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

Friday, April 1, 2016

I don't remember your name, but your Fez is familiar, April 1

We try not to be too conspicuous when we are traveling, and I hate to walk around the markets with my camera.  That said, I want desperately to convey the smells, the sights and the sounds of the medinas in Morocco.  Not possible with just a few quickly snapped photos taken when the frenzy is at a comparative lull.  Imagine the following sights, tiled walls, mosque entrances (non muslims cannot enter a mosque) and stalls around every corner in the markets of Fez.  It is literally a feast for the senses.  

Kairaouine Mosque and one of Africa's oldest mosque

small tannery; hides drying, men working in clay pits 

This is the big tannery that is being renovated (probably for the first time in a millennium). A man works in each pool working the leather in one step of the process.  
Before visiting the tanneries they give you a sprig of mint to sniff to mask the smells of the tanning process. They have used the same ingredients since medieval times; pigeon droppings, cow urine and ash!

More Market stalls
Nejjarine fountain
plenty of donkey's in the Medina

Bab Sensla (gate into the Medina)

We finally found a place that sells shoes in Z's size!