Saturday, June 15, 2013
Tobacco Caye, Belize
|s/v Niki Wiki at Tobacco Caye, Belize|
If you are ever looking for a quiet, tropical location this is one place you should consider. What you see in the photo is what you get, that's the whole island in the photo! There are a few guest cabins and rooms available on this tiny bit of land which is tucked into a curve in the great reef. The waves from the strong tradewinds break onto the reef and are a constant roar, but other than that all you can hear are the birds and the whispering of the palm tree fronds. The visitors this day (besides us) were groups of what looked like high school seniors who were staying in the bungalows. We watched them get their snorkel lessons - lucky kids.
We anchored here only for a few hours so we could explore the island and go snorkeling. Our short time here is one of the highlights of our cruising this season and well worth the extra effort!
|Tobacco Caye, Belize|
Here's a photo John and Diane from m/v JASDIP and Jonesy standing on Tobacco Caye with a couple of the guest houses. We walked the whole circumference of this place in about 15 minutes –
|Conch Shells on Tobacco Caye, Belize|
And the conch shells! Goodness – there were so many conch shells that they used them to line the walking paths and as breakwaters along the shore. The older shells were bleached out by the sun and were beginning to break down into the little particles that make up the sand. The newer shells on top of the piles were still lovely.
Too bad we didn't have time to stay for to enjoy some delicious cracked conch to eat. But we had to hustle to a more protected anchorage for the overnight stay.
So I scrubbed it with bleach and it's now out on deck in a basket getting "de-stinked" naturally over time. She's a beauty isn't she?
Jonesy was not pleased that I brought the shell back to the boat. Years ago he was attacked by one of my shell treasures on the boat and suffered a nasty cut. But I'm sure this one will behave - and it makes me happy so I get to keep it. Life is good.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sailed and Bounced to Belize
|Sailing away from Isla Mujeres, Cancun Mexico|
On the Pacific Ocean side of Central America we didn't have as much wind during the night hours as we did during the day. Thus, my night watch duties at the helm were usually pleasant and uneventful allowing for plenty of star gazing, reading, and of course knitting.
|New Red Socks Teaser|
But with my trusty headlamp glowing Cyclops style from my forehead, and safely snapped into my inflatable life jacket and snatch hooked by cable onto the helm seat I was able to knit several inches down the foot and finish the toe of a new sock design.
|Niki Wiki at anchor Blue Ground Range, Belize|
During my night watch, I heard something slap the deck behind me…what was it? I looked around (still safely hooked to my seat, but on a leash) but saw nothing. Hmmm…maybe I imagined it. I returned to my knitting. But a few minutes later Jonesy's head popped up behind me out of the hatch over our bed and he bellow that a flying fish had landed on my pillow and was flopping around in our bed waking him up from a deep sleep. Eventually he managed to catch the fish (still alive) and came up on deck to toss it over the side. Well, our berth was quite fishy for the rest of the passage and was only habitable on one end due to the fish scales and stink. No, flying fish are not good for eating. If they were, I would have considered this a fishing success story.
We took a pit stop at Bahia de la Ascension, a safe natural harbor in southern Mexico to rest for one night. That broke the trip into 2 separate overnight passages and made a huge different in how we felt by the time we dropped the hook behind the reef in San Pedro Town, (Ambergris Caye) Belize at daylight following another night at sea. We actually felt pretty good, like humans, not zombies because we both had a complete night of sleep in that remote and quiet Mexican harbor.
|Bow Candy: Terry watching the depth on approach to Tobacco Caye|
|:Local art at a restaurant in Caye Caulker, Belize|
We spent quite a bit of time on Caye Caulker again as we enjoy hanging out there. The island is beautiful and the people are just so dang nice. Jonesy forgot his wallet when we took a golf cart taxi down island to get our propane tank refilled (I cook a lot). The taxi driver PAID for our propane and took us back to the dock where our dinghy was tied so Jonesy could go back to our boat and get his wallet to pay him back and for the taxi/wait fare plus grateful tip. No worries – no complaints from the taxi driver. Thanks Clifton!
|Fish art Caye Caulker, Belize|
|Lollipop Ornament to knit|
|Zig Zag Toddler Mittens|
I can't show you my latest work on some new sock designs which doesn't make me happy. I love to share! But then they wouldn't be a surprise to the folks on the groups who receive new sock patterns periodically. But working on these has kept me out of trouble as I've had my nose to the Excel grindstone these past few weeks.
Also on the needles is a Bi-Colored Slouch Hat which is an old design of mine. I've been aware that there is an error in the crown decrease section and finally I am getting myself motivated to correct the pattern. I tried to reason it out in Excel, but with the brioche stitch work, double decreases, and instructions for both circular as well as flat-knitting methods, well, my brain got overheated. So I had to resort to yarn and needles. I'm using Caron Super Soft acrylic and will be donating the hat to the Sacramento Knitting Guild's collection of chemo caps for the cancer center patients.
That's all for now.