We arrived at Mazatlan around 07:30 this morning and Intermezzo is now tied up in a slip at Marina El Cid, a nice, small, modest resort property.
What struck me most as we drew nearer to the mainland coast was the smell of the land, rich, moist, fertile. Such a difference from the arid Baja desert. What a dramatic change in climate and landscape in just 48 hours of sailing. It is warm and humid here, with verdant green vegetation and an abundance of fresh water.
We're officially in the tropics, now south of the Tropic of Capricorn, which to be astronomically correct should be currently called the Tropic of Taurus. (Sorry Lola, Daphne and other goats, but you had it for a long time prior to this earth axis wobble; the latitude belongs to the bulls now).
This was a really nice passage. The weather was good, we sailed the boat well, we caught and ate fresh fish, we got along well with each other and nothing broke. A good start to Leg 4.
We'll stay in Mazatlan two or three days before setting of south towards Puerto Vallarta. Renee is currently doing a reconnaisance of the town center, I will be scoping out the resort pools, beaches and their associated bars. After I take catch a few zzzz's since I had the last watch and did a couple hours extra to let Renee sleep in. If you can call going to bed at 3 a.m. and waking up at 7:30 am sleeping in.