it’s great to hang with someone that is fluent in Spanish? Bad on us for only speaking Spanglish.
Did I mention we joined our first yacht club? We are now members of the Hidden Port Yacht Club of Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur. We hear that reciprocal priveledges can be had all over with our membership. We'll have to check that out.
As we prepare to depart the bay, I ponder all the good times had here by many over the last week and look forward to returning some day. We will head out to some new anchorages as we migrate south to Cabo San Lucas. Our good friend Bruce will be meeting us there on May 25th to join us on our northward journey back to the U.S. Cheers!