Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Houston, We have landed

WOW! WOW We are home!!!!!  IT is such an Awesome Feeling!!!!  We are so grateful for EVERYTHING!  We sure have missed our little Saga Sea boat.  She did awesome with the help of the Harbour Master, Oscar, here at Tijax Marina in the Rio Dulce.  This will be her home every Hurricane season for the foreseeable future.  

Well, let's see where did I leave off with the blog…?  Ok, we struggled some with packing and staying within the 50 lb limit for each bag.  Our two huge suitcases went to four for weight reasons and we still had one 3lbs over the limit.  Our two carry on bags were completely full with electronics as well.  But we managed and got everything here with no other issues.  Steve’s carry on bag was searched because he had the boat zincs in his bag and they looked suspicious.  Schooner’s paperwork all passed with NO problems or questions… actually the airlines Never asked for her paperwork which was interesting.  

Our driver, William, with Otto’s Tours met us and whisked us out of the city with very little delay. The rest of the drive was slow and lots of vehicle exhaust.  Vehicle exhaust is always something that takes us some time getting used to in the cities. 

 The road to the Rio is a two lane road that has been under lots of maintenance but we were lucky enough to miss the work because it was suspended for the holidays.  The road has a lot of large truck traffic taking supplies in and out of Guatemala City.  Schooner and I slept for most of the trip down.  

We managed to get the bags in the water taxi across to the marina and had the bags unloaded about 10pm that night.  Score!  Saga Sea looked awesome inside and out and I slept like a rock.  The next day Steve and I got right on our projects, well after some well deserved coffee and a good breakfast at Tijax Marina’s  restaurant.  I unloaded all the lockers (cabinets) and washed them all out with vinegar then a spritz of clove oil and water.  I washed everything in the galley.

Steve stayed busy bringing back all the systems in working order.  DC and AC power, refrigeration, the toilet, the propane and stove, VHF radio, AIS, the Wifi booster, got the dinghy back in the water and outboard running, of course all the covers off, and then he flushed the water tanks.  He has been steadily going down his huge list.  Cleaning all his tools and getting everything back in their place.  

We have also tried to see some of our core group of friends that happen to still be here.  We know a lot of people but we of course have our core friends that we just really click with.  We were so excited that many of them are here… of course others are all over the world.  I can’t tell you how good it is to be with like minded people.  We are no longer the misfits. Now we are with all the other misfits, well misfit boat people.  

So we brought in the new years on top of the bridge here in Fronteres.  It is a pretty popular bridge in Guatemala. We were surprised that more people weren’t on it at midnight. You can see all the fireworks from that spot, a 360 view.  We haven’t celebrated the 1st in many years, it was a nice change but a nap was needed to pull it off.

Other news is that we have beat our supply shipment.  The hurricanes this year really pushed the shipping industry back so everything is being processed very slowly.  They are extremely backed up.  We hope to have it arrive next week, which works out because it is giving us a chance to get the boat ready to receive it and Steve won’t be too overwhelmed with projects.  

Guess that is about it. We will continue to get the boat ready to sail back to the Bay Islands then onto Isla Mujeres.  Remember everything takes a lot of work, even to do simple things, so we are back on “Island Time” …  Time to enjoy Life and all its twists and turns.

Until next time my friends, be good to Yourself and OTHERS..

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