Tonight we will get into the open sea! I’m excited for that, I like the way the boat moves about and the salty air. I also like being able to look all around and just see horizon. Many sets of dolphins have come along side and in front of our boat while we are moving. They swim so fast, and do little jumps out of the water. It is spectacular to watch they travel in pods an come up for air. We will depart at 2 am, it s a 30 hour trip in open sea. Salty Dog has informed us that if the weather is good we will get into port early and get through customs because the big Cruse ships come in early and clog the customs.
The Salty Captain has had our passports since we stepped onto the boat, the crew takes care of the entire immigration process. They will deliver our passports to the main Hostal Mamallna, the next day. The motor cyclist won’t be able to get their bikes back in untill tomorrow, today is a holiday, everything is shut down. We played on the islands and I have tried to avoid the sun, I don’t like sleeping sunburned and I did get a slight sunburn yesterday.
When there is no wind the shade even feels like some form of torchur for me, to just lay there in my sweat. It is hot this is the hottest I have felt, and this sun burn makes it a bit worse. So swimming even with the saltiness of the water is the best option! I spent about half the day in and out of the water. Mateo and even blew up our sleeping pads and brought them in the water to float on. They where a hit, almost the whole boat enjoyed taking turn floating on them even after we were out of the water. If I hike to a hot lake agin I’ll be using my pad a float! I had a rough time once we started moving, the winds kicked up and my motion sickness medicine that I was using as a sleeping pill soon wore of. We left at an awesome 2 am. The mass above us was slapping it’s pole. This is the first sail on the boat go up. It is for stability and then we just move forward with the motor. After my sleep not sleep I was up early at 6am, I meandered around the boat stepping over bodies for many hours as I moved about. People awoke up on and off throughout the morning. I fell back asleep and continued to sleep in and put all morning until I turned on a movie at 11am. Most people slept most of the day due to the heat rocking and motion sickness pills. So many people woke up and found they were sick. Mateo and I stayed well with no motion sickness, Mateo stayed on his pills and didn’t flirt with not taking them. At 2pm we stopped the boat and everyone jumped into the open ocean for a quick dip in the ocean, it lasted about thirty minutes. It was cool to be in the big waves that didn’t crash on the shore. After a long day at sea we all felt asleep. Tomorrow we will arrive in Catarana, we have heard so much about it. Super beautiful city, with giant walls surrounding the historic distric.
I woke up early again, only this time I could see boats all around, we were in Colombia! Well we were in Colombian waters that is. It took a few hours to get onto dry land. It is a different feeling when you walk on land after a few days at sea. We made it to the hostel and got a room with ac, after that long sweaty salty boat ride it was time for ac! The ac rooms in a hostel are more expensive but worth the cost of a good night rest. We are meeting up with our boat family tonight to hang out. We didn’t really leave the hostel all day except for the necessities like pizza and to grocery shop. Five of us girls took advantage of the hostel kitchen and made a giant meal for everyone, I can believe we all still want to meet up after the five day long boat ride. Yet we all enjoyed the night and eat together.
Our location today is pretty, the Caribbean is beautiful, we are constantly surrounded by little islands that have little huts. I wonder what people do out here all day. I also try to think of these islands as each of them a little house and your boat is your car and you can travel from house to house by waterways. When we were out yesterday I ended up with all the boys in a snorkeling group. We approached an island and they started to try and retrieve coconuts. We all swam back to the boat with a coconut in hand. As we were getting onto the boat the salty dog quickly spotted us and scolded us for not paying for the coconuts. I didn’t know it was stealing, we took the coconuts back to the island, and left them on shore after all that hard work. I didn’t work hard I just watched. Tonight we will be on an island.
We start piling on to the small boat to be taken to the island for the night! Our salty dog skipper made many trips and took us to the island to have the bonfire. Some of the men and the Salty Dog went to collect firewood earlier on in the day. He said he would return at 10 to start the pick up. We could always swim back to the boat as well, it is only a couple lengths of a pool away, in the dark I’m not sure about it. The bonfire was a success, everyone’s drinking helped to entertain. We both have been sleeping on the upper deck, it’s far too hot and humid to sleep on the bunks provided. I woke up early this morning to find that we were moving locations. There hasn’t been any sailing yet just motoring around, I wonder if we will end up putting up the sails or if we will just stick to the engine.