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17 January 2017 | Hoi An
17 January 2017 | Hoi An, Vietnam
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Good Morning Vietnam

17 January 2017 | Hoi An
We noticed a sign last night that stated breakfast was not served after 10am, but our host assured us they would serve us breakfast at any time, considering we had arrived so late! Why we were awake by 7:30am beats me!, but as I ventured downstairs I wondered if our friends Julie and Mark had arrived. Indeed they had. Mark had already finished his breakfast and Julie was soon to join us. I expressed the need for coffee and was served a teeny, tiny cup of java. It was really good but ever so small. Number one on the list. Go in search of a good-sized coffee cup!
We all decided that we’d enjoy a small morning nap to help conjure up enough strength to go for an afternoon walk. We ended up walking to the Old City of Hoi An (approximately 3.8KM). While there we bought our $6US Tourist tickets and slowly poked around. It started to rain, so we found a spot that had larger plastic chairs and we enjoyed another beer waiting for the rain to subside. On our way home we stopped at one of the restaurants we had noticed along the street and tasted our first Mi Quang. It wasn't the best but it ended up being a late lunch and dinner! Upon our return to the homestay, we all crashed and went for an afternoon nap and that nap just never ended. We all slept right through and skipped dinner. Tomorrow we are being taken around to look at some housing. More on that tomorrow.

What kind of cruiser turns down a free meal!

17 January 2017 | Hoi An, Vietnam
Log update 2017.. This years adventure takes us on our very first trip to the other side of the world, Vietnam Asia!

Jan 15-17th

The first thing I asked myself after waking up was, “What Day is it?” Yup, I just checked. It’s Tuesday.

We landed in Vietnam on Monday, January 16th @ 7:50pm departing from Toronto (via Air Canada) Sunday morning, with one stop over in Hong Kong. During our connecting flight from Hong Kong to Vietnam, Steve’s watch alarm went off (Canadian time 6:30 am) and we both realized we had been awake for over 24 hours, and we weren’t even there yet. Somewhere along the line, AM became PM and we had missed martini hour!

Let’s talk about our flight with AC.. well, picture this. Soon after settling in, Steve lost his kindle down the side of his seat and tried to shove his head in between his V’d like wide spread legs, knees jammed on either side of the seat in front, and I thought he’d never come up breathing! I’m laughing so hard as I type this, because I’m tired, but it was a sight to see and I took pity on the poor guy! To make a long story short, I decided it is far to long a trip, for Steve to be jammed into a seat with his right shoulder in the window well, unable to budge and today I paid the big bucks and upgraded to Exit row seats for our flight home!

Unfortunately, both airlines were delayed for one reason or another adding to the already long journey. We arrived late to Hong Kong, which shortened our stopover time but made for a mad dash to the ticket counter of Cathay Dragon. Finding the ticket counter wasn’t a problem. Signage was in English as well as Cantonese. Getting to our departure gate was surprisingly a challenge. It was easy enough after we went back to the counter to get further instructions. A couple of escalators down to catch a subway-type train, departing at the next stop, two escalators up to catch a bus that took us over to another building and following the crowd until we walked past a kiosk with a large “?” to ask how to get to our gate. Of course! We had to go through departures but I couldn’t see the sign to save my life. "See that green Light over there. Follow the Green light.” A Great Gatsby move!

We landed late with Cathay Dragon but we were through customs, with bags in hand, by 8:40pm. Steve walked out to the street to find our driver holding a sign with our names on it while I gathered up the entails of our carry-on luggage. When I walked out, Steve was no where in sight. I was so tired I just stood there staring at the crowd. Finally, I heard a gruff “Margaret, over here!” and with that, I found we were only two steps away from our car. With Steve in the front seat, he began to try to start a conversation with the driver but after a few words with the driver constantly trying to apologize for not having the same understanding of English, Steve realizes it’s pointless. “Stupido gringo” doesn’t bring a laugh here. What he did say “speak wittle Engish ..45 minette”.

The drive to our Homestay was 45 minutes of terror! And this was not because of our driver. He was cautious and considerate of every bump in the road and we gave him the equivalent of $5 for getting us to the Riverside Pottery Homestay in one piece! The terror was due to the amount of traffic from Pedestrians, bicycles, motorbikes (with parents and babies), taxi’s, and buses taking up every inch road, all squeezing into the same lane, from all directions. It was a nightmare! With a couple of near misses, I took Steve’s advice and closed my eyes.

