We recently anchored off a deserted beach and went ashore and looked at our surroundings. I found lots of wood and garbage, I made a shelter and started a fire with my flint and steel. Here are some things you might want to know, for shelter look for big rocks. If there are rocks on the beach get big sticks and put them on the rock for a lean to. Now you are by the ocean so you think there is a lot water, but it is salt water and you can't drink it. You have to boil the water and capture the steam to collected the water. We heated rocks in the fire and then put them in a plastic bottle we found on the beach. The water boiled and we caught the steam and made a few drops of freshwater. For food, find the buffet! That is how you survive in the wild.
Porter captured our evening pretty well. We had a little survival session on a deserted beach just north of Puerto Vallarta. The boys collected drift wood and coconut husks to make a fire. Mike and the boys spent a good 30 minutes trying to get a fire started with flint and steel. Porter conveniently left out who finally got the fire started in about 30 seconds.....yours truly! I want all my boy scout fees paid, over the years, returned to me! Actually it was super fun, Porter was only bummed he couldn't practice starting a fire with the little magnafine glass on his new super duper swiss army knife Santa left him since the sun was too low in the sky. In any event, out survival class included showing the kids how to make a still and I actually was able to make a few drops of fresh water from all things I collected on the beach. We boiled water by heating up rocks in the fire and then adding them to plastic bottles we found on the beach. It actually worked really well and the water boiled for quite a long time. The kids also practiced taking hot rocks and burying them in the sand in their shelters for heat.
Fire, shelter, water....check! The survival lesson ended when we told them they would have to eat snails off the rocks. Instead we roasted sausages and marsh mellows on the fire. OK, maybe not all the food groups were present, but it was fun!
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