Category Archives: Inland Adventures

Rambling thru a jungle safari at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

May 2015 The day after our passage from Bahia Ballena was our last full one with Mark and Helen. We awakened early and peeled ourselves from the relative coolness (low 80s Fahrenheit) of the cabin and then emerged from our fiberglass lair. Together, we savored fancy coffee and a delicious breakfast at Mercado del Porto, […]
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Grooving in Granada, Nicaragua

April 2015 The wide-open spaces alongside the highway began to populate with houses and shops. Buildings painted blue and orange and red began to imbue the countryside with color. Our bus rambled to a stop in a dimly lit, dodgy alley in the 500-year-old city of Granada. Neil, Tim, and I hoisted on our packs […]
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Sampling the Pacific Ring of Fire: Two volcanoes in two days + Ep. 7 VIDEO

April 2015 We were seated at a long, worn table in the courtyard of a building 10 minutes from the center of Leon. Serving bowls of breakfast potatoes, eggs, and bread were being passed between hands. Awareness of the finite time we had in Nicaragua motivated us to tackle as much as we could in […]
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Lively León: The heart of Nicaragua

April 2015 After a day of tackling a few boat projects and unwinding from our overnight passage, Neil, Tim, and I were bound for another inland adventure! We left The Red Thread tied securely to a dock at Puesta del Sol Marina and caught a 6:30 am chicken bus from a deserted gas station on […]
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A troop of monkeys and a duo of Brits

April 2015 “Wake up! Hurry! We have to get moving if we’re going to get to see the monkeys before we have to head to Usulután to meet Tim and Emma!” It was a little after 7 am, and the day was calling. We’d barely rolled out of our v-berth, and we were already breaking […]
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Diving on Utila (Roatán’s cheap little cousin)

April 2015 After Neil’s bout with “baleada belly” had passed, we hit the road again. This time, we were bound for the coast—the Caribbean coast. With more than a week away, I began to experiences twinges of longing for Red Thread. At the same time, I relished the opportunity to gallivant around cities without checking […]
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Mayan ruins, colorful birds, and “baleada belly” in Honduras

April 2015 What springs to mind when you think of Honduras…? If Mayan ruins, colorful macaws, and epic scuba diving do not come to mind, I hope that after this post and the next, they will be among the first images evoked when you hear “Honduras” in the future.After a cramped shuttle ride, an uneventful […]
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Majesty behind the walls: All about Antigua, Guatemala

April 2015 Quakes that wrote and rewrote history Antigua’s history is fraught with tales of natural destruction and man’s perseverance to rebuild in the aftermath. Spanish conquistadores reached the region by the mid-1500s, subjugating an already broken Mayan empire. Despite a series of destructive mudslides and earthquakes that devastated the city, Antigua (then called Santiago) […]
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Celebrating Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

April 2015 We’d been cruising outside US waters for nearly four months but had spent almost no time exploring inland. In mid-February we’d decided not to cross the Pacific this season, in large part because we knew we’d later regret shortchanging our time this part of the world. It was our adventure, and we could […]
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Rendezvousing with friends in Costa Rica

“There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.” ~Author Unknown February 2015 We had weathered high winds and a long night of storms and spent the morning close-hauled in 30+ knots as we bashed across the Golfo Papagayo. We sailed as tightly to the wind as Red Thread […]
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A heartfelt goodbye

In Loving Memory of TERENCE W. LINDBERG December 17, 1948-November 1, 2014 We soar above a bed of cotton candy clouds that appears to go on indefinitely. Above us, cirrus clouds are whipped across the sky. A pastel sunset is painted between the strata, strokes of pink and tangerine perfectly blended into each other. We’re […]
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Sittin’ on the dock of the bay

From Bridge to Berkeley San Francisco lived up to its reputation of great food, consistent [if not a bit ferocious] afternoon winds, and beautiful cityscapes. After a foggy welcome by the Golden Gate Bridge, we made our way across the bay to Berkeley Marina. We docked next to our sailing friends from Port Ludlow, WA, […]
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Ready, set, sail: Countdown to cruising

Today is Friday, August 1st. It is 8:29 pm and the sun is slowly ducking behind the Olympic Mountains. Miss Sassy Strings, our trusty dinghy, is happily bobbing between the dock and our hull, leaving the bow of The Red Thread open and welcoming; a perfect seat. The Grand Banks trawler in our neighbor slip […]
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To my homeland we went

In March, Neil and I were fortunate to travel to Las Vegas to see his best friend get married. After witnessing a lovely ceremony and celebrating with a wild night out that included watching my husband win an air guitar contest (not exaggerating here…), we set out for southern Utah, my homeland. I usually return […]
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Musings from the sky

It’s a Sunday evening in April. From the window seat of a Boeing 747, I gaze out at the Pacific Ocean. Unlike all other objects in sight, the ocean grows all the more expansive as the altitude of the plane increases above Los Angeles. I see the reflection of Liza Copeland’s Cruising for Cowards below […]
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