20 January 2018 | Off Guatemala
Today we left Mexico in our wake after entering back on October 31st, eleven weeks ago. Our stay in Marina Chiapas was a good one. We hauled out 'Julia Max' to pressure wash the hull, remove barnacles, sand corroded areas, paint those areas especially around the rudder, the wind vane, the water line, down about 3' on the hull, and apply new zincs on the rudder hinges, Max Prop cone, and refrigerator water cooler. It was great to clean up the Max Prop as well, so all is ready for the next section of the trip into Central America. The excursion with Luis included the Izapa Mayan ruins, La Parra Chocolateria, a German plantation established by the father of Eva Brown (Hitler's mistress), and a Catholic cathedral that was being painted for a festival in a few weeks. Meeting cruisers that are part of the Panama Posse, sharing BBQs, support for those working on repairs, and getting to know them better has been terrific. Back on the ocean, we have been seeing different pelagic birds, i.e. Masked Boobies, petrols, and some of the old regulars: brown pelicans, brown boobies, etc. A pod of 20 spotted dolphins was special. Sue spotted a Dorado jumping after a smaller fish, again and again and again. What a flash of blue and green!