Taking lots of photos in Papagayo and Playas del Coco Costa Rica

Taking lots of photos in Papagayo and Playas del Coco Costa Rica

We departed San Juan del Sur in the rain and had a wet trip to Bahía Elena. After two weeks in the rolly SJdS anchorage, Bahía Elena was a complete relief. We were only there for a night, but the bay is entirely protected and has water as flat as glass. We could hear all sorts of animals in the national park around us. We hope we’ll have some more time to stop there on our way north, but with…

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Falling in love with San Juan del Sur

Falling in love with San Juan del Sur

We weren’t actually planning to stop in San Juan del Sur, but we met some backpackers in northern Nicaragua who recommended it. Similar to Bahía del Sol in El Salvador, San Juan del Sur has a couple of cruisers that live there full time and help to usher in and orient newbies. We only got to meet up with Ralph and his wife for one evening (they flew to Texas shortly after we arrived), but they were super welcoming and…

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Turning Thirty in Aserradores, Nicaragua

Turning Thirty in Aserradores, Nicaragua

There are two things that I remember vividly from our arrival in Nicaragua. First, the tiny tree swallows fluttered along with the boat as we made our way down the long, narrow estuary. They landed on our rails and lines and chirped, chirped, chirped. Second, it was cool. The air hasn’t felt cool in many months, and Philippe and I reveled in it. We hoped it would always be cool, which was not the case, but we did have a…

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The biggest beard in El Salvador

The biggest beard in El Salvador

One of my good friends from graduate school spent a lot of time in El Salvador and loved it, so I really wanted to follow suit. And, in fact, there were some parts that I really did love. But there were also some parts that I wasn’t crazy about. For the last nine years, Bill and Jean have done a phenomenal job organizing the El Salvador Rally. Similar to the Baja Ha-Ha, the El Salvador Rally is intended to create…

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The Cost of Cruising: April

The Cost of Cruising: April

I can’t believe it’s already May. But here we are, and we’ve logged another month of expenses. I was hoping that because we did a little less boat maintenance and ate at restaurants a little less, we’d spend less money. That was partly true, but it wasn’t the significant decrease I had hoped for. There were a few “surprise” expenses, like medicine for Yuki and new charts for Central America. Plus, food in Mexico is particularly inexpensive when compared to…

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Adiós, Mexico!

Adiós, Mexico!

Philippe and I had an uneventful Tehuantepec crossing (map). The Tehuantepec can be a big deal, since the wind funnels from Texas and the Gulf of Mexico through the skinniest part of Mexico. This can create some high winds and big waves, leading most sailors heading south post up in Huatulco to wait for a weather window. We stuck to that plan as well, and caught a weekend weather window with absolutely no wind. We started out hugging the shoreline,…

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Four Things We Loved (And Two Things We Didn’t) About Huatulco

Four Things We Loved (And Two Things We Didn’t) About Huatulco

Things at work have been a little hectic lately, and with long days spent behind my laptop I’ve been unenthusiastic about spending even more hours working on the blog. We did really love Marina Chiapas in Huatulco, though, and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. What we loved… A great community. Huatulco is just north of the Tehuantepec in Mexico, which means that people have either just crossed it or they are waiting for a weather window. It makes…

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The Cost of Cruising: March

The Cost of Cruising: March

When Philippe and I discussed cruising, we estimated that our costs would be about $20-30k per year. Once I decided to keep working, we knew that our costs would probably skew towards the upper edge of that boundary, if not slightly beyond. Among other things, keeping my job means more nights in marinas, extra hours at cafés, a higher cell phone bill, and additional fuel costs when we’re trying to reach a new location within a weekend. It also, of…

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“Christmas” in Zihua

“Christmas” in Zihua

We arrived in Zihuatanejo anchorage in the early afternoon and dropped our hook near the outer edge. There were probably 20 boats in the anchorage when we first arrived. We took Untethered right to town, and literally met Alfonso and his friends before even reaching land. Our guide book describes them an “enterprising group of locals”. Essentially, they play cards and consume substances at the beach all day, but when you bring your dinghy into shore one of them runs…

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The Six-Month Review

The Six-Month Review

When Philippe and I married, we vowed to spend our lives together, for better or worse. When we cast off with Untangled’s bow pointed south, we vowed to give it a solid effort for six-months, and abort if one of us wasn’t enjoying it. We knew we would need an adjustment period, and we wanted to give the cruising lifestyle a fair shake before calling it quits. But we also didn’t want to set exceptionally high goals that left one…

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