Did I mention Costa Rica is expensive? We brought two bags of laundry in to have washed, dried and folded and it cost us $63. Before you go thinking I am spoiled and don't do my own laundry, I do, as often as I can. Laundry mats are few and far between in these countries. Occasionally we have to bite the bullet and have our laundry done by a service. Generally it is pretty reasonable, maybe twice what it would cost to do it ourselves (ourselves meaning me) at a self serve. We also have the option of hand washing our clothes. We have a set up for that, but fresh water is at a premium and I don't do more than a few articles of clothing or a favorite sheet that had something spilled upon in at a time. I generally try not to do full loads at a time. However, we expect to be in remote locations for the next two weeks, and we spent several days getting dirty up in the highlands and we needed to do another couple of big loads. We didn't want to shell out another $60+ so we decided to do it all ourselves. We are not at a traditional marina, we are moored to a small floating dock that has one other boat on it. It is actually pretty nice, it gives us a nice platform to stage things, move everything off the boat to wash, leave garbage, but pay the price of a mooring ball rather than the $100 slip fees the other marinas charge per day. We got lucky and on this particular dock they have piped agua dulce in (fresh water). It is a small stream without any pressure, but it's fresh water and we don't have to make it ourselves. I got the boys working, which is a small miracle of miracles, but they actually did a great job. We have a large plunger, especially made for washing clothes, two buckets and a wringer. Instant laundry mat! The kids worked for about two ours, agitating (they have lots of practice there), wringing and rinsing. This is the first time they have helped me and it will hopefully make them more aware of the clothes they are throwing in the dirty pile that miraculously end up clean on their bunks. Anyway, they did great, they did a bunch of clothes and sheets and all I had to do was find a place to hang and dry them all. We laid clothes out on the deck, along all the lifelines and eventually and rotated things through and got every thing spread out and drying. It was all in all a very successful endeavor. Until...the volcano on the other side of the country, that had been dormant for the last 20 years, decided to blow ash all over the country. We woke up to a nice sprinkling of ash all over our freshly laundered clothes! Agh! Oh well, it was Friday the 13th after all, what did we expect?
Ah, the tropics. Always sounds like paradise right? It is most of the time, but the heat and humidity is such a constant here it is hard not to complain just a little. It is regularly 90 degrees, maybe dipping down to 85 at night, and we live in a state of sheen. We go through so much drinking water that we've created a boat task to someone to keep water bottles full and refrigerated. Our air conditioning is the great outdoors and when the air doesn't move, as it doesn't much in this part of Costa Rica, it is hot! We love our water maker, the luxury of taking several two minute, cold showers a day is priceless. The ocean temperatures are over 91 degrees and even swimming is not refreshing anymore. We've taken to diving in the water and trying to get as far down as possible, below the thermocline, to reach some cooler water. I'm sure if you've just shoveled your driveway, you won't take much pity on us, but believe me, paradise comes at a price. We are looking forward to those Caribbean winds to cool us down.
The following pages chronicle the journey of the sailing vessel Pelagic and her crew. We are a family of 5; Michael, Amy, Zander, Porter and Anakena, taking our 42' Hallberg Rassy as far as we can comfortably go in three years. We left Oregon in September 2014, participated in the 2014 Baja Haha, continued on through the Panama Canal, into the Caribbean, up the coast of the US to Maritime Canada and from there crossed the Atlantic. After an arrival in Ireland we toured Scotland, then sailed down to France, Portugal and on to Morocco. In January of 2016 we slowed down considerably and enrolled the kids in a local Spanish school in Sanlucar de Guadiana for a few months. In the spring of 2016 we crossed the Atlantic towards the Caribbean. We are now in the Pacific, officially on our way home, albeit via a very circuitous path. We are currently in French Polynesia and looking at weather windows to Hawaii before finally making landfall back in the Pacific Northwest.
Currently our exact location is not available. Our spot coverage will pick us back up in Hawaii towards the end of May, 2017.
Our favorite sailing quote:
"If anythings gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there boss!" Captain Ron