Once at our homestay, we were greeted by the family and invited to eat and chat. You can imagine how tired we were. I politely apologized and turned down a free meal! What kind of cruiser does that! Instead, we asked for a glass of water, which arrived heated! So, then Steve asked for a couple of beers! This inspired more conversation, but eventually we were shown our room and hit the sack around 10PM (our time 10 AM). Goodnight all.

CLOD

12 August 2016
Marg
Cruisers Living on Dirt..
Hum.. No, this is not an add for "Merrell". Steve and I are in another dreaming stage, wondering what and where our next adventure will take us. We have a few ideas that we are kicking around... so, it may be time to invest in a new pair of sandals. I will add, these sandals have been throughly tested as you can see. (Thank goodness no one can smell them..lol)

06 August 2016
Affectionately reminded of Lion's Paw. Enjoying a day in Orangeville, Ontario.
Forever ours. Rumour has it that the new owners are going to rename her... sad, but we're Happy to keep the name dear to us.

The Bahamas.. finally added an album to our Gallery

04 July 2016
As promised, I've finally added an album for this past season in the Bahamas. It is a sweet but sad moment, since we have decided to sell Lion's Paw. We hope to find fun, loving, adventurous new owners for Lion's Paw. She has been a comfortable home, kept us safe and made possible the enhancement of our lives. Lion's Paw is waiting at Ortega River Marina to begin again.

Good times shared

05 February 2016
Staying way to long waiting for the weather to calm down, Steve and Murray busy themselves with a few little jobs about the house, hoping to please our host Marion. I believe it is mutual that we have made good friends. We seem to migrate together each evening to share some appetizers and sundowners. Marion's English is superb! Our German is comical, but despite the language barrier, we communicate well by sharing our photos of family and stories.. with some sign language and some needed interpretation, even Ingrid is able to have us laughing at her jokes and tales. Of course I have to mention that good times were shared with the 2 watch dogs, Midnight and Kayo, whom sat with us at the picnic table waiting for scraps to hit the floor...and constantly licking our legs for attention. ?watch dogs?
Today, we were invited along to join in for a beach day and lunch.

01 February 2016
Priority 1- Buying the promised Ricardo's Mango Rum for our friends Lauren and Rob (svSouthern Comfort) and some Coconut Rum for Linda (for baking purposes).

Island time

01 February 2016
Today, we took the bus to a little strip mall to get our SIM card for Internet. Not as adventurous as years gone by but fun.

You can drink in public, as long as you have it wrapped in a paper bag! I couldn't resist this photo taken outside the police station. Barry, here's a good introduction for your parents..."the new in laws" .. Yikes!

31 January 2016
Not so! We were waved in to join sv Windswept IV. Heather and Murray have known Marion and Klaus for many years, and since both catamarans were in Florida, there was dock space for Lion's Paw as well. We were welcomed with a beautiful smile and handshake, offering us free dockage and use of the pool and outdoor showers.

Lucaya, Grand Bahamas

31 January 2016
While looking for a place to anchor, Heather and Murray pulled up along side a dock in front of a beautiful home. Confused, we continued our search. The anchorages were full, so we turned around and started to head back to the marina we checked into.

Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island

31 January 2016
We arrived at 8:15am. Checking in was a breeze, walking up to the end of the dock to the customs office. The usual $300US for entry and a cruising permit plus an additional fee for the Immigration Officer $40US (never arrive on a weekend) and the unexpected docking fee $25US (for using the dock to clear in)... We're here!
The trip, well it was a bit of a slog.
Best exit from the States though.. As we were entering the inlet to leave, we got a call from our friends "the Rachel's" and I was able to skype call Mike and Heather!
Life is wonderful on L.P.

30 January 2016
The crossing was wonderful! The colder weather in Florida caused the north winds to funnel along the coast, which caused bigger waves than expected as we left Lake Worth, but as we got into the Gulf Stream (Steve checked the temperature of the water.. a balmy 80 degrees) and night approached, the winds dropped and we had to motor sail. The waves also dropped to 3ft and the ride was very pleasant.

