Author Archives: Mark

Isabela Island, Galápagos

Karma caught up with us. In our previous post, I gave the ARC boats a hard time for not using stern anchors and basically not looking at surrounding boat’s ground tackle before they picked their anchor location. Well, when it came to for us to leave, we had an issue retrieving our stern anchor. It […]

Categories: Galápagos, Sailing Blog, South Pacific Ocean

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos – Part Two

The biggest disappointment so far in the Galápagos Islands is the Darwin Center. We were hoping to learn about Darwin and the details of evolution. Instead, we were made to feel guilty for being human. It is nothing more than a bad zoo with captive iguanas and giant tortoises.  It is touted as a research […]

Categories: Galápagos, Sailing Blog, South Pacific Ocean

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos – Part One

Some mornings after I have made my pot of Taylors of Harrogate English Breakfast Tea and climb up into the cockpit to do the morning crossword, I am amazed we are in Galápagos.  This place is awesome! Cindy said a couple of days ago, she too looks around and is so glad we are here. […]

Categories: Galápagos, Sailing Blog, South Pacific Ocean

San Cristóbal, Galápagos (Part Two)

Still on San Cristóbal, we are exploring the small town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is really charming. What has surprised me the most is the food here is very good. We fell in love with an open-air restaurant called Rosita’s. Looking at the menu, it has a dish for just about everyone. I couldn’t […]

Categories: Galápagos, Sailing Blog, South Pacific Ocean

San Cristóbal, Galápagos (Part One)

Arriving in Galápagos my expectations were pretty low. I know I have said this before, I can be a little pessimistic. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. Cindy, as always is much more optimistic. Based on all the fees, red-tape, and the hoops we had to jump through to get here, I had envisioned […]

Categories: Galápagos, Sailing Blog, South Pacific Ocean

We arrived safely in Galápagos

Yea! We arrived safely in Galápagos. The passage from Panama to Galápagos turned out to be one of the most challenging sails were have encountered so far in our wacky journey. The passage requires crossing an area called the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The area has doldrums and can produce spectacular thunderstorms. I hate lightning. […]

Categories: Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

Parting Ways with Panama

One last trip to the big city to return our rental car, check out with immigration and bus back to the marina in San Carlos. Bye-bye Panama! As you read this, Cindy and I are sailing approximately 1,000 miles or 7 days to Galapagos. We have finally left Panama after a very long enjoyable stay […]

Categories: Pacific Ocean, Panama, Pre-sailing Preparation, Sailing Blog

Check Ups

  A warning to any readers in the United States, this is probably going to upset you. If it doesn’t, it should. In previous posts, I have mentioned more than once about getting Cream Puff ready for our next passage. We are getting ready to go to the boonies. The next two legs will be […]

Categories: About Us, Panama, Pre-sailing Preparation, Questions Women Ask, Shorts and Musings

2019 in Review

I think we might have broken a record in 2019. We only sailed about 700 miles. For two people on a wacky sailing adventure traveling the world, this is pretty pathetic. This has to be some sort of new record. So, why didn’t we move very far? The simple answer is we fell in love […]

Categories: Argentina, Caribbean, Colombia, Pacific Ocean, Panama, Panama Canal, Sailing Blog, Side Trips, South Atlantic

Lunch With Friends

    We are hanging about on the Puffster. Okay, technically we are not just hanging about. We are working our butts off for a jaunt to Galapagos and French Polynesia. Cindy has done a ton of research about what is available and what is not available on these islands regarding food. I am guessing […]

Categories: Pacific Ocean, Panama, Sailing Blog

Crazy Stuff

My brain just gave me a presentation. I had no idea it had access to PowerPoint. One of the slides it emphasized was stating I had 125 days this year where I was sleep-deprived. I disagreed. I said it was 126 because having this conversation in the middle of the night wasn’t going to help. […]

Categories: Funny Stuff, Pacific Ocean, Panama, Sailing Blog, Shorts and Musings

Buenos Aries – Part Four (The Final Installment)

Sleeping on a bed that doesn’t rock me to sleep is taking a little bit of getting used to. We are loving the vacation from our boat and sleeping in a real king-size bed. The high-pressure water in the shower is amazing. Unlimited supplies of hot water: incredible. His and her sofas to stretch out […]

Categories: Argentina, Sailing Blog, Side Trips, South Atlantic

Buenos Aries – Part Three

When we traveled to Portland Oregon a few years ago, I was very impressed with the Saturday (under the bridge) market. I love street markets and I especially love street entertainers. Roaming about these venues is a sort of happy place for me. It is so easy for me to lose track of time and […]

Categories: Argentina, Sailing Blog, Side Trips, South Atlantic

Buenos Aries – Part Two

We are loving it here in Buenos Aries! Springtime in Buenos Aries can be a little bit chilly. We are here as the trees are starting to bloom. Seasons are opposite in the northern and southern hemispheres. Sometimes when the wind blows down the street, it can feel darn right nippy. The locals are bundled […]

Categories: Argentina, Sailing Blog, Side Trips, South Atlantic

Buenos Aries – Part One

Arriving in a new city at midnight can be a little daunting. We do not speak the language and we have no local currency. Argentinean pesos are hard to get outside of the country and somewhat hard to get inside the country; More on this later. Normally, we’d take an Uber from the airport to […]

Categories: Argentina, Sailing Blog, Side Trips, South Atlantic

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