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Trawlers from Around the World

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  • 12/15/17--06:35: This Boat
  • This song is by Howard Livingston & Mile Marker 24, a local group we heard about while in the Keys one winter. Some people have no idea how true these lyrics are...but if you're a cruiser, liveaboard, lover of boats or someone that enjoys the simpler way of life, you'll be able to relate to this song. Stan and I truly do and it's something that's hard to explain to land based friends. "Once those sails catch the wind, you can’t turn and go back again. It’s going to set you free and you can’t go back to who you use to be."
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  • 12/20/17--05:41: Merry Christmas
  • I don't ask for much...all I want to do is play with my grandkids, sit on the deck of my boat and watch the sunset in the evening. Life doesn't have to be complicated.

    Wow...what a year 2017 has been. If people think we live a relaxed lazy life, they should have been with us this year. We started the year off by selling my childhood home and emptying it of fifty years of memories and a lifetime of stuff. Starting January 2, I went room by room sorting through things...putting things aside that family would want and hauling the rest to a donation sight and selling some items. 
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  • 12/29/17--08:23: 2017 Travel Stats
  • Click here to go to The Pearl's travel map.
    (expand the drop downs on the right side of the map for more information)
    This blog post is best viewed in web version.

    Stan and I both keep logs of information about our travels. Mine are more about the places we've been and the places we've stayed, his are more technical. For information on where we've docked and anchored please refer to my Travel Logs. We didn't put a lot of miles under our keel this year, so the stat's haven't changed too much from last year. These totals are from the time we left home in 2011 till the end of 2017.

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  • 12/31/17--09:22: Looking Back at 2017
  • “I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” – Oliver Wendell Holmses

    January and February was spent emptying the family home I grew up in and visiting with friends and family.

    In March we sold my Dad's house and had more fun with family and friends before we headed back to The Pearl
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  • 01/01/18--07:11: Happy New Year
  • "I've come to know that what we want in life is the greatest indication of who we really are." —Richard Paul Evans
    Another year has come and gone...and I can truly say I’m glad to bid farewell to 2017. As the stressful memories of the past twelve months slip away, our blessing and good fortune from the year become easier to see. We have so many things to be thankful for in our lives and we look forward to the new adventures that await us in 2018. Happy New Year to everyone. I hope it brings happiness, health and prosperity to all of you. 

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  • 01/05/18--14:47: Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

    “One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau

    Ithaca New York is a wonderful place to be in the summer...even spring and fall, but I'm glad we aren't there right now. Here are some pictures of The Pearl's summer home. It looks a little different today than it did the day we left the marina in September. I'm looking forward to it looking green again. Thanks Jean for posting these pictures.
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  • 01/15/18--06:06: What is Traveling
  • “To travel is to release all the fears and doubts you pointlessly carry around with you.” —Kiana Azizian

    Traveling is life. It’s experiencing the world to it’s fullest and putting yourself in new situations you’ve never dreamed of before. To travel is to breathe in the air of unimaginable places, taking in all the beauty the world has to offer. 
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  • 01/05/18--07:02: Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

    “One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau

    Ithaca New York is a wonderful place to be in the summer...even spring and fall, but I'm glad we aren't there right now. Here are some pictures of The Pearl's summer home. It looks a little different today than it did the day we left the marina in September. I'm looking forward to it looking green again. Thanks Jean for posting these pictures.

    Looking out at Cayuga Lake from the inlet to the marina.

    This is the same place last September
    A cold lonely marina
    Thanks for reading our blog and spending part of your day with us. The Pearl is also on Facebook - stop by and say hi or follow us on Instragram or Google+.

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  • 01/22/18--06:02: On Our Way to Costa Rica
  • “Traveling is life. It’s experiencing this world to the complete fullest and putting yourself in new situations you’ve never dreamed of before.” —Kiana Azizian

    South Texas is a winter escape for people from Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Canada and other places covered in snow this time of year. We call them Winter Texans, but for us we need to escape to some place a little warmer...someplace we can find a little adventure and maybe a little sunshine. So we've decided to take a trip to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is in Central America. It's bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the north. It's a short, direct 3 1/2 hour flight from Houston to San Jose. 

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  • 01/24/18--04:40: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • “Travel is searching for something you never knew existed, while running towards finding pieces of your newfound self.” —Kiana Azizian

    Our first destination in Costa Rica is the little village of La Fortuna, from here we'll spend five days exploring the area, doing a little hiking and taking in a few new adventurous activities we haven't done before.

    We started our day with breakfast at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose
    The further north we drove the foggier it it became, area we went through is know as a cloud forest...so it is foggy there most of the time. By the time we arrived in La Fortuna it was raining. We're in the rainforest so we expect to get wet.
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    "You don't climb the mountain so everyone can see you, but to see the world yourself." - Guru Sloth

    Day two in Costa Rica started with breakfast at a little bakery down the street, with croissant type pastries and wonderful Costa Rican coffee. It was fuel for our first adventure of the day...hiking to the Fortuna Waterfall.

    Blog followers know we love waterfalls…we can never spend too much time exploring them. The Fortuna Waterfall is one of the most popular spots to visit in Costa Rica, so it was a little more crowded than we like. The waterfall is about 230’ tall. Getting to the bottom of the falls is easier today than it was a few years ago…all you have to do is descend 530 steps. Once at the bottom you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Fortuna River and have a unique view of the falls. A relaxing way to spend a few hours…the real workout comes on the way up!
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    "The ones who go higher are those who live more intensively, influenced by the surrounding beauty." -Guru Sloth

    Our Sky Trek adventure started with an aerial tram ride up the mountain. There were amazing view of the volcano and Lake Arenal…unfortunately it began to rain as we left the platform, so the views were a little hindered. We haven’t seen the top of the volcano yet, but we’re in the rain forest, so the rain comes and goes frequently. This zip line adventure started with a practice run at the top…a short line to make sure we knew what we were supposed to do. The second line is the highest in Costa Rica at 656 feet above the ground. We zipped along from one mountain top to the other…in the rain. A little scary, but even in the rain the views were incredible. 

