04/20/2012, El Milagro Marina
Well - we survived another Birthday. So glad they are over for another year. On Wednesday we celebrated Fernandos Birthday with a nice dinner of ceviche mixto - shrimp, octopus & conch. Really yummy! Laid low yesterday. Have been checking the weather. Doesn't look good to leave tomorrow. Winds are s'posed to pick up from the North. Will now probably wait until Monday. There are a couple other boats headed in the same direction we are. I Am sure we will bounce off of each other as we all are headed to Rio Dulce in Guatamala. Had some rain the last couple days. Today we are headed to the store to find drinking water, eggs & a few other essentials. This internet connection is as slow as dial up. I Am very greatful we have it. Not sure what we will have when we leave. We are doing well. Getting into the groove & meeting nice people. Will write again soon.
04/17/2012, Isla Mujeres
I have never been that good with rules. I make a point to know what they are, what they mean, but more importantly how to bend, break or simply dis-obey them. Especially government rules!!! On Tradewinds we have three rules, and these rules must never be broken.
You see rules are best when you make them.
RULE #1 Do Not Hit Anything.
RULE #2 Always Know Where You Are.
Rule#3 Do Not Fall Off The Boat.
All other rules can be broken, belt, spindled, or mutilated or completely ignored.
Rule #1 Means don't hit anything...including the bottom of the ocean. Not much to misunderstand here.
Rule#2 has a much deeper meaning, and at first look may even seem metaphysical. There have been many times where I wasn't sure what time it was.......let alone where I was.
BUT I WASN"T SAILING!!!
Rule#3 Jumping is perfectly OK.
In my upcoming blog I will try to explain what it is like always being at home, no matter where I am.
04/14/2012, El Milago Marina
Being back here in Isla Mujeres is a real treat. Brings back a lot of good memories. The people here at the marina are a real nice bunch. (elmilagromarina.com) Julio is 'el jefe' - the boss. OK English, treats his workers well & is laughing all the time. They are preparing a dinner for the complex today. There are a few villas, those of us on the boats & all the workers & their families. Nice way to throw us all together for some fellowship. We're going to have fish & shrimp. What else? Ha!
Went to the grocery store yesterday. That was fun! After we got back to Tradewinds, the neighbor told us about a Navy exchange in downtown Isla Mujeres which is supposedly half the price. He found rum for $3.50 a bottle. Now you must understand something. He & his boatmate John go through 2 bottles a day!!! We just discovered that today. So I guess the cheap stuff is ok for them.
Want to go over to Cancun to see where I used to live & work. The little time we had in the taxi from Puerto Juarez to the airport & back was enough to see how much bigger it is. OMG!!! The traffic was unbelievable. Everybody driving in all different directions! To think I used to drive around here. Don't know if I can do it now. We will ask the guys here at the marina how to catch the local bus & go from there. It will be a great adventure.
The weather has been beautiful since we got here. In the 80's, then high 70's at night. Like Key West weather. There is also a great breeze most of the time at the marina. We have been taking the dingy out & buzzing around, working on our tans. Don't worry - we do use sunscreen.
Will post again soon. LOL