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…

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…