Noeta's Quarantine Plan
|Leaving La Cruz amid a Pandemic|
1) Potential Port Closures - Many ports all over the world are closing to cruisers, leaving them stranded and looking for provisions and places to go. While Mexico hasn't closed any ports yet, it is possible that they do. Once a port is closed boats cannot enter the port and often boaters can't leave. While we very much wouldn't mind being stuck in La Cruz (I would consider myself fortunate to be a guest there for an extended season), we need to be thinking about hurricane season. La Cruz is ok for protection, but Paradise Village is further in and has excellent wind and swell protection. We figured, if we wouldn't be allowed to move the boat around, we'd rather be tucked in for bad weather. Thus Paradise Village.
2) Pat's job - Currently, Alaska is still flying planes, which means Pat still has to go to work. It doesn't mean we like it, but it's what he has to do. Until flights stop coming to Mexico or airlines are grounded, he will continue to commute to Los Angeles from Puerto Vallarta. Our fear is that, at some point, he may not be able to get back to Mexico and he may have an extended stay in the states. If that's the case, our boat is already in location for storm season, since I am not yet able to dock this beast of a boat (but it's something I want to start working on!)
3) New Quarantine Life - With new restaurant, fiesta and gathering restrictions, life is pretty quiet on a boat - much like it is for everyone in a house. So we weren't able to enjoy many of the perks of being in a small town anyway. In Paradise village, it is still isolated and quiet, but now we have DSL wifi, potable water and a pumpout at our slip (these are all BIG issues when living life at a dock). We can also enjoy the beach and pools (at a safe distance) until those are closed down.
But we have a car now, so once restrictions lift and life starts to return to its (new) normal, we will still be able to visit our friends and favorite restaurants back in La Cruz while still docked in Nuevo Vallarta.
Cruisers everywhere are making the tough decisions to stay or go. To stay in a known location or try to get to where they want to be. To leave their boat and get to their home country or ride this out on their boat. Where to store all the extra provisions so we don't have to go out! Every cruiser is making the decisions based on what is best for them. This is what is best for us right now. We are safe, usually sane, have plenty of provisions and will do our part to not make this pandemic worse.
We hope you all can say the same!
|Entering Paradise Village today.|