    By the time we got to the longest run, that is about 1/2 mile, the sun was shinning and the views were even more spectacular. Friends have asked me if I’d do it again…most definitely! 

    Sky Trek Facts:
    Sky Tram: 4100 ft. 
    Zip Lines: 7
    The longest cable is 2493 ft. 
    The highest cable is 656 ft. 
    Duration: 2.5 Hour Tour 
    Wind Speeds: Up to 10 mph  
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    "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altshuler

    We spent our fourth day in Costa Rica relaxing in the hot springs of Eco Temales Hot Springs Resort. After two days of hiking, walking around town, zip lining and exploring, we thought we could use a down day, taking in the therapeutic benefits of soaking in the hot springs. 

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  • 01/28/18--05:47: Day 5 – Arenal Volcano
  • “Collect moments, not things.” —Author Unknown

    Arenal Volcano makes a beautiful backdrop to the little village La Fortuna. It looms large and ominous over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. At the moment it’s in a resting phase, but it still remains the country’s most active volcano as it has for the past 43 years.
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    "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ―Maya Angelou

    We move on today to a new location, but we decided to check out the free hot springs just out of town first. We’ve really enjoyed the springs while we’ve been here, but these were a little different...we were actually in the creek. The first time either of us have been in a creek with crystal clear, warm water. It was very nice. 

    Our second stop in Costa Rica is the small village of Bijagua, nestled in a lush valley between two dormant volcanoes, the Miravalles Volcano and the Tenorio Volcano. It’s most famous for being the gateway to the Rio Celeste Waterfall, located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. The area is home to ecolodges and bed & breakfasts…no large resorts. This keeps the town peaceful, undeveloped and a great spot to connect with the local culture.
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    “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.” —Ecclesiastes 11:4

    We enjoyed the Finca Amstad Lodge, breakfast and dinner were included and we sat in their outdoor kitchen with the other guests. We've met couples from Spain, France, Germany and Belgium, it's been fun trying to communicate and finding out where and what everyone was doing. 

    It rained all night, so we decided to wait a day before hiking the Rio Celeste. Instead we decided to ride horses. Just getting to where the horses were was an adventure. The main roads in Costa Rica are pretty good, but the back roads in some areas are just a little better than driving in a river bottom. It took us 35 minutes to travel the 3 ½ miles to the entrance of Tenorio Volcano National Park (where we'll come tomorrow to hike), Wilson's house, where we were meeting for the horse riding, was another mile or two down the road. Luckily the road improved somewhat.
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    "If you tiptoe into cold water, you're missing out on the rush of plunging in headfirst." —Simone Elkeles

    As I said before the road from the lodge to the national park is more like a river bottom. We wound up the mountain very slowly, awarded with some amazing views of the country side...not that Stan had a chance to take his eyes off the road to look around. The 3 1/2 miles took us over 30 minutes. You definitely need a four wheel drive vehicle in this area. 
    Rio Celeste is located inside the Tenorio Volcano National Park, legend has it that it got its exceptional color after God finished painting the sky and dipped his paintbrush in the river. The more scientific explanation is that volcanic minerals produce the striking color. The river is born at a place called Los Teñideros, where two streams merge, causing a chemical reaction that is visible to visitors as the water changes from clear to an intense shade of blue. 
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    “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” ―Dagobert D. Runes

    Our time at the Finca La Amistad Lodge came to an end...we really enjoyed practicing our Spanish with Janet and Isabelle. Maybe next year we'll be able to carry on a real conversation in Spanish. We drove down the west side of the volcanos and over to the coast to Puntarenas to check out the water. It's located on the Gulf of Nicoya...as close to the ocean as we're going to get on this trip. We enjoyed seeing the boats, adding another lighthouse to our list of lighthouses and eating lunch over looking the harbor. The weather was nice, the roads were great and it was nice to see a little bit more of the Costa Rican countryside.
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  • 02/08/18--06:02: Jan. 1 – Costa Rican Food
  • "Step through new doors. The majority of the time there's something fantastic on the other side." — Oprah Winfrey

    A big part of breaking out of your routine and experiencing someplace new is exploring the local cuisine. Every meal we had in Costa Rica was amazing...the foods was mostly simple but very favorable and extremely good. Here are some of the local favorites in Costa Rica. We didn't try all of them, but we did enjoy quite a few, plus a few other delicious dishes.
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  • 02/09/18--06:25: Feb. 2 – Pura Vida
  • “No one but ourselves can free our minds.”―Bob Marley
    “Pura Vida” (pronounces poo-rah vee-dah) simply translated, it means “simple life” or “pure life”, but in Costa Rica, it’s more than just a saying—it is a way of life. Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, to say goodbye, to say everything’s great, to say everything’s cool. However, it’s not the words that reflect the true meaning of ¡Pura Vida!, it’s the way Ticos live. Not surprisingly, Costa Rica has been named one of the happiest countries in the world, mostly because its inhabitants don’t stress about things the way most foreigners do. Ticos have a very relaxed, simple way of looking at life. No worries, no fuss, no stress—pura vida to them means being thankful for what they have and not dwelling on the negative.
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