It is our first Christmas on the boat and there are definitely things we miss, but a few really sweet aspects to a very simple holiday season. First of all, we miss family, it seems a little strange to celebrate such a momentous holiday with just the five of us. We usually spend at least some of the Christmas season with grandparents and cousins and always in the company of great friends, so that is definitely a loss. We miss the school activities the annual solstice and Christmas parties, the Cookie exchanges, and the gift wrapping marathons. Instead of having every weekend day of December booked with some type of seasonal party, this year we had to remind ourselves that Christmas day was just around the corner two days before! We nearly missed it! I've been trying to prepare the kids for a lean year, and although they say they understand the limited space, limited shopping and limited contributors (family gifts will come with grandparents in January), I really hope they aren't disappointed. Christmas doesn't seem to be huge in Mexico, which is kind of refreshing, and while I love the simpleness of it, I do miss some of the hustle and bustle around the holidays. Our tree is about two feet tall (including the star), it is strung with two sets of blinking light necklaces that I have worn for past party's and the miniature candy canes still manage to dwarf the tree. Our stockings are just larger than ornament size and Kena has decorated the reading lights on the boat by covering them with barbie doll gowns so there is some color. We do have a pinata, so we are embracing the local culture as best we can. Porter is making earrings for me (hard to hide gifts on a 42 foot boat) and Kena is drawing pictures for us all. There is a fine line between charming and almost pathetic! We can skimp on decorations, presents, but it would be sacrileges to skimp on the food, so no need to feel sorry for us there, we have a pretty impressive menu lined up for the next few meals. For those of you that know Michael, you know not eating well would be out of the question! We've got homemade ceviche and guacamole as a starter, New York strips from a butcher in the mercado that also sold pig heads (we will miss the standing rib roast of years past) and fresh from the farm fruits and vegetables (hopefully minus the salmonella and DDT) and finally a key lime pie. Whoopee, we can't wait to eat!
Hopefully Santa finds us here in San Blas and remembers to attach his water wings!
From our little home to yours, we wish you all a Feliz Navidad and a prospero Ano Nuevo!
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