s/v Sunshine

The Cruising Adventures of the Thoreson Family

14 July 2009
08 July 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
13 June 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama- still
06 June 2009 | Empire, MI/ SB Marina, Panama
15 May 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
15 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
14 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
12 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
11 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
10 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
10 April 2009 | 9.3691,-79.9503
10 April 2009 | 9.3797,-79.9345
09 April 2009 | Lake Gatun, Panama
09 April 2009 | 9.3442,-79.9075
09 April 2009 | 9.2718,-79.9234
08 April 2009 | Panama Canal
08 April 2009 | 9.2176,-79.8913
08 April 2009 | 9.0159,-79.6118
08 April 2009 | 8.905,-79.5307
07 April 2009 | Playita Anchorage Panama City

A Bit of El Salvador Life

03 June 2007 | Estero de Jaltepeque, El Salvador
Top L: Jim, My Dad-Frank & Santos. Cruising down the Estuary on Sunshine. Top. R: Kitchen area at restaurant over river-Mom, 3 daughters, 12, 8 & 3 cooking while Dad's out fishing. Bottom L: Reina and her Pooh album while Mom & Big sisters cook us lunch. Bottom R: our lunch! Big Red Snapper, huge shrimp that were still jumping out of the bowl only minutes before, and of course, no meal would be complete w/out rice and tortillas!
Since our time was so limited while we were there and most of our time was spent going over what work still needs to be done on Sunshine and how would be best to get our family down there, we didn't have much extra time to get on the internet and post any of our experiences. So we're going to back track 2 weeks and extend our thoughts on what little bit of El Salvador we did see.
Beautiful countryside, friendly happy locals, a world apart from life in the US. Coming in to the San Salvador airport the rugged terrain amongst the several mountainsides and volcanoes are the first thing you see. As the plane descends further closer to the runway, all these little silver or white dotted squares come in to view. Their homes, just little tin shacks scattered about the landscape, an occasional truck wandering down one of the many dirt roads going off in to the distance. Customs and immigration officials very friendly and much like going to Mexico, if you've ever experienced flying into there, a hoard of taxis, tour guides, etc. waiting to greet you and get your business. Kudos to El Salvador for it's apparent they are trying to get a hook into the ever popular tourist venue, as more people try to find their piece of paradise before someone else does. There are so many gorgeous countries out there to see, it's a beautiful world, and if someone would have told me even 6 months ago that I'd be in El Salvador soon, I'd of laughed at them right in their face! Only because I saw it as World's apart from me, what reason could I possibly have for going to El Salvador? But now that I've been there, I can honestly say, it's a wonderful experience both in what you see and in the people who live there. I am very much looking forward to going back, and taking our children to see such a completely different culture than ours and have them be a part of it for a few weeks while we get Sunshine ready.
Vessel Name: Sunshine
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Ed Horstman Tristar Trimaran
Hailing Port: Traverse City, MI
Crew: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
We have been married almost 19 years, Bridget is now 14, Micah is almost 8, Jenaya is 5. We have a strong Christian/Catholic Faith, love spending time together & exploring this beautiful World. [...]
We purchased Sunshine in Feb. '07. She was in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. We flew down in Nov. '07, spent 4 months getting her ready, building a new, larger dinghy, enjoying El Salvador & the friends we made. We then took the next 2 1/2 months sailing from there to Panama City. Now the next leg [...]
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The Thoreson Crew

Who: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
Port: Traverse City, MI