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Arrived French Harbour yesterday afternoon, on the nose all day again. Wanted to go to Calabash Bight but developed an exhaust leak and house bank not charging properly again. Will switch the wires on the automatic pathmaker change bank 1 to 2 and visa versa. Group here is organising a panga to "Hole in the Wall" for Sunday dinner. Will be back here before you arrive. Alls well. Lost my out e-mails last night!!! Think I have the laptop problem solved, it seems to be the Com1 plug for the GPS. Boot up with it unplugged everything OK then plug it in and everything works.
Here is the web address for FHYC
See ya

- Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 12:25:10 (EST)

We will arrive in Coxen Hole aboard TACA Flight 150 at 6:20. Will hire cab and go to Roatan Yacht Club. Plans to scuba for a few days, then sail to Utila scuba a few days then off to the Rio Dulce. Sound good? Will bring alternate laptop and supplies. Look for scuba deals. See you in five days.
Richard, Maureen, Ben and Alix
Summerside, PE - Tuesday, March 09, 2004 at 18:49:35 (EST)

Good morning folks, just surfing the web before going home to bed. Read a bit about your battery problem, looks like you have it solved. Hope you are both enjoying your cruise.
We look forward to seeing you this summer.
Best regards
Allison & Sharon

allison Arsenault & Sharon Hurley <>
Moncton, NB Canada - Monday, March 08, 2004 at 23:17:17 (EST)

Your flight will land at Coxen Hole, it is 12 miles from French Harbour YC, yes we have sufficient pillows, buy beach towels here. Assume you are flying from Pedro Sula to Coxen Hole direct.
Mom and Dad

- Monday, March 08, 2004 at 12:09:58 (EST)

We are in La Cieba, arrived last night after a long uphill drive and only 5 gal fuel left!!! We will leave here for Roatan tomorrow AM (Tuesday) via Cayos Cochinos then Calabash Bight. Will have Whitecap at French Harbour YC. You just have to take a taxi to the French Harbour Dive and Yacht Club. Taxi's are small here, only carry 4 passengers.
Cannot seem to send mail today, also have a mouse problem, she is opening and closing programs at will. Charlie says hola (translated with great difficulty from his various chirp chirps.

- Monday, March 08, 2004 at 12:00:03 (EST)

We are now booked to fly into Roatan March 14 (Sunday) at 6:20 PM. Will you be there? Hopefully you will get this message early this week.
Richard and Ben <>
Summerside, - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 13:20:24 (EST)

WE are in Livingston, just finished checking out.. Customs, walk to Port Captain get his stamp, pay Q60, walk to Immigration get their stamp pay US$20. Stop at the Happy Fish for a coffee and internet and we are gone.
Having trouble with the laptop, doing strange things yesterday, I am afraid.... Richard bring the old IBM laptop, I have the charts here. The juicer is on top of the buffet, it is grey aluminum cast, with bowl and handle is about 12".
Leaving here in 20 minutes or so. weather is good now but may come up later will try for at least Cabo Tres Puntas, only 15 miles but important ones for up wind.

- Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 10:16:02 (EST)

Hi everyone, just doing the last e-mail up-date before we head out. All fueled up. It is 09:55 Tuesday heading for Livingston. Richard forget about the lighter plug, Luvi found one for us... wanted it for our alarm system.

- Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 10:57:28 (EST)


terry oester
auburn, wa usa - Friday, February 27, 2004 at 12:46:42 (EST)

We have launched and you can visit it now. See you in a couple of weeks Grammy + Grampy!
Ben Wedge <>
Summerside, PEI Canada - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 21:26:24 (EST)

Hi Dick and Mary.
Thinking of you today so thought I would send you a note. Moving out of our house on Sat.
waiting for all the snow to melt so we can start the new one.Had a wonderful week with the best photo
assignment ever, we had to photograph team Quebec at the special olympics March 13th weekend we are going
to the Bay of Fundy with the gang to ski-doo. Keep safe and soak up all that heat.
Love to you both. Al and Marlene

Marlene Boily <>
Summerside, pei Canada - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 14:56:33 (EST)

Hey Grammy ang Grampy hows are you doing? I hope i get to go see you before you come home tht would be AWSOME is there lots of whales and dolphins arould to boat when your sailing well gotta go write soon

Love Jenn

Jennifer <wedge>
- Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 20:33:10 (EST)

hickman ky.,friendly river people, lost, morgan city, la., food, crickets that keep you awake, but in miss. currant, welcome, and so on. please send me your updates, for i am ready for "hoppies, mo.," to ? michael
m. remley <>
fenton, mo usa - Monday, February 23, 2004 at 01:26:29 (EST)

