But that's OK, we got OUT of the marina, despite high tide being in the middle of the night and we got IN to Cayo Costa, despite high tide being in the middle of the night. All the guides say it's impossible, so we're glad our old GPS waypoints still work for our 5 1/2 foot draft even after Hurricane Charlie moved alot of sand around in 2004.
We dinghied down to check out "the love canal" - an extremely shallow cut through from the bay side to the ocean side originally made by the Calusa Indians thousands of years ago. Unfortunately the tide wasn't high enough and I had to pull the dinghy through some shallow parts, but we finally made it & had a great time shelling and wandering on the beautiful beach. I was astounded in the fact that this beach is not groomed, but yet has no trash so unlike what we've become used to in the NW & SW Caribbean. It was so beautiful, except for the missing clear blue water, I'd almost be back in cruising heaven! I love walking the beach for miles and miles!
And the best part ... I shouldn't even mention this ... KNOCK ON TEAK! ... almost everything worked. The only casualty we had was the original boat GPS decided to reset, not sure what that means, but we have 3 more, so it's not a deal killer. The dinghy held air, the outboard zoomed us to where we wanted to go, the charging system appears to be working, the freezer kept our chicken frozen, AND -- the best part, the SSB works (after being sent in for warranty repairs)! I was able to listen to the SW Carib Net and talked to Tim on s/v Hooligan, the net controller on the NW Carib Net, so hopefully if our friends on sv Kristiana ever get out of the Rio Dulce, we'll be able to TALK to them! Hurray!!! :) Talk to you soon, Doug & Rayene!!! :)
This week, hopefully, weather cooperating, we'll get our new dodger and bimini -- GO AWAY RAIN & WIND!!! And then Ron & Connie are coming for a long weekend adventure! CAN'T WAIT!!! WooHoo!!! Maybe this time Connie won't get chase by the boars!