Sunday, September 29, 2019

Waterfalls and Critters.

Here is a video I put together of some of Nature's splendor in the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Banff, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Sad

Don't just skip down to the ugly! There is quite a bit of good here!

Ten days in Canada's Banff and Jasper National Parks was a wonderful experience. Here is a quick summary:

The Good: The scenery is spectacular, the wildlife is marvelous and the water is an unbelievable color.

No filters on this picture, the water really was this color! The runoff from the glaciers causes this.

The color provides a great background for many photo ops.

The Bad

Unfortunately the lakes in Banff are Tourist Bus Accessible, leading to Crowds in many areas.

Fortunately it didn't take much hiking to escape the crowds and we were alone-ish in the wilderness again.

The Ugly

Both Banff and Jasper have a system for designating that a campsite is taken. You pay the fee and place a slip on the post. As an added assurance they recommend that if you are leaving for a while that you should leave something at the site to show that it is occupied. 
At this particular campground the sites along the river were not much more than a picnic table on a plot of ground between the river and a parking area. We paid our fee and went off for a nice afternoon of hiking and an evening at a restaurant. 

Upon returning we found a large camper in our spot, complete with their own outdoor rug. Not only that, there were several other cars, not directly at our site, but close enough to encroach on the space, and none of these cars had paid the fees for the night. We approached the camper, showed him our tag on the post and our belongings on the table. His response was " How can you show up at 8:00 at night and expect to have your site? What are you complaining about?"

Well, let's see- you are in our spot, you aren't moving, and you have not paid the fee. Unfortunately there was no Camp Host or ranger to mediate the situation. We chose to move on and sleep in the parking lot. It definitely left a bad taste in my mouth!

The Sad:
The Sad part is the shrinking glaciers. As a first time visitor I wouldn't know the glaciers were shrinking as I had nothing to compare against.

The glaciers were there, but apparently not in their former glory. 

What will be left for future generations to enjoy?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Wow, Bow Lake

The views in Banff National Park are breathtaking. Every day, every hike is another gift to the senses. These pictures are from Bow Lake. It took me a while to think "Bo"  instead of "bough", as I have been more in a nautical frame of mind.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Wildflowers Galore!

Mt. Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia

Monday, August 5, 2019

Oh Canada

Conversation with the Canadian Border Guard:

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Oh my goodness!

There really is very little that I miss from our land-based life, not that I couldn't make a short list of things that I miss, but right now I am experiencing a difficulty that is much greater than I had when living in a house. That is, leaving the house for an extended period of time. Not counting the packing and getting ready for the demands and realities of our destination, leaving the house was relatively easy. Make sure the plants are well watered, feed the cat, arrange for a friend to repeat those steps as necessary, lock the door and drive away.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Boobies, boobies and more boobies!

Boobies on the beach, basking in the sun. Big ones, little ones, fuzzy ones, brown ones and lots of boobies with blue feet!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Where the heck have we been these past three years?

For those of you who have been following our journey but were not sure just where we were, or for those of you who are following in our tracks and want some thoughts on where we have been, we now have a new tab on our website that will show you a map of our travels.

Click here to check it out

Sunday, June 16, 2019


By Bob 

Being a card carrying member of 'Chocoholics Anonymous' I'm aware that our 12 step program reads: with nuts, without nuts, dark with cranberries and hazelnuts, medium light with mint, cream filled with orange etc.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


That's the cry that will get us both up and looking. Dolphins have been joining us on a daily basis on our journey up the Central American coast from Panama to Mexico.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Three different views of Costa Rica

There is an ancient Indian story about a group of blind men encountering an elephant for the first time. The first man felt the trunk and declared that an elephant was just like a snake. The second man felt the ears and declared that an elephant is like a fan, the third man felt the legs and declared that an elephant was like a tree trunk, etc etc.
Beautiful floral covered road in Costa Rica

Sunday, May 5, 2019

North from Panama City

By Bob

So, we were only 3 hrs. late leaving the fuel dock at Tropicana Marina after the big top off for diesel, gas, and water. Seems they thought our 2 meter draft was an issue at low tide. I thought they just wanted to let their friends and reserved guests in first. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fixing the boat in exotic places

This is the quote that cruisers often use to describe our lifestyle. It is pretty accurate. Boats take work. The salt water is very corrosive and the wind can put a lot of strain on the equipment. Things break and need to be fixed. The only upside is that we are often in beautiful places when this happens, although I am not sure how beautiful or exotic you can classify Panama City, it is a big city after all.

Working in tight spaces, down in the hold!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Panama Canal, more than just the locks

As our preparations were completed, it was time to head through the canal. We were told to meet our advisor at 4:30 PM. Being so late in the day it was clear that we would have a two day transit with an overnight stay in Lake Gatun. Our advisor, Renaldo, joined us at a little after five, and our adventure began.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Panama Canal preparation

For boats that want to transit the canal it is not simply a matter of showing up at the entrance to the canal and waiting your turn to go in. It takes a bit more preparation than that.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Another fire...and a reef!

Apparently one fire wasn't enough for us. (Check out the first here in case you missed it).

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Guest Blog

This is a post written by our latest guests on Rhapsody. Steve and Kate joined us for two weeks in Panama and the San Blas Islands. They were wonderful guests to have aboard, we truly enjoyed sharing the experience with them.

Our Two Week trip on Rhapsody

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Another passage/ Different issues

No two passages are ever the same. Each time we set out there are a new set of variables. Our last passage was the toughest we had had to date and we had just dealt with a fire on Rhapsody in the marina. We had hopes for an uneventful passage.

We can always hope, can't we?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


"Sarah, Quick! Hand me up a fire extinguisher! " cried Bob

Fire on a boat is never a good thing, and we had a fire!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Animals in Cartegena

Sloths and monkeys,
Pigeons wearing spats
Bright red squirrels
Parakeets and Vultures
These were some of the animals we saw deep in the heart of the city of Cartegena in a three block square park.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Road trip to Cartegena

The bay is dirty and crowded
You will have to hire an agent to check you in and out
It is not safe

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A New Continent for Rhapsody

It's Colombia, not Columbia, something I never realized until someone pointed it out to me. It is an important distinction to the Colombians (no one likes their country spelled incorrectly) and there are even t-shirts pointing out the distinction. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Wet Windy Ride to Colombia

"It's one of the five most difficult passages"
"Plan carefully"
"Wait for a weather window"
"Be careful of the katabatic winds off of Santa Marta"
"Don't arrive at night"

This was some of the advice that we received when planning our passage from Curaçao to Santa Marta, Colombia, so let me explain...

Friday, January 4, 2019

Curaçao in pictures

Our first night in Curacao found us in the main town of Willemstad, the capitol of Curaçao. Willemstad is cut in two by the Saint Anne Bay.