Towns at the End of the Road April 27, 2001
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Posted: April 27, 2001
Towns at the End of the Road
San Pedro, Ambergris Key, Belize
17 54.750 N 087 57.720 W
April 27, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
I just plain fell in love with Xcalak. She was our last stop in Mexico before proceeding south to Belize. She is the sweetest, dustiest, end-of-the road-little burg, not quite big enough to be called a one-horse town. Her few short roads aren't paved. There's no diesel or water for sale. Spinning over the little population, a half dozen enormous windmills stand sentinel; none work. An impressive grid of 300 Siemens solar panels are no longer connected to anything. There a...... Read More

Heirloom Coordinates April 20, 2001
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Posted: April 20, 2001
Heirloom Coordinates
Banco Chinchorro, Mexico
18 29.694 N 087 26.100W
April 20, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
Imagine. You’re 26 miles offshore, out in the Yucatán Straits, and for most of the day, you’ve been off soundings making slow progress in depths exceeding 3,500 feet, with a one-to-three-knot current flowing against you. The sun has set; the day has cooled off; the sky is a riot of colors. As far as the eye can see, there’s nothing but ocean in all directions. Your destination, ultimately, is a tiny Yucatán port town to the southwest, Xcalak, (pronounc...... Read More

The Whole Tooth and Nothing But The Tooth
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Posted: April 13, 2001
The Whole Tooth and Nothing But The Tooth
Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Mexico
020 29 95 North 087 13 42 West
April, 13, 2001
by Douglas Bernon
We set sail early from our familiar anchorage in Isla Mujeres, having said so long for now to our friends Harold and Diane on Sea Camp, who were staying put for three more weeks. The parting from them was downright painful, as they'd added so much warmth to our lives over the past two months. We motored by them at first light, waved slowly and were quiet, thinking how different it was going to be out here without them.



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"Good Morning, Isla Mujeres!" April 6, 2001
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Posted: April 06, 2001
"Good Morning, Isla Mujeres!"
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
21 14.795 N 86 44.698 W
April 6, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
Every day that we’ve been anchored in the cleft of this funky Mexican island off the Yucatán coast, we’ve heard this same warm greeting, and then sat back to listen to the Isla Mujeres Cruisers’ Net, broadcast each morning on VHF channel 13 at 7:30. Through this net we’ve gotten to know about the fish barbeques over at the Marina Paraíso ("At 4 for drinkers, and 5 for eaters. Only 60 pesos"), about where to take your propane...... Read More

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