|Cindy and Kevin creating parachutes and items to fly up from an electric fan|
|Walking into the "town" at Agua Verde|
|The tienda in town|
|The anchorage, looking southeast|
|the bonfire. Kids with their own little fire|
|on the beach again, going to burn some of our paper garbage|
|This cute bird spent hours swimming around our boat one afternoon.|
|Going up the goat trail from the beach.|
|A very long beach is on the other side of hill from our anchorage. Not many|
people wander over here.
|the last of the hike up to the caves|
|the petroglyphs, handprints|
|You can see the hand-print petroglyphs on the right side.|
|View from inside the caves|
|This bigger crab carrying a dead smaller crab. Pointed it out and then Cindy was|
trying to save it while the local dog kept going after it to play or eat it.
|Cindy with the local dog, Cindy trying to save the crab. In the end the dog won|
and the crab did not survive.
An hour or two later the wind shifted again and now we were getting quite close to the second boat, but the first boat was thankfully far away. The people on the second boat were on shore hiking around. We watched and worried as our boats got closer and closer. At one point we were perhaps 40 feet away. The owners were on the beach observing all of this and eventually returned to give it a closer look from their dinghy. As they surveyed the situation, we came out and said we really thought this was a bad situation. They did not agree and said it would all be fine, and that they poke their heads out every two hours all night, so there would be nothing to worry about. We reluctantly accepted their position and left it at that. They returned to their boat and watched the close proximity of our boats for about 30 minutes and then decided to pull their anchor and move. Unfortunately, the wind was quite strong now, and when they pulled the anchor it was clear that their anchor was actually under our boat. They abandoned their anchor retrieval but did not let out any chain. In the strong wind our boats drifted together and we had to fend off a 40+ foot sailboat with our hands and feet to prevent a collision. It was a close call as our 14' flopper stopper pole almost got caught up in their mast rigging, which could have ripped the pole's mount right out of our deck, and done some damage to our railings. We were lucky though and managed to get the boats away from each other at which point they finally let out some chain to increase the distance between our boats. I started our motors and moved forward so we were not above their anchor. They retrieved their anchor and yelled some apologies for "stuffing themselves to tight into the anchorage". Just about everybody else in the anchorage we on deck watching this fiasco. They left and crossed the bay to another anchorage. In 20 years of boating, this is the closest we have come to an "incident". It could have been bad, but fortunately, no harm was done. Next time we will not back down when we are concerned about how closely a boat has dropped their anchor to us! We almost certainly would have collided at some point had they not moved.
The next morning we departed at 6:30AM. Unfortunately that first sailboat from the day before had not moved far enough away when they dragged their anchor along the bottom to increase the distance between our boats. As we retrieved our anchor it was clear that their boat was now on top of our anchor after an overnight wind shift. So, they had to start their motor and move forward so we could leave.
It was definitely one of the craziest 24 hours at anchor we have experienced. Two boats within a few hours anchored much to close to us, and despite the concerns we expressed to each of them, the situation was not resolved in a timely manner. If a fellow boater expresses concern to me (Steve) about where I have anchored, I would never shrug it off and ignore the situation. If they are concerned, and may not sleep well because of where I've anchored my boat, I'm going to move (even if I think their concern is not valid). If my anchoring is causing anxiety for my neighbor, I'm going to fix the situation. I really don't understand the nonchalant attitude of these two vessels. Thankfully, in our 15 months since we left home, this has been the only occurrence of an issue. Although there is plenty of anchoring in this bay, the location we were in is considered ideal since it remains out of sea swell or wind waves - these boats were trying to get tucked in out of it as well.