Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weathering the storm in Sapodilla Lagoon, Belize

The calm before the storm - Sapodilla Lagoon

Jim practices the ring game at the Pelican Cays

We joined Renate & Jim on Emerald Seas up at Pelican Cays after the Feuers left. The snorkeling was great there and we enjoyed the little bar/restaurant run by a couple with a 2 year old daughter. Afterwards we went back to Placencia to fill up with provisions and water before hunkering down in the Sapodilla Lagoon while a storm front came through. This is a totally protected and lovely spot with lots of room. Nine boats joined us there and we all socialized. One night we had a dinghy raftup - all nine dinghies tied up and anchored sharing drinks and appetizers.
Jim & Beth lead Jim & Renate through the Mangroves

Scott and I in our Port-a-boat dinghy
Another day we explored the narrow circuitous Cabbage Haul Creek that winds it way up from the end of the lagoon. There is a large under construction marina off the lagoon where we explored the canals built for existing and proposed real estate and their beaches.
Several boats hosted drinks or meals on board including ourselves the first night. Our friends on Madcap joined us as well as David & Carmen on "Expectations", and Peter & Mary on "Rendez Vous". Once the storm arrived we spent a couple of days snug in our cabins until it blew over. It was windy and poured rain but we were protected from any waves.  After that we went up to Dangriga and checked out of the country. After a quiet night at South Water Cay, Emerald Seas and ourselves did a lovely overnight to Utila, Honduras. Friends Imke & Ulrike on "Eiland" joined us at Glover's Cay and "Expectations" followed us later that morning. The seas and winds were calm (just enough wind to keep the sails up) and traveling with other boats made me feel so safe!
So - now we're in Honduras - arrived 2/27.
Beth, Scott, Renate, Heather, Mary and Peter

One view of our Dinghy Roundup

Carmen and David from "Expectations"

Peter & Mary from "Rendez Vous"

And the sunset before the storm arrived.

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