minne…hi.

so im back in minneapolis, i am very tan, and pumped.  SO glad to be home home…i got a new phone number and yes id love to hang out…Ive been back for a week and its been great so far.  Erik and I rode trains home, it was a fast and fun ride, though one bike was lost to the fury of travel, bye bike i loved you.  Im super loving everything, acro yoga (though my skills have been seriously lost to the ocean!), friends, space!  Im working a little, at Anodyne hehehe…and settling. down…thanks for reading the ol blog for so long…i plan on putting up some final pictures that will probably be just a huge mess of all over the whole last 9 months, when i get my act together….and maybe ill keep it up. the bloging…Erik, Elyse, Scogin, Mel and I had a reunion dinner last week which was really fun! Scogin is getting much more healed…and we sat really close to each other just to get back in our comfort zone…

looking forward to being boring, well as boring as i get, acro yoga, choir tour, thai massage, riding my bike, farming, massaging the pigs…

much love.bella.


is that all there is??

so this is it. the boat is done sailing for now.  Erik, Kyle, and I brought lil Pleiades up the ogeechee river near savannah ga, and parked it in front of our friend dans house, where we picked it up 7 months ago.  Thats it.  The final sail was quite uneventful…fun, easy, no major hardships, no running aground, no motoring…ez.  Now the final haul is packing up, and heading northward.  Erik and i are going to put everything away, mail some things home, and ship ourselves back up to good ol minneapolis!  I spent the day checking emails and realizing how many great adventures are already planned for me up in minne! choir tour, acro yoga camping adventure, minnasota yoga festival!!  im already getting so busy!  the next big adventure is work, making money, attempting to be able to work for myself of get a job doing bodywork, teaching yoga/acro, performing, getting back to “normal”

SO see yall soon!! thanks for keeping up with us! im going to try and post a bunch of pictures that never made it on here from the DIY meet up, guatemala, and other random things that i forgot to put on here.  and maybe ill keep posting about exciting land living…the wonders of a shower, indoor plumbing, laundry!! gosh i missed fresh water…and bicycling, growing food, all these land lubber things.

much love, PLEIADES RULES!!!!


catch up…miami to brunswick…headed home.

so we left Miami beach! We left on Saturday the 29th, around noon, Erik and I convinced Kyle to come sail with us up to Jacksonville (and soon after convinced to go all the way to Savannah!!)…it was raining, i was at the helm, Erik and Kyle were pulling out sails, figuring out the motor, running around, while we were dodging the usually insanely huge vessels trying to kill us…

there is no way to show how big these boats are…but every one of those is the size of a semi truck, and we were trying to stay out of the way!

freighter…parking

anyway we had a pretty difficult sail out of the miami inlet…but once we were out it was lovely!  We had the push of the Gulf Stream, “ride the snake!” we were going 11 knots!! toward Fort Pierce to pick up Zac, who happened to be in florida visiting family, and wanted to come sail with us!!

We sailed overnight and got to Fort Pierce at 5am, dropped anchor and dropped our heads on slightly damp pillows, and slept for a few hours, before waking up and going to find ZAC!!  One thing that has been really great about having Kyle on board and having more confidence sailing is that we cruised in under sail, no motor? no problem 🙂

We found Zac, big ol back pack, wearing an amazing outfit, ready to sail!!

Zac in professional seaze styles

threw him on board and took off!  We decided that we would not go out to the ocean at first, for sake of easy sailing and the weather was looking pretty crazy, we sailed the intra-coastal waterway…a bit longer, and very difficult to sail at night, and sometimes looking at the sprawl of $$ all over….though it was really FUN and we had such a lovely time stopping at night, running aground (woops!), and seeing dolphins, and manatees!

We stopped in funny small towns, wandered around, easy sailing…like retired cruisers…ahhhh the life!

