ANCHORED IN BAHIA DE SANTORENZO
SUNRISE AT SAMANA: 7:12 AM
SUNSET AT SAMANA: 6:31 PM
We decided to abandon our lovely marina for a couple of days in exchange some time on the hook and headed out across the bay. Not, however, without a couple of hitches! Cathy, are you reading this?? We were the show, for sure, this morning.
Dan reattached the con-Quest to the side of the boat so that we could maneuver out from the dock. No problem there! However, when it came time to reattach the little guy to tow behind, we had ventured out of the calm of the marina and into an area of extreme turbulence. The two vessels were beating at each other. Slam! Whap! Bang! Dan jumped into the “con-“ and got it away while I steered Quest out to a position that was a mite calmer. The tender took the brunt of this argument with repairable scars to show for its tussle.
Enjoying the short ride across the Samana Bay we rounded Punta Arenas to enter Bahia de San Lorenzo where we dropped the hook just off the coast of the Los Haitises National Park. M/Y Helga’s Car scooted right off our starboard to spend the night before tackling the bitsy weather window to cross the Mona Pass tomorrow.
FLUFFY WHITE CLOUDS ABOVE AND GORGEOUS PALMS ON THE BEACH
|OUR NEIGHBOR FOR THE NIGHT,|
Dan grabbed his tools and clambered down on the swim step to make the necessary repairs to the tender, reattaching the black rubber bumper strip around her edge. Nicely done, Dan! Good thing he is so handy. This morning, prior to leaving the marina, he rebuilt the raw water pump for the generator for Richard on Helga’s Car.
|DAN'S REPAIR SHOP|
We all jumped into our respective tenders and headed out on an expedition to locate the eco-resort located up the elusive Rio Chiquita. Let me tell you, we went up one prospect after another but never found our way to the correct channel before throwing in the towel and returning to our homes. What sights we did see though. The hills are resplendent with dense, jungle like foliage, birds cruise overhead and the rivers are brown with the runoff from the rich soil.
|FOLLOWING HELGA'S CAR'S TENDER THROUGH THE MANGROVES|
|THE MASS OF ROOTS CARPET THE SHORES|
|SMALL CAVES LINE THE SHORES|
Dinner tonight was courtesy of Richard on Helga’s Car. Thank you for the lovely steak meal, congenial company and a tour of your beautiful Ocean Alexander. We wished them safe travels and discussed the possibility of further meetings along our journeys.