Past Adventures of CaribbeanSouls & New Adventures of SeaGypsy

Living & cruising aboard

23 February 2013 | Bocas Del Toro, Panama
21 November 2012 | Bocas Del Toro
21 November 2012
01 September 2012
24 June 2012 | Panama
24 June 2012 | Bonaire
24 June 2012 | Grenada
25 April 2012 | Deep Bay, Antigua
25 April 2012 | St Kitts to Antigua
24 April 2012 | Antigua
20 April 2012
13 April 2012 | St Kitts
03 April 2012 | BVIs
01 April 2012 | BVIs
31 March 2012 | British Virgin Islands
30 March 2012 | Virgin Gorda, BVIs
25 February 2012 | Salinas, Puerto Rico
15 February 2012 | Puerto Rico

Good-bye Panama?

23 February 2013 | Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Cloudy, warm & Breezy
Wow, I just noticed that I have not updated this blog since Thanksgiving... I guess time really does fly when you are having fun.

We have been having some great times with some of our new cruising friends. Been going out to different anchorages around Bocas. I really think you could spend years exploring this whole area.

We made a quick trip to Costa Rica with some friends and had a wonderful time. Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful and the people very friendly. We stayed in a fantastic little cabana. Actually slept under a mosquito net for the first time ever, although we never saw a single mosquito :)

Today, we are anchored at Los Secretos. We love this spot. It is nice and peaceful. Of course Don & Amy make it one of the best places to be. Their hospitality has always been outstanding. Oh, and their brick, oven-fired pizzas are to die for....

We have sorta, kinda come up with a plan. We are leaving Panama and heading to Columbia as soon as we get a decent weather window. I think there are 3-6 other boats all wanting to leave, but probably won't all leave at the same time due to visitors who won't be leaving for a week or so. Hopefully, it will work out we can cruise along with at least one other boat when we leave.

From Columbia, we plan on visiting Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and then on to Marathon, Florida. Not sure how long we will be in Florida. I want to work for a little while and we are tossing around the wild idea of selling CaribbeanSouls and buying a trawler to continue cruising aboard. Tim & I still make ALL of our plans, Play-Doh plans. That way we can reshape them at anytime.

I am looking forward to getting back to the States. I get to attend our Aunts/Cousins retreat and I get to see my awesome nephew, Cody Kyle, graduate from high school... I also have been missing my family and friends. So, it will be good being back for awhile. Oh and did I mention I really miss a good grocery store?

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Thanksgiving....

21 November 2012 | Bocas Del Toro
Rain, Rain, Rain & No Sunshine.....
As Thanksgiving day gets closer, I have been thinking of all the things I have to be thankful for.

~ My love of God. I know he loves me and I thank him for everything he has given me.

~ My loving family and friends. Even though we are miles apart, I know I am thought of and loved by each and everyone of them. Just as I love and think/pray about them daily.

~ My awesome husband. He will never know the true depth of my love for him and I have never once, doubted his love of me.

~ For my country, the United States of America. Even when so many are down on it, after living away from it for over a year now, I miss it and almost everything about it. It is easy to complain about the government and moan & groan on a daily basis. But, let me tell you, at least you are free. If something bad happens to you, there is a number to call and people really do come check on you and/or respond to your need(s). There are options/programs for the homeless and the hungry. Medical services are available almost anywhere you are. And, If you want something better for yourself, you have opportunities out there to improve just anything about your life.

~ For the adventure Tim & I have been on this past year. We have seen beautiful places, met lots of wonderful people and have been blessed beyond belief. Also thankful for making it through some of the tough/rough times of the trip.

~ For our health. Sounds lame, but it is so true. We both have made this adventure so far with no injuries or illnesses. (I'm not counting the two week respiratory infection I had while home for a visit)

I have so many more things to be thankful for, but these really stick out in my heart and mind.

I wish a wonderful Thanksgiving to each and every one of you, wherever you are...


November, so far in Bocas...