BUT! the second day of sailing, Zac woke up with some back pain, then slipped on deck and put his back in a bad place…he couldnt turn his head, he was hurting…we had to stop, we found an abandoned dock, (lucky us!) tied up and then convinced the owner to let us stay for the day (which was pretty easy with an injured sailor), forced zac to call his dad, and waited for his dad to come pick him up…no more sailing for zac, sadly!  We were pretty bummed!  We loved having Zac on board, and had fun waiting around for his dad to come.  We took advantage of the weather and when Zac took off we did too, just about sunset we set off for the big ol ocean!

ready to cast off the dock!

We were going to go to Jacksonville, to drop off Zac (originally and drop of Kyle), but we convinced (not very hard!) Kyle to go all the way to Savannah with us so we decided to skip jacksonville and head to Brunswick Ga….get out of Florida!

We sailed all night, all day, and until 10pm, anchor up to anchor down was 26hrs (we made amazing time)

Some features of the trip:  Leaving the inlet was INSANE!!! the most insane ever! seriously, it was really intense, the waves though not huge were 4ft-ish and all over the place, the tide was coming in  (against us) and there was shoaling off to our port (waves breaking over too shallow waters) AND another sailboat coming in the inlet…there was not a lot of space, the boat was pitching all over the place, the motor was running the main was up, the motor alternated from being completely submerged to 4 ft above the water, then it died (duh), we pulled out the jib, erik got it started, we pulled in the jib, it was crazy…then erik said we cant do it we have to turn back, kyle tried to turn us back and in doing so we realized that we were almost out, so we fought it out, and made it safe and sound….nothing broken, nothing bad…everyone laughing and saying “holy shit!!, that was crazy!”  and we sailed…we sailed all night, and then in the morning put up the spinnaker and had it up ALL day!!

sailing with the spinnaker up!

In the middle of the night we were visited by some dolphins, which was strange for us, night time dolphins…they were crazy jumping out of the dark waters, at first erik (who was steering) thought that they were a whale, they were so close and loud! luckily they were not a whale, dolphins cant put a whole in yr boat! THEN the next morning we were visited by DaveMattews, the bird!  a small sparrow landed on our boat and stayed all day, in and out through the v-berth window, letting us pick him up and landing on our heads and hands, and kanoodeling with kyle…

kyle and dave matthews (the bird)

landing on erik in the vberth…

erik with dave on his head in the v-berth

We had another epic sail into the Brunswick inlet, spinnaker flying high (we had is up all day!), the tide going out pushing against us, though a million times easier then leaving the night before, we kept the spinnaker up, and had no problems, we looked all over for dave but figured he took off, then we saw A TORTUGA!!! a turtle a turtle, a giant sea turtle raised its big ol flipper up from the ocean and waved at us as we sailed by! all my dreams come true a turtle! finally.  it was the best….we dropped anchor and tucked in sleepily…the next morning  (today) getting ready to go to shore we were struck with tragedy: we found davematthews, dead.  he some how got his lil self stuck behind all these sweaters on the shelf, we didnt know! we didnt see him…it is the saddest thing of this whole trip i think…we gave him a proper bural at sea…

funeral preparations, good bye davematthews. we love you.

 

sorry to end things on this sad sad note

We are safely in St. Simons Island, drinking coffee, interneting, checking tides and winds, leaving tonight headed toward the Ogeechee River, where we will leave Pleiades, and head home.  to the minneapolis summer, our dear friends, and family, and home.

 


last of 3 updates…key west to miami….

So we finally touched us soil on easter…it was kind of like being risen from the dead, maybe..i donno…

We kind of WILD-ed OUT when we got there…i think the photos should speak for themselves:

we didnt do a whole lot in key west but the cookie monster was a major event, which i think almost killed emory and hit elyse pretty hard, erik was spared by not going out that night, and i didnt over do it cause my stomach was already a bit queezy at the sight of the cookie monster!!

