A Cross Ocean Experience

Seven thousand miles of outstanding cruising since November 2008 means it's time to do a little renovation and more planning for the future. Find out what ...

20 February 2013 | Fishtail, Montana, USA
15 March 2011 | Swallow Falls State Park, Garrett County, MD
07 January 2011 | Deep Creek, MD
01 January 2011 | Tacoma, WA
17 December 2010 | Sierra Madre, CA
12 December 2010 | Leucadia, CA
12 December 2010 | Leucadia, Ca
12 December 2010 | Ramona, CA
06 December 2010 | Ramona, CA
06 December 2010 | Ramona, CA
20 November 2010 | New Orleans, LA
13 November 2010 | Lexington, KY
09 November 2010 | Louiville, KY
05 November 2010 | Lexington. KY
01 November 2010 | Deltaville, VA
29 October 2010 | Deltaville, VA
22 October 2010 | Deltaville, VA
08 October 2010 | Deltaville, VA

Bye, Bye Geo-Quiz

03 August 2009 | Bahia Brasilito, Costa Rica
The answer to the final quiz is the exclusive resort beaches of Careyes. Rick's answer was a good try, but he forgot to backtrack 69 nautical miles from Las Hadas.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Geo-quiz. It has gone to join Davy Jones and his locker. All good fun while it lasted but onwards and upwards.

July Geo-Quiz

10 July 2009 | San Juan del Sur, Nic
The answer to this month's geo quiz can be found deep down back in the blog, using all the resources displayed here.

Where was Mandy 69 nautical miles before Augusta referenced her honeymoon and Rick recommended a fine wine?

June Geo-quiz answer

07 July 2009 | San Juan del Sur, Nic
I am the Volcano Cosigüina and my resting place is the Gulf of Fonseca, Central America.
At more than 3000 meters high this was once the tallest volcano in Central America until January 20th, 1835 when the most violent eruption since colonization blew more than half the height off Cosigüina. It paved the ocean with pumice, and plunged three countries into darkness for many days, with ash falling from Mexico to Colombia. Several large pieces of the volcano flew miles into the Gulf forming the tooth like Fallarones Islands. The liberal Honduran, General Francisco Morazon was leading the newly formed Central American Congress at the time.
Keep trying everyone, July's quiz will be posted soon.

June Geo-Quiz

27 June 2009 | Isla Meanguera, Gulf of Fonseca
Eric, thanks for the try but no.
Not much other response so here´s a clue.

The General was Francisco Morazon

In the year the great General returned to power I lost my cool and was brought down a peg or three. In the dark days and weeks ahead the strife left me a shadow of my former self. Instead of standing proudly among my brothers and sisters I lay exhausted, my heart broken.
What is my name and where is my resting place?

May Geo-quiz winner

23 May 2009 | Bahia del Sol, El Salvador
CONGRATULATIONS Kate Cross de Korte. The answer is Maximon or San Simon and he resides in a town called Zunil in central Guatemala. Kate's prize is in the mail!
Every year on November the 1st Maximon is moved into a new house where he is looked after by several attendants. Visitors to the shrine take cigars and Quezalteca; a strong local hooch. The effigy always has a smoking cigar or cigarette in his mouth and candles and offerings burn in the room where he resides. It is advised to ask discreetly for La Casa de Maximon because the town's people are protective of their anti-saint and the utmost respect must be shown if you visit the shrine yourself.
In life, some say that he was a Franciscan friar who chased after young indigenous girls therefore his effigy has no legs. He represents the vices of the world and many supplicants ask his help to rid them of these in their own lives.
At Easter he plays a major role in Santiago Atitlan nearby Zunil. On Monday of Holy week his effigy is taken to the lake shore where it is washed. On Tuesday he is dressed in a new felt hat and western style clothes. On Wednesday he is taken to a chapel where he waits until Good Friday for a symbolic confrontation with a Christ effigy in the main plaza. Quite a guy is Maximon. Thanks to everyone who had a try at this one. Keep a lookout for June's Geo-Quiz sometime after the 1st.

May Geo-Quiz

06 May 2009 | En route Mexico to El Salvador
He nearly always has a cigar in his mouth. He wears a black brimmed hat but never indigenous clothes. He is not a favorite of the Catholic Church. He never refuses a tot of hard liquor with his friends. He once took advantage of young, unsuspecting girls. He goes by two different names, but if you are discreet you can find out his current abode.
Who is he and in which town and country can you find him?
Vessel Name: Mandy
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol Channel Cutter 28 - http://www.capegeorgecutters.com/BCC28/index.html
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA USA
Crew: Richard & Virginia Cross
Having spent 30 years in the racehorse business we felt it was time for a different kind of adventure. Both originally from England we have sailed for fun for over 30 years. We have owned MANDY for five of those and are planning to head south for Mexico etc. in November 2008 - ready or not. [...]

There Goes Mandy!

Who: Richard & Virginia Cross
Port: San Diego, CA USA