Adventures with David & Gail

Vessel Name: Wildest Dream
Vessel Make/Model: Caliber 47 LRC
Hailing Port: Dallas, Texas
Crew: David & Gail Dodgen
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/wildestdream47
15 June 2013 | Dinner Key Marina, Miami, FL
20 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas Nat'l Park, Florida
18 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas, Florida
14 May 2013 | Puerto Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo, Mexico
10 May 2013 | Lighthouse Reef, Belize
05 May 2013 | Guatemala
01 May 2013 | Ram Marina, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
26 April 2013 | Livingston, Guatemala
23 April 2013 | French Harbor, Roatan, Honduras
20 April 2013 | Le Bight, Guanaja, Honduras
18 April 2013 | Vivorillo Cays, Honduras
10 April 2013 | Providencia, Colombia
01 April 2013 | Providencia, Colombia
23 March 2013 | San Andres
22 March 2013 | Off Nene's Marina, San Andres, Colombia
12 March 2013 | Red Frog Marina. Bastimentos
10 March 2013 | Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
10 March 2013 | Cruiser Casa, Panama City
10 February 2013 | Panama City, Panama
02 February 2013 | Red Frog Marina, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Recent Blog Posts
15 June 2013 | Dinner Key Marina, Miami, FL

My how time flies!

My how time flies! – Well, I must confess to being a little overwhelmed and getting mixed up into the real world pace again faster than expected. Here it is mid-June, we have been back in Miami for almost 3 weeks, back in our house for almost a week, and I have not updated the blog. My sincere apologies! [...]

20 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas Nat'l Park, Florida

Back in the US, kinda!

Back in the US, kinda! - We are on US soil! There is no immigration or customs office out here so there is no way to clear into the US. So we are kinda' illegal aliens! But we are flying our Q flag and no one seems to care. Or maybe they don't know what it means. Anyway, we are getting closer to [...]

18 May 2013 | Dry Tortugas, Florida

Isla and beyond!

Isla and beyond! - We stopped in Isla Mujeres to officially clear into Mexico, wait out some weather and do some provisioning. Actually US immigration really doesn't care about where we started from to reenter the US, and they don't ask for a Zarpe so we could have gone on to Florida without stopping [...]

14 May 2013 | Puerto Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo, Mexico

The last flag!

The last flag! - Having skirted along the outer cays and atolls of Belize, we headed north to Mexico. I went to the flag bag that we have been using for the whole trip to store our courtesy flags for each country and it only had one flag left. It was the Mexico flag. All the others had been used and [...]

10 May 2013 | Lighthouse Reef, Belize

Belize it or not!

Belize it or not! - Sorry. I could not resist! We planned an 18 month trip and we are now into the 18th month so it is time to head home. We have about 800 miles to go with Belize and Mexico yet on the itinerary. We could go nonstop or we could take our time. Or we could stop a few places as we [...]

05 May 2013 | Guatemala

Guate!

Guate! - The ride into Guatemala City, or Guate for short as the locals call it, takes you along the Rio Montagua river valley as it winds is way up to the mountains. The Rio Dulce is at sea level and Guate is at about 6000 ft. so the climb is steep at times. Plus it's mostly a rural two land road [...]

A day on Virgin Gorda!

01 May 2012 | Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Gail
A day on Virgin Gorda! - With time on our hands while we are still waiting for the winds to subside before heading to Anguilla, we decided to rent a car for a day and check out the highlights on Virgin Gorda. The “Fat Virgin” as Columbus called it because from seaward it resembles a woman lying on her back. The island is about 10 miles long with high peaks at the north and center of the island. The guide book listed 5 highlights so we set off to see them all.

First was Gorda Peak which is part of the National Parks. We found the entrance to the ½ mile “walk” to the observation tower off the main island road. Typically the trail went up through the trees and rocks sometimes almost straight up. At the top, it was a little hazy but we could just still see the islands including Anegada 15 miles away! Great views!

Next stop was The Coppermine which is on the south east point of the island. It was mined by Cornish miners from 1838 to 1867 and perhaps by others earlier than that. The remains of the chimney, boiler house, cistern and mine shaft can be seen. (Check out the gallery photos) It is right on the ocean so the views of the water are great also.

We took a little detour from our highlight mission and stopped at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and walked around a few shops and checked out the boats in the marina. David even gave out his business card to a gentleman wanting to sell his older 50’ Gulfstar.

Next was Little Fort National Park. Well we found where this was supposed to be but no way to reach it. But now there is new restaurant built near where the entrance is supposed to be. The owner said there are a few ruins still visible if you climb through the rocks. We settled for a tour of the new restaurant Coco Mio which is set to open in a few weeks and moved on to No. 4.

The Baths! The Baths are giant boulders that form a series of sea pools. It is a must see when you come to BVIs and we had been there number of times, but always from our chartered boat. We were happy to see that the park was well maintained and we enjoyed a nice snorkel, a fresh water shower and a cocktail at the Top of the Baths Restaurant.

On our way to highlight number 5 we stopped at Little Dix Resort. Laurence Rockefeller built this resort and it is lovely. While very exclusive, they encourage visitors to tour the grounds.

Our last stop was at the 19th century Sugar Mill Ruins at Nail Bay. While not as extensive as the ruins on St. John, they are surrounded by a relatively exclusive housing area that is preserving the ruins.

We got back to Leverick Bay just after 5:00 and decided to get a quick bite to eat at Jumbies Bar & Grill. It was happy hour and pain killers were two for one. They also had entertainment. Michael Beam, who has been playing guitar and pirate songs in the islands for years, did his “Happy Arrrr’s Show” complete with a conch blowing contest. It was a pleasant end to a busy day!
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