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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Interlude

We are indeed thankful to be alive and well here in the Canary Islands. After almost seven weeks of life at anchor here on the island of Lanzarote, meeting dozens of new friends on yachts passing thru the anchorage and enjoying many afternoons on the beach with them, we are now making final preparations to cross the Atlantic. We are not heading for Plymouth Rock but hopefully a warmer and friendlier place in the Caribbean. Several of our new friends are already on passage with some stopping in the Cape Verde Islands. The Atlantic Ralley for Cruisers with 200+ participants left November 21 for St. Lucia and we wish them all a safe trip.

Katie has a Thanksgiving Day feast planned with turkey and all the trimmings for some of our new friends here in Port Naos, Arrecife. We also were able to stock up on Christmas goodies and decorations for a planned 'Christmas in the Caribbean' ('they've got ev'ry thing but snow').

We wish you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and hope to hear from you.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Languishing on Lanzarote

We left 'The Beach' on Graciosa and are back in the grubby fishing port of Naos on the neighboring island of Lanzarote. There is a cruise/ferry ship terminal has facilitated a nice walking path to the main town there, Arrecife, and the shopping is good. We are anchored just out of the channel and just clear the boats on moorings.

There are some some old fortifications, windmills, salt pans and other archeological sites of interest. 

We had hoped to leave soon on our Atlantic crossing with a good weather window allowing a fast ride down to some tradewinds down around 17 degrees North latitude which would then allow an easy ride across. This has not materialized and we are now just making the best of our situation with some good friends in the anchorage.