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…

Boiling Hot

I’m sweating at a standstill, slinking into the shady corners of Detour, still determining which combination of open hatches and portholes will create the best downdraft to suck inside any hint of a breeze.  “You don’t have any fans!?!” our friend, Bill, frequently observes, “How do you stand it?”  At Antigua, we’ve had no other choice…

Mahna Mahna

It’s a calm, clear night with a light breeze keeping us cool and keeping uninvited mosquitoes away.  Brian, Bill (S/V Calico Skies), and I are sitting in the cockpit sipping ti punch and conjuring constellations from the display of anchor lights below a starry sky.  Detour is anchored at Jolly Harbour, Antigua; the harbour is familiar,…

Island Time

I’m sitting at the navigation table inside Detour, having not yet opened the main hatch for fear that the intrusion of sunlight will coax me outside for yet another beautiful, Caribbean day.  Today’s agenda:  snorkeling at Pigeon Island, Guadaloupe.  But we must not snorkel too early, better to wait for the heat of mid-day so we can bask…