|San Cristobol is home to a huge colony of sea lions.|
Monday, March 23, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
New passports picked up. Check!Boat's waterline lowered from 132 eggs, tons of produce, full diesel tanks, full gas tanks, and full water tanks. Check!
Last ice-cream cones eaten in civilization for awhile. Check!Wind to get us to the Galapagos. [Sound of sad clown horn].
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
So Ecuador is out. We noticed that a couple of our passports expire in a year. Since most places require that you have a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival and there are not a lot of U.S. Embassies in the South Pacific, we decided to have ours renewed in Panama City. When we broke the news to Conrad and Mark that we had changed our mind yet again (we had also recently changed plans about Peru), Conrad happily drew this parallel: "It's like we're the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz--it's like we don't have a brain!" From the mouths of babes...
|These hamburger seed pods are much coveted in the Caribbean.|
They have greatly challenged my minimalist aspirations.
I couldn't stop picking them up...
|Perlas has amazing beaches, though they're a lot smaller at high tide.|
|Black sand had the consistency of flour. Yup, that's all they're wearing.|
|We got to join up with some kid boat friends again. Yay!|
Conrad and Mark are glad to be back to beaches and spend their time digging the Biggest Holes Ever and playing in the surf. We have spent what seems like an inordinate amount of time scraping the bottom in preparation for The Galapagos, where they are reportedly very strict about bringing in any extraneous critters. I experienced 2 tiny crabs in my ear canal, one of which was in there for several hours before I realized it might not be residual water (it saw the literal light at the end of the tunnel and jumped out when Matt shone a flashlight into my ear). We have seen fishing bats, giant grasshoppers, and a tiny octopus that attached to Matt's wetsuit after cleaning the boat.
|Fish eating bats.|
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Whenever we do a Google search on 'Panama City', it brings up pages relating to the town in Florida. It must be our use of English rather than Spanish.
|A new watch battery for $3. The eye-piece is mounted in a plastic|
soda bottle cap. Gotta love the ingenuity.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
We made it across the Panama Canal with no damage to the boat or crew. In some ways, it is a relatively straightforward process, but things do occasionally go wrong so it's a relief to be finished. We are very glad that we had experienced sailors as line handlers. Originally, we were planning to have as line handlers a non-sailing Brazilian family (a father, mother, and their 19-year old daughter), but they backed out. Instead we had our friend Mark from Amelie V, along with Huzar and Patricia from Indra, a boat we met while anchored in The Flats. Having sailors was invaluable because there was enough going on without having to explain how cleats work or how lines should be led, much less worrying about someone who isn't used to walking around on a boat.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|Anchored in the Rio Chagres|