We left key west 2 days later, and sailed up to miami…SMOOTH SAILING!! it was sooo smooth!! i also was given some new sea drugs, that actually work! and i havent puked since!! which is really good, cause my body couldnt handle much more…i managed to get so dehydrated that i got a uti, kidney pain, and lost 13lbs…but im back on track now, drinking 32oz of cranberry everyday, and getting plenty of sleep…

Other important things you missed: eriks birthday! we took the train from miami to lake worth and visited our amazing friends there, then went out to dinner and horchata!! and on the train home did the New traditional birthday activity where everyone says one thing they like and one thing they dont like about the birthday person…it was pretty hilarious…”your wanton use of calk” was my favorite quote of the dislikes…Also  while at sea Erik cut his hair, all of it, as a contribution to the ship of the dead at the bottom of the ocean complied of discarded human hair and nails…he is now a short haired person, looking like rod stuart again…

Elyse is going to be headed home sooner than the boat, not sure when she is leaving but you minnesotans keep your eyes peeled for her she will be there soon, but dont think that means erik and i are there…

Emory, sigh, took off yesterday…to go to new orleans and scamper around the south until it gets hot enough up north to return (to maine)…we miss them SOOO Much,, em we miss you…we love you.

Scogin is back in minnesota, erik and him talked recently and it seems like he is doing much better to be at home and working on healing…

Ill keep updating til we get home…short sails now, erik and i head up to savannah, leaving on friday, weather depending, then driving my car (hopefully) to minne leaving around the 6th or 7th…so see you soon, maybe!

love!


honduras to the us of a

SO…the thing that is the major difference from sailing TO guatemala as opposed to sailing home, is that on the way we were sailing WITH the wind, at our backs and over the waves but going with them, all together, so there is not as much getting knocked around by waves or heeling (leaning) way over to one side or the other cause of the direction of the wind…on the way back the wind was essentially in our faces, however the current (the gulf stream) once we got to it, was with us.  Wind in the face requires going at a 45 degree angle to the wind and tacking back and forth to go where you wanna go…and that also means the boat is heeled over to the max, and we are headed into the waves, and they CRASH and bang into the boat and us and we are little sardines on a rollercoaster…not as comfortable, and also harder on the boat (hence more things breaking) and more leaks so their faces (and everything is wet, damplife is our new brand)

So We left honduras, 5 days after our friends who we were trying to sail with left, and we started heading north and west, tack tack tack, it was a good trip, cause the wind toward the end was more toward our backs and we were able to make good time to MEET UP WITH our FRIENDS! we actually met up, we met on an island that we had been planning on meeting up at but we were not sure they would still be there! they were!! it was a joyous occasion!

boats from our boat

We dont have many pictures from this time, cause we were only there for 20hrs, so much for a break! we took everything out of the boat, dried it out,

damp boat, damplife…

damplife…

went to the beach, and took off, cause the wind was going to be coming from the south for 1 more day, and we HAD to take advantage of this good weather…So We left around 11pm started to head north…in normal Pleiades fashion, we had to turn back, but this time we didnt have to even touch dry land, we had to do a sail-by drop to borrow a gps from kyles boat, since both of ours broke (thats fine, everything eletronical breaks on that boat) the borrowed gps is amazing though, it works, it doesnt eat batteries like the end of the world is coming either…its great…has served us well! thanks colton for saving our lives again and again!

So we sailed downwind for a while, pulled out the spinnaker sail, which we havent had out since when we left miami! its such a pretty sail…some sailing pictures for you:


PICTURES!!! for real….

So ok first off, we are in the los estados unidos finalamente!  We actually have been stateside for about a week, or just over actually we hit land on easter, um the 7th of april i believe.  WHAT a crazy ride it was too!!!

ill post some pictures first…first are a series from guatemala…The three boats, colton harris moore, dorthy ann, and pleiades went sailing around lago izabal, we went to el estore and celebrated my birthday so here are pictures from all that, and from our first attempt to leave livingston (the time everything broke and i puked for 3 days, and we turned around), and our second attempt to leave (the time we actually made it to honduras!):


honduras…

So we actually ended up sailing to honduras, the bay islands…hehe…it turned out that when we left livingston the winds were just perfect for sailing east, we were becalmed for many hours enroute and one of those times of going nowhere, a SHARK came to check us out…poked around the boat and swam away, but it was totoally AWESOME!!

