Posts Tagged with ‘Mexico’
25 May 2015
The anticipation is palpable. It seems like we’ve been stuck here forever. The chains of the curse of Isla Mujeres are 3/8″ galvanized BBB, strong, unrusted, and unyielding. But the time has finally come to break out the bolt cutters and get the hell out of here before we grow roots.
The final thread holding us to the island has finally been snipped. We were waiting for a package delivery from DHL and despite Mexican custom’s best efforts to thwart us, it has finally arriv […]
20 May 2015
I know a lot of you are wondering what is going on? Why haven’t Tate and Dani left yet? Where is the grand adventure? Why hasn’t their delorme tracker moved? In fact some people have mentioned the tracker because it looks like a starburst. It looks that way because when at anchor a boat moves in all directions as the wind changes and so the tracker ends up looking sort of like a 360 degree flower. Looks cool, the reality is not so cool though.
Well reader, I will tell you why. I assu […]
08 May 2015
Tate and I left New Orleans in the blistering cold back in January. It was just 4 days after I quit my job, making me unemployed for a bit over 4 months now. In the short run seeing money go out and not come back in isn’t too stressful but when I take into account the whole trip, possibly 5 years of not working, not making money and not building on my skills it makes me take pause. I wanted to write about these feelings of fear of the future, fear of the unknown and the instability that cr […]
29 Apr 2015
After over 2 weeks of a south wind Sundowner’s bow is finally now facing North. The Northerly front that we were waiting on to head south to Guatemala has arrived but yet we remain securely anchored in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Why? Did we hit the tequila a little too hard on our would be last night here? I wish our delay was because of a terrible hangover but even more unfortunate than that is the recent news of a serious illness afflicting one of our immediate family members and along with i […]
22 Apr 2015
I was told when I was young that there was an old proverb that went something like, “It is easier to swim downstream than fight the current.” Now I’m not exactly sure why it took some genius thousands of years ago to pass down this little nugget of wisdom to us poor rubes when it seems like such knowledge is inherent, but it must have struck a cord because it was told to me by someone that told it to them and so on all the way back to Genius Zero who informed all the world tha […]
16 Apr 2015
I’M ALIVE! DEAR GOD I’M ALIVE. Oh I’m just kidding, being sick really wasn’t that bad. I have survived my three day ailment which included a couple of days with fever near 102, chills and a lower back ache. We suspect it was a kidney infection possibly from the ocean water here where we swim frequently but really it could have been from anything. Luckily we stored the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin before we left and once it started working the need to see a doctor went away. T […]
12 Apr 2015
This is just a quick update, not really a full blown blog post. I can’t seem to find the time to get a full blog post in right now, what with the sound of tinkling bells and the oppressive cloud hanging around in the saloon of the boat.
You see, Dani has succumb to some form of plague or another. It started with a fever and got progressively worse. She was laid up for days. We consulted doctors and began a round of antibiotics and it seems she is finally regaining her strength, her fe […]
06 Apr 2015
We’ve been warned about this place. The old wives tale is that once you sail to Isla Mujeres it is very hard to sail away. We heard 5 inauspicious tales of boats that recently tried to leave but ultimately returned for various reasons ranging from engine and gear failure to sheer melancholy as the distance grew wider. I kind of laughed it off as bar room talk but sure enough in the last week two more boats attempted to leave but both returned, one with engine trouble and the other encounte […]
31 Mar 2015
I haven’t left the boat in 6 days. I’m trapped aboard with a monster whose appetite knows no bounds. Eating and eating every day for hours on end, seemingly never satisfied. He looks at me with those hungry eyes and demands more coffee for his mug. This is such a different life than I enjoyed just 6 days ago when we had our first guest aboard. We’ve now eaten everything in the freezer and are breaking out the canned and freeze dried provisions. We are officially on LOCKDOWN, fo […]
26 Mar 2015
You know it didn’t quite occur to me until after my Dad had come and gone on his visit with us that we were using him rather like a drug mule. You see we had lots of little trinkets to send back to the USA and didn’t really like the idea of stuffing them in a package and mailing them home. But Dad, who had decided to come visit was the perfect plan. Sorry Dad, we used you to slip our packages home.
It didn’t quite start out that way. Nefarious. We had arrived in Isla Muj […]