Greetings from Belize

If you think this umbrella looks big, you should see the size of the drink it came in!

Big umbrella

We arrived safe and sound in Placencia, Belize, on Saturday night. It’s beautiful here, sunny, no snow anywhere.  The people we’re sailing with (though we’ve yet to sail anywhere and may not for a few days as they keeping telling us a storm is brewing) are wonderful. I need to take more (a lot more) pictures of the crew, but here’s Maureen and Steve sitting on the bench, Don is behind them, and Dan (also known as Non-Paul for reasons I’ll explain in a moment) is the guy in the hat and the blue shirt.


At this particular moment they’re all riveted by The Dinner Maker, aka Chris, who’s demonstrating how use his spear fishing gun.


He hasn’t caught any dinner yet, but he will. (To Chris’ right, standing behind Dan/Non-Paul, is Al. He and his wife Jill own DragonFly, the boat we’re on, and obviously I need to get some real, live photos of them. And the boat. Though I did get this one of the dinghy.)


I love the dinghy. I’m even learning to stand up in it while we zip around. No photo yet, though. Chris can’t use the camera and catch me at the same time.

Oh, about Non-Paul. When he arrived he was wearing the shirt he has on in this picture, (which he must really like as he had it on again last night when Chris snapped this shot),


and even though he introduced himself as Dan, I was like, But his shirt says Paul! Chris was confused too. “Is it Paul or is it Dan? Or maybe he’s Steve?” I shrugged. “All I know is he didn’t introduce himself as Paul.” So Chris christened him Non-Paul.

Hopefully we’ll set sail for Utilla tomorrow. Until then, I’m sure there will be some more relaxing at Paradise Bar, shopping (I saw a pair of conch shell earrings I want to pick up for a friend), and doing a little sightseeing on the dinghy. Also, Chris and I are taking a turn making dinner tonight; he’ll make dinner, I’ll cheer him on, safer for all concerned.

Here’s last night’s spectacular sunset, and a pic of me and my honey.



Will write again soon!

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Chris and Susan’s (next) excellent adventure?

sea mercy


Dear Sea Mercy Crew Applicant,

Thank you for registering with Sea Mercy as a crew member for Dragonfly during its transit to Tonga. To be considered for a particular leg, please complete this next step in your adventure….

Ever sailed a 65′ catamaran from Belize to San Blas, Panama? Me neither. Ever spend 28 days at sea, sailing 900 miles to bring a 65′ catamaran that’s been outfitted as a Floating Health Care Clinic from Belize to San Blas, Panama? Nope, not me. Ever think you’d want to? No, I can’t say the thought ever crossed my mind.

That is, of course, until the Sea Mercy and Dragonfly folks invited Chris to crew on the boat and he said, “Yes, but only if my Lovely can come along!” Let’s see. My husband’s been sailing for more than twenty years, has his captain’s license, and can do amazing things like get us safely to port when lightning knocks out the navigation system. I am qualified to hold towels, dispense sunblock, and pour rum and fruit juice. For some reason they want me anyway. The application I’m filling out this morning is a formality. They want Chris, so I get to go, too. Yippee!! I think…

If everything goes as planned, we’ll be joining the Dragonfly on the second leg of it’s journey from Florida to Tonga. There are six legs altogether, and we picked the second one so as not to interfere with Cuyler’s rugby schedule. Nice of me to remember I have kids, no? Fear not; they will be well taken care of and overseen while we’re away. And besides, we can Skype so I can see them and say things like “You need a haircut, honey,” and “No, that’s not a zit. It’s dirt. Wash.”

Here’s a look at where we’re going…


You can read all about it here on the Sea Mercy website.

It’ll be an adventure for sure, and it’ll be fun, and it’ll be for a very good cause. I mean, how often in my lifetime am I going to have the chance to help bring medicine and healthcare* to remote islands where there isn’t any? This could be it. And you know what else it could be? A book.

I’ll keep ya posted.


*I promise to bring other important things, too, like copies of Vogue and People, a variety of OPI nail polish colors, PEZ dispensers and plenty of refills. You know, the things people count on me for.


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