Friday, July 13, 2018

Time to Migrate South

Well, we finally received Schooner's Titer Certificate to fly to England.  We purchased our tickets to fly from Guatemala City to Heathrow in mid-September and return November 6th.  We wanted to stay longer in Europe but it is what it is and we will enjoy it every bit we get.

We plan to find as many housesits to offset the cost and to make our stay a little more interesting.  The only place we plan to go is Bath where good friends are at the moment.  From there it is all up to the luck of the draw.  We use sites such as Trusted House Sitter and Housesitting UK to find people in need of a house sitter.  We currently have two sits scheduled.

We left from Isla Mujeres on Sunday, June 24th and had every intention of sailing to Guanaja Honduras, but the winds were a bit too much on our nose so we changed our destination to Roatan.  We planned to see all three of the Bay Islands this year but it looks as if we will only get to see two of them.

Our trip was fairly uneventful except for being a close reach and sometimes a close haul.  This means bumpy.  My meds worked somewhat, I still needed to stay laying down for most of the trip but I didn't throw up.  Once we changed destinations the ride became more comfortable and I was able to get up and do a few more things.

We are now anchored off Roatan's West End.  No complaints.... Check in was a breeze and it is lovely seeing the Bay Island blue water again.  Back to island life.  Not that Isla Mujeres isn't an island but it is a different culture in the Bay Islands, one we enjoy just as much.

Our plans are to sick around the West End for a few days then head up to Calabash and French Harbour.  After that head over to Utila.  Utila is a known diving destination. It is filled with many backpackers who are interested in diving. We have never been there before because we don't dive. So this will be a first for us.

We are expected back in the Rio Dulce by August first for a month-long house sit. That should be interesting since it will be our first long sit.

Well, that is it for us at the moment.  We continue to have our lists of continuous maintenance and improvements.  I think since I am unable to move my furniture around then I am constantly looking to improve the function of everything we have.

Remember to be good to yourself and to OTHERS.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Blue Water and Long Sunny Days

Well, it is mid June, and we are still in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  We intended to be in the Honduras Bay Islands right now, but Schooner’s papers to fly to Europe is delayed. We want to wait for this form so she can travel to Europe and to any of the Eastern Caribbean Islands that are European owned. This Titer test form is good for life, so once we get it, she is free to travel without quarantine. We are not complaining about the delay. Isla Mujeres is one of our favorite places to be so we are very content. 

We had some visitors a week or so ago.  They are former exchange students of my best friend that are out celebrating their graduation before starting University.  They spent ten days in Cancun.  We loved having them here for a day on the island.  Steve took them snorkeling, which was their first time.  They experience Skull’s Landing’s BBQ chicken and ribs and a long walk shopping along the beach.  It was a gorgeous day. 

We continue to enjoy the island and our life here.  We appreciate the simplicity.  We are experiencing long sunny, clear days among happy people and gorgeous sunsets.

This last Saturday we went out to try out the new autopilot.  It was not a success, but we did find it should be an easy fix by simply moving the unit away from anything magnetic.  Steve is currently moving it as I am typing up this blog.  So we should know in a few days if he has resolved the issue. 

Another storm is forecast for this weekend.  Perhaps the travel paper will arrive, and we can travel after the storm.  We want some eastern winds … not too strong but enough to power our Saga Sea to Guanaja, Honduras. 

Have to add some pics of my lil Gman

Well, I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos.  As always please be good to yourself and especially to Others.