…so we are about to leave to head north from here.  We actually left yesterday from bay islands…but the boat started leaking something crazy, and the wind was too much, and we only made it 12 miles out before we realized that we need to head back and wait for better weather…then as soon as we turned around a peice broke off the boom, that holds our reef points in and the spinaker pole broke too, both minor fixes but much easier to fix not underway…ugh! what a wild trip just trying to get home!

so we are in the bay islands, waiting for better weather…probably leaving tomorrow. We spent the day fixing broken things. our ritual at this point…find the leaks, seal them up..fix the broken things and leave again.  Some times we feel defeated, but we are determined to safely travel home, and hope hope hope that it is on our sweet pleiades.  Anyway the bay islands are a total strange land, it feels a bit like coastal florida and not much like central america.  Lots of college students, lots of tourists, and sailors are around.

We are working to keep up the good energy…though also we just checked our collective bank account, and things are looking tight…eeek…

All the more reason to start heading home.  Get to work! get a job, ya bum!

we will probably leave tomorrow or the next day and if i can figure it out ill post some pictures, as it stands my computer cord is totally busted so ill have to figure it out on the public computers, no problem…

 

much love from all the crew! keep reading, we love the attention 🙂

 


past few weeks part 2, read part 1 first ok

So again no pictures cause of the fd computer cord.

So last i left you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering, did they make it to honduras??!! what will happen next to these crazy sailors whos adventures boggle the mind…and tingle the senses…well hold on to your butts cause it was a bumpy ride, to say the least!

So we left guatemala! thats right we did it.. it was march 18th we did all our paper work and hopped on the boat…I didnt even get a chance to eat breakfast for getting boat all stashed away, which turned out to be a good thing, since it was a seriously bumpy ride.  We motored out of town cause it is a narrow passage and we were headed straight into the wind.  Once we got out on the ocean we started our long trip toward the bay islands of honduras, this trip we knew was going to be particularly hard cause, 1. we havent had a long trip in 6 weeks! and 2. the whole estimated 40 hr trip was going to be tacking into the wind.  if 2 means nothing to you ill explain, tacking into the wind is that we were headed at a 45 degree angle to the wind going back and forth at angles to go in one direction, like going northeast, then going southeast so that at the end of the trip we would be directly east of our original destination.  this is all well and good but it is the most bumpy ride you can get from the ocean, even in calm seas (which we pretty much had) it is similar to trying to live in a rollercoaster, really…the boat leans at a fairly steep angle, making moving around quite difficult and “sleeping” in the vberth kind of like standing or pressed into a ball and getting thrown around like a doll.  We were prepared, mas o menos, for this but what we were not prepared for was the incredible am out of leaks the boat was waiting to show off.  Man did we have some leaks…ive never been so wet for so long, the vberth hatch was raining every big wave we hit…we were prunes, double prunes, all the beds were SOAKED, not just wet but we rung them out when we stopped sailing…everything. everything was soaked, cause the waves were splashing up over the boat and the front of the boat was going up over the waves and often slamming like a belly flop off a cliff into the water.

