Zen - family cruising catamaran

Family of 4 sailing from New England to Auckland, New Zealand '08-'10

26 August 2010 | Portsmouth, Rhode Island
27 April 2010 | Rhode Island
05 April 2010 | Fort Lauderdale, FL
24 March 2010 | Portsmouth, RI
19 February 2010 | middle of Pacific Ocean
12 February 2010 | Waiheke Island, NZ
08 February 2010 | Auckland, New Zealand
30 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
26 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
22 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
20 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
17 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
14 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
08 January 2010 | Los Angeles, CA
07 January 2010 | Newark International Airport
27 December 2009 | Rhode Island, USA
10 December 2009 | New Delhi, India
02 December 2009 | South Island, NZ
13 November 2009 | Whangarei, New Zealand
10 November 2009 | Opua and Kerikeri, New Zealand

All the Senses

13 February 2009 | Panama City
Stacey smiles, looks at me and says, "Let's try it!" while holding a bag of red flowers at the Panama City fresh market. "Good plan, I'll split it with you!", I immediately reply with a grin. But exactly what I tried, hmmm, I am not sure. It's a pop quiz at Zen Academy: What is this flower? And what is the name of the drink you make with it? Find a photo of the flowers in my pasta pot, waiting to be boiled w/water, ginger and brown sugar in our Photo Gallery (http://www.sailblogs.com/member/zen/index.php?show=gallery&g2_itemId=85325). Feel free to put your guesses in our comments section or email us on the boat. How can I describe this market experience? Pulsing with people, piled high with colorful fruits and veggies, and ringing with sounds of friendly Spanish speaking voices. If you've ever walked a boisterous farmers' market in Boston or New York, you know what I mean. The difference here, in Panama, is the sheer size of this market. Mind boggling. There's no strolling through w/your basket of goodies. One must drive because it covers many blocks. Upon entering, our taxi driver, Tony, brings the two of us directly to a stall containing almost every vegetable imaginable (photo above). There's competition in every direction, one right after another. Alternatively, some stalls are quite specific, selling only corn, or lemons, 20 more selling just watermelons, or huge trucks packed 10 feet high with bananas. As we roll through the throng, there's jostling and positioning amongst the large restaurant supply trucks filling up for their commercial customers. Tony decides we need a hard earned treat. Voila, he comes bearing gifts of freezing cold, fresh squeezed, orange juice, sweetened with some brown sugar. It felt totally decadent going down in the heat of the midday sun. Heck let's splurge and taste-test all the juices being served by walking vendors, it's only a quarter per cup. I feel like Rachael Ray. You can hear in my voice, it was a cultural foodie experience, one that belongs on the Food Network Channel. So happy Stacie had her camera to capture the fun. Zen's galley is chock full of fresh foods and the mystery flower juice. She's now ready to waddle to the Perlas Islands again and beyond to Galapagos. Tony, muchas gracias for a very memorable day of colors, cuisine and culture.
Vessel Name: Zen
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 48' catamaran
Hailing Port: Newport, RI
Crew: Tom, Monique and Kids
Tom, Monique, Cammi, and Cole. Tom is the CEO/Founder for a high-tech advertising firm, which he just sold to a large US media company, giving us the ability to set sail. [...]
Eight years ago, we sold our advertising company, and left terra firma on our monohull, "Uliad", for a family cruise. As soon as we returned to land, immediately we started planning our 2nd cruise. Here's the continuation of our journey, except this time the kids are active crew members, [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/zen/
Zen's Photos - s/v Zen - family cruising catamaran (Main)
New Zealand, Dockwise, and Florida
82 Photos
Created 14 January 2010
Bangkok, New Delhi, Rhode Island holidays and New Zealand
118 Photos
Created 27 December 2009
Australia & New Zealand
117 Photos
Created 3 November 2009
Tonga and New Zealand
102 Photos
Created 3 September 2009
Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga
86 Photos
Created 9 August 2009
French Polynesia and Cook Islands
113 Photos
Created 28 July 2009
French Polynesia
49 Photos
Created 31 May 2009
Pacific Ocean Passage and French Polynesia
120 Photos
Created 19 May 2009
Panama City to Galapagos
81 Photos
Created 28 February 2009
Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Las Perlas
118 Photos
Created 28 January 2009
Cartagena, Panama, Puerto Rico/US, and Costa Rica
111 Photos
Created 30 December 2008
Autumn sailing
124 Photos
Created 13 September 2008
Where we are sailing in 2008/2009
1 Photo
Created 13 July 2008
Summertime '08
108 Photos
Created 1 July 2008
8 Photos
Created 31 May 2008
Delivery from Maine to Newport summer 2007
15 Photos
Created 27 April 2008
November 2007 - Tom, John and Scott
11 Photos
Created 27 April 2008
American Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands in 2007
358 Photos
Created 27 April 2008