We have made it all the way across the ocean! We sailed coast to coast (Florida to Portugal) and are exploring this wonderful and ancient land. In the states, an old building might be a few hundred years old, but in Europe, that was yesterday! We have been visiting towns and cities along the coast where the buildings are dated by which century they are from instead of which year.
While visiting really old cities is fun, something a bit more interesting is experiencing their liquor. Portugal is famous for Port Wine which comes from Porto (they got really creative with names at that time) and why not sample some of these gems while we are in town?
We went on a wine tour and met a bunch of wonderful people from all over the world who have been attracted to this ancient city on the river by the sea.
It’s been three years!
Three years ago, we got married and then went cruising. Our first year of marriage was spent preparing the boat for the voyage, while the last two years have been spent passage making.
Being at sea with her is wonderful. There are no distractions, no social pressures, nothing. You are out in the middle of the ocean with only the one you love!
People always assume that those who live on boats are modern day pirates. Save the wooden limbs, and most of us don’t have pet parrots, we do live the life we want. Boats let you sail to places you want to see and experience life the way you want.
Get out there and have your adventure!
Maddie and I sailed to the Azores in August of 2018. We then spent the winter season doing a Refit on the island Terceira, where we have spent most of our time.
Maddie’s mom came to visit us so we all made a trip to the next island over, São Miguel. Wow!
This is the island that you see on Google and on post cards. This island is a volcanic wonderland filled with mind blowing rock formations that are now covered in a lush sea of green.
This adventure would never had been possible without a boat to being us here!
About two years ago, my wife and I sailed past this small sailboat with an osprey nest on his bow. The boat rests on a mooring ball in West River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.
My parents cruised past this same boat today and sent me a picture of it. Still floating right there, with the same nest on his bow.
Ospreys are endangered and it is illegal to tamper or move their nests. They usually prefer a dead tree that is growing out of the water (maybe being so picky is what drove them to being endangered). To help bounce their population back, all day markers have provisions to help hold a nest and many of them are occupied. More nesting sites means more breeding which has led to their population to increase!
This boat certainly is not a dead tree in the water, but the osprey decided his deck was just fine!
Our boat (and our home) has been undergoing a rather dramatic transformation. We wintered in the Azores and ended up doing quite a Refit.
Gutted and rebuilt the head, gutted and rebuilt the closet, new galley, repainted the deck, new storage rack on the deck, and new topside paint.
In the process, our name was sanded off and for most of the year, Wisdom was unmarked. She was a white project in the back of the yard. Multiple times, I would have police knock on the hull asking for a different boat. Since I had no name, they assumed I was hiding from them and started their search there.
Now we have a name on her and she can proudly say who she is to everyone who looks at her!
Today we got lunch at a new place (To is that is). The meal was amazing and inexpensive, but the best part was the view.
After crossing an ocean, we had grown accustomed to looking out at a blank horizon. Now, we look out at old buildings painted in bright colors!
After being at sea for nearly a month, you make landfall on the tiny island of Faial, in the 4th busiest marina in the world: Horta.
you have grown accustomed to the fact that day in and day out, you will be alone. Now you are surrounded by people and boats who have all also made this journey across the seas.
Space is a premium in this tiny marina, so the marina staff has come up with a great solution to the limited docking space and limitless boat traffic: stacking.
We arrived at the end of the season, so the Marina was “empty” according to the staff. The boats were only stacked two deep. During the early summer when everyone is crossing, they stack boats up to four deep and along every surface that a boat can be tied up along.
Our world changed from solitude to society, and we were suddenly surrounded by sailors who share a similar passion, a passion for adventure!
We have been living here since August, but that whole time we were preoccupied with the Refit projects on our boat. We never stopped to look at where we were. We never appreciated living “here”.
Now that the projects are almost finished, we raised our heads from the bilge and looked at where we are. We sat on the top of a mountain and watched the sunset over the town.
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