Side Trips

Fun trips and tid-bits

Boquete – Panama

The five and a half-hour drive to Boquete treated us to panoramic vistas of the lush green mountainous Panamanian countryside. The main road up and down Panama is the Panamericana Highway. Once away from Panama City the road becomes much less congested and the four-lane blacktop smooth highway makes for an easy drive. In Panama, […]

Categories: Pacific Ocean, Panama, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Panama City!

Shelter Bay Marina is a brief stopover for us. The marina is nice but it is in the middle of nowhere. It is a 30-40 minute bus ride to the closest grocery store in Colón. The marina is located on the old US Army base Ft. Sherman from pre 2000 when the USA controlled the […]

Categories: Caribbean, Panama, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, Side Trips


This past week we extended our Colombian visas. This means we have been here for about ninety days. The itch to get moving again is starting to flare up but we’ll not scratch it just yet; soon, but not just yet. We are still really loving Colombia and the people here. Also, the longer we […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Cartagena – Part Four

A free walking tour is the best way to experience the Walled City. We noticed the tour guides with yellow umbrellas and their groups of about twenty people and wondered if they offered English speaking tours. Luckily they did offer tours in English and we reserved a spot online. I am repeating myself when I […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Cartagena – Part Three

I am very pleased to say my Spanish is getting better. I now can ask the location of the bathroom. I don’t understand the answer but at least people seem to get the question. I just kind of hope that some part of the answer includes pointing. One of the more recent words I have […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Cartagena – Part Two

Our choice to stay in a hotel in Cartagena proved to be the right move. This is because we found ourselves in the heart of the Bocagrande area. It is a touristy area due to the long beaches on both the ocean and bay sides of the peninsular. Within a few blocks of the hotel […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Cartagena – Part One

We are in Cartagena, Bolívar. We decided to leave Cream Puff in Santa Marta and travel by land. There are a couple of reasons for doing this. First, the marinas in Cartagena did not have good reviews and a weekly stay is quiet expensive (we are getting a very good rate in Santa Marta). Second, […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Bags and boat parts

See the big pile of bags? This is what we lugged all the way back to Curaçao. We have been living out of the two backpacks while in the USA . The rest of the pile, the three large duffle bags, are parts for Cream Puff. We took full advantage of being in the USA […]

Categories: Caribbean, Curaçao, Funny Stuff, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

We Visit Wimberley Texas

    Continuing our trek, we departed the Texas coastal plains and headed inland to the little town of Wimberley located just outside of the capital city of Austin where we planned to visit with Cindy’s brother. Our journey took us mostly on back roads where we could take in the rural landscapes and small […]

Categories: Sailing Blog, Side Trips, USA

Rockport Strong

We are back in our old stomping grounds. We made a stop in San Antonio for a week to visit Cindy’s sister. For the past few days we have traveled around the Corpus Christi Bay area in Texas. I can’t believe I can write sentences beginning with the words, “Thirty years ago”. This makes me […]

Categories: About Us, Sailing Blog, Side Trips, USA

Road Trip

Big cars! We rented a Toyota Camry in Miami. For us, the car seemed huge. We have rented tiny cars on the islands and have become somewhat used to bumping shoulders in the front seats. I move Cindy’s knee out of the way when I need to shift gears. When we first sat in the […]

Categories: Sailing Blog, Side Trips, USA

New All Over Again

Sometimes when we land on an island I get that déjà vu feeling. We go through the same routines of checking in with Customs and Immigration. Once this is done, we try to get on the internet. Sometimes this is pretty easy and we can pirate a connection from a nearby bar or restaurant. Often […]

Categories: Funny Stuff, Grenada, Side Trips

Road Trip

Our plan was to take a coastal road, take a mountain road, grab a meal and see what we find. Other than this, the agenda was pretty loose and we figured we would go where the road took us. There is some reassurance that if we got totally lost, we are still on an island. […]

Categories: Puerto Rico, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Old San Juan

We visited Old San Juan and for two days walked about this wonderful corner of Puerto Rico. If you are ever on the island of Puerto Rico, this stop is a “must do”.  Our old motto of, “walk ‘til our feet hurt and drink ’til they don’t” came alive. The historic area is packed full […]

Categories: Puerto Rico, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest

Two things: First, we visited a rain forest. Second, I am feeling very old. Let’s talk about the rain forest first. Why? Because it is fun and I have lots of pretty pictures to show you. I’ll get to the feeling old part in a minute. Mona had on her bucket list that she wanted […]

Categories: Puerto Rico, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

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