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RIO DULCE GORGE, GUATEMALA Photo Log

One year in Central America aboard Happy Feets with Capt. Ron, Co-Capt. Karen & 1st Mate ZeldabelleMAY, 2013 - MAY, 2014Freeport, FL to Rio Dulce, Guatemala, to Bay Islands of Honduras, thru Belize, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico

One year in Central America aboard Happy Feets 
with Capt. Ron, Co-Capt. Karen & 1st Mate Zeldabelle
MAY, 2013 - MAY, 2014
Freeport, FL to Rio Dulce, Guatemala, 
to Bay Islands of Honduras, thru Belize, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico

FREEPORT, FL TO RIO DULCE, GUATEMALA


We left Freeport, FL in May, 2013, and sailed down the west coast of Florida to the Dry Tortugas, then jumped off for a four-day nonstop passage past Cuba to Guatemala.  This took about 6 weeks from home to the Rio Dulce, Guatemala.


We cleared into customs and immigration at Livingston then motored down the river, first through a 10 mile gorge with high walls, and then upriver about 20 miles till we anchored at Fronteras, also known as Rio Dulce, same name as the waterway.


We lived on the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, four months.  We took a few inland trips but mostly explored the numerous rivers in our dinghy and got to know the sailboat community there.  Our friend Casey’s home is at Cayo Quemado, about 20 miles downriver from the town of Fronteras.  There are no roads to Casey’s place, the only way to reach him and the many others who live along the river is by boat.  Nearly everyone has a launcha - a small open boat - often carved out of a tree trunk.


We then headed back through the gorge to Livingston to clear out.  As soon as we left Casey’s dock, the light drizzle quickly turned into a heavy rain.  We have an enclosed steering station so were able to continue the two-hour passage through the gorge, motoring at about 5 knots, a nice leisurely pace to enjoy the trip.


This time I took photos, but it just kept raining.  I thought the pics were pretty much of a loss.  But when I went to the computer, the digital system saved a few of them so here they are in all their wet glory.


Perhaps you can almost feel the cool humid air hanging in the mountains as we leave incredible Guatemala and head east to the Bay Islands of Honduras.

FISHING BEFORE THE RAIN

FREEPORT, FL TO RIO DULCE, GUATEMALAWe left Freeport, FL in May, 2013, and sailed down the west coast of Florida to the Dry Tortugas, then jumped off for a four-day nonstop passage past Cuba to Guatemala.  This took about 6 weeks from home to the Rio Dulce, Guatemala.We cleared into customs and immigration at Livingston then motored down the river, first through a 10 mile gorge with high walls, and then upriver about 20 miles till we anchored at Fronteras, also known as Rio Dulce, same name as the waterway.We lived on the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, four months.  We took a few inland trips but mostly explored the numerous rivers in our dinghy and got to know the sailboat community there.  Our friend Casey’s home is at Cayo Quemado, about 20 miles downriver from the town of Fronteras.  There are no roads to Casey’s place, the only way to reach him and the many others who live along the river is by boat.  Nearly everyone has a launcha - a small open boat - often carved out of a tree trunk.We then headed back through the gorge to Livingston to clear out.  As soon as we left Casey’s dock, the light drizzle quickly turned into a heavy rain.  We have an enclosed steering station so were able to continue the two-hour passage through the gorge, motoring at about 5 knots, a nice leisurely pace to enjoy the trip.This time I took photos, but it just kept raining.  I thought the pics were pretty much of a loss.  But when I went to the computer, the digital system saved a few of them so here they are in all their wet glory.Perhaps you can almost feel the cool humid air hanging in the mountains as we leave incredible Guatemala and head east to the Bay Islands of Honduras.

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FISHING BEFORE THE RAIN Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:57 AM
FISHING ON THE RIO DULCE
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FISHING BEFORE THE RAIN
HEAVY RAIN, RIO DULCE GORGE

HEAVY RAIN, RIO DULCE GORGE

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HEAVY RAIN, RIO DULCE GORGE Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:57 AM
HEAVY RAIN, RIO DULCE GORGE
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HEAVY RAIN, RIO DULCE GORGE
CLOUDS IN THE HILLS

CLOUDS IN THE HILLS

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CLOUDS IN THE HILLS Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:57 AM
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CLOUDS IN THE HILLS
WAITING OUT THE RAIN ALONG THE GORGE

