TIME: 2015/03/18 00:04
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