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Francesca
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      Part 1:  Caribbean Bound   |         Part 2: Southern ICW   |         Part 2A:  Preparing to cross the stream   |         Part 3: Cuban Delights   |         Part 4: Great Hospitality, Awful Beaurocracy   |         Part 4a: Interesting weather   |         Part 5: Lo siento (I'm sorry) no lobsters   |         Part 6: If you make plans, don't tell anyone   |         Part 7: At the western tip of Cuba   |         Part 8:  War Stories   |         Part 9:  Hanging out at Isla Mujeres, Mexico   |         Part 10: Isla Mujeres to Puerto Aventuras   |         Part 11: Bahia Ascension y Bahia del Espiritos Santos   |         Part 12: Oooh, the weather is so exciting. . . .   |         Part 13:  The illegal aliens beat it over the border   |         Part 14: San Pedro and Caye Caulker, Belize   |         Part 15: Bluefield Range (Belize)   |         Part 15A: Waiting for good weather at Bluefield Range   |         Part 16: Rio Dulce Bound   |         Part 17:  On the Rio   |         Part 18: A Spectacular Couple of Days   |         Part 19:  On to Lago Izabal   |         Part 20: More on Lago Izabal   |         Part 21: Rainbow on a full moon   |         Part 22: At the dock            |         Part 23:  It gets better & better & . . . .   |         Part 24: Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango   |         Part 25: Panajacel and Chichi   |         Part 26: Heide heads home   |         Part 27: Leaving river city for a while   |         Part 28: Back to Belize   |         Part 29: Time out for paradise   |         Part 30: Natures way   |         Part 31: Best of the best   |         Part 32: Jack's Cay No - Glover's Reef Si   |         Part 33:  A few days of ambling   |         Part 34: Treasures of a Lifetime   |         Part 35:  It's a better day today   |         Part 36:  The loss of a friend   |         Part 37:  Rite of passage   |         Part 38:  The last bit of open water   |         Part 39: 1000 miles and counting   |        Part 40:  Shoes-, me?

      Part 9:  Hanging out at Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Friday, 17 December 1999

We've been here at Isla Mujeres for several days now.  The Island is about 5 miles long and a half mile wide running north to south.  It has a nicely navigable harbor running lengthwise down the center from north end about half way.  The island is about 5 miles offshore from Cancun.

Pat Wallace, a former Raychem associate in Raleigh, was kind enough to pass along a web site that may be helpful to you in following the geography of our travels.  It is at :
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/americas/
Thanks Pat.

We have made a number of trips into the town and it is a neat little community with everything for the tourist.  Prices are reasonable, but not cheap.  We have found a good restaurant and enjoy excellent lunches there.  Joan and Marge have been doing a bit of shopping without too much success (I add with some glee).  While Joan is gaining prowess with her language abilities, Marge's sometimes misunderstood Spanish pronunciation has reduce to rubble a hundred years of friendship and cooperation with the Latin world.  There have been mumbled slogans like “Remember the Maine, let's do it again”.  Marge is getting the hang of it though.

The weather is really nice.  Mid to upper 80s during the day, low 70s at night, moderate humidity and so far we have not been beset by bugs of any kind.  It's a little warm for Joan, but right in my comfort zone.

We have talked with a number of sailboat folks who, having been south, are on their way back to the States.  They have had nothing but good to say about the regions wherein we shall soon cruise.  There is a cruisers NET on VHF channel 67 at 8:30 AM each morning.  The net gives weather, announcements, and is an open forum for any issues, meetings, etc.  It is surprising that there would be a NET here as there are only 30 or 40 cruisers, but it's certainly a nice feature of the
locale.

So far, the only unfixable problem with the boat has been the loss of the small inverter which was dedicated to powering the TV and computer.  This has been an easy work-around though as we can run them from either the main inverter or generator.  Also, being on the fringe of reception, we can no longer get Satellite TV.  The locals use a 1 meter dish. We shall be looking for one to put on the boat soon.

Because we are just hanging out, and will be for the rest of the month, there is not much to report.  When there is, I will of course, send out another `Adventures'.  Until then, have a happy Christmas and New Years day.  We're especially thinking of all of you during this holiday season.

Joan, Ben, Marge, Marv & Maggie