Sound Effect does the big U

14 November 2012
23 April 2012 | Punta Gorda
13 April 2012 | Gasparilla
12 April 2012 | Gasparilla Marina
04 April 2012 | Gasparilla marina
03 April 2012 | Gasparilla Marina
01 April 2012 | Gasparilla Marina florida
30 March 2012 | Gasparilla Marina
27 March 2012 | Gasparilla Marina
21 March 2012 | Gasparilla Marina
13 March 2012
12 March 2012
10 March 2012 | Cancun area
09 March 2012 | Quintana Roo
07 March 2012 | El Cid
03 March 2012 | Marina El Cid
03 March 2012 | Puerto Morales
01 March 2012 | Puerto Morales Mexico
28 February 2012
24 February 2012 | Texan Bay

Ek Balam

13 March 2012
Ek Balam was our final Mayan site of the trip, so got up early, did Church and breakfast, and off to the site. We arrived early enough as this is not a major attraction. However it is a wonderful small city with probably some of the best bas relief carvings still intact. The picture is looking down from this temple which obviously you are still allowed to climb. This climb goes back to our theme of personal responsibility if you fall its your fault! Connie wouldnt go to the top but I did and the view was spectacular. You could probably see thirty miles, flat as a table top so any bump in the landscape is probably a temple not discovered yet.
We left here, and drove toward Cancun on the "toll" road. It was recommended and it was flat, straight and no one was on it. In 3 hours of driving we saw 5 cars!. Then we hit the toll booth and found out why. It was over $20 US for the privelege to use this road. No exits, no services nada!
In the afternoon we took in the Playa del Carmen strip. This is a closed off street with sunglass, tee shirt, jewelry and food vendors each trying harder than the last to get you to buy. We had enough in short order and drove back to the boat.
Now we are awaitng a weather window to cross to Florida. About 425 miles so we need 3-4 days to be sure. Once again it will be an uphill slog, oh how I miss down wind sailing..... just a memory.
Vessel Name: Sound Effect
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour385
Hailing Port: Tacoma WA
Crew: Jim & Connie Merritt
About: Jim and Connie have been sailing since 1975 and have owned four different boats. Racing and cruising Puget Sound Jim has earned a 100 Ton Coast Guard License and US sailing instructor credentials
Extra: Dreaming about full time cruising for20yrs, Jim and Connie have been actively planning for 5 years since participating in the 2005 BaJa Ha Ha
Sound Effect's Photos - Main
Slip Away tipped on the Okachobbe to transit the railroad bridge
5 Photos
Created 14 November 2012
Mayan ruins in Mexico
18 Photos
Created 29 March 2012
Side trip to Tikal and flores from Rio Dulce
15 Photos
Created 20 February 2012
15 Photos
Created 12 February 2012
Sound Effect transits the canal October 10-11 2011
17 Photos
Created 14 December 2011
12 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
9 Photos
Created 22 June 2011
Boat trip up the estuary known as the jungle cruise
17 Photos
Created 6 February 2011
Bird Sanctuary
16 Photos
Created 6 February 2011
Train ride to Copper Canyon January 2011
24 Photos
Created 23 January 2011
45 Photos
Created 21 December 2010
Sailing Cabo to Sea and back to La Paz
18 Photos
Created 28 November 2010
San Diego to Cabo
43 Photos
Created 6 November 2010
10 Photos
Created 8 October 2010
Two Harbors to Avalon
13 Photos
Created 1 October 2010
12 Photos
Created 8 September 2010
Delivery of Sound Effect to San Francisco
5 Photos
Created 29 August 2010

Who: Jim & Connie Merritt
Port: Tacoma WA