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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Recycling Bliss, November 12

My haul of bagged grocery items; condiments, yogurt, milk, OJ and sauces.

One of my pet peeves about cruising is the lack of recycling we find along the way.  With the exception of Europe, (and a few places in Colombia) we have found very few places to recycle anything.  We try to be conscientious consumers and buy as few plastic receptacles as possible, but UHT milk, juice boxes and yogurt are staples in our diet and its hard going without those (note to self, get off your butt and figure out how to make yogurt at sea).  At sea we can deposit tin and paper products over the side, so that definitely reduces the garbage, but in port we generate at least twice as much garbage as we do at home with the abundant curbside recycling options.  The beaches are littered with single use plastic bottles, so we try really hard not to buy those, and although I schlepp several liters of water around every time we go ashore, in hot climates we still end up buying the odd bottle here and there.  The reason I write this blog while we are in Colombia is because I have been pleasantly surprised with some of the packaging options there are in the stores in this country.  The single use plastic bottles are still prevalent everywhere, but the fresh juice vendors along the streets will fill a glass you bring one from home (yes, they give you a funny look, but they do it).  In the stores many of the items that would be boxed or in plastic are packaged in extra touch plastic bags.  Everything from milk, orange juice, cream, pickles, condiments, yogurt, and dish soap can be bought bagged.  Of course it is a little more work because you have to have a receptacle to empty the contents of the bag in when you get home from shopping and then clean it when you are finished, but I for one have the time, so I like the tradeoff.  I keep the UHT bags of milk in the shower because Mike will kill me if one ever breaks in the boat (spoiled milk in the tropics would be a hard smell to get out of a bilge). In fact, the bags are easier than recycling because you don’t have to store a bunch of recycled material separately on the boat.  

Our garbage has reduced considerable in Colombia and along with it, my guilt. 

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