Monday, January 19, 2015

It Looks Like We Will Be Here For a While....

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START OF TRIP
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(where we bought the boat)
 to Lake Ontario Click this link:
  SOUTH CAROLINA
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And so it is.....  High season is officially here in Cozumel, Mexico.  As many as 7 cruise ships show up in a single day.  Each of them deposit a few thousand people on to the island every day except Sunday...  What a crazy place...

The dive shop office is on one side of the road and the bodega and dock is on the other....  The joke here at Papa Hogs is "The most dangerous part of your dive is crossing this road!"

Shelley and I are really enjoying our time with our friends here in Cozumel. We have appreciated all the people who have come by to visit. At this time it looks like we will be staying here until around the middle of March.

Last night was the most difficult night yet on the boat.  For the last few days we were faced with a 12-17 knot wind out of the west and north west.  This left us on a lee shore and made the boat very vulnerable if the mooring ever let go...  

Yesterday morning, I put on a tank and went out to check the mooring after the boats left and found the 3 of the 4, 1" lines that was making up the mooring were chafed COMPLETELY THROUGH. the remaining line was about an hour away from also letting go.  I spent the next 212 minutes underwater replacing all the lines that made up the mooring.

What a terrifying few hours...  Last night I stayed on the boat and dove the mooring at midnight to check it and found everything ok.  However, the sea was crazy rough and the aft cable that holds the dinghy in the davit broke and dropped the dinghy half into the ocean.  that caused the oars to disappear into the night.!  At first light I swam to shore and found the oars.... thank goodness...  In the end, I ended up with about 2 hours sleep, but know the boat is safe...  Lesson learned....

Unfortunately, this system kinda snuck up on us and we should have put our boat in the Caleta (marina),  It looks like another may be here in a few days... This time I will be ready....

Here are some random pictures from the last week or so....
Dillan after playing at the beach....
 One of our favorite things to do in our spare time is to drive around the island...  there is no electricity on the east side of the island, but that doesn't stop a few enterprising locals from running some great beach bars...
At "Coconuts" with a "new" friend...
At "Coconuts" with some great "old" friends...
Our friend Betty Anne
Watching TV with the "kids"
Margaret and Shelley - This was a TOUGH puzzle...
Another hard day at the office....
Our view from the shop....
Margarita time....
The calm AFTER the storm....
We may be the most blessed people in the world....  More soon...

Cheers!





4 comments:

  1. Love and miss you all! Hope to be back soon! Love from Linda, Kouri & Alex

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  2. Kyle, we are really enjoying your blog!

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