Small Dramas at the Reef May 25, 2001
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Posted: May 25, 2001
Small Dramas at the Reef
Between Tom Owen's Cays, The Sapodillas, Belize
16 11.269' N 88 13.991 W
May 25, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
Just before sunset last night, while we were anchored at an isolated little speck of an island in Belize's Sapodilla Cays, Scheherazade's veil of cloud cover burnt off, revealing to our southwest and southeast horizons the first gauzy silhouettes of mountains.
"Look," I said to Bernadette. "Over there. Whaddaya see?"
"Mountains," she said, and then gasped. "It's Guatemala. And Honduras..." Then, just as suddenly as they h...... Read More

Herman Heads South May 18, 2001
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Posted: May 18, 2001
Herman Heads South
Placencia, Belize
16 30.441 N 88 21.797 W
May 18, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
With Ithaka safely hooked in a deep-water anchorage just off one of the pretty Pelican Cays, still inside the protection of Belize’s long barrier reef, we had the paradise-crescent of a bay completely to ourselves—always such a sweet sensation of intimate freedom. Ithaka nodded gently on her anchor rode. Palm trees swayed on the white-sand beach. Comical pelicans dive-bombed around us. Schools of fish jumped near the thickets of mangroves. Douglas and I had just dinghied back from sno...... Read More

Finn’s World, Where Dogs Eat Dinghies and
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Posted: May 11, 2001
Finn’s World, Where Dogs Eat Dinghies and People Eat Well
Pelican Cay, Belize
16 41.071 N 88 11.439 W
May 11, 2001
By Douglas Bernon
We’d waited for a calm day of 17-knot easterly winds and somewhat less rugged seas to attempt the exit through the reef in San Pedro. A fraidy-cat by nature, I was nervous about the exit, which requires a sharp dogleg-turn, judged by range marks ashore, just as you’re splitting two banks of churning coral reef to avoid a third. But still fresh in our minds was our experience entering the reef a few days earlier, so it wasn’t quite as i...... Read More

Tuning In, Before Tuning Out May 4, 2001
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Posted: May 04, 2001





Tuning In, Before Tuning Out
Bluefield Range, Belize
17 13.597 N 88 05.346 W
May 4, 2001
By Bernadette Bernon
Some cruisers, especially those who've been "out" for a while, say they couldn't care less what's happening in the world anymore. Actually, Douglas feels more and more like this each month. I still like to know what's going on, but it's not always easy to do so. Now that we're getting a bit more off the beaten track since Cuba, we're finding that international new...... Read More

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