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 Blessing Almost Missed

16 March 2008 | 13 18.119 N, 88 53.575 W
Not being on a schedule would be so much easier and more relaxing. But since we have couple reasons needing to be back to Michigan by beginning of summer, not to mention getting my dad to Panama to catch his return flight, we have this time frame we are trying to keep, but things keep setting us back. But then there are things here that I am so glad we didn't miss. One of the recent ones was being able to attend Mass on Saturday evening before Palm Sunday.

We really felt it was such a blessing that we were able to attend that. John Guliano, the man who took us up to Chalatanango a few weeks back was here on the estero with a group of college students from Arizona State that are part of a Catholic student group at the University and are here on a retreat for their Spring break. They had been out kayaking and John stopped by to say hello and visit for awhile. The conversation came around to us missing being able to attend mass and especially with Holy Week and Easter coming up. He mentioned the students were having Mass tonight at the house they rented for the retreat and invited us to come along, and that being we were leaving the next day, the Priest could give us a special blessing as well! We were so excited and felt totally blessed again by John and his generosity. We had been working on the boat all day and he even invited us to come early enough to have dinner with the group. We had 45 minutes to get ready and he=d take us over in his truck, the house is just 5 minutes away up the coast and right on the ocean. The students welcomed us and were very friendly and inviting. It was great to see such well mannered young adults, and they seemed very interested in our journey. So again, our delay in leaving turned out to be such a blessing.
We ended up not leaving the next day- we just had too much left to do, things we planned to do Saturday evening, but went to the retreat house instead. But I am in no way regretting that we went. Things worked out so well, for it affected many other things that had we left Sunday, things would not have worked out the way they have several days later.
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