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Isla Mujeres

Excusme is still anchored at Isla Mujeres, just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. We had a fantastic visit with my sister, Michelle, her husband Leo and their four children. I would have thought I would have lots of great photos but the kids were in constant motion. Pool, sand beach, ocean and then repeat all day long. Kathleen who just turned seven had an early birthday present of swimming with the dolphins. Ben, Liam, and Micah were a continual source of amusement to many. As they are identical triplets (Scott still has no idea how to tell them apart) the locals had fun telling us jokes about how fertile the parents were and offering us 3 for 1 drinks rather than the normal 2 for 1. We had them to the boat at the marina for a BBQ dinner and although the kids are well behaved we were very glad that they had their own accommodations on the beach. It was like a small beach vacation for Scott and I as well as most days we would join them at the beach and enjoy the complimentary loungers. We babysat one night at their hotel and we watched movies. Their dad recommended the old comedy Invasion of Mars which we watched until all four were convinced they we going to have nightmares. We quickly switched to a Disney movie and cookies and all had a good time.

We just got back from an overnight bus trip to Merida. It was a beautiful and safe city. There is music and dancing each Saturday night and activities on Sunday. Apparently there are a lot of Canadian and American retirees living in the area and they love it.

The weather has been really good for the last three weeks which is a lot better than the cold northern fronts that we were getting each week while in Honduras. All the cruisers have been complaining about the poor weather this season but Miami had snow so how bad is it really.

We spent a couple of weeks in Belize which was really amazing. Lots of dolphins and manatees to see. One day we were racing to get to a safe anchorage for an approaching cold front. Insatiable I draws six feet eight inches while we draw five feet six inches. We decided to take the short cut through Turniffe. We had waypoints to get to the other side and were proceeding with caution. A lone dolphin was jumping to the side of us. This has happened many times as the dolphins seem to love attention and are very curious. This dolphin started to swim at the front of the boat. As Scott was at the bow on look out he could see that the dolphin was rubbing the starboard side of the boat. When we slowly went aground on a sand bar and the dolphin was leaping and circling in the same spot over to our left we realized he was trying to herd us into deeper water. Luckily a dive boat came close so we could ask him if there was deeper water to the left of us. The driver pointed to where the dolphin was still surfacing and waiting and told us that there was water six feet deep there. We then unfurled the jib, heeled over and followed the dolphin. Once we had followed him through the channel to ten feet plus he left us never to be seen again . Clever creatures, I only wish I had a tasty fish for it.

03/24/2010 | Don and Muriel
Lori and Scott: This is the easiest way to say - good to hear from you and that Merida was good. I remember being told it was very enjpyable when we were in Cancun those many years ago. Still cold here, but slowly warming up.
Where do you head now?
D & M
03/31/2010 | Mike & Kelly
Scott & Lori, We're friends of Darryl Wiebe that visited you in Toronto and sailed Wyndeavor a few years ago. We're going to be staying @ Marina El Cid Apr 4-11. Love to catchup. Cheers Mike&Kelly
Arrival in the cold north
03/06/2010, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

We arrived in Isla Mujeres after sailing into the wind tacking for 200 miles. We arrived wearing more clothes than we normally have. I was wearing pants, tee shirt, long sleeve shirt, foul weather jacket and pants, and rubber boots. We left Insatiable I with the Moffitts in Cay Caulker. We will be spend some time here with Lori's sister and family. Then a few days on our own before we decide where to go next. From the temperatures here it will not be north for a while.

03/16/2010 | Allison and Mark
Maybe it's warmer up here! It's going up to 16 tomorrow! Head north, head north! See you soon.
Afternoon entertainment in Utila

Happy Valentine's Day

This German schooner asked for a pilot into the anchorage at Utila and the dive boat proceeded to direct them and their twelve foot depth into a nine foot area and they promptly went aground. By the end of the day the same freighter in the photo came out to tow them off. The first two attempts ended with the stretched rope breaking and hitting the stern of the steel schooner. It sounded like a rifle shot. On their third attempt they doubled up the tow rope and pulled from the side and after a tense five minutes they dragged them into deeper water. All the high school kids that were aboard the teaching schooner were jumping up and down in celebration.

Today the dinghy is on the deck, the sun shade is rolled and stowed and we are ready to sail the 80 nm or so to the cut through the reef to approach Placencia, Belize. We raise the anchor approximately three this afternoon to get there in the morning. We don't know when we will have internet again but will try to post at least text updates

New Harbour
02/04/2010, Utila

Scott and I have sailed to Utila. I was able to kiteboard for a couple of hours so it was big smiles and a sunburnt nose for Lori.We found the cheapest Happy Hour in town and the bartender took our picture. We are invited tonight for the last test of her Dive Masters Program, the drinking of beer through the snorkel. We have to remind ourselves that we are old enough to be the parents of the great majority of post college kids that are down here enjoying the cheapest dive programs anywhere. I console myself with kiting again this afternoon and trying to land big air jumps.

02/08/2010 | Paul Watkins
You guys look happy and healthy.
The underwater photography is breathtaking.
Envious as always,
02/14/2010 | Dale Dickinson
I enjoy reading your blog. Send me a note sometime.
Close Encounters
02/03/2010, Melissa's Reef

For our last dive off Roatan we decided to go back to one of our favorites. We have previously seen a huge green moral eel at Melissa's Reef. My Dad, Greg had first encountered it lying in one of the larger canyons getting cleaned. It then swam off and hid in his cave and only the first three feet of the eel stared back at us. Probably longer than ten feet.
The mission of yesterday's dive was to find him and hopefully take a picture with the new camera. Scott had found a empty lobster shells and took a picture. Only when the flash of the camera lit up the recces of the cave did he realize that we were in the same tunnel system as the eel.
Slightly better picture in diving photo album.

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