SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
25 April 2017 | Seward AK
23 March 2017 | Seward, AK
11 March 2017 | Seward, AK
23 January 2017 | Seward AK
06 December 2016 | Seward AK
12 November 2016 | Seward Alaska
14 October 2016 | Valdez, AK
21 September 2016
05 August 2016 | Seward, AK
26 July 2016 | Whittier, AK
19 July 2016 | Valdez, Alaska
05 July 2016 | Seward, Alaska
04 July 2016 | Nuka Island, Home Cove, Alaska
02 July 2016 | Red Fox Bay on Afognak Island, Alaska
01 July 2016 | Geographic Harbor
01 July 2016 | Geographic Harbor, Alaska
30 June 2016 | Port Wrangell, Alaska
30 June 2016 | Port Wrangell, Alaska (not to be confused with Wrangell, Alaska)
27 June 2016 | Chignik, Alaska, USA
Recent Blog Posts
25 April 2017 | Seward AK

Spring has arrived

It warmed up to about freezing at night so we hauled out to clean and paint the bottom of the boat. It's a task we haven't had the facilities to accomplish for about 2.5 years. Now we are back in the water. Yay!

23 March 2017 | Seward, AK

I did it!

Remember that our adventure is "mission driven". This winter we are in Alaska, where it turns out to be dark and cold and snowy and windy. What's the mission?

11 March 2017 | Seward, AK

Winter is still "full on" in AK

We came here for the Alaska Experience. We wanted the old, pre global warming, experience that we grew up dreaming about. Alaska with adventure! Alaska with bear attacks. Alaska with snow. Alaska with sea otters on the finger piers of the marina. Alaska with cold snowy roads and avalanches off the mountains. Be [...]

23 January 2017 | Seward AK

Finally a Moose

We are living in a winter wonderland with daily snowfall. The snow is waist deep. It turns out that travel isn't so easy unless you are on a plowed road. Moose know this. So they walk on plowed roads preferentially to off road routes. We saw this moose just north of Seward.

06 December 2016 | Seward AK

Experiencing COLD in Alaska

I'm reading the weather reports from the lower 48. People are complaining of snow and ice on the roads. But how many boats in the marina are acquiring "ice beards" on the bow and stern of their boats while moored at the dock? We've got them and they are a sure sign of a miserable night on the boat. Outside [...]

12 November 2016 | Seward Alaska

It is almost ski season. How to entertain yourself?

In Alaska the answer to what to do always lies outdoors. Today on the way home from Anchorage we watched surfers ride the tidal bore down Turnagin Arm. It gets up to 10 feet high and its front moves about 15 mph. You can drive down the road that runs along the shoreline and therefore stay ahead of it. [...]

Blue footed boobies are VERY cute

30 March 2011 | Isla Isabella, Mexico
Larry Nelson
Our plan was to leave San Blas early in the morning on a high tide, then stop at Isla Isabella to see the blue footed boobies. It was tight timing. We arrived at 3 pm and left at 6 pm. We had time enough to launch the dinghy and land on the island to see the birds. We didn't have time to snorkel in the incredibly clear water. Drat. Karen's wound prevented swimming anyway.

The birds AMAZED us. First of all, they group in colonies. The first colony we encountered were frigate birds. These are big birds with larger wing spans than Pelicans. They can fly very well and they cover the sky all the time. While in the trees below there are nests on about every branch of the trees. The trees looked like lime trees. They had little tiny leaves and lots of green limes. I've posted pictures in an Isla Isabella album. The trees are fairly short, so we could view all the nests close up. They were filled with downy chicks (along with the adult males and females). The density was amazing. Birds were everywhere. Dead birds on the ground. Young birds and parents in nests, and adult birds in the sky overhead. But...all frigates. We walked on through the trees. Eventually we came to the edge of a very high cliff. Right on the edge of the cliff were the boobies. We saw yellow footed boobies and maybe some red footed boobies. The blue footed boobies were the best. Mostly, they didn't run or fly away. They wouldn't let you touch them though. That would get you a peck from a sharp bill. Many were not moving because they were guarding young birds. They were obvious because they were all fuzzy even though they were full adult size. One of the birds must have been sitting on an egg. He/she wouldn't move but tried to caw us to death. I have sound movies (which are tough to share because of their size).

There were 5 other boats in the anchorage with us. It's a tenuous and tiny anchorage with a reputation for not giving back anchors that are put down. We all anchored close because that is where the "spot" of sand was. Fortunately, we anchored first and we got our anchor back. (The anchors get stuck on big rocks what cannot be raised). We left for mazatlan, a 90 nm passage. In order to arrive in daylight, we had to leave sometime during the night. But there is fishing gear (i.e. nets and long lines) all around us and without daylight you can't avoid it. It can catch your boat like it was a fish. This makes BOTH you and the fisherman mad. To avoid the fishing gear, we left in the daylight when we could see the floats. It's still tough to miss it, but we managed it. That put us into Mazatlan at 9 am. Fortunately the "noserlies" died during the night and we got a reasonably smooth passage. We even managed to sail a couple hours before the wind died. That was nice.

