That is a lot of miles. In fact it’s 1,438 statute miles or 7.6 million linear feet. Anyway, for Happy Together the trip in July was a big one ending with the final run from Chiapas to Los Sueños Costa Rica. We would pass Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. I read about all these places as a teenager when Communist Guerilla groups were taking over dictatorships in many Central American countries. Apparently, the US fought a secret war down here that us back home didn’t really know about. A lot of that info is public now so the mystery is being revealed. As we sailed past each country we took in the landscape. There is no question as to why some of these countries have a volcano on their flag. They are everywhere. Hundreds of them! They dot the landscape and some are so “volcano like” you would think that Disney built them for our viewing pleasure.
Seems like old times
As we moved south we were lucky enough to have wind most days so we could sail without engines, which was really nice. At night we motored when the breeze died and we were getting a bit low on fuel. You see, it’s OK to leave port without enough fuel to reach your destination on a sailboat because theoretically you will be able to sail! After we crossed into Nicaragua we thought we may stop at a port to top-off. Lennie reminded me that a fishing boat captain we met at customs in Chiapas said Nicaragua is no good right now. Hmmm. No good? What does that mean. So I fired up our satellite system and Googled “Is Nicaragua safe” WTF! 30 people killed in demonstrations in Managua, protesters fighting with paramilitary groups and president Daniel Ortega declares it illegal to politically demonstrate. Americans advised “Do not visit Nicaraugua”. Oh well, here’s hoping for wind.
Here is the link to Episode 56, We hope you enjoy our passage through Central America.