18 January 2013 | Buena Vista Bay, Rio Dulce
Beth / hot with heavy rain,then positively chilly (72F)
Liam has been catching some interesting fish. We ate this one!
He caught a pretty reddish one off the dock the other day but it was a good fighter too so he threw it back to fight another day. It was lunch time when he and Jim returned from a dinghy trip up the creek today though and this one got filleted quickly and went straight into the frypan. With a squeeze of sour orange, a grinding of pepper and enough olive oil/butter to sizzle in the pan, it was tasty.
Gotta go clean up the fishy dishies now. The fisherman cleaned up the scales and blood from the cockpit before lunch. Good man!
An update on the solar panel: Chris can install it on Tuesday, and Jennifer is keeping it for us till then, and there is no sun right now so no worries! A cold front has come through and the temp in the cockpit was 72 F this morning - sweater weather. What a change from the last few days. For the first time, we didn't have the fans on all night, and I even closed the hatch over our berth.
The drizzle and cool weather didn't stop us from dinghying over to Texan Bay for Happy Hour where, along with Chris and Kelli, we joined friends on their trawler. We've been hearing Kelli's name for a long time in connection with the school here and we were glad to put a face to the name. She has been raising funds to enable local families to keep their children enrolled in school for Grades 7, 8 and 9. Schooling is free up to Grade 6, but because it costs after that, many families pull their children out to go fishing. This year there are 21 scholarship students in the group of 60 currently enrolled. Pretty impressive! There are strings attached to the scholarship - the students must maintain a 75% average, and their parents must commit to keeping them in school. Another cool part of this initiative is that she not only solicited funds from the gringos and cruisers, she asked the wealthy Guatemalans who have homes in the area - an unheard of thing - and she even got a little money from some of them! This is a Mayan community and they pretty much escape the attention of the wealthy folks except for the manual labour they provide.
Tonight, we joined Bea and Wolfgang (Genesis) and Casey over at Jennifer's for dinner. As usual, the conversation was wide ranging and lively. We always have a wonderful time around this table! Thankfully, it was a short ride and drier than our last evening out. Coming home in the dark in our dinghy is usually fun, but last night's trip back from Texan Bay in the rain was long and wet. We have to keep the spotlight sweeping the water ahead of us, not only to find our way, but to avoid fishing nets. So far, so good!
More fishing tomorrow, cribbage games and writing - oh and maybe a nap or two!