Good Day Mom & Dad,
We are very enveaous of you guys down there in the hot sun while we try to shovel our way through the 76cm of snow that we just recieved. Today is the calm between the storms because there is another one coming! Took the plow guy 48 hours to get to us!Cindy and Evan are heading to the Brier on March 6th! Guess there are not going south but I am motivated to get out of here soon, trying to find a hot place to go for a few weeks. It won't be Guatamala this time but could be Mexico! I'll let you know. Enjoy the sun. Love,

Nicolle,Rick,Dave,Michelle&Marc <>
S'Side, PE Canada - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 09:17:17 (EST)

Just to help you enjoy your stay down South a bit more, both Nova Scotia and P E I declared a state of emergency on Thursday due to heavy winds , and snow, Halifax had 96 cms, yes, that's right 96 cms, winds at80 gusting to 110 kms. Everything should be O K byAugust, to boot they threw in a Tidal Surge on the Strait. Have fun and another rum, make that a double, for me.
Captain Pat in Shediac

Captain Pat <>
Shediac Bridge, NB - Friday, February 20, 2004 at 07:12:29 (EST)

Hi Dad Purolator dropped off to the bar a long box today marked "Canvas for sail boat" from Sportech Sails. What would you like me to do with it???
Brian <>
Summerside, PE Canada - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 10:04:07 (EST)

Hi Grammy and Grampy, and anyone who's reading this, we just launched our website and Bill got the site for us, we just need to make the switch. I'll e-mail you later. Bye
Ben Wedge < >
Summerside, PEI Canada - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 16:21:07 (EST)

Hi Mom and Dad, Just getting back from a hockey tournatment in Fredricton with Michelle and Marie. We lost in the championship game with i minute left!! Glad to hear your eating lots of brain food Dad it is good for you!! Things are good here. We are in IRAC but not that we didn't expect that! Oh well life goes on. I will send an email to fill in the details. Bye for now. Love,
Nicolle,Rick,Dave,Michelle&Marc <>
S'Side, P.E. Canada - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 18:35:43 (EST)

Hi Jerry and Bunny
Still cannot get your e-mail to go from this machine. Hope you are still enjoying Lake Chapala. All is well here, you would not believe the changes. When you and I came here 3 years ago there was one taxi, the other day we counted 20 at the bus stop!!! and... paved street to Chiqui's with a sidewalk.

- Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 12:06:09 (EST)

Hi Dick Mary
Glad to see you are back SOUTH hope all is well with Whitecap an you got AC working ok -- I guess you found big changers around the Rio -- say hi to Leroy Carol
see you all early April Jerry Bunnie

Jerry Bunnie
Ajijic, Mexico - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 19:43:52 (EST)

Hi Mom and Dad: So glad to see you both made down there safely and are warm again...please note the change in email address as I have too many filters to get your letters. Please take care and have fun. Love Paul
Paul <>
- Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:08:41 (EST)

Hi Mom & Dad.......Glad to hear you got there ok. Hope you are enjoying yourself. Everyone and everything here is great. Hockey is going great, the kids are all still in one piece. Enjoy your letters and pictures, love yas lots
Brian, Paula, Marie, Michael, Sarah & Jennifer Wedge
Summerside, PE Canada - Monday, February 02, 2004 at 22:35:05 (EST)

love am well well
mugu maye <>
bonnie, lago neija - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 18:58:14 (EST)

ilove your guess book
mugu maye <>
bonny, lagos neija - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 18:27:09 (EST)

Am at Backpackers, got it going but very slow been at it for 1 hour so far, and recieved yesterdays mail 2 more times again there are now 56 of them coming in.

Bill I buggered up the dicksnews thing I think, can you run me by that process again? cannot find where I marked it down... Temp here now is 88F and no wind!!!!
Thanks Dick

- Friday, January 30, 2004 at 12:35:46 (EST)

Hello Mom and Dad, Glad to hear you made it safe and that Whitecap was still floating!! Good to see you are making good use of that famous b'bque you bought last year! We are freezing here not that you care since you seem to be enjoying the "HOT" sun! Everything is great here.Love ya's and Miss ya's. Have fun.
Nicolle,Rick,Dave,Michelle&Marc <>
S'side, PE Canada - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 07:38:22 (EST)

Hi everyone, been down to the new internet cafe in town trying to send, no luck but was able to recieve my 48 e-mails 3 times!!! The owner says his programmer guy is coming down on Sat afternoon, so I will come back over.
Got the electric 110AC inverter working hurrah!!!. today installing b´bque and steering wheel stuff
be back on on Sat. could not send at all today, this is a sattellite system not dial up. Evan the temp is 88F but really cold at night... had to use a blanket last night

- Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 16:17:57 (EST)

Hi everyone, been down to the new internet cafe in town trying to send, no luck but was able to recieve my 48 e-mails 3 times!!! The owner says his programmer guy is coming down on Sat afternoon, so I will come back over.
Got the electric 110AC inverter working hurrah!!!. today installing b´bque and steering wheel stuff
be back on on Sat. could not send at all today, this is a sattellite system not dial up. Evan the temp is 88F but really cold at night... had to use a blanket last night

- Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 16:17:39 (EST)

Hi Dick, Glad to hear things are great! Everytime you write please tell us the temperature. It's freezing here and it is comforting to know that it is warm somewhere.

