Dauntless is finally back in the water. In spite of holidays, vacations and other national disasters.
The Spanish, at least in southern Spain, have a penchant for bureaucracy, that would make ___ proud. Even if you stop in a marina and just stay overnight, one night, they make a file for you. Even though everything is on the computer, everything is also in that file.
It’s a bureaucracy that is at best redundant and at worst really f…ing annoying.
However, I do recall that in Lisbon, you could not leave until you checked out and you could not check out if the office was closed. Yes, that meant no early morning departures to take advantage of tides or weather.
Next week in Morocco, I’ll probably have to east all of these words. Umm, I hope they are tasty.
While picking up my laundry, we decided to go to the grocery, I figured maybe I’d get fresh milk and a few other things. $150 later we had a grocery cart full of stuff. I figured where am I going to get anything cheaper between here and even in the Caribbean? So now once again I have a half year’s supply of: sardines, anchovies, dried sausages, mustards, toilet paper, UHT milk (I use for my morning coffee) some fresh goods and even mayonnaise. (The Hellman’s mayonnaise in Europe requires no refrigeration [what I have been saying for 30 years], what changed, the marketing folks finally figured out Italians were not going to buy mayonnaise they had to put in their small, dorm room sized, fridges.
Tomorrow morning, we’ll wash the boat, refill water tanks and leave for Gibraltar.
One night at anchor underway, then Gib for two nights, leaving for Africa, Morocco, Sunday morning, winds allowing. We’ll stop in Rabat for two weeks, allowing us to do some exploring.
I want to be in the Canaries be the end of November and Barbados before Christmas.
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I’m an eclectic person, who grew up in New York, lived overseas for many years and have a boat, Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen trawler yacht. Dauntless enables me to not only live in many different parts of the world, but to do it in a way that is interesting, affordable, with the added spice of a challenge.
Dauntless also allows me to be in touch with nature. As the boat glides through the ocean, you have a sense of being part of a living organism. When dolphins come to frolic, they stay longer if you are out there talking to them, watching them. Birds come by, sometimes looking for a handout; sometimes grateful to find a respite from their long journey.
I grew up on the New York waterfront, in the West Village, when everything west of Hudson St. was related to shipping and cargo from around the world. For a kid, it was an exciting place of warehouses, trucks, and working boats of all kinds: tugs and the barges and ships, cargo and passenger, they were pushing around.
My father was an electrical engineer, my mother an intellectual, I fell in between.
I have always been attracted to Earth’s natural processes, the physical sciences. I was in 8th grade when I decided to be a Meteorologist.
After my career in meteorology, my natural interest in earth sciences: geology, astronomy, geography, earth history, made it a natural for me to become a science teacher in New York City, when I moved back to the Big Apple. Teaching led to becoming a high school principal to have the power to truly help kids learn and to be successful not only in school but in life.
Dauntless is in western Europe now. In May and June, I will be wrapping up the last two years in northern Europe, heading south to spend the rest of the year in Spain & Portugal.
Long term, I’m planning on returning to North American in the fall of 2017 and from there continuing to head west until we’re in Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, where we will settle for a bit.
But now, my future lies not in NY or even Europe, but back to the water, where at night, when the winds die down, there is no noise, only the silence of the universe. I feel like I am at home, finally.
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Mayo is fine out of the refrigerator even in 80-plus degree lockers. The thing you must do however is not contaminate it. By that I mean only use a clean utensil when getting some out. With the new squirt bottles it’s simple. Now I do buy the smallest sizes available as it’s just me and I don’t use a lot.
Have fun in and keep posting. Yours are interesting.
Janice aboard Seaweed, at anchor and enjoying life afloat.