The Finca

Goodbye, 2018!  We danced and kazoo-ed our way into the New Year beside our very good friends, Bill and Grace, beneath the fireworks at Gibraltar’s Casemates Square.  It was a tremendous celebration! We couldn’t wait for what 2019 has in store for us, so on New Year’s Day we set out on a little trip…

Snippets from Spain

Olive tress, as far as the eye could see, paved the landscape along our drive through Andalucia.  We’d snagged an unbelievable deal of €4/day for a rental car and took off to get out of the city of La Linea and see what this region of Spain had to offer.  We can thank our American…

The ROCK

Tackling the rock of Gibraltar is no easy feat.  Getting through the border crossing without being deported and then traversing an airstrip without being decapitated are just the beginning… Next, follow all signs toward Centre; the spelling tries to throw you, but the route actually leads to the center of the city. From the center, continue…

Beyond Upper Guadiana River

We just couldn’t get enough of the Guadiana!  We set out for a dinghy exploration even farther upstream; the river continues for many miles beyond a dam at Mertola, far into the Paque Natural do Vale do Guadiana.             Silent.  Wilderness.  Aside from the occasional skiff secured along a shoreline,…

Ridin’ Shotgun, Underneath the Hot Sun

Portugal’s Algarve region has a variety of inland and coastal hiking trails; we set out to tackle as many as we could while sharing a rental car with Bill and Grace.  Just north of Lagos, which paired nicely with an en-route trip to the chandlery, we found the Barragem da Bravura Trail winding ’round the…

Wheelin’ through Algarve

Southern Portugal, the Algarve region, has charmed us with scenery, history, and gastronomy.  We explored the region for several days by car with our friends, Bill and Grace. At Ponta de Sagres, we visited the Sagres Fortress and Lighthouse.  The lighthouse looked a bit puny up close, after having watched it flashing for hours upon…

The New (never improved) Alvor Anchor Club

We set sail for Portugal from the Azores, basically the only location the weather would allow, and traveled for 7-days of unpleasant upwind pounding.  Arriving at Portugal completed our second Atlantic crossing.  We returned to Portugal’s southern coast, an area which already held fond memories for us and still has much to explore. At Portimao,…

Sao Miguel

At Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel our first bit of excitement occurred right on the docks with a long overdue reunion with sailing friends, Matt, Jessica, and Georige (s/v Elements of Life).  We’d sailed in company with Matt and Jess during our first year cruising; it’s been about 5-years since we parted ways and we had…

Terceira

It was difficult to say goodbye to Sao Jorge; we’ve made lifelong friends there, so of course we will return!  An 8-hour sail in light winds brought us to the island of Terceira. At Angra do Heroismo, Terceira we were able to anchor with our refreshed windlass and enjoyed life on the hook for a…

Faja Coffee

There is a hidden gem on the faja of Vimes on Sao Jorge; one of many, I’m sure, as we continue to unearth the wealth of this island.  We took a drive out to the faja, sat back and relaxed in the quiet scene, while we sipped on luscious cups of home grown, hand processed…