Our plan was to leave today and head South, but that has changed. The winds have been from the West one day then North the next at 20 gusting to 40 so our new departure date from our happy new home of El Milagro looks like Wednesday maybe Thursday. The winds then will be from the East which will give us a beam reach on our SSW course. Nancy's back went out on Saturday and she's been in quite a lot of pain. We found a pharmacy to get pain meds which helped some. This morning on the cruisers net we summoned chiropractor Steve who gave her an adjustment. That was a few hours ago, and with a few beers and and few pills she is doing much better. We are spending today on the beach in lounge chairs under a nice palm tree watching the water lap the boats, and birds fly in a comfortable 15 kt breeze. The Dr. thinks with a day or two of rest Nancy will be back good as new. We will wait here for as long as it takes for her to recover as the winds will be in our favor for the next 10 days and we are only traveling for a day.
I got a little head for my birthday.
We just added a new link to a photo album.
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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.
1600 we leave the Dry Tortugas on a course of 227 degrees next stop 300 nm away Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Each of us had a 4 hour watch, at the end of Nancy's watch which ended at midnight we noticed lightning and a squall coming toward us. About 1AM it hit us with full force head on 30-40 mph winds. Our sails were down and power was up as we srashed though the ebony night pitching and rolling in the rain and 14ft seas. At one point I saw a 14ft. wave coming down on us and I swear it had a huge claws and angry teeth.
Although we thought we were battened down below for what erver came our way, Nancy had her hands full. If it wasn't bolted down it was flying. Good news, we only lost the coffee and sugar containers which I bought at a yard sale for a buck.
Within 4 hours the skys became light again with the light of the moon, but the seas remained angry and confused. The wind shifted and we continued into 15kt winds and heavy seas. Tradewinds never went off course as she handeled every punishing blow with grace and determination.