Emerald Seas Adventures

RETURN TO GUATEMALA

26 December 2013
Merry Christmas from the Rio Dulce! Jim and I are happy to be back aboard Emerald Seas. We arrived Guatemala City on December 14th and spent a couple of days enjoying the luxurious Clarion Hotel and some wonderful Mexican restaurants located nearby. We went grocery shopping at Walmart for cheese and other luxury items- the place was packed with shoppers. The Walmart experience in Guatemala is something to behold. As you push your cart down the isles, sales people are encouraging you to buy this product or that product - at times there would be 4 or 5 salesgirls in each isle. Our Canadian Walmart is an oasis of tranquillity by comparison.

The journey via the Letigua bus to Fronteras on the Rio Dulce started with the usual body and bag search as passengers boarded the bus. Security is tight here in Guatemala because of the occurrence of armed robberies on buses by armed bandits. We stopped halfway to the Rio for a quick bathroom break and snack. While off the bus, three policemen stayed inside the bus. When we boarded the bus again, the searches were repeated. We saw one fatal accident this time, looked like a head-on collision with a large truck and a small truck. They drive like madmen here- passing each other on narrow, winding roads and blind corners. Maybe next time we will pick seats closer to the back of the bus so that if we are involved in a crash we might have a better chance of surviving. (Jim and Jeannie better not read this¬...¬...)

Emerald Seas was in great shape. Very dry and mould free inside and very clean on the outside. Tortugal Marina and their staff have kept good care of her. Our sails are up, our dinghy appears to be holding most of the air and my fridge seems to be operating well. At first we had some issues with it, but Chris, from SeaKist, came over and fixed it. I was a touch disappointed because I had secret hopes for a new system but Jim was overjoyed at all the money he saved.

On Christmas Eve we enjoyed a potluck dinner at Daphne¬'s house with fellow cruisers from Tortugal Marina. The food was very good, lots of variety and later we did a fun gift exchange. The short walk back to our boats was exciting. Pitch blackness, fire ants and no flashlights to help us find the steps.

Jim and I exchanged no Christmas gifts and Santa Clause did not make the effort to find us. Emerald Seas got spoiled as usual.

We will be spending the next couple of weeks, stocking the boat with supplies, fuel and other necessities before we bus back to Guatemala City on January 6th, to meet our friends, Jim and Jeannie Cosgrove, who will be spending three weeks with us. Two of the weeks will be spent travelling in Guatemala- we will visit Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Flores and Tikal before returning to the Rio Dulce and Emerald Seas. Here we will take the Cosgroves down the beautiful Rio Dulce and spend a night or so at Texan Bay.
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Vessel Name: Emerald Seas
Vessel Make/Model: 1991 Island Packet 38 - Hull 154
Hailing Port: Victoria, B.C.
Crew: Jim & Renate Mendria
About:
Jim & Renate love the ocean. Exploring the cold coastal waters of British Columbia and Vancouver Island,scuba diving and photography, both underwater and topside keep the Mendrias busy. [...]
Extra: Live life to the fullest. Be thankful everyday.
Emerald Seas's Photos - Main
Last cast of the day. Fishermen looking for dinner in front of their home in Texan Bay, Rio Dulce, Guatemala.
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Created 9 March 2017
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Created 27 January 2017
Life aboard Emerald Seas at Tortugal Marina as we prepare for the 2016 cruising season.
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Created 21 January 2016
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Created 27 May 2014
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Created 4 March 2014
A group of cruisers from Tortugal took a Panga to Livingston. Great day!
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Created 2 January 2014
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Created 26 December 2013
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Created 16 June 2013
We have made it to the Western Caribbean!
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Created 21 May 2013
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Created 21 May 2013
James came to visit and one of the highlights was our visit to the Everglades
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Created 20 April 2013
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Created 18 June 2012
More pics taken by Jim, Emerald Seas "on board" photographer!
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Created 4 October 2011
We spent 3 months on Bonaire- great diving and lots to do on the island!
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Created 14 March 2011
Beautiful Venezuelan outer islands of the Caribbean. Jim had some great photo opportunities!
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Created 19 December 2010
Sailing isn't always about having fun and sailing- sometimes we have to work hard too!
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Created 26 November 2010
What a great island to explore- not overpopulated, no golf courses and no huge waterfront resorts. This island is very pristine!
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Created 24 May 2010
Travelling along..........
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Created 24 April 2010
Nothing like being right there where the action is!
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Created 24 April 2010
This is a beautiful island and we spent a long time here. Lots of boat projects done and we watched the Heiniken Sailboat Race!
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Created 1 April 2010
We hope you enjoy some of our photos!
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Created 31 December 2009
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Created 26 December 2009
Jim & I were back in Canada from August 18 - October 17. Had a wonderful time!
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Created 1 November 2009
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Changes
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Created 10 November 2008
In March of 2008 we flew down to Bradenton, Florida to view a 38 foot Island Packet which we had found on the internet. Our boat broker, Alan Pressman, did everything he could to help us with our decision. We fell in love with the boat and decided to buy her.......
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Created 6 August 2008