I've been spending some time with my Mom this week and we spent the afternoon learning about my brothers hobby of late. He has always been involved with making model cars and airplanes but I did not know to what extent. So after how manya years....? I saw his collection, whoa there were a lot of models. This has now led him to his current project, making a train village from scratch. It was magnificent! All the landscaping made from scratch, all the real life scene looked so real. Camp grounds, lakes, waterfalls, a town, a park, rivers, a dump, a depot, and much more. It was a great day seeing another side of my brother, very creative.
Upon arriving in Horta the 20 something's were reminded that they were expected at a family reunion mid August. With this reminder they decided to fly to the Europe Coast instead of sailing there with us so as to spend enough time with friends they had plans with in Germany. So in a whirlwind they booked tickets and off they went today. That leaves Doug really by his lonesome but It sounds like that might be refreshing thing for awhile. Life back to normal in his home!
Here in Minnesota there are beautiful places to explore as well. Right in Minneapolis there is waterfall that is as beautiful and powerful as any I have seen. Its right along one of the great bike paths we have here in the Twin Cities. Its called Minihaha Falls and is a fun place to stop along the path. Despite the heat today (didnt affect me, I find the heat here refreshingly cool after coming from the Caribbean) a group of us went bike riding and took a break at the falls.
We read about a tradition that goes on in Horta and Doug is there seeing it now. Its a wall where sailors paint emblems from their boat. The picture look like people take this pretty seriously. The bar is set high, waiting to hear what Doug has in mind for our boat.
So lets see, where was I. Doug and the guys were on Flores where the guys went off camping and Doug did some very long hikes on his own. After a few days they all agreed it was time to move on. Their desire was to go to the next island of Pico which is the highest point in the Azores. They took off to sail there but upon arriving found out they could not get into the boat because of some boat traffic conditions, so had to turn back. Plan B, sail to Faial. This was an overnight sail which went very smoothly. Upon arriving in the city of Horta they were instructed to raft up to other boats along a wall because of a race going on taking up all the marina spots. The situation in the Azores is different than usual as one has to use the marinas. They are however very reasonable, 12 euros verses the usual $80.00 or more per night. I have now booked my ticket to meet them with plans of arriving in Horta on July 23rd.