When we first entered the San Blas there were few boats. Now as the winds start to strengthen along Colombia, as the season changes, more boats are making their way from the Caribbean towards Panama, many will eventually transit the canal into the Pacific. The rainy season is supposed to end in two days, but that is hard to believe. The locals say this year is unusually wet. It is cooler than usual, so that is a nice break from the heat, but it is hard to get laundry dry and keep things from getting wet.
My parents arrived three days ago and we are thoroughly enjoying the company. We have been mostly alone for the last month and it nice to talk to someone that doesn't know all of our stories. The Kunas are lovely, but our interactions are frequent, but brief. They often paddle to the boat and visit. Often they try to sell us something, but ocassionally they simply want to check us out. As happy as we were to see my parents, we were also happy to see the loot they brought. Candy from home, early Christmas presents and treats from the states. Mike and I get short breaks with the grandparents here as well. We don't always have to play aquatic director and entertainer and that is a welcomed change.
We will spend a week in the San Blas and then starting heading west towards Portobello and eventually the canal zone. We are leaning towards sailing to the Marquesas to get back to Oregon, but we are not yet at the point of no return and I am still not convinced I'm ready for another big passage. I have a little less than a month to argue my case either way.
Not much else to report. Life is grand, albeit a little damp.
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