We are starting to prep the boat for the continuation of our sailing towards home. We still have a several weeks before we leave this little slice of heaven we have found, but there are some critical tasks that we have to start prep work on. If we stay much longer the Guadiana Glue may really start to take a hold. Mike is loading Atlantic island charts into our chart plotter as well as charts of the North African coast, we are repairing last minute breaks, we are cleaning like crazy, and hands down the most difficult chore is thinking about leaving all the wonderful friends we have made in our short time here. There are so many things we will miss about our temporary home on the banks of the Guadiana. Beyond the friends both the kids, Michael and I have made, I will miss so many things. I will miss the smell of the rosemary and lavender and the sight of olive trees covering the terraced hillsides. I will miss passing the citrus farms that surround the village and the fragrant smell of the orange blossoms. The landscape takes on a different hue with the scorching rays of summer, but this time of year, after several good rains the landscape is carpeted by spring wildflowers. I will miss going to the baker every morning for our daily loaf of bread, eating fresh fruits that have come from local farms and drinking regional wines that cost a euro a liter. I will miss letting my kids roam the village and literally telling them to be home before dark. I will miss how it seems so normal to have the mayor tutor Zander and how the locals call my kids by name. I will very much miss the simplicity of our lives here. Spain isn’t perfect (we've had a few problems that we will elaborate more on when we officially clear out!). That said, the few hardships have been far outweighed by the many positives including; the kids making fantastic friends, the Spanish immersion and the cultural exchange we have been a part of. I know this is a repeat statement, but we sure will miss it here.
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