Donn has just arrived and I am introducing him to the territory. First is the five-star Grand Isla Navidad Resort and adjacent Marina Puerto de la Navidad. He is comfortable in five-star settings, however he didn’t expect this setting here, and his initial reaction was shock and awe at landing in this oasis of luxury in rural Mexico.
Next we get aboard Raven’s Dance at her slip in the marina. She’s nestled among what looks like a mega-yacht convention. We shift into “fixing things in paradise” mode and the first item on the list is replace the failed celluloid in the windlass. Later he hoists me up the mast to replace our flag halyard on the starboard spreader. We cap off that project by hoisting our Baja Ha-Ha flag and the flag of Mexico.
The next morning I begin to introduce him to my morning rituals:
Listen to the local cruiser’s net at 0900 for info on weather and what’s happening today.
Wait patiently for the (authentic) “French Baker” to show up with his irresistible croissants and baguettes. I have become hooked on them! He comes by each morning, and we purchase croissants and baguettes as good as anything I’ve ever tasted in Seattle. His pastry reminds me of the times Howie and I used to meet for breakfast in Pikes Place, Seattle. (Same pastry; one half the price). Again Donn is in either delight or shock and awe.
Write for awhile before my mind starts up chattering about the organization of the day.
Take a Morning swim in one of the hotel’s three swimming pools (optional). Do we want the one with the tiki bar you can swim up to, or the swirling waters in the spa?
And soon we adapt and shock and awe becomes the new norm, and we continue with our day in the lap of luxury.