Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas! ~ Feliz Navidad!

Welcome to our Blog. Our latest entry always comes up first... 
Click this link if you want to start at the beginning:
FIRST BLOG ENTRY
If you want to start at the beginning of our trip:
START OF TRIP
If you want to see the story of our trip from South Carolina
(where we bought the boat)
 to Lake Ontario Click this link:
  SOUTH CAROLINA
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It is that time of year, when most everyone just seems a little happier!  I have decided that for us, every day is CHRISTMAS!  For we receive the gift of happiness and freedom everyday.  While I am sure this nomadic lifestyle that takes us away from family, friends and security isn't for everyone, it seems to be still working for us...



Last week, our youngest daughter arrived from Canada to spend Christmas with us.  What a special gift!  Getting to us isn't as easy as one might think here in the Kuna Yala province of Panama.  She arrived in Panama City where we arranged for our trusted friend, Roger to pick her up at the airport. Since she arrived in the afternoon and the Kuna lock the gate here at 4 pm, we arranged for her to stay in the city overnight.  The next morning Kelly got in a 4 wheel drive SUV and traveled almost 5 hours to a place called Carti, where we picked her up in our dinghy...  


Our boat was another mile away in a bay where we anchored the night before...  (Note: if you ever come to see us, travel light... it's a long way!)

After her arrival we sailed to a place called Salardup where we stayed a few days. 
Coloring Class


Kelly's First Mola....





More Garbage


Happy Birthday Shelley!

We took a special tour with one of the premier Mola makers here in the San Blas, Lisa.  She took us by Cyuka up the river to a special place in the mountains few tourists get to see.  Each time she takes tourists, she must get permission from the Congresso (Indian Leadership).  Thus the place is nearly pristine and as beautiful today as it might have been a century ago...  The water was clean and crystal clear.  We hiked almost 2 hours in and followed the river most of the way back. What a great day!

Lisa.....




The Hike Begins....

Lisa's family burial grounds....


Nice Lips


The BIG Jump...














From Salardup we motorsailed to the East Lemons where we will be spending Christmas...  Kelly has been enjoying swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and walking n the beach...  I am sure the only way it could have been better was if her boyfriend was here... hmmm.... too bad... 



Birthday Carrot Cake....


Like Father... Like daughter....


Mola heaven

our friends, Nok & baby Brian...



Yesterday I shot the BIGGEST Lionfish I have ever seen.  WOW! What a great meal this will make!


More soon..

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