Chris and Juan came over to where we're parked at around 10:00am, and we walked over to the panga (water taxi) to get over to the other side of the port.
Where we're staying is actually walking distance to the old central area of Mazatlan. But there's no easy road to get there! If you want to drive, you have to go all the way back out that horrible dirt road back to the airport, then along the highway to town. So for pedestrians, there are water taxis to take you across the bay. It costs 30 pesos ($2.46) each for a round trip ticket. It's only a five minute boat ride.
There's a hiking trail to the top of a point in the bay and we wanted to get some views. Plus, we were overdue for a hike of some kind.
Ruth, Chris, and Juan. That's the hill we're going to climb.
Juan, Chris, and Kevin.
The weather has been great here. 28C (82F) with blue sky and sunshine! Just a perfect Christmas day!
The hill is right beside Mazatlan's sewage treatment plant.
Just another example that Mexico is more advanced than many people think. All of Mazatlan's waste water is properly treated before being released into the Ocean or recycled for crop irrigation. More than you can say for Victoria or Ottawa, Canada!
Mazatlan's shipping port.
From the top, you get a great view of Mazatlan.
Ruth and Kevin, with Isla de la Piedre (where Sherman is parked) in the background.
After the hill, we walked downtown and went to a bank ATM to get some cash. Had a delicious coco con leche paleta (coconut cream popsicle) along the way. Then it was back across to "the Isla" to get ready for Christmas dinner.
We got in the motorhome, and I went to turn on the inverter to use the computer. I flicked the switch and heard that dreaded electrical "frying" sound! Turned it off right away! I said to Ruth "Yikes, that didn't sound good". Turned it on again and the readout came on saying 15.01 volts. Huh? It should have said 13.5 volts. Turned it off again and out out my digital meter to check things closer. Sure enough, the input power was at 13.5 volts, which is what it's supposed to be. But there was no AC output at all. It was toast.
I'm not actually disappointed. It was a 1500 watt inverter. Much too large for our needs. Plus, we have a smaller 400 watt inverter as a backup, and I've already got that hooked up. But it's a cheapo unit, so we'll be buying another one when we get up to the states.
This is the one I would like to buy...
Anyhow, with our temporary power supply working, we headed down the beach to Colin and Contessas place for Christmas dinner. There were eight of us, for a buffet style potluck, and it was delicious!
Colin and Contessa have a beautiful setup here.
Juan, at the buffet.
From left, Colin, Contessa, Bob, Marjory, Paula, Juan, Ruth, Chris, Jeurgen.
We had a great Christmas Day!
Also, we've decided to stay here a day or two longer. First of all, we're enjoying ourselves and we have a great parking spot. And secondly, the tooth that Ruth had repaired in Toluca is starting to bother her again so we had better get that looked at before we head into the mountains.