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OK, everybody. We are officially heading west. Our Caribbean cruise has come to an end. We are leaving Fajardo, P.R. in a few minutes and heading to Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas. After Great Inagua, we will continue to Cay Sal bank (also part of the Bahamas) off the north coast of Cuba. After getting some rest there, we will continue to the Florida Keys. Then it’s across the Gulf to Kemah. We will be tying up in Watergate Yachting Center. We should be in by June 21st or so. The boys are hoping to get back in time to go to Summer Camp in OK on the 23rd. We’ll see how the wind blows.

We’ll update the blog when we can. Ciao for now.

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What a trip!! We had to wait several days to hear from Danita that things were stable enough to go into Haiti to visit. There had been riots the previous week and one was rumored to happen on Monday. The Haitian government was taking their time unloading a ship full of food. The ship of food sat there rotting while the people were starving. The Haitians had enough and were protesting against the gov.

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We made it!!!! Luperon, Dominican Republic was our destination. We have arrived and completed our main mission. From now on, where we go will be dictated by what we all agree on (that should be interesting).

Now to tell you about Luperon. The landscape here is beautiful… it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in real life. John said he had read that the movie Jurassic Park was filmed here, so that will help you visualize it. It has both the highest and lowest points in the Carribean. There are mountains all around and there are palm trees growing on the mountains. It’s just beautiful. The other equally beautiful part of the Dominican Republic are the people. They are, on the whole, very attractive people. To top it off, they are some of the most hospitable, friendly, welcoming people. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m not as creative a writer as Shirley, but I wanted to share a few things after our Gulf crossing. I was reviewing our logbook and wanted to give a timeline of events as they unfolded.

We left Palacios on Jan 10th, 2008 and headed for the Dry Tortugas. We had just had a weak front come through the day before so had a fair northerly breeze. I had to run into Port Lavaca at noon to pick up a part for the watermaker that I had ordered so we cast off mooring lines at about 1410. After a very pleasant sail down the bay against a moderate flood tide, we departed the Matagorda Sea Bouy at 1830 and were on our way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wow…I can’t believe I actually got offshore! We left Palacios Sunday, Nov 4th. There wasn’t much wind at all, but we figured with a boatload of greenies that might be a good thing. By the time we reached the Gulf it was near noon. The ocean was pretty mild with waves of 1 to 3 feet. Not bad at all. We had just the right wind to sail East to Galveston. We decided to go about 20 miles offshore so we could all get a look at real “blue water.” Now I’m a sailor; now I get what all the hub-bub is about; now I know why people love sailing; I have the bug. All my life I had dreamed of leaving shore Read the rest of this entry »

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Well, I’ve tried to avoid telling about it; but the silence is deafening. Shirley mentioned our running aground in Galveston. I’m sure you are all interested in what happened, so here is the whole story. It all started with us deciding to leave Galveston in the afternoon. We really hadn’t planned on leaving that day but our dinghy outboard was out of commission and parts weren’t readily available. Being at anchor has limited appeal when you can’t easily get ashore. Especially after the trip along the ICW through Louisiana. We were interested in a little shore time. Our dinghy is an 11′ RIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable) so it really isn’t meant for rowing. Just ask our boys, they paddled six passengers to and from the boat. It looked like hard work to me. So being eager to arrive at our destination, we raised anchor and headed west.

We were outbound in Offatts Bayou channel approaching the intercoastal. All we had to do was “keep it between the markers” how hard can it be? Read the rest of this entry »

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