Saturday, November 16, 2013

Adios Guatemala - Heading back to Belize

We have enjoyed our visit in Rio Dulce, but it is time to head down stream and back north to Belize.  We have made many good friends here and completed all of our boat projects!  The main reason we came was for a haul out to replace our rubber saildrive boots with fiberglass ones.  We accomplished that in the first week!  The other things that we have completed are:  Solar controller and panel install (300watts), fixed our two engines (grrrr),  fixed a couple of stanchions that we leaking on the port side, and helped Mar Marine with their Wi-Fi issues (this wasn't on our list, but we needed Internet!).  We also deep cleaned MokaKat inside and out!

We were also able to visit the castle, many movie nights at Mar Marine, many pot luck dinners, and many dinners with friends.  I was also able to watch the last game of the World Series, sorry Cardinals.  We didn't get a chance to head inland and visit Antigua or any of the Mayan Ruins, as we were constantly working on boat projects. 
Good Bye Pot Luck Dinner at Mar Marine picnic area
Our plans are to head back to Placencia for a few days and see some friends there.  We head down the river and will anchor at a little backpacker hotel and restaurant called Round House.  It is one of the few safe places to anchor on the river.  We will then motor down to Livingston and checkout first thing on Monday morning.  We will most likely spend a night at New Haven, one of our most favorite anchorages.  In the morning you can hear the Howler monkeys!  We will then head north to Placencia Lagoon and check in to Belize at Big Creek. 
We will spend a few days visiting some friends in Placencia, and then head north to San Pedro, which is on Ambergris Cay as a final destination.  We hope to hit most of the cays on the way up, and enjoy snorkeling and fishing. 
My wife, Maria Paul, and my youngest son, Blake, will meet us in San Pedro on December 22nd for Christmas.  We are anxious to have company and hope that we can show them the best of Belize during that week! 
So, don't worry if you don't see a post for a while!  We hope to have some Internet as we travel, but there are no guarantees.  We hope that our Solar panels keep us in electricity so that we don't have to pay for dock fees.  Happy sailing!!!!

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