Alvor Anchor Club

The transient, Alvor Anchor Club began just a few weeks ago when Brian and I became surrounded by fun-loving sailors – what are the odds!?  Great minds think alike; we all thought the Alvor River would provide good protection on the hook and reasonable access to neighboring, larger towns while we waited the next forecast to sail…

Any Port in a Storm

The world’s Port wine is produced from grapes which are grown and hand-harvested in the Douro River Valley, Portugal.  Think of any Port that comes to mind…for me those are Sandeman, Six Grapes and Taylor…all are grown along the Douro River and all are exported from the city of Porto.Port is a blend of Portuguese grapes.…

Welcome to Portugal!

Welcome to Porto, Portugal (just a 2-mile walk and 45-minute metro ride from Leixoes, Portugal where we’d found the best marina price nestled in the center of Porto’s commercial harbour). Porto was a feast for the eyes; many buildings’ exterior walls are adorned with intricately patterned, ceramic tiles often draped with drying laundry.   Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined…

Yachties, Hippies, and Steam Trains

We set a play date with friends in Devon, England and set sail; 73 nautical miles east along England’s coastline (yup, going the wrong way yet again).  We had a fabulous, downwind sail on a sunny day fortunately with the current in our favor (planned) and picked up a blue, guest mooring that evening as the sun…

News from the Colonists

The Irish Sea blessed us with a fabulous forecast, light north wind, on which we motor-sailed 382 uneventful, nautical miles from Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Detour rocketed downwind, 10-knots on the speedometer with a 4-knot current in our favor; then 6-hours later at the change of the tide we cursed that dang current for slowing us to a…

A Day Trip in Scotland: Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies

**Thanks to our Admin, Mark, for letting us know how the boys play while Stephanie is away!** Stephanie had an early morning flight back to the USA that required getting up at O’dark-hundred, better known as 4 a.m., in order to drive to the Glasgow airport and arrive with plenty of time. Fortified with coffee…

Inverlochy Castle and Ben Nevis Distillery

Sunday, the 28th of August We had looked at all the different ways for Stephanie to get from Banavie to the Glasgow airport in time for her Tuesday morning flight. Trains, buses and automobiles were the options. We ultimately decided a car rental was the best choice, as we could control the time of departure and…

Invergarry Castle and a loop hike at Loch Lochy

Friday the 26th of August, and Saturday the 27th. Friday morning we had some rainy weather at Fort Augustus, but walked around town for a bit before getting scheduled to ascend the next flight of 5 locks that would take us to Loch Oich and the highest point on the canal. Even with the weather…

Loch Ness

**“Of course the monster is real, I saw her with my own eyes!”** Loch Ness is the largest lake on the Caledonian Canal system, and the largest by volume in the British Isles, thanks to its depth. And even more fun, it’s famous for something that doesn’t exist. We spent two nights on Loch Ness, the second…