11 November 2014 | Barra de Navidad
Dave, rain, wind and cool
Hot and humid to rain and cool in a muddy water hole!
OK, it came to me last night to change the title of this blog post, don't know why it didn't come to me in the first place except that I was tired. So, a little editing was done after the fact.
Last week we were drying things out after hurricane "Vance" and still putting the boat back together. I got a picture of with all the debris and muddy colored water. There is so little surge in this marina that it will take some time to completely flush for a full exchange and get back to normal conditions.
We got out of the marina for a couple of days ahead of this most recent low pressure system that brought in more rain. Rains flood the rivers and creaks which wash the mud and debris into the lagoon and hence out to sea. The marina and lagoon had not recovered from the effects of "Vance" from last week before this system got here. We were able to anchor out at Cuastecomate and Melaque and found that while the thick mud color dissipated within a mile of shore the water was loaded with silt and limited visibility to about 5-8 feet, even in those anchorage areas with good circulation to open water. I dove the boat and found that Pancho had done a bang up job with the bottom cleaning as well as the topsides in my absence over the summer, but water conditions weren't very inviting for snorkeling. We came back in ahead of this most recent system.
It rained most of yesterday, Monday 11/10 and filled any dinghy left unattended. I put a bucket out on deck overnight and not under anything that would add to the rain accumulation, and had about 5-6 inches in the morning. Not sure what that is on a rain gauge, but it's a lot! We've been struggling under 90+ degree temps that with humidity have had a heat index up to 105, and today it's cool, almost cold! OK, well not quite, but pleasantly cooler.
It cleared up enough today for a walk over the hills to the Pacific side of this peninsula this morning and we were treated to a humpback mother with calf diving just outside the surf line. This has been a quiet day on the boat for small projects and reading while not sweating.