Our days pass with more routine than we've had in some time. Mornings are filled with schooling while Mike works on the ever present list of boat challenges. This week it is the solar panels and the turbo booster on the engine. I bake bread, make yogurt and sprout out of necessity (fresh food is at a premium). We can get a few things in the villages, but aside from a few bananas and pineapples there isn't much. Yesterday we got a box of cornflakes and some oil and that was about the extent of the offerings in the little store. Afternoon outings are trips to the reef, river exploration and mangrove meandering's. Birds are plentiful in the rivers, reef sightings continue to increase including a large shark a few days ago (not one the normal reef sharks). Late afternoons are lazy with reading or some short solo trips by kayak or SUP. Yesterday we popped into one of the larger villages and pleasantly discovered that the school had some extremely slow wifi that they share in the evenings. Mike ticked off a few errands on the list. Apparently the rains continue to fall in Oregon and we have to set up things like gutter cleaning and tasks that seem so out of season for us.
Three weeks without much for news has been lovely. We downloaded several old newspapers to catch up a little, but I can't say they brought much to lift my spirits. Even the Kuna Indians shake their heads and mumble Trump when we tell them we are Americans. I think we would be a laughing stock around the world if it wasn't so horribly sad, even for those without US citizenship. Oh well, no reason to dwell, just a renewed interest in getting politically involved when we return.
For now my politics involve keeping the kids from killing each other, which at times is on par with negotiating with terrorists. Mostly we are doing great and enjoying our time here in the San Blas. This is what cruising is like for some people and although I would get a little bored at some point, I see the lure of this lazy and slow pace, far from our normal cruising pace. I could get used to this.
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