Wednesday, April 14, 2010
It has been a few weeks since our last post because of so much activity! We did end up spending several weeks in Belize checking out quite a few of their cays. The snorkeling was amazing at Rendezvous Cay! We also stopped and visited several cities, notably Placentia and San Pedro. We stayed at San Pedro anchorage several days longer than expected because of the infamous motor issue, but finally gerry rigged a part to allow us to continue on to Mexico.
Since it is a two day sail to Isla Mujeres where we are currently staying, we stopped at Puerto Aventuras which is about the half way point. We stayed several days as we waited on customs to clear us in and then visited the Mayan ruins at nearby Tulum which was amazingly beautiful next to the ocean up on a cliff. Check out the pictures to see what I mean. We also played "tourista" and visited Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen. Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, and Playa Del Carmen are all the resort areas and tourist traps as one would expect to find. We did rent a scooter at Cozumel and drove around the island which was a lot of fun and allowed us to get away from the cruise ship tourist shops. We stumbled across a Tequila museum and discovered how Tequila is made. We also had some local food at another "Bob Marley" restaurant on the beach. It was a wonderful day!
Sunday we then motor sailed on up to Isla Mujeres where we have been visiting Cancun and of course the island of Isla Mujeres itself. It is wonderful to pick up the Gulf Stream current that is with us as the boat got up to 8 knots which is a first on this trip and maybe for the boat herself! I am indulging my love for "mole" sauce and had chicken mole both in Cancun restaurant and then again last night at another restaurant which we visited with friends Pat and Jay. I figure if you can't indulge one's love for Mexican food when in Mexico, then there is something definitely wrong! Isla Mujeres is a jumping off point for those going to Florida as well as those going further south to Rio Dulce. As such, we have met up with several boats and friends here at this marina that we have been hopscotching along the way and it is great to see everyone again.
Sadly, my cruising experience is quickly coming to an end as I fly out Saturday for California. Dave's friend, Chris, will be joining him here on Tuesday to help sail the boat back to Florida, where we will then have it transported to California for her final resting place for awhile as Dave and I go back to work to re fund and dream about the next adventure. It has been an amazing experience as I knew it would be, and I would not have missed it for anything!