Month: March 2015

POSITION REPORT- Fantasy Island, Roatan, Bay of Islands – Honduras

March 26, 2015

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2015/03/26 23:00
LATITUDE: 16-21.44N
LONGITUDE: 086-26.31W
COMMENT: Beach House – DOCKED – Fantasy Island, Roatan, Bay of Islands – Honduras

We decided to move on as the weather would be reasonably cooperative and Roatan is the big deal island of this group.
Still pretty bumpy out there and the wind was calm. It picked up later in the afternoon and made the ride more testy.

We’re at Fantasy Island Marina (which is no longer a Fantasy). It’s seen better days. We may move tomorrow to Barefoot Cay Marina after we check
Windward’s crew into the country and see what it’s like.

This is the daunting leg of the journey and the point at the end of the Honduran/Nicaraugan Peninsula is called “Gracias Dios” (Thank God Point).
Why? Because the wind and current embay or pocket us in to the Gulf of Honduras. Christopher Columbus took 90 days to get out of this bay tacking back and forth.
3 months to to 150 miles! His crew upon seeing the point, where the land again turns south said, “Gracias Dios” and so it was named.

That leg of our journey is yet to come and of course we have two diesel engines that Christopher Columbus could only have dreamed of!

KIT,
We’ll update you on our tour of this island, we may be here up to a week.
Scott and Nikki

Position Report – Isla Utila, Bay of Islands – Honduras

March 25, 2015

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2015/03/25 17:10
LATITUDE: 16-05.66N
LONGITUDE: 086-53.86W
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Isla Utila, Bay of Islands – Honduras

We had a lovely almost week in the Rio Dulce, highlighted by our visit from Carmina who drove in from Guatemala City.
With Carmina and the crew of “Windward”, we rented a small van with driver for a day and went to see the Mayan Ruins of Tikal.

All in all, we had a good time which included a generator scare (plumbing broke, but we were able to fix it!).

The trip through the Rio Dulce Gorge is (for my Wisconsin friends), a bit like a tropical Wisconsin Dells. Very pretty.

I will try and update the blog shortly. Just never had the time in the “Rio”….
Hugs and KIT,
Scott and Nikki

Position Report – Rio Dulce-Frontera, Guatemala…..

March 18, 2015

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2015/03/18 18:04
LATITUDE: 15-39.37N
LONGITUDE: 088-59.64W
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Rio Dulce – RAM Marina, Frontera, Guatemala

We had a nice anchor spot in the river mouth last night and it was fascinating watching all the various fishing boats come and go. Mostly, really small ones.

The trip up the Rio Dulce Gorge was quite spectacular – a real Disneyland “Jungle Cruise” including spotting a Manatee in the 7 mile gorge!

We’re 20 miles “up river” and are expecting my friend Carmina tomorrow who will drive from Guatemala City (5+ hours!).

We have good power and water here and are in a nice comfy slip. We’ve met the American owner (whose US residence is Aqua Dulce, California) and he is quite a story himself. More in the blog. We should have internet here and we’ll be able to catch up on the blogs. We hear it rains here (El Nino) every night. Fortunately for us, the Air Con works!

We’ll keep you posted. We expect to be here about a week, maybe a bit more as we’ll have to watch the weather.
KIT,
Scott and Nikki