Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Snorkelling is good and there's lot of different areas to investigate. Went to the outside reef that we've enjoyed in the past. Dennis called me over to take a photo of 2 blowfish that were face to face. I got over there and they took off. Guess it was that 6' lemon shark cruising by that did it. We slowly swam back to the dinghy, which was a really, really long way away, looking around us the whole way back while Dennis held my hand. I guess anything to get the death grip off his wet suit! We tried to go snorkelling every day while we were there since there's so many interesting places to see.
Went over with Sue from Darramy to Homer's Odyssey for a visit from Catherina with her beautiful jewellery. So many choices. Bought two things for myself and then some gifts for our girls (that they don't know about yet). Catherina and her husband make some amazing jewellery out of different nuts, a couple of which are vegetable ivory. So neat!
It was our week for boat sitting Sojourn, so Dennis went over every day to do the boat check. By Friday we were getting low on water and wanted to head to Nargana for a refill on our Tropigas tank, gas and diesel. We needed a good charge on the batteries, so I went and picked up Mark and Deb in our dinghy and they brought their empty jugs and joined us on the hour motor. It sure was nice having the extra help to fill the water tank. When we pulled up there was a supply boat there, so we tied off to them to fill up. Unfortunately, the hose wouldn't reach all the way to the water tank, but at least made it as far as the deck so that Dennis and Mark could fill the jerry cans and then carry them across the deck to fill the main tank. Deb and I wandered the town while they did all the work.
The town in Rio Azucar and the outhouses over the water.
Then motored over to Nargana, filled up on gas and diesel, had lunch and picked up some fruit and veggies. Mark and Deb hadn't been here yet, so I gave them the grand tour of Nargana and Corozon de Jesus. Didn't take too long! Off we went, motored back an hour and a bit, dropped them back off at Sea Cycle and collapsed. Busy day!
This is how they fill gas and diesel
Did a last check of Sojourn on Saturday, and then we headed off to the Holandes on Sunday morning. Had an amazing sail, anchoring in the Swimming Pool in 9' of water, much to Dennis' delight. I prefer deeper water, but we do have a manual windlass, so shallow works out well for him. Dennis made the comment about almost getting whiplash when we hit 10' of water and I hit Reverse. They call it the swimming pool because the water is so, so clear, so you have t0 pay attention to the depth sounder because you always think you're going to be aground. Well, I do anyway.
Looking forward to Monday night happy hour. ~~~_/)~~~
Friday, April 09, 2010
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Our second night in the city we walked and found a great Mexican food restaurant, then back to the room to take long showers and finish up all the internet stuff we needed to get done. I finally got to talk to my cousin Adrian who now lives in New Zealand. It's a little tough with that 18 hour time difference. I was online till 2 a.m., getting everything done while I can. Up early the next morning, down to pick up a cafe con leche in the restaurant, and off to do our last grocery shopping. The taxi driver was only going to charge us $3 to take us back to the hotel, until he saw all of the groceries, and then it was changed to a whopping $4! Where are we going to put all of this?
Back to meet up with the guys and a last minute running around fiasco for Sojourn - frustration! We needed to hit the bank one last time, so finally found one and practically ran back to the hotel to get in that last little bit of internet and groceries down to the lobby! Many trips later, everything was in the lobby, with more than one person commenting about how much room our stuff took up. 'Walmart?', asked one gentleman. Phoned our driver to make sure he was going to show up. Hmmm -- he'll be a bit late, maybe 20 minutes. Forty minutes later he arrived, but then it took another 20 to pack everything into and onto the truck. Took off down the highway with Alfonso, with the back end of the truck swaying back and forth. Stopped for gas - oh, the truck doesn't start. Had to pop the clutch going downhill with a transport riding up fast behind us. Mark kept telling him that they had a saying in Canada - DRIVE TO ARRIVE ALIVE! We repeated that many times, but it didn't seem to make a difference. Stopped for McD's takeout, and at one point I commented to Deb that I never thought my last meal would be a quarter pounder with cheese and fries! I was hoping more for steak and potatoes! What a trip!!!!
Finally made it off the highway and onto the dirt road. All I can think of is that the Kuna Yala border closes at 4:30 and between the two boats, we probably have between $400 to $600 worth of meat and cheese. Let's see ... 2 flat tires later ... The first flat was before the border and luckily Alfonso had stopped and picked up a jack from a truck at a construction site.
Deb remains cheerful!
We had some of Sea Cycle's groceries and they had some of ours, but we figured we'd straighten it out the next day. We worked till about 8 p.m., then collapsed and finished up the next day with storing and vacuum sealing! A fun time but we're exhausted!! ~~_/)~~