Cruising the Pacific Northwest 2021

Fully vaccinated, we look forward to getting back into cruising the Pacific Northwest as COVID dies down.

16 June 2021
02 June 2021 | Portland, Oregon
24 March 2020 | Portland, Oregon
29 August 2019 | Astoria, Oregon
10 June 2019 | Friday Harbor, WA
06 June 2019 | Nanaimo, BC, Canada
20 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
19 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
18 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
14 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
10 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
07 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
04 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
02 May 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Golfito, Costa Rica
23 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
22 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
18 April 2019 | Puerto Armuelles, Panama
16 April 2019 | Isla Coliba, Panama

Visiting Old San Juan

23 February 2019 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
George Stonecliffe
Today we traveled via rental car from the Sun Bay Marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico to Old San Juan. Puerto Rico's capital is rich in historic significance. The island's position in the West Indies gave it strategic significance for Spain, England, and eventually the United States for monitoring and guarding traffic from and to Europe and Central America, particularly Panama and the Panama Canal. Spain used its port for provisioning, water, and protection for the movement of gold and silver. The United States used the island particularly during World War II to guard the area against Germany's U-boats. The massive Fort Morro protected Spain's position up until when rifled howitzer's were invented, and forts were no longer a viable protection against attack. Puerto Rico seems to have recovered from Hurricane Maria in 2017 in many ways: electricity, water, daily provisions, most buildings, etc. But many people have left the island, many small businesses have not survived because of fewer customers, and there are still two or three in ten buildings with unrepaired visible damage. Some local traffic lights have been unoperational for the last few years, even before the hurricane. The marina we are staying in is full service: finger docks, fuel, water, electricity, WiFi, restrooms/showers, laundry, rental cars, security (including US Customs). All in all, it's good to be back in the USA.
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Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Summer 2021 finds us buddy-boating with Ken and Ruth on sv Misty Blue in the San Juan Islands, WA and Puget Sound. Vaccinated, we are waiting expectantly for COVID to subside, and Canada to open their Border to boaters once again. Cheers to all!
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