It is sometime after six in the morning and I waived Kaiwen and Sue Quei off on their adventure to Gautemala City guided by the owner of Dreamcatchers, so it will be just us boys on the boat until the end of the week. Kaiwen did a large provisioning run for us yesterday, so we have everything we need to stay focused on our work on Million on Mars.
With my cold brewed coffee I walked barefoot across the rain soaked grass of the Nana Juana resort. I am hunting for white mangos! You have to be up early to win this Easter egg contest, as the other cruisers and grounds keepers all are eager to be up early when the day is pleasently cool.
White mangos are like the other mangos you get in the store, but usually a little smaller and in my opinion a little sweeter. The property has four mature trees and after just 10 minutes of wlaking around the trees encrusted with wild orchids I am richer by nine mangos!
Typing up this blog entry between juicy bites of mango washed down with that coffee, I watch the grackle like birds patrol Ad Astra and eat up the insects that have landed, crawled or died on the decks.
Work on Million on Mars has been incredibly productive after the switch to Unity
We have really moved into the Palapa, we have permamently taken over three of the cafe tables as our workstation, and have our bicyles setup, Kayak on a simple loop and the dinghy majestically tied up for and bow across the dinghy parking area. With almost all the other cruisers gone for a couple of months it really feels like we run this place and it is ours. We will likely never again have so much indulgent luxury in one place: rock bottom prices on food and marina, the wifi has just been upgraded to a fatty pipe, cold beer, kayaking, BBQs and great home cooked food, swimming in the pool and really quality focus time on coding.
Kayaking almost daily with runs as long as 8 nautical miles is really helping with the eye strain after being in front of the monitor for 6-8 hours. I get a terrible eye strain headache after this time, and I probably need to get my eyes checked out for posssible glasses, but I can see fine and I do not want an aging milestone.
Kyle and I took the longest kayak trip yet, with a nice 2nm upstream of an unnamed side river. It was so beautiful with dappled sunshine and shade from the overhanging trees and lush vegetation everywhere.
Much of the banks led to pastureland for cows, who were quite alert and curious about our passage.
These giant jurassic sized lillypads are all over the main Rio Dulce as well as its feeder streams and rivers: