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How NOT to cross the Tehuantepec or the LOG of ISHI from
Panama City to Costa Rica to Zihuatanajo, Mexico ...
On our way out of Panama we stopped for a day at Taboga Island to visit with cruiser friends Susan and Chuy from Ventura who bought a two story house on the island last year. They have put in eight moorings for rent in front of their house and are remodeling, designating part of their house for a cruiser's club.
We were lucky with the weather and had a speedy three-day passage to Costa Rica, anxious to get to a TV in time for Obama's inauguration, arriving in Golfito on Monday, Jan 19. We picked up a mooring behind Tierra-Mar, Tim and Katie's cruiser hangout with shower, laundry, patio bar and a TV room, all those things near and dear to a soul who has been at sea. This being our fourth time in Golfito it felt like home - a slice of Santa Barbara since Tim and Katie are ex-Santa Barbarians too. On the 20th We watched Obama's inauguration, with cheers from the crowd of cruisers that filled the TV room. Everyone was excited about it - the Costa Rican officials we checked-in with the day before saying they were going to watch Obama's speech. The quarantine inspector said "your new president is not just the president of the US, he is the president of the world".
Spent a month in Golfito, hiking the rain forested hill behind Tierra-Mar
every other morning with a cruiser group and boxer dog Riley, (many toucan
sightings), playing music every Friday on the patio, fixing the
refrigerator, and visiting old friends of Golfito (ex-pats who have staked
out homes in paradise). WINTERTREK Jean and I went zip lining one day by
ourselves, the guys unconvinced it was a safe activity. They missed out on a
breath taking bird's eye view of the rain forest. It seemed all too soon to
leave lovely Costa Rica, but after spending several days diving on the
bottom of the boat to scrape off the barnacles, we headed out of the Golfo
Dulce and made a right hand turn to sail north. With light wind and a
current against us some of the time, it took 9 days to reach the southern
end of Mexico and the Tehuatepec Bay. We did have one day of 25 knot
Papagayo winds, 50 miles offshore from Costa Rica and our poor old mainsail
started it's first rip.
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