Today we are off to the Bahamas!

30 January 2016
This is our last day in West Palm Beach and we decided to partake in the Green Market (held every Saturday morning).

30 January 2016
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30 January 2016
It encompasses the entire waterfront park area between two streets and it is well supported by the town's people and tourists alike. We were trying to play it cool. This afternoon we were lifting the anchor, in time to catch the opening of the 3:15pm Bridge, and motor sailing right out the Lake Worth Inlet, heading to the Bahamas.

30 January 2016
That afternoon, we did our usual routine before a passage. Our routine is simple...securing everything below and above deck, putting a double reef in the main, rechecking all standing rigging, the running lights, preparing the ditch bag and putting the dinghy on deck.
Sailors motto: Prepare for the worst and hope for the best

28 January 2016
More Boat dollars.
This will be our second day of rain...time for some reading (Steve) and sorting through a few cubbies and lockers (Marg). It's amazing what I've found that no longer is needed aboard.

We've discovered life is much simpler going on a trip to the Bahamas and calling ourselves Snowbirds. This is our second time around, except we are not selling everything and changing our lifestyle. Leaving for a longer periods of time, to countries without parts and tools, was another story. That's when we needed to take everything we could think off!

Yesterday, after spending countless times up and down the mast, uninstalling and installing the refurbished wind gene that he's been working on since it started to make this terrible noise, Steve decided it was time to call it quits. He hates when that happens and he beats himself up over it. Normally, if mechanical, he can fix it but sadly this is beyond repair and I agreed, it was time to invest in another unit.
So, a phone call was made to the supplier to discuss what to buy next (the same supplier that recently sold us parts for our repair and have been so helpful with Steve's diagnostics) and after some research on the net, a decision was made. So simple! A phone and Internet. Ah, to be in the real world.
Next was to figure out the logistics. Steve phoned our friends Karen and Pat to ask if they would take another delivery and drive it down to West Palm Beach for us. We hated to ask, but of course they would.
Meanwhile, I had the brilliant idea to phone and ask the Waterfront Visitors Center if they could take delivery for us. They were more than happy to comply! This morning, with coffee in hand, Steve took the dinghy over to the concrete dock, tied and locked it up, walked across the street and received Lion's Paws new Airbreeze Wind Generator.

Listening to Chris Parker this morning and looking at the gribs, it seems we may be off this coming Sunday, Monday time frame. Karen & Pat plan to come down (anyway) to West Palm Beach on Friday and we can explore the town together.
Life is so much simpler on L.P.

Steve's take: Life is so much simpler if you are rich and didn't have to spend 5 days trying to fix it!

West Palm Beach, Florida

26 January 2016 | West Palm Beach
This selfie is with Heather and Murray sv Windswept IV.
We are in West Palm Beach,. We did not get a good window on Monday so we are now thinking it will be next Saturday.. meanwhile, we are enjoying a really great anchoring spot on the east side near the Flagler museum. We are in-between the Royal Park Bridge and the Flagler Memorial Bridge in West Palm Beach. When we dingy over to the west side (towards town), there is a free dinghy dock and from there (across the road) we are able to catch a free trolley that takes us all over the town (library, Publix, etc). We had a tour yesterday. It is a very upscale town here in the Arts and Entertainment District.
It is a beautiful area! and there is free wifi near the waterfront visitors center (in the park opposite the large concrete dock where we left our dingy). I updated the blog yesterday.

25 January 2016
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Leaving Sunset Bay Marina, Stuart Florida

23 January 2016
We had a very blowy day today and decided to anchor earlier than we'd hoped. When you see gusts of 48 knots and waves in the ICW, you hope you anchor well. I personally love our Delta!
Vessel Name: Lion's Paw #315
Vessel Make/Model: Whitby 42 #315
Hailing Port: Registered in Edmonton.. why not eh!
Crew: Marg & Steve Colquhoun
About:
Coming full circle around the Caribbean, we sailed from Guatemala in February and arrived back in the USA. We left Lion's Paw in Florida and drove north, back to our new (as of Sept. 2014) "land" home in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. [...]
Extra: This blog is meant for family and friends whom wish to share in our adventure. I plan to add a few comments along the way that may be of help for those wishing to embark on a similar voyage. Looking forward to meeting you out there!
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