Evan & Cindy

- Monday, January 26, 2004 at 22:28:27 (EST)

Hi everyone, today Monday Jan 26, we are just down nat Chiquis store waiting for Lou and Kookie to pick us up in their dink, we are being treated to dinner tonight, free chili at Suzannas Marina.
Worked all day today on the electrical system, replaced the Pathmaker battery combiner with the new one, hooked up the new batteries LeRoy bought cleaned all the terminals replaced the burned wires with new soldered ends. Guess when the smoke comes out of something it is time to replace it... we now have 12V lights, refrig, water pump is working, but the inverter is still no go. Guess that will be tomorrows job.
Luve and Adios Bob just came back from a week in Belize, had all kinds of problems bad fuel (on sale 40 cents a gallon no wonder, someone was cleaning their tanks!!!) brought back 30 lbs tiger shrimp at US2.50 lb so we will eat agian tomorrow...

Have not set up the laptop yet.

- Monday, January 26, 2004 at 17:31:51 (EST)

Enjoyed reading your guest book. Looks like your having fun. Hope to be doing the same in a few years on my Morgan 34, Aurora. Its under several feet of snow at this time.
Dennis Vitton <>
Traverse City, MI USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 17:03:42 (EST)

Hi Dick and Mary;
Great Web site , will contact on e-mail later. All the Best. Gersrd

Gerard Mac Phee <>
S'side, PE Canada - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 20:37:17 (EST)

Hola everyone, we have safely arrived to the Rio again after a 5 hour bus ride (just one better than the chicken bus) as there were no shuttles yesterday. Bus dropped us off on the fronteres side, so we taxied back over to Luvis. Unloaded our stuff with the help of Guillermo and changed into cooler clothes. Temp 85C as opposed to 60C in the city at 7,000 ft . Walked across the bridge (3rd time aCROSS IN 30 MINUTES!!) everyone was at jeffs new street view/bano view bar. Whitecap as usual is clean clean.
Will send more tomorrow

- Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 10:24:39 (EST)

The blizzard comes from Dairy Queen, do you or Leroy have Wayne and Joyceline A. e-mail? Have a good trip, we'll look after the cold up here.Say hi to Mary and I might drop into the Fox on Sunday afternoon on my way back from Charlottetown, Jan 25th to say hello to Heather from Hell
Best regards

Captain Pat <pwf@nb.sympatico,ca>
Shediac Bridge, N B, - Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 09:10:56 (EST)

hola mary and dick well we have returned to the river and whitecap looking forward to your arrival next weekend everyone is great here luvi did some more renovations the paving looks real good see you soon leroy and carolyn

LeRoy and Carolyn
- Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 05:18:11 (EST)

Hi Noel and Eadie.

Nice to hear from you after such a long time. Been down your way a couple of times but just did not get around to stop and visit, and we are all getting older!!!

Mary and I are leaving this coming Wednesday afternoon for Halifax and our departure is Thursday at 06:20 for Newark/Houston/Guate City, all in one long 19 hour day. We will spend 2 nights there and bus the 5 hour drive down the mountain to the beautiful Rio Dulce on Saturday. Bookmark Whitecap's website on your computer it is for some reason your message went to the NStYA site.

We met a sailor guy by the name of Andy Rioux on the river ex CDN Navy pilot maybe from the Maggie???. You will probably remember him for his prominent proboscis and very straight neck. Andy had a sailboat (Niagara 35) out of Ottawa, (just forgot the name) sailed it to the Rio Dulce, met a young beautiful Guatemalan lady named Maria, built a home, sold the boat and became one of the casulties of the "river that swallows gringos". We see him often, he drives a Toyota van with a CDN flg and "Navy Flier" sticker on the rear window. We promised to pass his regards on to you when we first met him and this is the first time we had a chance.