Also we discovered that our jib sail had some stitching that could not wait and had to sew it up en route, in the sweltering hot of the day, in the boat with all the windows shut to try to keep out water, i started to try and help and had to quit cause the queasiness set in early.  and needless to say i was puking up a lot of nothing, cuase i hadent eaten…i even took the patch!! no good…

we were having a pretty rough sail, we some how miss calculated a little and got closer than comfortable to some islands during the night, and shortly after that we all had just settled in a little to the fact that we were going to be wet for 2 more days, and tossed around and that we would be there soon and it would be fine, erik and i were trying to sleep in the vberth, getting rained on, emory was resting on their bed, elyse was at the helm wearing a harness cause thems the rules during night sailing….when we heard this loud crack…i thought maybe it was from a wave hitting us, cause they do a lot, but it was different, erik got up to check it out…i heard some commotion so i got up too and look out and the jib sail is all curved into a c shape (which is bad bad bad)..basically our forestay broke, the forestay is essentially the mast of the jib sail (the front sail) but also helps to support the mast,  erik quickly accessed that our mast was in no danger.  I took the tiller and elyse and erik in harnesses went to the front of the boat, took down the jib sail, and took down the forestay and strapped it to the deck of the boat, while emory handed out tools and curled up in a ball of seasickness.  I did all i could not to puke, and keep us steered into the wind and also watch out for commercial ships (which was scary cause we were in a shipping lane and there were quite a few boats) it was also around midnight.  So we got that all set and were trying to figure out the best plan of action, which seemed like heading back to guatemala, cause it is down wind and would be much much much smoother sailing and going into the wind with out the jib would be harder and longer trip and then to add to the insanity, the tiller broke, we lost our ability to steer the boat.  Fortunately this is not the first time this has happened for erik and he was pretty calm about the whole thing.  He had me drop the mainsail, and we floated.  He and elyse grabbed scogins axe, which has a nice strong handle and took out the old tiller and drilled holes though the axe handle and lashed and bolted it to the base of the tiller, while i puked nothing and kept close eye on all the ships that were going in all directions making sure none of them were on a collision course with us and emory did everything they could  not to puke and to helped dig up tools from the depths of the boat…

We decided the best thing to do was head downwind, go back to livingston, regroup, fix the boat, and never ever go to honduras from guatemala, our new moto is “fuck honduras” (please excuse the vulgarity, we are sailors though its to be expected) though we actually have no hard feelings toward honduras, and i do still want to go there one day, just not like this!

So we are back in livingston, to celebrate, i ate food and drank tons of water, cause i couldnt keep anything down and stopped trying, i was starving, and we were all a total WRECK!  tired tired tired, wet wet wet and glad to be safe and really proud of our ability to keep calm, get shit done, keep ourselves safe, and not freak out in the face of danger we kicked some buns…

 

The boat is in good shape, and is going to be in better shape before we leave, we are drying our stuff around the clock, and drinking a lot of coffee, so dont worry about us, and im going to find a pharmacy with some of them good drugs to help calm the seas in my stomach and brain….so ill post again when i get some good stuff happening, like hopefully some pictures!  the our new axe tiller is a pretty hilarious sight worthy of blog posting! thank you scogin for the use of your axe to save our lives….it proved extremely useful, and we didnt ruin it, just drilled a hole or two through it, i swear we can fix it (we love you!)

much love, would love to hear from you all! excited to come back to minne again soon, and keep having adventures.


The past few weeks part 1…

starting from where we left off…first of all i cant give any photos for a while, cause my computer cord is torn in half! and i cant figure out how to upload photos on the public computers…but ill look into it…but probably there will be a big update with a bunch of photos in a few weeks…so last time, erik and elyse were at spanish school, and emory and i were about to take the boat out on lake izabal.  Which we did!  it was so amazing…Captain Alyssa!! yeah! we had such a great time. We took Pleiades, Colton Harris Moore (kyles boat), and Dorthy Ann (steves boat) …We sailed to this town called El Estore (the store), in one day, and went into town, and pleiades crew did a great job sailing us in, especially since it was the first time out without erik!!!

