I know this is against the norm in the blogging world but, I try to keep the site clean and easy to read for our reader’s enjoyment. For this reason, I opted to keep comments to one page. We would love to hear from you. Do not let my wacky thought process deter you from expressing your feelings regarding our postings or another items of interest you want to share.

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  1. Marie Holmes

    Love your post about Karma. I always hope that Karma plays a place in the universe. I try to be the considerate person, the one that lets people into traffic, volunteers, recycles, goes the extra mile on the job. There are times that it really does seem that I get “paid” back.

    Enjoy reading your blog so much; I love your descriptions of the places you see and how the people live. Your wanderings are very entertaining. I laugh when you describe hoisting your phone up to get a hotspot. LOL

    I look forward to hearing your observations of going through the Panama Canal eventually. I did it on a cruise ship many years ago. It was fascinating.

    In Michigan we are starting to launch boats. Water is VERY high on the Great Lakes this year. Always nice for running gear; but it does cause some issues at the dock and along the lakeshore for some.

    Our boat is in VERY early this year (for us); because we SOLD it! Long story short, the equity we’ve managed to build back up due to hubby’s ongoing projects, is allowing us to PAY off our house and buy a new boat that is just a bit smaller.

    We are now less than three years out from retirement and are rightsizing our financial obligations. Things are looking really real…..

    • Marie Holmes

      That’s a new USED boat. LOL

    • Mark

      Hi Marie, Thank you for the kind words 🙂 It is hard for us to imagine you are just now getting warm weather. We have been sweating in the heat for about 4 years now. Today is no wind, hot and humid. No doubt we’ll spend the afternoon floating in the water.

      So glad you have the retirement light at the end of the tunnel. Work really gets in the way of things 🙂

  2. Oh I love love love this post on the San Blas Islands. I remember reading about these islands in posts by other bloggers when we were planning our trip. HOnestly, we are thinking of crossing to the South Pacific next year, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t rather go through the canal and explore the other side. Especially after seeing these photos. Just stunning and I am envious of your Molas! Over on this side it’s the Huichol art that is heartbreakingly beautiful to me. We’ve invested in a number of pieces. It’s hard to walk away. i’m glad you got to visit with the artist and have his wares personally presented to you. That’s fantastic.

  3. I had a good laugh about your one pair of extra flip flops. On board Galapagos, I have many pairs of sandals. Many. Maybe 15. They live in one place (ok, some of them live up in the cockpit in a basket) but I pretty much wear one of two pairs all the time. The others are my ‘back up’ sandals.Many sailors think this is an excessive number of shoes but their opinion is meaningless to me. I also have a pair of hiking boots and a pair of tennis shoes. Mike learned a valuable lesson last year (read: he learned to listen to me) when he discovered that his one pair of sandals was hurting his feet. Rubbing, blistering, etc. There was no help for it but that he needed to dig out his extra pair…which he DID NOT HAVE BECAUSE HE DIDN’T LISTEN TO ME when I told him he should likely not leave the dock without backup footwear. Oh the pain. We are in Mexico. They do not have the selection here that we have at home in our extraordinarily too-many-choices country. Mexicans also, as a rule, have smaller feet. So he has had to look long and hard for another pair of shoes. We finally found a nice pair of Crocs and paid a premium for them at one of the local resorts. His feet are happier than our wallet now. But we’ll be making another visit home this summer during sandal season. Guess who will be coming back to Mexico with some backup footwear? Not me. I already have plenty.

    • Mark

      When will us fellers learn to listen to the smarter half of the marriage? LOL

      I have never owned a pair of Crocs. Neither has Cindy.

      BTW – we are thinking about a canal transit in the July’ish time frame. This puts us on your side of the continent. No doubt we will hang about Panama for a while so there is a chance we may bump into you 🙂

      • Cool! We’ll be on the lookout for the guy with one pair of flip flops. And I hear you about crocs. But beggars can’t be choosers. They aren’t the first choice for sure, although these have a fabric top and seem pretty comfortable. Still, as a fashion statement, forget about it.

  4. Dale Costello

    Thank you for your posts, unless read and thoroughly enjoy every one. I would start my own blog, but have no idea where or how to start. Tips?

    • Mark

      The University of You-Tube is a great place to start. We use wordpress as a host. It is pretty easy to understand and set up.

  5. Congrats on four years! It seems like just yesterday you guys were setting off – time does fly.

    • Mark

      Thanks Ellen! Some days it seems as though time has flown and other days, well… not so much. It is not an easy lifestyle but it is well worth the efforts. When we started, a lot of people asked how long we plan to cruise. We said, we will do it for as long as we enjoy it. I guess we are still enjoying it 🙂

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