The Voyages of s/v Lucky Bird

21 August 2019 | Straits Marina, Mackinaw City
06 August 2019 | Village of Brockport
30 July 2019
27 July 2019
21 June 2019 | Wickford Cove Marina
20 May 2019 | Antlantic Yacht Basin
13 May 2019 | Homer Smith Marina, final Salty Dawg Destination
21 April 2019 | Frenchtown, St. Thomas V.I. Easter Celebration
20 April 2019 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas VI
11 April 2019 | Nanny Cay Marine, Tortola, BVI
28 March 2019 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
25 March 2019
24 February 2019 | Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua

Another Exceptional Day In Rio Dulce

13 March 2018
So here is this story.

We listen each morning at 0730 to the Rio Dulce cruisers VHF radio net. The other day a fellow announced a trip down river to a new resort that has set up zip lines into the jungle. For $100 Q, $13.63 USD per person we would get a launcha, spelled correctly, ride to and back, the zip lines, water and at the end food and drinks at unbelievable Guatemala prices. We signed up on the spot.

I took lots of pictures and some video that I'm hopeful I can upload to the blog but for now let me set the scene and start the story.

We met at Brunos at 0845. In the launch at 0915 and we were off. About 15 fellow cruisers for this first time trip to this new resort. When I say off we went, I mean about 40 MPH in this launcha, wow!! Down the river we went banging and bouncing, holding on having fun.

We arrive. OMG, here in the jungle is an exceptionally beautiful set of docks, buildings, walkways and lodging units. The place seemed to have been build with little concern for cost. Remember though, our cost for all this was $13.64 per person.







It was time to start our zip line journey; into a vintage school bus for a ride of probably no more than three miles into the jungle but on a gravel road no wider than the buses wheel base it was an experience. Remember no apparent construction expense concerns, at least as we could judge. We arrived at this very modern building set on a hill, painted in Caribbean colors. Off the bus and with some guidance into our harnesses and on with our helmets. All of us we wondering what this was all about.

Our impressions so far was that this developer was a first class person. The equipment was new, the harnesses, helmets, safety lines all were brand new and well built. After a minute of instruction where or where not to place our hands we started up the stairs next to the building to the first of eight, yes eight zip lines.

Alice and I were in the first group of five. Hook up, sit back and be launched. Now this story could go on and on but I must interrupt to explain that after doing four zip lines throughout this jungle area we came to a section of the course where we were transitioned by very narrow swinging bridges through the trees. We were literally up in the tree tops crossing these suspension bridges, swing, bouncing, holding on, then up came a tree with a platform. Unhook, re-hook and off onto another very narrow suspension, swinging walk-way, high in the trees. Awesome. Each suspension bridge lifted us higher into the canopy until after the last suspension/combo walkway and ladder we made it to the highest point of the park. Four more zip lines before reaching our starting point and the bus back to base.

This experience compares to Rio Secreto, the caves, back in Mexico. Spectacular scenery, good exercise climbing from one zip launch point to another, good friendships, and the bridges through the jungle portion of the trip was not only unexpected but one of those "Holy Cow" or "Can You Believe This", "Wow look at that", "Geez, we're pretty high", moments.

Yet another reason why we are cruising on Lucky Bird. She brings us safety, security and to places like Rio Dulce. Thanks LB.
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Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
About:
Alice and I have spent considerable time together on the water; cruising and racing on the waters of New England, the Caribbean and Lake Michigan.

Sailing is our passion and together we've been fortunate to experience the thrills, the camaraderie and the enjoyment boating provides. [...]

We seek the freedom, excitement and challenges of voyaging.

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