Quiet time aboard Viento Azul
28 July 2021 | Belize
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July 28, 2021
After 3 weeks of a full ship it is time for some rest as our Z family headed for the airport. The past month has had a variation of seas and people. Squaring up with Colleen in the office, Caroline for check out, and waving to Sherman we head out of Cucumber Marina into a rough sea. The wind stirring up the water like a milkshake was opposite of last week’s flat calm mirror. As we headed into a wind of 25 knots we were bobbing like a cork relaxing my mind. Wave after wave, cloud after cloud the shoreline began to shrink off into the distance.
Heading south with over 60 nautical miles ahead we were hoping to reach Placencia before dark. The wind kept us moving at 8 to 9 knots until it let up, which meant a kinder ride, but a lose of speed and an increase of heat. After a while the quietness of an empty boat became welcoming and lulled in a cloud of peace to recharge our souls. I love the space in your mind and an absence of time, for your thoughts to drift , as you sail looking out. You are rocked into a different world, where the cares of the world fade away.
Eight hours later, as the sun was getting very close to the horizon Placensia was in sight. By the time we came around into making our way into the harbor it was dark and disorientating. The wind was starting to pick up again and dark clouds were circling. Many years ago we were abruptly awakened dragging anchor across Placencia Harbor. We nearly collided with another vessel then continued dragging at a rapid rate towards the fuel dock. The lightening was flashing and it was an intense moment . With this memory in mind we put down our anchor for the night. Looking around it did not feel comfortable going ashore. The threat of squalls were all around. In the moment it was calm and peaceful but that was about to change. The wind came with the rain and continued all night long. Thank God this time we stayed put and sleep very well despite what was going on out side.
For myself morning came to early, but Captain Ted was ready to go, so go we did at 5 a.m. Desiring to pull my own weight, I arose with eyes at half mast taking the helm as we pulled anchor. Needless to say I did not last to long giving the helm back to Captain Ted I drifted back to sleep in the cockpit. About 10 a.m. with the hot sun beating down I awoke feeling still groggy but much better! We were headed back to Guatemala but our rocket ride was back to being the slow boat motoring on glassy seas. It was pretty amazing, seven hours later we were anchored off of Livingston, Guatemala checking in and heading up the river.
The river felt like home and I was happy to be immersed in the beauty of the jungle. Many locals were out in their cayacos fishing along the banks . The water was muddy in many places from rain up in the mountains. I had never seen such a large amount of plastic bottles littering the water. At first we thought someone dumped out trash but after awhile as the debris continued, it seemed as if it had washed down from tall he rainfalls. You never know what you will see, sometimes beauty, other times things just look a bit out of place. Half way up the river deciding not to be in a hurry we stopped for the night in the Texas Bay Area, hoping for a visit with our son’s friends, who had just bought the sweetest jungle house! Everyone was sleeping so we did a nice swim off of our boat washing off a hot day. The stars came out in glory surrounded by lightening up in the mountains. The clouds rolled in giving us another night of intense rain, thunder, and flashing lights from heaven. This is how you know you are in Guatemala when it rains you think elephants are falling from the sky!
Another peaceful stormy night passed. After some great coffee the last stretch of the winding river was ahead. A couple hours later high in the sky the Rio Dulce bridge looms above, marking we are home to Nana Juana Marina. Throwing the lines around the pilings and stepping off on the dock we are excited about what is ahead after a break to the States.
Hurricane season is here. August and September typically are very busy with storms brewing up. Our prayer is for a quiet season, as Irma , Maria , Dorian and Iota have caused much trouble in our neck of the woods the last few years. In September we will be exploring around the Rio Dulce in Guatemala before we head back to Belize, October late. If your interested in an adventure, serving at Casa Agua Azul or a sailing experience drop us a line @ infoworshipsailng.com God is with us all and loves to show His glory!