TIME: 2015/03/18 00:04
LATITUDE: 15-48.81N
LONGITUDE: 088-45.39W
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Rio Dulce – Livingston, Guatemala

We departed Placencia, Belize at about 8 am and motored in little wind directly south to the mouth of the Rio Dulce (Sweet Water River).
This is another tricky entry as there is a quarter mile long “bar” (mud from the river) that is only 3.5 feet at extreme low tides and was about 5 1/2 feet for us.

Dennis and Lizette on “Windward” came about an hour after us with a higher tide, but they still got stuck in the muck. Our Customs and Immigration agent, Raul of “Servermar” arranged for a small fishing boat to go out and take the halyard (line to the top of the mast) and pull them over sideways to get their keel off the mud.

This was a complete success and the fee was $50.00 USD. Well worth it! I have pictures to be posted when I post the blog (which I hope to do at RAM Marina) while we’re here for about 7-10 days before heading to the Bay of Islands, Honduras.

The Rio Dulce is famous for it’s beautiful river gorge where one of the early Tarzan films was done. I can just see Johnny Wiesmuller swinging through the dense jungle that lines either side now! Jane…Where’s “Boy”, where’s “Cheetah”? (I guess you have to be of a certain age….:-)

We’re anchored on the side of the river for the night and we’ll go up the gorge around 8 am for the 4 hour trip to the Marina. Long time friend Carmina Robles will come visit us in a few days. Cindy and I were hosted by her when we were at Puerto Quetzal in 2009. If I could just take the boat the 150 miles across Guatemala (you know, through the jungles and the volcanoes), I’d be exactly where we were 6 years ago. It was the scene of our “Apocalypse Now” moment with the US Coast Guard Cutter.
Use the search engine on the website for the blog. It was a hoot.

All tucked in with 10 feet of water (now) underneath us.

Scott and Nikki

TIME: 2015/03/15 21:04
LATITUDE: 16-30.58N
LONGITUDE: 088-21.88W
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Placencia, Belize

We had another breezy night at Glover Reef and during the day, we did one dive. We departed this morning and had a lovely sail to the Gladden Spit.
The Spit is a big entrance to the inner reef system (which is poorly charted and lots of “extra” reefs). This reef system reminds me a lot of the Mamanuca Islands in West Fiji.

Whale Sharks will be all around the spit at the next full moon.
We’ll hope to catch that event off the Bay Islands of Honduras (Utila, Roatan and Guanaja).

Once inside the reef, we motored the 20 miles here to Placencia where there are about 20 cruisers anchored, plenty of room and a very comfy anchorage with a nice breeze.

We hope to go ashore and have dinner. Nikki has been storing up her “food credits”…:-)

We’ll check out tomorrow and then on Tuesday head to the Rio Dulce of Guatemala!
Scott and Nikki

TIME: 2015/03/13 20:41
LATITUDE: 16-43.24N
LONGITUDE: 087-50.85W
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Southwest Cays, Glover Reef – Belize

Well, this for me is an unfortunate day of remembrance as it was 4 years ago today I lost Cindy.
Yesterday, while diving (first two dives in a year!), I found myself talking to her and almost expected she’d be right behind me.
It also would have been my Dad’s 87th. Lots of feelings.

We had a lovely trip here from Light House Reef, the entry quite easy. We had a very nice 3 days at Light House with highlights of our trip to the “Blue Hole” and yesterday we did two dives. (Dennis and Scott and Scott solo on the second). Nikki snorkeled around the boat which we put on one of the dive moorings right next to the “Belize Agressor III”.

The reefs were classic Belize. Lots very healthy coral and big barrel sponges; some 6 feet tall! Barracuda, Box Fish, Scrawled File fish, Grouper, lots of schooling Parrot Fish, some very big Tarpon and the ubiquitous invasive Lion Fish. It is believed that about 10-15 years ago, people who tired of their aquariums may have released the Lion Fish into Florida’s waters. Now, it’s pretty much everywhere. We saw a clump of six of them together. The dive started in 35 feet (10.5 meters) and I went no more than about 23 meters (78 feet). Another boat said they saw some reef sharks hunting, but alas, non were to be seen. The overall impression however is that these reefs are in excellent shape.

We’ll explore here a bit for a few days and give a full report before moving on to our last stop in Belize which will be Placencia. Then off to Guatemala’s Rio Dulce where after circling the world, we’ll again meet up with Carmina who will be driving in from Guatemala City.
Scott and Nikki