“People, Let’s Go!”

Sao Jorge had quickly become our home away from home.  Bill (s/v Calico Skies) stayed for an entire week before returning to his wife and boat in Lisbon, and together we visited Sao Jorge’s highlights.  Between excursions, we enjoyed the company of Filipe and his extended family.  Around the harbor and downtown in Velas, we…

Faja da Caldeira de Santo Cristo

We began our exploration of Sao Jorge by visiting the remote Caldeira de Santo Cristo, which can be reached by foot or by ATV.  We began at Topo, down the mountain on the north side of Sao Jorge. Phillip planned to pick us up at Faja dos Cubres so that we could hike through, Cubres…

Pico’s Vineyards

  We’d watched the many phases of Pico Alto (clouded/clear/rainy/clouded) from our slip at Horta; the highest volcanic peak in the Azores at 2351m (7713ft).  We’d pondered whether to hike Pico Alto.  The trek requires an early start because the mountain only allows a certain number of people per day.  Without a great anchorage for…

Caldeira at Faial

I wouldn’t have imagined that a caldeira hike would really be entertaining, ’round a circular trail keeping the same view for the entirety, but the caldeira at Faial proved me wrong.  The view was not only stunning, but it did change as we moved ’round the caldeira; shapes morphed as if we were flipping through…

Faial Highlights

We began our Faial excursions on foot, venturing into the local marketplace in the city of Horta.  We found a small exhibition in the lobby of the tourist information center and admired the work of several local painters.  We browsed two shops specializing in Azores products from the “triangle” islands group of Pico, Faial, and…

The Famous, Peter of Horta

Our first steps on solid ground at Horta, Faial led us instinctively to Peter’s Cafe Sport; the world renown sailors’ bar. This year celebrates 100 YEARS during which Peter’s Cafe Sport has been serving sailors, not only the most delicious gin-with-a-hint-of-passion-fruit & tonics, but also assisting sailors with money exchange, receiving/sending mail, general information, and weather forecasting. …

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Sometimes, a couple of necessary boat projects lead us to marvelous locations; maybe Detour has it’s own agenda. We’d made several attempts to refill our composite, 10lb propane tank; each time unsuccessfully.  This is nothing new.  For some reason, unbeknownst to me, in the United States people are terrified of composite propane tanks and refuse to…

Damariscove Island

Brian and I enjoyed this little gem, all to ourselves, for the afternoon. Damariscove Island was one of the earliest settlements in Maine. The Abenaki Native American tribe were the first to inhabit the island. During the 1600’s, Europeans arrived and transformed the island into a bustling fishing harbour. Later, Damariscove became a family owned…

Outer Island Antics

Our second look at Guadeloupe brought us to outer islands and cozy nooks where we found amazing scenery, delicious food, and surprisingly friendly, French islanders.  The touristic ‘Les Saintes’ was our first stop; here we explored from the anchorage behind tiny, Ilet a Cabrit, accompanied by S/Y Tilly Whim and S/Y Calico Skies.  There are nice…

Indian River

It’s a lazy day in the Caribbean, just like the day we took a relaxing ride down the Indian River at Dominica.  Our guide, Alexis, painted us a lovely picture of the history of Dominica and the Carib Indians who lived on the Indian River.  The river is a protected area of Dominica’s National Parks; no…