Thursday, January 17, 2019

Invaders of all types

Mark with an 'Elephant Parade' elephant at the Boat Show
The other day, we came back to the boat after walking several miles in our new hiking boots (we're planning to do the Everest Base Camp hike in a few months and need to break them in; yes, we look ridiculous walking around the Tropics in thick socks and boots).

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Avoiding tropical depressions and petting puppies in Thailand

Been there, got the T-shirt...

We visited The Soi Dog Foundation the other day (our friends on Field Trip found the place). It's a rescue/vet/ adoption place that focuses on "street" dogs (and a few cats) here in Phuket ("Soi" mean street in Thai). The tour was entertaining and interesting. One of their prime missions is to spay or neuter as many of these dogs as they can.  Last year they did nearly 8,000 procedures. Over the last decade or so they have reduced the local street dog population from over 100,000 to about 10,000 through these procedures. The foundation also works to rescue dogs from the illegal dog meat trade as well as provide medical care to injured and abused animals.  Overall, they do great work there and the boys loved being able to play with the dogs and cats.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Is Mother Nature trying to tell us something?

Video of Anak Krakatau shot by Mark
Our friends on another boat recently wrote us to point out that we seemed to be the common factor in a number of natural disasters that have occurred over the last year. The most recent was the tsunami and eruptions from Anak Krakatau.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Cholamark dinghy covers--the best ever

Our brand new dinghy and cover
Like all cruisers, our dinghy is really important to us.  Having just replaced our dinghy under warranty, we wanted to get a cover at the same time to help protect it from the brutal tropical sun. And some added protection from our kids (who refuse to stop eating and continue to grow at an alarming rate) would be nice as well.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Happy Holidays from Thailand

Rafting down the impromptu lazy river

Christmas Eve marked the start of the seventh year that we have lived aboard Perry. It is also the fourth Christmas we have shared with our friends on Field Trip.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The party's over

Now that Nana has left us, it's time to start some of the boat work that we had postponed. Some of it involves boat parts that she hauled half-way around the world for us.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

'Round Phuket

Koh Panyi (Muslim fishing village on stilts)
After returning the rental car, the second part of Nana's visit was spent taking Perry around to some of the local anchorages. We are still getting used to how tourist-y everything is here. And there are a lot of other boats, especially charters. As soon as you put down your anchor, a charter boat plunks down nearby (many times very nearby), then another and another.