Asylum

22 June 2019 | Straits Quay Marina, Penang, Malaysia
17 July 2016 | Penang, Malaysia
20 February 2016 | Penang, Malaysia
02 October 2015 | Thailand
11 April 2015 | Krabi Boat Lagoon Marina, Thailand
25 December 2014 | Langkawi, Malaysia
04 June 2014 | Philippines
07 January 2014 | Brookeville, MD
04 July 2013 | Subic Bay Yacht Club, Philippines
31 October 2012 | Palau
02 December 2011 | Hermit Islands, Papua New Guinea
08 November 2011 | Maryland, USA
15 May 2011 | Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG
26 April 2011 | Kavieng, New Ireland
26 March 2011 | Kokopo, New Britain, Papua New Guinea
16 March 2011 | Kokopo, New Britain, Papua New Guinea
12 February 2011 | From Peava again
05 February 2011 | Solomon Islands
01 December 2010 | From Lola Island, VonaVona Lagoon, Solomon Islands
30 November 2010 | Peava, Nggatoke, Solomon Islands

Happy 4th of July!

04 July 2013 | Subic Bay Yacht Club, Philippines
Katie
If you were to read my daily log book, you'd see a lot of entries that begin, "Writing from behind..." where I'm struggling to remember and record what we did that day. I figured the next blog post would have to start the same way because I'm so far behind with it. But today I decided to just jump right to the present and deal with the past in the future.

So here it is, the 4th of July in the Philippines (where we've been since February) and I'm determined to get this done before the 4th is over in the States. Fortunately the date line will help me out...

Had Subic still been the massive US naval base that it was up until 1992, there would have been plenty of 4th of July activities to pick from, and I'm sure the US ship that's in port now will be having some kind of celebration, but it was pretty clear to us and our friends on the other American boat on the dock, Before, that we were going to have to make our own 4th fun.

Jim hoisted all of our Stars and Stripes and Richard from Before, a former Marine, flew his Marine Corps colors.





And we invited all the Filipino boat boys along our dock at the Subic Bay Yacht Club, where both boats are berthed, for a BBQ hot dog lunch.

Lee (from Before) and I visited all the boats on the long dock where there are always hives of activity--scrubbing, polishing, sanding, scraping, building, repairing, painting, and bottom-cleaning--by the local workers. We explained that today was our 4th of July Independence Day holiday and invited them to join us for a hotdog cookout at Asylum. She and I then hustled (as in walked!) to the grocery store to buy the fixin's, which Jim grilled on the back deck and we served from Asylum's side deck.


Richard from Before welcomes the guests



Lunch is served!


Everybody on the dock showed up, including the Marina staff and a lovely man on a boat that had just arrived from Hong Kong who came bearing a bottle of celebratory champagne. Even Kazeko, the Before's miniature schnauzer, joined us to make sure there were no leftovers.





The local paper calls July 4th "Philippine-American Friendship Day."
It was.



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Vessel Name: Asylum
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana V-42 Cutter
Hailing Port: Bethesda, MD USA
Crew: Jim & Katie Coolbaugh
About:
In October 1999 we set out aboard ASYLUM, our Tayana 42 sailboat, on a slow wander around the world. The deal was that we’d keep going until we got tired of it or weren’t having fun anymore, or got all the way around, whichever came first. [...]
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