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Almost there.............

Posted: 01-12-2004 02:46 AM
by megman
As anyone on the FF knows the Lost Harbour & Dry Dock was dedicated to the building of my Trimaran and sailing off into the sunset.

I was to spend 3 years building it here in Ottawa, but the plans have changed.........

It all started when my wife of 10 years left me about 3 weeks before Xmas. It took the wind out of my sails so to speak.

The boat come hell or high water will be built, but not here and not at this point in my life.

In my browsing for a sailing destination, I came across an area in Guatemala known as the Rio Dulce. Upon further browsing I came acrossed a place known as Casa Guatemala.

Casa Guatemala is home to 250 orphaned,abandoned and abused Mayan children in Rio Dulce area. It receives no government funding and depends solely on donations and volunteers.

I am to be one of those volunteers.

My tenative date for leaving is the end of this month or the first week of February. I will be going for at least a year at first, but I also plan on staying and living in either Rio Dulce or Belize. This is a one-way trip.

I will spend as long as it takes to build my boat as I plan on it being my final home.

Associated with Casa Guatemala is Hotel Backpackers. It is frequented by many boaters on the Rio Dulce and many locals. Proceeds go to help support the Children's Village.

They do have an internet connection there and at most of the marina's in the area, so I will not be totally cut-off, but will be very scarce most likley.

I plan on starting a journal with pictures, but not sure how often it will be updated as I'm not sure what free time I will have on my hands, but I will be sure to make time when possible.

More to come later when my eyes, fingers and heart are not so tired..........

Hey, Mike

Posted: 01-12-2004 04:36 AM
by Linnea
Think we will lighten this 'theme' here to something with more light and water - tropical. And - keep this thread going for what journal entries and reports you will be able to send. Fantastic!

Posted: 01-13-2004 11:13 PM
by megman
Linnea, as per this post and your other, "Your brush or mine?"

It may be a little slow at first but once I get settled in I'd love to be able to share some of the indepth goings on at Casa Guatemala.

Frankly, places like this just cannot get enough exposure as to how needy they can be in the terms of resources from funds and volunteers.

Would just be a small part but every little bit helps.:D

Posted: 01-13-2004 11:55 PM
by Linnea
We'll do it, Mike :) btw - please send me your global email address.

Your brush? What images would you like? Email me

Posted: 01-14-2004 02:37 AM
by Corvid

Blessings to both your free adventure and your humanitarian endeavor.... and please keep us posted. If there is something you need, well, you know where we will be.


Rio Dulce Bound

Posted: 01-18-2004 04:27 AM
by deeremom
Posted by megman in the ORR:
12 more days, 12 more days.................
How are the plans for your trip coming along, Meg? We are all anxious to hear more about your adventure :)

Posted: 01-22-2004 11:09 AM
by megman
Almost there mom, almost there.:D

School is set, plane ticket in hand, and it's snowing sideways outside.:eek:

All set to leave Jan 30th. Lift-off is 6 a.m. EST. If all goes well I should be in Guatemala City by 3:40 p.m.:cool:

7 days, 18 hrs and 50 minutes.............

Posted: 01-23-2004 06:07 PM
by deeremom
... 6 days 12 hours 15 minutes........


Posted: 01-25-2004 05:57 PM
by megman
4 days, 12 hours.................

Posted: 01-26-2004 12:33 PM
by deeremom
3 days 19 hrs 9 min ...

Posted: 01-27-2004 07:59 AM
by Devastated
Megman, go forth!

Plans are made to be changed, and your new one sounds good. I think you will find decent internet and very rewarding work.
Guatemala is a lovely country full of beautiful and forlorn people. I am glad you're going to help.
And I bet you will find a way to hear Art!

With Tears Dripping on Keyboard ..........

Posted: 01-27-2004 11:54 AM
by deeremom

The Fantastic Forum and life on the Net could never be the same without you. We will all miss you terribly. Please don't forget us and check in when you can. And above all, remember how very much we love you and how much we miss you.

I wish you only the best in your new life. May all of your hopes and dreams come true … And may you find peace and great happiness.

To borrow the words from Bellisima ...... hasta que encontremos otra vez y vaya con Dios ........

KOC, my dear ;) until ....... tomorrow!

Posted: 01-29-2004 01:36 PM
by Gwen
Meg, your departure date is drawing near. I feel very sad, but I am very happy for you and your new noble adventure. I wish you all the best. Please keep in touch with us. You will be greatly missed by this old pirate. Will be praying for a safe journey for you. Not goodbye...just so-long, my friend.