Take care of yourselves and keep in touch

Mary and Dick

- Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 05:14:40 (EST)

Hello Dick & Mary from the Crew of Keneskoonech.We came home last year after 12 winters cruising the Carribbean. it is wonderful to hear about your adventures through your great Website. Cheers and Happy Safe Sailing.
Noel & Eadie Murphy
West Lahave, NS Canada

Noel and Eadie Murphy
- Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 05:11:36 (EST)

Good morning whitecap not sure if you are south or playing in the snow on pei. we are fine out here 10 deg and damp hope all is well mike and jerry......
jerry prowse <>
victoria, bc - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 13:57:13 (EST)

Dick Mary
Well I see you have your plans made for departure back to Whitecap on the Rio --hope you find boat in good shape and ready to venture on to Columbia -- I assume you plan on leaving Whitecap again and returning to PEI for the summer-I have heard from Leroy Carol looks like they will be there to greet you and Mary -- have fun see you all mid April

Calgary, Alta - Friday, January 16, 2004 at 13:02:05 (EST)

Hola from the great white north!!! Today PEI is experiencing up to 90Km winds and snow, up here they call this a blizzard, wonder where in hell that word came from???? but we went shopping this AM anyway. There is absolutely no snow on the roads, it all blew away, but the temperature is -38 plus the wind factor!!!! Thats' nice.

Now for the good news...
Final confirmed departure dates and times as we speak/type:
Jan 22, 2004 Lv HFX 06:20 arr Newark 07:45
Lv Newark 10:30 arr Houston 13:30
Lv Houston 19:07 arr Guate City 21:55

We will probably spend a day in Guate City and bus down the mountain to the Rio on Jan 24. If the van leaves around 08:00 we should arrive at Luvi's/Whitecap's dock before 13:00.

- Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 16:41:10 (EST)

Try the Haitian Rum in port au Paix on the south side of the windward passage. Spirits are great there and you can almost see guantanamo and our captives.

take care
peace along your voyage

jimmy the cork <>
College Station, tx usa - Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 15:30:31 (EST)

hola folks: best get a load of wood in early by the sounds of the storm you are about to get received an e-mail from pat fusk and says it is going to be -38 degrees in shediac also got one from jocelyn a. and she also reports that it is going to be a blizzardlike conditions reading the journal
pioneer this morning and see that nicolle has applied for zoning changes hope she gets it says that it is going to city council for a vote there it will likely go through got an e-mail from the owners of the property this morning and they are going to be an extra day getting there military flight so we will be an extra day here on mt. calabash before heading back to the rio cool here today mid 70's and overcast again joyce, the lady you were asking about a while back is wanting to know the best way through mexico to Guatemala i gave her what i thought was the best route from what i remember hearing around the crowbar but i wasn't sure about the info that i gave her she has been in the guestbook a few times and enjoys it you can contact her at the crowbar beer prices have gone up considerably compared to other spots on the rio jeff seems to have changed his attitude and is only charging 7Q where jose is charging 10Q anyway stay inside for the next couple of days and get mary to go out for the wood she most likely
wants to keep warm too carolyn is going snorkling today to get a bagful of lobster for dinner this evening and maybe enough for tomorrow as well any plans or plane tickets yet if you get to mexico city by the 20th when would that put you on the river?? anyway lay back and enjoy the blizzard adios amigos
leroy and carolyn

- Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 14:19:50 (EST)

Hey cool site you have here some great content and ideas. I will come and visit you again soon.Greetings from India.Karl
free polyphonic ringtones samsung v200 <>
- Monday, January 12, 2004 at 12:40:21 (EST)

hi dick and mary : how are you both looking forward to seeing you both on the rio was looking at the guestbook a little while ago and was surprised to see all the communication that i sent you on there, does everything
automatically go there ??? you are getting too suffisticated !!!!!! with all this technology that is available carolyn says a big hello to you both. it will be nice to get fresh fruit and vegetables whenever you want instead of once every ten days as is the situation here forgot to tell you that we had an earthquake thursday past that registered 4.7 shook everything pretty good but no visible damage only our nerves adios amigos

- Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 16:50:54 (EST)

hi folks : well you finally have some plans on returning to whitecap and the rio dulce will you save that many dollars going the route through mexico city and having to overnight a few times i assume it is from mex. city to guate. city then on to the rio more overnighters if you see gerry and bunny in mexico say hello for us i think i had their e-mail address at one time but have lost it since hope to see you in a couple of weeks adios amigos

LeRoy and Carolyn
- Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 19:04:07 (EST)

Trying to get tickets for Mexico City for Jan 20th Air Canada seat sale CDN $599 return to Halifax. Gerry Arsenault and Bunny will be in Mex City on Jan 21 also, on their way back to mexico from Calgary.
It started to warm up here only -10C tonight but the wind is gone down. The first smelt shacks are out today, already there are three in front of our house and 4 more over by Cindy's.
See Ya

- Friday, January 09, 2004 at 20:20:44 (EST)

hola dick and mary hope you are both well just got the computer back from repairs a few minutes ago and had to get on line to you guys what are your plans for return to the rio ???we will possibly be out of here next wednesday and returning to the rio probably by friday possibly spend the
first night with lou and kookie then to a local hotel for a while see you on the river.
adios amigos leroy and carolyn

- Friday, January 09, 2004 at 20:19:01 (EST)

hi dick and mary glad to hear you are both well too bad that the weather is so cold it is fairly nice here in the byte but the stairs are still killing me anyway carolyn does not mind them too awful much the electric lift is still broken and the computer is still down i was at the computer shop today and the guy told me maybe on wednesday afternoon so if he follows through we will be in contact more often also too bad you are not coming down til mid january see you then.
USA - Friday, January 09, 2004 at 07:40:48 (EST)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn
Brrr... it is cold up here on PEI. -35 with wind chill factor, forcasting 90 km winds tonight and snow mixed in... and we are almost out of wood already, just enough for about a week or so.
We are trying to get out of here around the 20th to Mexico City, then Guate City then bus down from there, so you will get back to the Rio before us.
Keep in touch for the next week

- Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 17:16:16 (EST)

Great guest book sure enjoyed reading what all your guests had to say.for anyone interested in fishing in the province on NB we have lots of info on fishing, accommodations, river reports, and fishing supplies.
Fishing New Brunswick Canada <>
Miramichi, NB Canada - Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 23:42:49 (EST)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn
Looks like we will try to fly out of here around the 16th or so hopefully, will let you know for sure when we get aeroplan tickets.
All is well here, the harbour thawed last week and then froze again last night -10C so this is probably it for the winter.

There is an article in Dec 2003 Crusing World "Mama Sang Tenor" by our friend Bernadette she mentions your house on Mt Calabash "on a lung busting hill overlooking the sea" and also the "Home before dark band" at the"Hole in the Wall".
You will probably get back to the Rio before us, especially if we get routed via Mexico City like last time, makes for 2 extra overnights. The pile of stuff we have collected is not that bad, bottles of HorseRadish for the crowd, Chicken in a can and Lobster past for me.
Bartender from hell sends her regards.

- Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 14:02:52 (EST)

hola dick and mary happy new year we are still in calabash byte atop the mountain and enjoying it all the time we expect to be here til the 15th of january have you made any plans yet to the rio we both hope so see you on the river in fronteras then adios amigos.
LeRoy and Carolyn
- Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 14:00:22 (EST)

Hi Dick & Mary,
I hope that you have a successful sail this winter ,and we will see you in Aug for the reunion and party time.
Happy New Year to you and the family.
Jack & Betty

Jack Wedge <>
Medicine Hat , AB Canada - Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 19:38:19 (EST)

Dear Ed
Sorry, I do not have an address for Todd, but his parents were both medical doctors in the Corpus Christie area of Texas. Todd kept his small boat at the Serendipity Marina in Palacios Tx. The last word we had, actually a Christmas Card in 2002, he was headed to the Panama Canal and on his way to Tahiti.

Todd was the first "pirate" Mary and I encountered in the Gulf of Mexico. Someone had instilled in Mary's mind the fact that where we were going, heading west along Gulf shore, that we would encounter pirates all along that coast. When Todd hailed us on the VHF wanting to stop and talk (he saw us in the distance coming his way near Dauphin Island), Mary was very leary, especially when we came close and saw he was dressed completely in black.... Black stetson, black winter overcoat to the knees, black rubber boots, black beard and mustache and dark glasses, even black rubber tires for fenders... I suggested he drop his anchor, and we would come alongside, figuring if he had ulterior motives we could quickly cast off and he would be anchored. When he took of his winter coat, he was dressed in black jeans and a black cowboy shirt with a black string tie. Mary was pretty freaked out, but Todd turned out to be a fine young man and we traded charts and cruising guides, his from whenst he came, which we needed, and our trade, because we just came out of Mobile, was all the money we had between us (total $US 42) + a bottle of Mary's precious Canadian Rye from the Duty Free store, for his charts and guides worth, at printed prices, over US$300. Todds remark was "What!! you are going there and don't have any money??? After our chat, Whitecap headed for Pascagoula and Todd towards Florida. We now often laugh at the episode and wonder who was the real "pirate" on this transaction....

- Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 15:43:35 (EST)

Dick, I was watching a PBS special on the nature of the universe tonight and it brought to mind a guy named Todd Cantu that I met in the Bahamas in 2000. He is the only person I every met who really understood what I was talking about and offered his own ideas in exchange. We spent three days in the Shroud Cay area and then went our separate ways. I believe this is the same Todd Cantu you wrote about meeting in the Gulf of Mex. Do you know how to reach him, I have some new thoeries I would like to share with him!
See you out there somewhere,
VoyagerEd aboard "Voyager" Inslander Freeport C38

VoyagerEd <>
Everywhere, The World - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 21:38:03 (EST)

Dick, I was watching a PBS special on the nature of the universe tonight and it brought to mind a guy named Todd Cantu that I met in the Bahamas in 2000. He is the only person I every met who really understood what I was talking about and offered his own ideas in exchange. We sent three days in the Shroud Cay area and then went our separate ways. I believe this is the same Todd Cantu you wrote about meeting in the Gulf of Mex. Do you know how to reach him, I have some knew thoeries I would like to share with him!
See you out there somewhere,
VoyagerEd aboard "Voyager" Inslander Freeport C38

VoyagerEd <>
Everywhere, The World - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 21:32:53 (EST)

hola mary and dick we still haven't got the computer back but hoping in the next couple of days when we do get it back we will sure be online with you and everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU BOTH and everyone else no we have not heard from dianne freisen as yet thought she might be on the guestbook but she wasn;t if you are talking to her give her our e-mail address so she can contact us directly in case it is something personal we expect to be here until the 15th or 16th of january then back to the rio but still not sure say hi to all adios amigos leroy and carolyn
leroy and caroltn
honduras - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 16:42:41 (EST)

Happy Birthday LeRoy.
Rained all day Christmas eve and day, harbour is now ice free again, this is the 3rd time this month. The birds are having a field day in our grape vines, but leave a mess on the deck, think they are getting cute little flavored ice cubes I guess.
All is well here

- Friday, December 26, 2003 at 10:21:23 (EST)


Hi everyone. At last, after nearly ten thousand miles, we've settled for awhile here in Gloucester Mass., USA of all places. Not by choice, of course, since we were on the way to the Bahamas.

We had to return back to BC by air for a couple of weeks in September, then Hurricane Juan ripped through Halifax and made its way as far as Summerside where, thankfully, Meriah safely rode it out. Unfortunately we were rammed amidships by a fishing vessel while at the dock in Ballantynes Cove, NS., resulting in some serious hull damage. Temporary repairs allowed us to continue, but challenging weather conditions continued to force us to take shelter for up to a week at a time along the coast of Nova Scotia and we had to wait two weeks through gales in Clark's Harbour before finally being able to cross the Gulf of Maine to Bar Harbour and then on to Gloucester.

The weather was just too crazy and by now it was already the beginning of December with the worst early snowstorm ever recorded in the region... 65 knot storm force winds with chill factor of -15°C, seas outside the harbour of up to 50 feet and up to three feet of snow (remember "The Perfect Storm)! That was when we decided to stay here for the winter.

Gloucester is one of the largest and most diverse fishing harbours in the US with a wonderful "Old Country" mix of Italian, Portuguese and American culture. The disappearing traditions of the Atlantic fishery are still alive here and the community is full of sailing people who are just as crazy as us. So we have lots of friends and Meriah is safely tucked in to a little marina with some of the best resources on the east coast for maintenance and repairs. We're now house-sitting an apartment for the winter looking out over the harbour in "Little Italy" with car included! Finally a chance to slow down and relax with plenty of time now to catch up with all of you out there. Phone number here until the first of April is 978-283-8797 in case anyone wants to call.

As we reflect on the whole trip up to now, we see that it has been far too much at once and should ideally have evolved over at least a three year period. Now that we have made it back to Larry's spawning ground (Atlantic Salmon fortunately do not die), its time to slow down the pace and go with the flow. Its interesting, too, that some of the most wonderful experiences for us on the way back south in the fall have been opportunities to meet up with new friends while harbour-bound by stormy weather. Things might have been tough, but there have definitely been good times in this first stage of our voyage; Nicky and Victoria are still hanging in there.

One great little story has been from our recent arrival at Clark's Harbour where in 1977 I first met up with Dewey Nickerson, a retired fisherman and self appointed ambassador who would meet all new incoming vessels, welcoming their crew into the community and taking care of their needs. So, here we are in 2003, sailing once again into Clark's Harbour some 25 years later... I climb up the ladder of the wharf to be met by another retired fisherman looking out for newcomers. He asks if I know anyone in the community and I answer that the only person I knew was Dewey Nickerson, but that he was probably gone now. Turns out that the man in front of me is Dewey's son and we are both captivated by these wonderful circles which join the present and the past.

So a preview of our spring and summer plans for the new year after repairs to Meriah includes slowly making our way up the coast of Maine to Nova Scotia & Cape Breton, The Magdalen Islands, Prince Edward Island, the Gaspé and then the Lower St Lawrence. We will finally continue inland to Lake Champlain and the Hudson River waterway to New York and on south to the Bahamas for the winter of 2004/05. Hopefully our web site will be fully functional by then, so it should be easy for any of you to follow our progress.