..It was a nice town, we found good eats and liquados (fruit shakes)…the next day we took a bus to this giant gorge where we got canoed by two 14yr old and a 20 yr old boys to a great swimming hole, and cave.  This was part one of my birthday, the gorge was amazing!! beautiful! we saw monkeys, we swam in the cold waters, we explored a cave a little, and got all cooled off.  We did get into a fight with the guy who gave us a ride, which was unfortunate, cause we were told one price and when we got there we were told a different price…usually i would say they were trying to scam us, but i think it was actually a misunderstanding that ended kind of badly, they just got mad at us and drove off…but we had a really nice time despite it.   We found a different ride back to town, and hopped in our boats and tried to sail to the end of the lake (5 more miles) but there was NO wind…so we tried pulling the boat with the dingy, which worked for a bit, then as soon as we sent someone back to town in the dingy to buy birthday beers, and someone suggested we motor, the wind shot up like a bolt and we had to sail in circles until our beer run was finished!!  we ended up sailing some in the dark but we were having so much fun it didnt matter…we made to the end of the lake no problems..then i was surprised by a really wonderful birthday party! including cake!! and amazing dinner, that we all ate together! it was really fun, i was really happy to have this birthday out on the boats!

The next day we took steves boat up a little river and then canoed around in our dingys, there were 10 of us in 3 dingys, and all of us saw howler monkeys!!! there were 4 of them and a baby!! up in a tree just hanging out…we walked up to the base of the tree and watched them for a while…the next day i realized this is possibly the time that i got chigger bites as well!  Then we headed back to the boats, and after some hilarious bouts with running aground and getting a little tangled in fishing nets we parked steves boat up to the other two and had dinner together, and becky was celebrating her “boat” birthday, and one year of sobriety. so we had another birthday party!

Then next day we sailed again to el estore, to get water, and emory, becky, and i tried to find this empanada that emory had found the day before that was filled with raisin custard! it was the most amazing food i have ever eaten…really, caitlin i wanted to bring one to you…pocket dessert!  Sadly we didnt find them again, elusive food of guatemala…sigh….

we took off then to go back to hot springs cold water!!  we got to the lake entrance of the place at night and celebrated ANOTHER birthday, kyle´s birthday!!  similar thing, dinner party!! party hats!!! and funny cakes…it was really fun…and the last of a long series of birthdays!..

the next morning we walked to the hot springs, and it was a raging river! the water was really high from a lot of rain….we swam swam swam and mud bathed, and some folks went and explored caves…it was really relaxing and fun…then we headed back to the boats for a long sail back to rio dulce.

Our sail to rio dulce, was fairly stressful for me cause we ended up having to navigate at night though a narrow passage, which went great! but i was wracked with worry…i didnt want to hurt the boat or run into a castle, which is what we were maneuvering around.

But i must gloat and say that we did great! and though i dont know a whole lot about sailing, i can get the boat to move and can get it to stop, turn left right…got it…the rest is time. i felt pretty proud of all of us.

The next day i had to go to guatemala city to get my new passport, which took 5 hours on a bus, and 10 minutes at the embassy, so fast!  Then i ran into elyse and erik at the bus station! what luck! they were pretty tired and i was too, we all rode the bus home together and erik and i decided to have a night off the boat, have some together date night, and got an inexpensive hotel room, it was nice cause we got a little one on one time before jumping deep in the getting ready to leave guatemala stuff.

The next day, tuesday the 14th, was the last planned day in rio dulce…we kicked in to high gear getting ready, packing up the bikes sealing up leaks, last minute food buying, and celebrated our last night by having a little party on pleiades, getting pretty drunk, and then going out for Chinese food! hehe! the elyse, turkeytown, sayah, and i went to this bar and hung out with some guatemalans, who bought us drinks and tried to get us to dance and we had a lot of fun…followed by getting shushed by the guards at the place we keep our dingy…and being a bit obnoxious….We didnt leave the next day, cause the 3 boats were planning on leaving together, but then kyle was trying to fix his broken motor, so we decided to wait one more day, and elyse, emory, and i and a few folks from other boats spontaneously decided to get a gold tooth. HEHEHE!! so now i have a gold tooth window, its pretty subtle i must say..its also awesome.  and everyone is going to be jealous, except my mom probably, sorry mama its not permanent!

