Mazatlan
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When we departed  the Baja last winter we opted to  bypass
Mazatlan and work our way south. The reasoning behind this was
simple. Cruisers seem to adapt well to the slower life. The
"manana" philosophy  takes hold. Before you spot. We get busy
doing all sorts of things..but let's not go there! We wanted to see
Mainland Mexico without getting "stuck". However, we set aside a
month on the way back up and we're here to share this wonderful
city with you!
Mazatlan is a well rounded city, no doubt about it. It offers a
balance of it's original existence and  modern development. The
large commercial port houses an extensive number of fishing boats
and provides services to cruise ships and cargo freighters from
around the world. It also offers a small harbor for pleasure boats.
Mazatlan  prides itself on many things including their contribution
to the arts, their consideration for the environment and medical
excellence. We spent the first 2 weeks in the Old Harbor followed
by another 2 at the Singlar Marina in the north of the city. By
doing so we were able to take full advantage of our time and
explore the city from one end to the other. Let it be said that we
spent a LOT of time visiting with friends and eating, eating, eating!
Enough said...you can always get specific info online.........so
check out the photos!
The Old Harbor and Commercial Shipping Port
El Centro Historical District and Malecon
We hiked to the top of the Mazatlan
Lighthouse..see description in the next photo.
These young men weren't just out to romp in the water. They carried net bags and harvested crabs (or something of the sort) once they reached the outer
pinnacle. Tough way to get a lunch, wouldn't you say?
The lighthouse is an easy hike if you go at
sunrise before it gets too warm.
Tug boats are at the ready to assist large
ocean going vessels
A view from the trail to the lighthouse trail of
the sewerage processing plant across from the
old harbor
The road to the old section of town has some
nice views
In the early evenings fishermen with nets would
capture the fish that resided under our boat
Young children express their artistic abilities
on this designated wall
Looking north from the old harbor towards the center of Mazatlan
The old harbor (foreground) with the
shipping/cruise port and fishing fleet
Notice a tug on each end..this is one large
ferry!
Many fine buildings surround Plaza Machado. This
area is frequented by locals families in the evenings.
Basilica of the Immaculate
Conception at Plaza Principal
A look at the recently restored
inside courtyard of Peralta
Theater
A wedding was to take place and
this princess waited for her cue to
assist.
Music Day is celebrated in early June. Several
stages were set up around the Centro where
musicians played music well into the night. People
of all ages gathered to enjoy the festivities. And the
event is free!
Everyone else has finished eating
and Cindy is still waiting  for her
soup to cool
The Sailsoon Social Scene
La Brochetta..rated #1 in our book...and these
folks agree. Careful with that bone Paula!
Eileen at the helm while son Adrien guides
from the bow.
Casey, how about using a glass?
A farewell dinner for Tim and Paula of s/v
Hooligan who were taking a sabbatical from
cruising to travel the U.S. and camp this
summer.
Finally! We meet up with Eileen and Adrien of s/v
Flying Cloud for a quick lunch. We sure missed you
guys. (they got "stuck" in Mazatlan for the winter)
Doc, it's my foot that's swollen. You're chocking my
whole leg with this device!
A Sad Day...s/v Flying Cloud goes on the "hard"
L To R: Rich s/v Came to Believe, Paula
and Tim s/v Hooligan, Tim and Cindy s/v
Masquerade, John s/v Sailsoon and Annette
s/v Came to Believe
Couples in the crowd: Paula and Tim s/v
Hooligan, Marni and Peter s/v Two Pieces of
Eight,Cindy and Tim s/v Masquerade, Annie
and Casey s/v V'Ger
Originally built in 1874, the
theater was in ruins after a
period of several years.
Restored 1987 and reopened
1992
Approaching the Singlar Yard, Andrea and
Karl of s/v 4 P.A.C.K. are also on board to
help.
Up, up, up she goes!
After a few minor hoist adjustments, s/v
Flying Cloud reaches it's new, temporary
home on the hard.
It's nail biting time as she's hoisted. L to R:
John s/v Sailsoon, Eileen and Adrien s/v
Flying Cloud,  Andrea, Casey and Karl, s/v 4
P.A.C.K.
With the boat placed in the slings, the gang
disembarks on dinghy 4 P.A.C.K. to watch
the process.
A Special Event... National Smoke Out Day!