Larry Peck
- Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 20:04:41 (EST)

I really like your site, keep up the good work.
david jones <>
Yorba Linda, ca usa - Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 03:49:50 (EST)

hola dick and mary just a few words to wish you both a very MERRY CHRISTMAS
and HAPPY HOLIDAYS the weather here is real lousy the last few weeks rain
most of the time and the temp in low 70's but we are toughing it out say
hello to everyone at the yacht club especially the bartender from hell ha ha
adios amigos leroy and carolyn

- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 17:35:56 (EST)

LeRoy and Carolyn
Where are you??? have not heard for 3 weeks, are you frozen on top of that MT. Calabash?
All ready for Christmas, 24 coming for dinner tomorrow evening, full house.
Have fun, and get that computer fixed.

- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 10:38:09 (EST)

To Mary, Dick, Carolyn, and Leroy;
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,Health,wealth and lots of 'good cheer"
Captain Pat

Captain Pat <>
Shediac Bridge, N B - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 06:37:52 (EST)

OHIO, US USA - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 14:15:50 (EST)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn
Do we have snow!!! 30 more cm yesterday and more coming tomorrow... don't even bother going in town, schools have been closed for 2 days. Roads are terrible, but it is not really cold yet.
Grant MacWilliams passed away at work, he was going out on an early AM call, just where he liked to be. The service was in Wellington very nice.
Did you get the message re-Dianne F?

- Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 02:02:54 (EST)

Hi Leroy/Carol
sounds like lots going on on the Rio --at Fronteras spending goverment money -- say HI to the gang around Lobies
still enjoying winter in Centrel Mexico Ajijic --
hope Dick and Mary get south before the get snowed in --
---enjoy -- Jerry/Bunnie

Jerry/Bunnie <>
Ajijic , Mexico - Monday, December 15, 2003 at 22:20:37 (EST)

Hola Mt Calabash
Well it rained for the laast two days, and our snow is mostly gone, now it is colder again and more snow predicted. Typical PEI Dec weather...
Carolyn, Dianne wants you to get in touch ASAP, her e-mail is OK?
Suppose Lou and Kookie are gone back to the Rio Dulce by now. Still do not have any plans for our return, many things going on here. Do you know of anyone traveling in the US that we can ship the outboard parts to? The price will double if we send through DHL like last year and it will take 6 weeks, any ideas?

- Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 09:15:04 (EST)

Darn! What do you do for sssssstuddering!
- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 18:07:38 (EST)

I just hope that Leroy didn't empty more than his mail box! Would take quite a while to get back on!
PEI Canada - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 18:04:02 (EST)

I just hope that Leroy didn't empty more than his mail box! Would take quite a while to get back on!
PEI Canada - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 18:04:00 (EST)

Dick, did you flambe them or eat the cukes raw, and wash down with Remy Martin,??? Captain Pat
Captain Pat <>
USA - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 08:31:49 (EST)

Hi LeRoy and Carolyn
Well it has been 3 days stormed in here, tonight we had sliced cucumber with Remi Martin for desert, used up the last potato and sliced chicken for dinner... so it looks like we will have to walk out of here tomorrow for supplies.
Schurman's Point got their electric back after 26 hours or so. Our drive is still plugged, and the hired snow plow guy has not been here yet. You guys think you have a problem because it blows now and then???

What is wrong with the computer? How does it act? Will it boot up?

- Monday, December 08, 2003 at 18:16:47 (EST)

Good morning Mt Calabash
Yesterday we got 41 cm (16") and they forecast 20 cm more today, everything is closed in town and the electric has been off from Read's Corner to Central Bedeque. Cannot see any lights on Schurman's Point since yesterday. Here we are nice and cozy, brought in enough wood for two days but our Satellite TV if off, probably covered in snow on the roof...
And how was your day?

