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What??!!! Another storm!!! III
11/06/2009, Naoussa, Paros

Sorry about the title. I didn't really know that we'd end up getting 3 storms when I first started with the title of "What??!!! Another storm!!!!"!!!

Well, there's been a change of plans today. Our original plans were to go to either Naxos or Amorgos. My dad wanted to go to Amorgos but we soon realized that Amorgos was too far away to sail to today. So we started to get ready to Naxos. But, my dad had second thoughts on going to Naxos and reconsidered it. I'm sure he's glad he did because we're planning to stay here.

My dad just realized that the dinghy throttle cable that he had once thought ready to break is perfectly fine. Now he has a spare throttle cable! It always seems that the only parts that break are the ones that we don't have spares for!

The photo is of the church here in Naoussa. I think that not many cities get such a big church and that Naoussa is getting a favor from the Greek government.

11/15/2009 | Bill Burris
Keep up the good work on your blog. Hopefully I will start to understand the "sailing" terms. I have a couple of packages heading your way. One mailed the week of Nov. 2nd & the other last week. The castle overlooking the harbor in Turkey is awesome!!
Mr. Burris
11/26/2009 | Will Nelson
Hi, Mr. Burris! If you want any terms explained, let me know. I'll also try to simplify in my typing.

Where did you send the packages to? Just checking!

What??!!! Another storm!!! II
11/04/2009, Naoussa, Paros

As you can tell from the title we've just had another storm; this time from the S-SW (the last storm came from the N). This time, however, we decided to weather it in the marina. Unfortunately for us, the marina has a wide mouth that is very exposed the the N-NW -- which is exactly where the wind came around to!! But, as of right now, there is not even a breath of wind.

Again, we're waiting for more packages (how many times have I had to put "package(s)" in my blogs?), this time for a package from Jerry and Laura (the Valeske/Sullivans). But while we wait here we're going to send out some packages to friends back in Seattle.

My dad has just bought a Sudoku book and has finally met his match. Even on the easy level he made mistakes!! (Don't tell that to him, though. He still get some of the "Too difficult" [rough translation] right!!) It has gotten him off of a little electronic Sudoku game that we got him some years back.

What??!!! Another storm!!!
10/29/2009, Naoussa, Paros

First off, I'll tell you the meaning of the title. The title means that we're about to move off to anchorage while we wait for a Beaufort Force 8 wind (apparently it'll get real rough in the marina when the storm hits). We'll be anchored in the north bay of Naoussa (Naoussa has protection from any wind) hopefully out of the way of the full fury of the storm. It'll be just like last storm except that we'll be in a different anchorage. (Golly, I sure hope so!!!)

Right now we're waiting for a(nother) package coming from the windlass people. That is the only thing keeping in chains and shackles here in Paros. Hopefully it will arrive during or after the storm.

Got to go out to anchor!

Well, we're back!
10/21/2009, Naoussa, Paros

Well, I guess I've been forgetting to blog for the last ten days. Sorry about that! (And just after John said to keep writing!!) I'll do a recap of what happened in the last few days.

From what I can remember, we left Paroikia and sailed up to Naoussa to weather a storm that was forcasted to have 30-35 knots of wind. We didn't know that the marina was free (and jam packed full) so we decided to ride the storm out at anchor. It was a rough time, but there wasn't any fetch so it was mostly wind. But afterward, when I was pulling up the anchor, I noticed that our snubber line was like wire in its stiffness!

From anchor we promptly left and went into the marina to do our laundry, get food, and check the pst office for packages. We ended up staying in the marina for like a week! (We stayed the week because we arrived here on Thursday and had to stay the weekend to get all of our stuff done.)

So, we finally left the marina and went to an anchorage on the East side of Paros intending to move on to Naxos while we waited for the package(s) to arrive. We ended up going back to Naoussa the next day! My dad took the bus in to Paroikia and our package was there!

Finally. We thought that we were free of Paros. But, the next night my dad decided that he wanted to rebuild the windlass (you've probably read about that on my dad's blog) in a marina!! So, back to Naoussa!!!!

And Naoussa is where we are now. We will stay for (hopefully) 1 or 2 more days and then....on to Marmaris!!!!!

Home, sweet, home!
10/11/2009, Paros, Greece

Well, we made it back "home"! We've stayed here long enough for it to be like a second home. We've even just found a new bakery!

As we left Mykonos, we reached the decision to sail along past some of the beaches on the south coast. It was definitely not what we expected. Have you ever heard of Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach? Well, we couldn't see any difference between them and all the other beaches we saw! I mean, we thought we saw a photo of Super Paradise Beach with beach chairs 6-8 rows deep(!), but did we see that?!!

The rest of the trip passed peacefully with a game of Scrabble® thrown in.

Our residence is now Paros, Greece and we plan to stay here tomorrow and then move up to Naoussa before the 30-35 knot storm hits on Tuesday. The harbor at Naoussa is more protected from the storm.

10/13/2009 | John Marston
Hey Will! I thought my kids had a cool blog going with all their stuff from the San Juans, but you take the prize...a long way from Seattle! Keep on writing!
10/21/2009 | Will Nelson
Yeah. I do like the San Juans a lot, though! My dad and I once took our sailboat from Seattle (sold) up there with my mom and sailed around there for about a week (?).
Finally! A normal day!
10/05/2009, Mykonos, Greece

Today we had an unpleasant surprise as we heard that there would be 25-30 knots of breeze from the north. (Our bay's mouth was facing north.) So we picked up anchor and moved around to a protected anchorage. The forecast has so far been right.

Since my mom came with the Wi-Fi antenna we have had good Wi-Fi. But that still doesn't mean that we will have continuous internet. It is nice, though, to have an almost reliable source of internet.

P.S. We are on the west coast of Mykonos.

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