25 February 2018 | Linton Bay
We have been really enjoying the islands and the wind has continued to blow, but we began to get hints that a change was coming. We have moved around to several new anchorages and went on a river hike/swim with Lisa, the transvestite Kuna. It sounds bizarre, but we had a great time. She took us up the Rio Sidra, past some Kuna sacred ground and burial sites, high up into the mountains above the coast. We then swam and walked down the river and received a blessing and purification from the river through Lisa. She shared a lot of the Kuna religious thought with us and we were enchanted. It was a wonderful day.
We spent a couple of days at Nargana, where we got a propane refill using an adaptor our friends Mike and Gloria of SV Respite graciously loaned us. We Also bought some dinghy fuel, as the gas I got in Cartagena turned out to be premixed with oil and fouled the carburetor on our 4 stroke outboard. I have gotten pretty good at cleaning the carburetor, but pure gas is what it wants. We gave the premix to Mike as he has a 2 stroke motor.
I have been spending a lot of time cleaning the bottom of the boat. We got infected with some sort of algae in Columbia and it has just about taken over. The stuff is very tenacious and grows faster that you can imagine. I have scraped and scrubbed and have about given up on getting rid of it until we can haul out again.
We have been following the weather closely and it seems that a break in the strong northeasterly winds is coming. We have staged over to Linton Bay to clear Immigration and get our exit zarpe. We have all our paper work in order and have fueled up and watered up and the boat is ready to go. We got the green light this morning from our weather guru and so we plan to head north tomorrow. Our current plan is to go to the Cayman Islands and it should be a 5 day passage. We do have some bail out options on the way but we hope we can make it all the way. We have decided not to go to the Bay Islands because of recent piracy problems off of the corner of Honduras. We may save that visit for a future trip to Belize and Guatemala.
So fingers crossed for a smooth passage. I may try to do some updates on the way so stay tuned.