Our neighbors at Isla Isabella on SV Groovy reported that they had stayed the night before in the anchorage at San Blas. One of the boats got it's dinghy motor stolen even though the dinghy was raised high in the air (on a spinnaker halyard) next to where they were sleeping with all the doors and hatches open. It turns out that staying in the marina was a good strategy. The raising the dinghy on a halyard has been heretofore the accepted anti-theft strategy. This is a case where the twin forces of economy and adventure only balance with more money spent (on a marina), just as we suspected. It's too bad for the town though. All the boats in that anchorage left instead of doing the jungle tour and eating out at the restaurants. And of course everyone who hears their story will tend to avoid the city. It's a recipe for making poor people poorer.
Panta Rhei's Photos - Main
22 Photos
Created 1 October 2013
Pictures of South Island NZ and the Milford Track
68 Photos
Created 2 March 2013
Blackwater cave exploring in NZ
18 Photos
Created 20 December 2012
Travel from the Marquesas to Rangiroa to Papette
104 Photos
Created 6 June 2012
Pics from the crossing and after arrival in the marquesas
24 Photos
Created 10 May 2012
Karen and Larry exploring Santa Cruz, Isla Isabella, and San Cristobal Islands
30 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
pictures from a passage aboard SV Talofa as line handlers
80 Photos
Created 17 March 2012
accumulated pictures of the SV Safety Cat rescue and repair
63 Photos
Created 7 July 2011
swimming with a whale shark in clear warm water
9 Photos
Created 12 June 2011
Karen and Larry hike up a desert canyon in Mexico
43 Photos
Created 22 May 2011
pictures of Karen at the doctor, shopping in Mazatlan, and work on the boat in the yard
26 Photos
Created 5 April 2011
Pictures of San Blas and Isla Isabella
41 Photos
Created 30 March 2011
pictures of the trip up a jungle river to a crocodile farm and to a spring which is the source of all San Blas water
72 Photos
Created 28 March 2011
pictures of karen's medical care for her arm injury while in San Blas
16 Photos
Created 27 March 2011
Day trip from La Cruz to Yualapa by bus and panga
44 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
Pictures of our day trip to La Penita
10 Photos
Created 18 March 2011
cleaning boat bottoms and other recent activities
23 Photos
Created 5 March 2011
bob and Larry went looking for a hose from a store next to a "Table Dance" entertainment center
9 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
A day at the beach with exotic drinks and then north to Lazaro Cardenas
6 Photos
Created 11 February 2011
Before and after pictures of a friends boat underbody showing the growth that happens in a short time in Zihuatanejo
12 Photos
Created 8 February 2011
pictures from Bahia Santiago to Ziahuatanejo including Ixtapa
40 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
Sailfest pictures
21 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
A trip with Jake and Sharon up the jungle river in Tenacatita
11 Photos
Created 16 December 2010
Scenes from our stay in Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta
19 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
Scenes from Paul Nelson's visit in Paradise Village and in Puerto Vallarta including procession for Lady of Guadalupe
21 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
hike up the river and float trip down it
17 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Arrival in the south part of Mexico and beginning of the cruising lifestyle
21 Photos
Created 23 November 2010
warmer weather experiences
21 Photos
Created 15 November 2010
stop in san francisco at at Sea Ranch CA to visit Grace and Bob Carter
44 Photos
Created 11 October 2010
pictures from preparing and leaving Seattle to Ft Bragg CA
16 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
weather faxes that show the weather in the Pacific Ocean while we are safe in port in Newport Oregon
1 Photo
Created 26 September 2010
A few pics of Panta Rhei out of the water
11 Photos
Created 6 September 2010
Sherry and Bob took a few pictures and shared them with us.
34 Photos
Created 30 July 2010
travel from Petersburg to Thorne Bay with stop at Anan Bear Observatory
56 Photos
Created 19 July 2010
Candidates for most beautiful places in the world
78 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
bob and Sherry took pictures of Panta Rhei and shared them with us.
29 Photos
Created 12 July 2010
great fishing and crabbing with good weather
23 Photos
Created 1 July 2010
65 Photos
Created 25 June 2010
64 Photos
Created 24 June 2010
Pelican scenes then travel up Lisianski Inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Bay, Dundas Bay
46 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
trip up lisianski inlet to Elfin Cove, Inian Island, and Dundas Bay
14 Photos
Created 18 June 2010
tight passages that kayakers would love and an abandoned town (Chichagof)
47 Photos
Created 12 June 2010
transit of Lisianski Strait enroute to Pelican
10 Photos
Created 11 June 2010
Around the outside of Baranof Island and some caveing in el capitan passage
37 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 2 June 2010
Prince of Wales Island and enroute
13 Photos
Created 21 May 2010
photos of rudder damage from the log we hit
8 Photos
Created 17 May 2010
32 Photos
Created 15 May 2010
50 Photos
Created 10 May 2010
springtime photos of the inside passage
12 Photos
Created 28 April 2010

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