WAITING OUT THE RAIN ALONG THE GORGE

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WAITING OUT THE RAIN ALONG THE GORGE Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:57 AM
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WAITING OUT THE RAIN ALONG THE GORGE
BOAT ON THE GORGE

BOAT ON THE GORGE

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BOAT ON THE GORGE Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:57 AM
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BOAT ON THE GORGE
THREE THATCH ROOFS

THREE THATCH ROOFS

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THREE THATCH ROOFS Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:58 AM
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THREE THATCH ROOFS
FISHING

FISHING

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FISHING Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:58 AM
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FISHING
NEW CONSTRUCTION ON THE GORGE

NEW CONSTRUCTION ON THE GORGE

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NEW CONSTRUCTION ON THE GORGE Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:58 AM
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NEW CONSTRUCTION ON THE GORGE
GORGE WATERFRONT FOR SALE

GORGE WATERFRONT FOR SALE

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GORGE WATERFRONT FOR SALE Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:58 AM
FOR SALE
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GORGE WATERFRONT FOR SALE
FISHING IN THE RAIN

FISHING IN THE RAIN

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FISHING IN THE RAIN Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:58 AM
FISHING IN THE RAIN
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FISHING IN THE RAIN
COCONUT PALMS LINE THE GORGE3-001

COCONUT PALMS LINE THE GORGE

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COCONUT PALMS LINE THE GORGE3-001 Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:59 AM
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COCONUT PALMS LINE THE GORGE
HEADING HOME

HEADING HOME

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HEADING HOME Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:59 AM
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HEADING HOME
RAIN, RAIN, RAIN

RAIN, RAIN, RAIN

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RAIN, RAIN, RAIN Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:59 AM
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RAIN, RAIN, RAIN
SUN COMES OUT IN THE GORGE

SUN COMING OUT

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SUN COMES OUT IN THE GORGE Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:59 AM
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SUN COMING OUT
GORGE HIDEAWAY

GORGE HIDEAWAY

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GORGE HIDEAWAY Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:59 AM
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GORGE HIDEAWAY
WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD

WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD

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WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 06:59 AM
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WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD
LIVINGSTON FERRY FROM FRONTERAS

LIVINGSTON FERRY FROM FRONTERAS (TOWN OF RIO DULCE)

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LIVINGSTON FERRY FROM FRONTERAS Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 07:00 AM
FERRY TO LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA
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LIVINGSTON FERRY FROM FRONTERAS (TOWN OF RIO DULCE)
SOMEONE'S DREAM, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA

SOMEONE'S DREAM, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA

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SOMEBODY'S DREAM, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA
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SOMEONE'S DREAM, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA
LIVINGSTON FERRY BOATS IN FRONT OF TOWN

LIVINGSTON FERRIES IN FRONT OF TOWN

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LIVINGSTON FERRY BOATS IN FRONT OF TOWN Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 07:00 AM
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LIVINGSTON FERRIES IN FRONT OF TOWN
RON LEAVES DINGHY WITH BOATWATCHERS

RON LEAVES DINGHY WITH BOATWATCHERS

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RON LEAVES DINGHY WITH BOATWATCHERS Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 07:00 AM
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RON LEAVES DINGHY WITH BOATWATCHERS
BUILDING THE BASKETBALL COURT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA

BUILDING THE BASKETBALL COURT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA

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BUILDING THE BASKETBALL COURT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 07:00 AM
BUILDING THE BASKETBALL COURT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA
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BUILDING THE BASKETBALL COURT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA
LAUNDRAMAT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA

LAUNDRAMAT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA

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LAUNDRAMAT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 07:01 AM
LIVINGSTON LAUNDRAMAT WITH CUSTOMS OFFICE BEHIND
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LAUNDRAMAT, LIVINGSTON, GUATEMALA
FERRY BOATS, LIVINGSTON

FERRY BOATS, LIVINGSTON

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FERRY BOATS, LIVINGSTON Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 07:01 AM
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FERRY BOATS, LIVINGSTON
CHANCE ALONG LEAVING LIVINGSTON

FRIENDS ON CHANCE ALONG LEAVING LIVINGSTON

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CHANCE ALONG LEAVING LIVINGSTON Capture Date: Sep 25, 2014 07:01 AM
FRIENDS ON CHANCE ALONG LEAVING LIVINGSTON
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FRIENDS ON CHANCE ALONG LEAVING LIVINGSTON
CURB LIZARD, LIVINGSTON

CURB LIZARD, LIVINGSTON

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CURB LIZARD, LIVINGSTON
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