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The Cruising Adventures of Joan & Ben Schuetz aboard  
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 12: Oooh, the weather is so exciting. . . .
Saturday, 15 January 2000

We've been sitting in the lee of Owen Island in the Bahia del Espiritu Santo (Bay of the Holy Spirit) for a couple days now.   It's a good anchorage and we are well protected from the winds.  Last night, it was blowing 25 - 30 knots with heavy rain.  Our weather FAX said that the seas offshore were running to 14 feet.  This morning, I got the latest WEFAX and it looks like we will be here a bit longer with winds continuing in the 25 knot range until Tuesday.  The days are a pleasant 85 degrees and partly sunny.  All of our machinery continues to run properly.

It's too rough for diving or fishing even in the bay, so we're concentrating on doing nothing, really well.  Heide is anchored a couple of hundred yards to the south of us.  Last night,  a moonless cloudy night, the only evidence of human existence outside of Francesca was the wee little anchor light on Heides' mast.  We're used to it, but at first that sort of thing was kind of spooky.

There is a very small Mayan settlement on the north side of the Bay.  They live in thatched huts at the edge of the jungle a couple of dozen yards from the beach.   Occasionally one of their skiffs runs by, but they won't wave or acknowledge us.  Pretty solitary folks I guess.

Our charts show that inland there is a swampy area that surrounds the land that surrounds the bay.  So there are no roads in the area.  The only way in or out is by boat.

We're anxious to get to Belize, but to do nothing really well, you have to be oblivious of tomorrow.  I am spending time on the novel, however, and it is progressing well.

Kind of a nothing newsletter today, but of course, there will be more to come.

Joan, Ben, Marge, Marv and always Maggie