Sunday, March 13, 2011

More rain

This morning the rain has stopped after about 24 inches in the last 24 hours.  I know this because the cleaning bucket on my stern has filled and been emptied twice.  Hopefully today the sun will come out and I can get some work on the deck done.  I have been told that this much rain for this long a period of time is unusual but not all that unusual.

I have taken advantage of the down time to start researching land tours.  My primary reason for coming to the Rio Dulce was to go inland and explore the Mayan ruins.  I have now discovered that Guatemala is quite an interesting place.  I am in the lowlands.  However there are a lot of high mountain areas and some desert.  In particular I was fasicnated by the term "cloud jungle."  This is a jungle area at 10,000 feet.  I have added it to my list of must sees.

It is unfortunate that there is no high speed internet at Texan Bay marina.  I would love to be able to upload some pictures, but that will have to wait. Actually, since there are no roads it is pretty amazing that there is electricity here - at least most of the time.  The area only got electricity two years ago so when the power went out in the rain storm it was no big deal to just fire up the generator to keep the beer cold.  Good thinking.  Perhaps more amazing is that fact that every structure on the Rio and in fact the town of Livingston at the foot of the river was brought in by boat.  Pretty cool.

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