You might think that it's strange that I would
choose this photo (of a man fishing from his dugout canoe using a hand
line) to characterize El Salvador. My thought is that these
people have suffered 10 years of civil war that has turned their world
upside-down. But life goes on and people continue to strive to feed
their family every day in the best way they can. So this scene is an
image of survival and life!
the way to El Salvador (right) we had many visitors! (This is one of Peery's
arriving at the appointed waypoint we radioed Barillas Marina on the
VHF, CH 16. A panga came out to meet us and escort us in through the
swells. This is Lazy Bones with the panga that lead three boats into the
had a great time on the bow of the Quest (right) as we entered Barillas Marina.
Anyone that's been on our boat knows that I'm a stickler about hanging
on "all the time!" This is an especially good idea when perched on the
bow taking photographs. This is Peery's photo.
we are following Lazy Bones through the swells.
panga expertly escorts us behind the reef. (Note the while water on the
right)Knowing the right place and
time to enter the bay is essential. Just one bay north of us (within a
day or two) three boats were swamped during their crossing of the reef
;and on one boat a couple of little children's lives were endangered
when their cockpit flooded. They also damaged some of their electronic
navigation. Another of the boats sustained damage to their davits and
hull. So, this entrance should not be taken lightly.
we enter calmer water we can see small fishing villages on the shore.
Barillas Marina is located about two hours from where the panga met us -
up in the mangrove swamps that have been dredged to create a safe
mooring for visiting yachts. Now we're not worried about big waves,
we're worried about shallow draft - and we did get down to a 8 or 9 foot
depth. We draw 7 1/2 feet!!
panga driver leads us to our mooring and helps us attach the boat. We
give them our line and the boat stays clean. This is a first! From
waypoint to mooring was a two hour trip for us (The panga with its big
engine could do it in less than an hour.) Also, one
of Peery's photos.
wooden boat in nearly 100 years old. She is a real antique! She was
built in about 1915 and was one of the first boats to traverse the
Panama Canal. She's headed that direction now.
cannot resist these comfortable hammocks at Barillas. We were very glad
that Peery was able to join us in Huatulco and cross the Tuantepec with
us. Even though the crossing was a non event, having him with us gave us
that extra insurance. The Bay of Tuantepec can be treacherous with winds
that blow boats hundreds of miles out to sea. Our crossing was assisted
by attaining the local knowledge of the harbormaster in Huatulco.
friends, Rita & John, live in Guatamala and came to Barillas to spend a
few days of R&R. They have lived in Guatemala for 11 years as
missionaries. They travel up into the mountains spreading The Word,
encouraging people and bringing what supplies they have available.
enjoyed the brightly colored masks that adorned the cafe.
went to visit a family who lived nearby and had these monkeys in their
charge. The purpose, of course, is to have the monkeys as a means of
getting a little extra money to feed their family. Look at that baby
peering out at us (right).
the left mama got more aggressive. She's looking for snacks and treats -
but of course!
know I'm a sucker for flowers, so I could not resist the beautiful
grounds at Barillas Marina. I guess you could say, "I've never met a
flower I didn't like!"
is hoping someone will come and place a cold cervesa in his hand, but
alas, he'll have to walk across the road to the cafe!
captain, the potentate, cools off next to the pool.
Quest remained safe and sound tied to her mooring! I'm told that these
moorings are checked monthly by a diver. We were pretty happy hanging
out here at Barillas. The water that the boat is sitting in is
neither good for swimming
nor is it good for making water. There is water available at the dock
for filling your water tanks.
Swimming, however is not a good idea as
alligators are said to live in these parts! On the left is the new
compressor that Glacier Bay sent to El Salvador! Not only did our new 24
volt compressor move swiftly through customs with the help of Heriberto
Pineda (manager of the Barillas Marina), but we were able to find a
refrigerator/freezer specialist in the boat yard next door. What a
took John & Rita's van and drove to Puerto Triumpho for dinner one
evening. I would not have wanted to navigate these unfamiliar roads
alone at night, but John did GREAT! We were actually told by the manager
at Barillas that traveling around could be problematic if you're not
familiar with the area. Not too different from traveling around certain
parts of Los Angeles, however, in this case we had an added disadvantage
of not speaking the language. John & Rita were fluent and were used to
getting around new terrain.
the best meal we had in El Salvador. Here we are seated (right) at the
dock area in Puerto Triumpho.The dinner was a highlight of our
is the port. We did see a couple of sail boats anchored out. We
weren't sure of the depths in the area and did not feel comfortable
coming in here, though we know of some boats who did!