2013


The Philippine Sea and the crossing to Davao We set off for the 600 mile crossing to Davao Philippines during the last week of June with a weather forecast of light 5 to 15 knot winds out of the S-SW and just a few scattered showers along our route. We cleared out of Palau with customs and made our way south toward the lower islands of Palau for the last time this season and entered German Channel which is one of only a few opening in...

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Part 4, California, the journey continues west June 23, 2014   We left Tahoe and headed west, at least that was out intention.  In reality the road initially headed south along the lakefront and then went up and along the ridge of some of the narrowest and winding roads I have driven the Rambler on.     At one point we had to back up and make a two point turn to get around one really tight corner. The road continued...

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Here is another part of our trip in USA. Luckily we did preparation ahead! It had been 6 months since we had been anchored in Pompeii,  Micronesia buying tickets for this event and now the day had finally arrived to see what Burning Man was really all about.   I had heard of this event many years ago and vaguely new what it was all about…  Fire, art, self expression are just a few of the words that simply describe it but like...

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February 2, 2014 For those of you just joining the blog this is part 2 of a 5 part series. We are taking 4 month sabbatical from sailing on Downtime and traveling around the USA. With the reunion behind us we headed east after Daria and my niece Lindsay spent the morning shopping at the Costa Mesa mall just in time it seemed for the traffic to get nice and busy. Agonizingly were slowed back down to sailing speed by the traffic as we...

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December 25, 2013   After nearly three years of living on Downtime a sabbatical was in order for both Downtime and her crew. We spent five frustrating days sailing from Palau to Holiday Ocean View Marina located on Samal island just south of Davao City a place where we would be leaving Downtime safely tied to a dock in the small marina for the next several months. You would think that in a country as huge as the Philippines with...

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When we tell people we are in Palau they say great, where is that exactly?  Well, Palau is a small republic located 6000 NM west sw of San Diego Ca. or 4100 NM sw of Hawaii or 1600 NM se of Japan or 500 NM east of the Philippines, so we hope you get the general idea.. A long ways from anywhere! We arrived here after our 3 month stay in Micronesia and found it to be one of the easiest countries to clear into.  We simply filled out a...

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