Cayman Islands but there so much more
16 November 2018
Okay. We are safely tied to a mooring on the south side of Grand Cayman. It's very rolly polly, not so uncomfortable that we are complaining yet moving about looking for solid things to grab onto is where we are. A trip out of the cockpit to check the mooring line or start the wind generator requires a bit of gymnastics. But that's okay for these two old folks, we want to exercise our bodies just not fall down or overboard.
So we launched our dinghy this afternoon. Whew, with winds turning the dinghy into a kite it was quite a challenge. Me at the mast hoisting the dingy bow while my mate, Alice, tried to keep it close to the boat. You can't imagine a 10 foot dinghy flopping around on the front deck, especially when we want to protect our nice new paint job, right! With several grunts, a couple of oh **** we managed to get it over the life lines and then it was a quick drop over the fenders to the water. Success.
Tomorrow we will tackle the outboard motor.
Right now the surge is too much, just picture our outboard hanging off the arch as Lucky Bird goes up and the dinghy goes down. Timing is so critical. It's like trying to thread a needle while walking. You just might make it or not, in our case the not is a big problem, we have to get it onto the transom and safely secured before meeting with Customs and Immigration officials at 10:00 AM tomorrow.
This cruising at it's best, beautiful locations, good wine, but stress to get it all together. On a positive note, I fired up our water maker this afternoon and IT WORKED. Hurray for Lucky Bird. We can make water. Yippie!!
So let's shift to some more positive commentary. How about the kite festival in Sampango, Guatemala.
From Rio Dulce to Guatemala City, on to Antigua for the night and then to Sampango. An early start, a short bus ride and holy smokes there are thousands of people here for the festival. More people than local fireworks display on the fourth. People and cars everywhere yet we were lucky, ie Lucky Bird, that our driver had access to the closest hotel with parking, food, bathrooms, and short access up the hill to the kite flying area. Arriving at the top looking out over this dirt stadium was awe inspiring. There were small kits flying everywhere. The sky was full. Then on the ground we could see the larger home ground kites, the principle focus of the event. These kites were created by families and communities taking a year or so to design and create. Here are a few pictures.