- Monday, December 08, 2003 at 17:10:28 (EST)

hola everyone : well the computer is down at mt. calabash so i am at a internet cafe here in oak ridge as you can tell we are doing just fine lou and kookie are still with us might be leaving in the next few days over to hole in the wall last sunday to have an all you can eat surf an turf for $12.00 very nice people there and want us to return hope to have the computer up and running later this week adios to all leroy and carolyn
leroy and carolyn
honduras - Monday, December 08, 2003 at 16:43:31 (EST)

Hi nice site you have here, good info! - seeya soon, dan
soma <>
- Monday, December 08, 2003 at 11:04:12 (EST)

Come on now Dick, you know bloody well that Leroy helps out carrying the beer. Carries it to the washroom three pints at a time, mind you by this time it is used, lol||

Captain Pat <>
Shediac Bridgw, NB - Thursday, December 04, 2003 at 07:57:40 (EST)

Hi Guys
Well woke up to 2" of snow this AM, there wasn't any at 0600 when I got up to check the stove, snow ploughs are all out "up west" so they must have gotten more than us. Carolyn's parents will be snowed in today. The whole Island is white.
I was talking about the next election coming up this month... the final runoff for el Presidente, but you are right they were surveying under the bridge last spring. I hear the "Orange Crush stand" has been moved from under the bridge and the lady opened again next to the "wood police" station. M.E. got a fly on her monitor last week. Question for Lou? who owns SV October? I thought his name was Frank, but they say it is Kent, who has now taken over at Mario's Cayuco club. Do we know Kent?
By the way who gets to carry a 24 up those 130 steps to get to the top of Mt Calabash? Carolyn I bet...

- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 09:38:52 (EST)

hola dick and mary YES YES the paving is unbelieveable it is all paved to chiki's backpackers and under the bridge where the pool tables are CHINO (the guy that owns them) just put pavement down by hand and tried to smooth it out it is better and cleaner they had an election there in november (i thought you knew that) and yes it is just like pei if it moves pay it and if it doesn't pave it but this was in the works long before the election they changed the grade of the road at least 12 times that we know of maybe more they worked long hours too daylight till after dark there didn't seem to be a shortage of money hope the wood lasts until you leave about the hearing you are NOT getting deaf you have what they call SELECTIVE HEARING which is good lou has not made any cheviche YET but that is coming soon it is overcast here this morning still hoping for the sun to appear later today in the mid 70's a little cool also hope you are doing fine we are all well and enjoying calabash bight and cheap beer $10.00 a 24 well the coffee pot has finished brewing and all are up talk at you later adios amigo leroy

- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 09:37:24 (EST)

You mean we are paved all the way to Chiqui's store?? and Backpackers too??
and under the bridge too??? Wow... Where are all the Dineros coming from???
at least the kids will have a better and cleaner place to play soccer at
lunchtime, and the "under the bridge pool hall" are they paved too? must be
an election coming up.... if it moves "pay it" if it doesn't "pave it"
mentality, at least the Rio people benefit.

Tonight at Midnight, it is -5C wind is down, woodstove heating the whole
house, big difference since we re-did the east side this summer, cannot even
hear the wind on the inside any more. Mary says I am getting deafer.
Should have bought 6 cords of wood instead of 3. Irving is getting no more
of our $... Have fun, save some of Lou's shrimp cheviche for us....

Dick from the cold north
- Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 22:27:39 (EST)

hola dick and mary WELL it is not good to hear about the frost arriving so
early the wind has been blowing here too but it not frosty yes brunon's is
cleaned up according to lou and kookie but the main street is not re-paved
only under the bridge on the other side OUR SIDE the paving is all the way
to chiki's and on the other side to backpackers and all the space under the
bridge it is really nice and a lot cleaner don't know how long this will
last but i hope forever also they have fixed up the park down by backpackers
it is very nice also that is all for now ADIOS AMIGOS leroy and carolyn

- Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 19:42:57 (EST)

Hi everyone at Mt. Calabash
Well the frost is in the pumpkin patch today, do not think it will thaw again this year. Harbour would be frozen if it wasn't so windy. Hope it is not the same on Mt Calabash.
According to the Mayaparadise BBS the entrance to Bruno's is all cleaned up, imagine going there and not having that "pissoir" smell on the stairs... They even re-paved the main street.
Dick from PEI

- Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 14:53:50 (EST)

hola all: sounds like you are having a great time of it HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY forgot about the 29th asked ron (the guardian here) about maple ridge but he never heard of such a place BJ's is in oak ridge this whole area is known as oak ridge but has a few communities with different names hole in the wall is down the coast about two miles and the name of the community is jonesville it is overcast here this morning but the sun is trying to break through i think it will be a nice day that's all for now
adios leroy

LeRoy on Mount Calabash
- Monday, December 01, 2003 at 14:44:43 (EST)

Hello to all who have contributed to this wonderful and most informative website. I have enjoyed it very much and will be looking forward to your updates.
Research on Guatemala was my goal when I stumbled onto you.
It sound as though you're moving on this year. I was in Roatan about fifteen years ago. I'm guessing not much is the same. I would greatly appreciate any sources of first hand info you're willing to share on central america.
Keep up the good work and have a ball doing it!!
J. & Yvonne

J. "Bird" Walker <>
Englewood, Fl. USA - Monday, December 01, 2003 at 06:42:45 (EST)