21 November 2012
Rain, Rain & more Rain...
Granny, Tim's Mom, was 89 years old and died peacefully in her sleep during the early hours of Friday November 9th. Tim left for Texas on Sunday.
The family held a Memorial Service at Carriage Inn, where Granny had lived for the past several years. There was standing room only. She is going to be greatly missed by many. Tim was overwhelmed by all of the people who took time out of their day to come and pay their respect.
It was sad to not be able to attend. But due to the two fur-babies we have on board with us, there just was no way I could go home also.

In order to get flights out of Bocas Del Toro to Panama City and onto Houston, I had to get Elizabeth in the marina office to call the travel agency for me. Normally this can be done on-line but since we wanted Tim to get the first available flight out, I thought it would be better to have someone fluent in Spanish make the arrangements. It worked out that he could leave out on Sunday, so we had Saturday to get things in order.
Saturday, we went to town and walked from the dinghy dock to the bank to get cash from the ATM. You have to pray on the way, that the ATM is actually working since it is the only ATM/bank in Bocas. Then we walk to the local airport to purchase his flight from Bocas to Panama City. On the way back to the dinghy we got to laughing about how easy all of this would have been to do in the States. Nothing down here is easy!

It has done nothing but rain since Tim left. Me & the pups have caught up on our rest, Words with Friends, reading, and some interior cleaning. I don't want to do it all or else I won't have anything to do for the next two weeks.

Tuesday, I went to town just to get:

diet pepsi/coke (depends on which bodega is open. Normally the pepsi one)
paper towels
big ziplock bags
aspirin (you buy by the single tablet. They look at me like I'm crazy when I ask for 40)
track down the dog food that didn't show up with the Marina's order

Now, this doesn't look like much of a list and I am hoping to take one water taxi to town and catch the next one to the marina in an hour. So, I am off~~~~~~~

For the dog food, I have to place an order with Toby who lives in David, because it has to be lamb/rice due to Spike's allergies. Prior to placing the order, I have to go to town, walk from the dinghy dock/water taxi area to the bank. Go inside the bank to deposit the money into Toby's account. Then take the receipt to one of the internet shops, have them scan the bank receipt & e-mail it to Toby. Then go back to the boat and e-mail or call her to place the order. Once she gets my order and the copy of the bank deposit receipt she goes to the Veterinarian's office and buys the food. She then puts the food on her delivery truck which is loaded with things for many people and businesses in Bocas twice a week. The delivery truck is loaded onto a water ferry which travels between David & Bocas. Once the truck is off loaded from the ferry in Bocas, they start making delivery rounds.

Since I don't live in Bocas, I have to ask for the food to be delivered with the marina's stuff, so we can pick it up from the marina.

The marina staff were not given the dog food, so the next delivery day I have to go to town and look for the truck. I find it and they give me my two 15 pound bags of dog food. Now, I am by myself and still need to get my other items. So, I carry the bags about 4 blocks down the street to the Reef (Pepsi bodega) They are kind and let me leave the food there while I go get my other things. After going to one store and then to the pharmacy, because you can only by aspirin at the pharmacy, I go back to the Reef for a case of diet pepsi. Now it is pouring down rain and I don't want to get the dog food wet on the boat ride back to the marina, so I run across the street and ask for 2 trash bags. Get the bags and run back to the Reef's dock to see the water taxi pulling away with my stuff on it. One of the pepsi workers yelled at the water taxi and they pull back up to the dock for me. Now, I get to put the trash bags over the already wet bags of food. Once back to the marina, I get everything to the boat and find out that the bags were just damp and no water found its way inside. :)

Today, I am vacuum sealing the food for future use. These dogs have NO idea what a pain they are...

Thursday is Thanksgiving and the marina is putting on a Thanksgiving Feast for 50 people. Should be fun, but won't be anything like being home with family and friends...
Vessel Name: SeaGypsy
Vessel Make/Model: 40' Defever Passagemaker
Hailing Port: Freeport, TX
Crew: Tim, Lisa, Spike, Otis & Gilligan
About:
We left Freeport, Texas on October 31, 2011, after years of dreaming about cruising the Islands. We are enjoying each day and still can't believe we are blessed enough to be living our dreams... We have made several new friends and met many, very interesting people along the way... [...]
Extra: After living aboard S/V CarbbeanSouls for 10 years we moved back into a house. Now after almost 3 years, we are ready to be back on the water.
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