The next day pleiades left in the morning and planned to meet the other two boats in livingston, the check out port of guate.  We stopped at the fresh water springs, and filled our water jugs again, and again i dunked in the cool fresh water and felt full of life and turned into a fish for a few minutes…We got to livingston, before dark, ate some dinner, and walked around, discovering more and more of this really interesting town.

The next day, elyse, emory, and i went to the 7 altars waterfalls, and erik stayed to work on the boat.  The waterfalls were nice, and we got in trouble a couple of times for trying to steal coconuts, not cause we want to steal them from people but because we thought they were just coconut tress on the beach…but no, there are NO free coconut tress in livingston, im letting you know now so you dont end up getting yelled at like we did…just dont even try.

oh and the biggest news of my life! I CLIMBED THE MAST! thats right, i climbed the mast up to the first spreaders, my goal is all the way up by florida…an i climbed a small coconut tree..i am a successful person!

When we got back to town, erik said the the two boats that we were waiting for had come and left, we actually watched them from the top of a hill, cruse out of guatemala toward honduras, where we planned on meeting them the day after they got there, which at this point would have been yesterday! so why are we still in livingston you might ask….that is for the next post, which ill do today probably,,, so you dont have to hold your breath too long!

also some sad news that many of you know…scogin enroute home to minneapolis was in a non life threatening accident.  He made it through mexico and was in texas riding freight trains and some how, im not entirely sure what happened, broke his right shin bone and ankle, and his left heel..had to crawl to the road for help and was taken to a hospital in texas.  He is alive, safe, and healing, this happend on the 6th of march (i believe) and he is getting a lot of love and support. If you want to be filled in more, email me boibella at gmail and ill get you in touch with someone or forward you the emails ive been getting about him…Scogin if you are keeping up with this thing, we love you so hard…and cant wait to see you again and eat a million bananas with you, all the chocobananas you can eat my dude! we miss you!

more to come…love

 


second half of boat meet up and updates

Couple of updates:

one major update for us is that scogin decided to head north by land and not by sea.  He took off with a crew of other people traveling north, all headed to the states…i dont have any info outside of that.  We are bummed to see him go, but he seemed ready to head back and do some other things…

So we took on a new crew member! which was a difficult task, we found a really great person named emory, ze is super nice and we are psyched to have hir on the boat with us…and then we found out that elyse and emory have the same birthday! crazy right?!  so that is the big major update of our life! we miss scogin!!!

Currently Erik is off at spanish school, having a great time, he says his teacher reminds him of his sister (guatemalan mary teaching erik spanish!! hehe) and he is really enjoying it…elyse is going to take off for another week of spanish school tomorrow, and i believe emory is too.

I am going to stay with the boat, take more spanish here,  and sail around lago izabal.

Another big update:  We are going to leave guatemala on the 14th of march, buddy boating with 2 other boats of amazing people! the boats are dorothy ann and the colton harris moore. So we will be a total of 12 salty dogs sailing back to the states! thats right we are heading home!  We are going to sail to the islands off of honduras, then to cuba and then to florida…then travel by land to good ol minnesota, to catch the hot season!! hehe!! thats the current plan, its is the most plan plan that we have had in a while.

3rd update: My birthday is next week! 32…thats right, getting old!

Here are pictures from the second half of the sailboat meetup, i missed the first half and the last few days

I have been teaching yoga everyday this week, and also taught a workshop on celestial navigation which was fun and i dont know enough to actually teach it…but thats ok..also it there are pictures of our friend turkeytowns birthday which was yesterday…we went to an amazing hot spring and had a lovely spa day!

So thats all the updates i have for now…a little whirlwind…lots of stuff is missing, but i can only remember so much…one important thing that i forgot to mention is that san pedro has the best dogs ive seen in this whole country…so if your looking to see some good dogs, go there.

ill post again before we leave town, probably in about a week…much love.