06/21/2012, 20 14.610'N:86 44.444'W
Here'a a video of the entrance to Puerto Aventuras marina, you will see just how scarry it is to get in and out.
As we sit nestled in our slip, the world seems to just go by. I guess that happens no matter what living room we sit in. If you just let it. There are so many different things we can do & Be to help one another & enjoy life. If we just sit & watch, we miss out on all the fun.
One of the easiest things to do is to share a smile. Maybe the person you are smiling at has misplaced his/hers. I have been there a couple times & when a perfect stranger gives me one of theirs, I remember to pass one of mine along.
Over here where there is a language barrier for most, it is so easy to see the Universal workings of a smile. We do stick out like sore thumbs here. Tall, tan, blonde............... Most people think we do not speak Spanish. So, if we want to instantly communicate - - - - - we smile!
Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner & someone saw me grin,
when he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile then I realized its worth,
a single smile,
just like mine could travel round the earth!
So, it you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick &
get the WORLD infected.
The whale shark which is neither a whale nor a shark but is the worlds largest living fish. It is a slow moving filter feeding fish which resembles a shark. The largest confirmed individual had a length 41.50 ft and a weight of more than 21.5 tonnes (47,000 lb)! Tradewinds weighs 40,000 lbs and is 44 ft in length. We swam within inches of these magnificent creatures. Many we saw were in the 35 ft range. Age estimates for whale sharks are as high as 60 years, but no one really knows how long this species lives. It feeds on plankton which it screen from water that is taken in with a versatile suction filter-feeding. It has no known predators as an adult other than humans, and is generally harmless.
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06/15/2012, 20 14.610'N:86 44.444'W
We went shopping in Cancun and had Yucatan cuisine. Don't know what kind of sauasge it was but we loved it.
We people are called 'CRUISERS'.
We are just learning how to be a Cruiser. We have met some of these sea-going vagabonds who have been at it for years. They see us coming, watch us and know we get it. Sailing is not a game it is not for the faint at heart. This lifestyle is for the adventurer in all of us, but only a few actually have the huevos to do it. Every cruiser has their story. We all sit around after immediately bonding and we patiently wait to be the next to tell our incredible sea story. The nice thing is, that everyone wants to share which makes for truly a fun time of conversation and bonding. We are not talking cruise ship cruising passengers. That's another group all together. We're talking the Ole Salty Dog cruisers that we have had the pleasure of running into.
We all have an unimaginable story to tell and to be able to sit around and tell our incredible sea story means that we survived it. All of these sailing experiences seem to have something to do with running aground, dodging something at the last minute or the last great storm which came up out of nowhere. As Fernando would say, "complete boredom interrupted by instant drama."
We are sure there are many people who would think, 'yea sure, you guys are out there in your bikinis soaking up the sun, enjoying life.' Yes we are! We are also responsible (oh no!) for staying alive. Ahh shucks! Tradewinds is a seaworthy vessel perfectly safe and big enough to handle the great waves and huge open seas we have been in, but we don't want to be in anything bigger. We have been tossed and turned enough to understand the power of Mother Nature. It is called 'blue water sailing' and is not for sissies.
Would we change anything? Not on your life. We knew this would present its challenges. We have encountered many different fabulous stories to bring to the table and we Believe our story is just as dramatic, if not more so, than the Cruiser sitting on the other side of the conversation. Did I mention everything is covered in salt?
We will be adding to the album so keep checking