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…

Strait of Gibraltar

At Ayamonte, Spain we ended our Guadiana River excursion. Our travel plans from the Guadiana were still developing, but a fabulous forecast set the sails in motion toward Gibraltar.  Gibraltar was close, only an overnight 24-hr-ish trip, and we figured, “why not see what this big ‘ol rock has to offer?!”  Wind conditions were ideal…

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,…

Upper Guadiana River

Just a few miles beyond Alcoutim (PT) and Sanlucar de Guadiana (ES), we began our upstream venture with a highly recommended dinghy excursion into the Rio Vascao. The Rio Vascao borders the southernmost section of Portugal’s Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana.  The Rio Vascao continues beyond our stopping point, yet we’d already carried the dinghy…

Lower Guadiana River

We took a little detour from the ocean scene, and found a relatively unexplored corner of Portugal along the Guadiana River.                 The Guadiana International Bridge is the only height restriction on the river; our Navionics chart indicates this bridge clearance measures 18-meters (59-feet).  Farther upstream, there are…

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,…