Exploring Bahia Santa Elena
The second day, we decided to do the dinghy drill and explore a bit.
So bright and early, before it got hot, we had DITTY in the water and
went across the bay to one of the beaches for a short hike. When we
got there we saw a lot of interesting things, from the hundreds of
hermit crabs, each with their own different shells carried on their
backs, to the 3 foot completely preserved skeleton of an eel that
had washed ashore. There were signs of lizards and snakes and in
general it was a pretty neat place to hike.
Then we took the dinghy to the mouth of a river that empties
into the bay for a self guided jungle river trip.
It was too shallow, in our opinion, to motor,
so we broke out the oars and rowed perhaps a half mile upstream
thru the lush mangrove forest and canopy. There were all kinds
of butterflies and birds, and fish were jumping at the many
insects. Fortunately we had plenty of DEET on and so did not
suffer much in the way of bug bites.
That evening, we invited Bruce and Marianne over to RHAPSODY
for cocktails. We got the boat all spruced up and
made some shrimp and clam pate to go with the rum drinks. Marianne
and Bruce brought a great tuna/veg dip and some mixers of their own,
and we had a good time chatting about the boating life, our
histories and plans, and getting to know each other as we
were all treated to yet another picturesque sunset.