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Take a Tour of The Pearl

There seems to be a lot of people we know that don’t realize what our boat looks like (almost everyone, except close friends and family, think we sail). When we tell them we’re headed back to the boat for six months…they can’t imagine how we can live on the boat. I guess people think it’s a small daysailer. They ask questions like…where do you bath, do you have to eat all your meals out, where do you put all your stuff? They have no idea that it’s equipped with all the comforts of home. Well, almost all the comforts of home, we do miss our comfortable chairs. The Pearl doesn’t have the room Texas Pearl has, but we love sitting on the flybridge, relaxing and enjoying the view when ever we can. It’s the place we like to start our day, as well as end it.

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Northeast Classic Car Museum

Last fall before we winterized The Pearl and came home for the winter, we spent one last fun filled day with cruising friends, Maryanne and George. We visited the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, NY and enjoyed a wonderful dinner together. Soon we’ll be heading back to upstate New York for more incredible adventures. That is…if spring EVER arrives!

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Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen: A Review

A benefit of writing a regular blog…besides being able to remember where we’ve been and what we’ve done, is getting free promotional things once in awhile. Some bloggers have been offered all kinds of things in exchange for their reviews of those products. This is the first time we’ve been offered anything. 
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Texas Pearl Haul Out

On August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey sat over Rockport, Texas for fourteen hours. Not only did it bring extremely high winds and A LOT of rain, it also produced over 60 tornadoes in the area that night. The damage to Rockport and Aransas County was catastrophic. In one night the beautiful little coastal town was turned into a war zone. We were truly lucky to find our boat still in her slip, with no major damage…but she didn’t come through the storm untouched. It’s been seven months since the storm roared ashore in south Texas and Texas Pearl is almost back to her beautiful self.

Here is the list of damage to Texas Pearl from Hurricane Harvey

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Mar. 7 – Seventh Anniversary

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” ―Hans Christian Andersen

Seven years ago today we pulled out of Port Lavaca on the adventure that has changed our life. We’ve definitely seen a lot, learned a lot, met a lot of wonderful people and enjoyed “almost” every minute of this great new life. In the past seven years we’ve traveled over 18,000 miles, visited over 300 towns, three countries, 22 states and providences, stayed at over 100 different marinas and anchored in 157 different anchorages and we look forward to all the years of new adventures to come. Here’s the post I made to this blog on day one of our new life. (March 7, 2011) Here’s a link to our travel map

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Costa Rican Sodas

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” —James Michener

When you visit Costa Rica and want a taste of good local food, you have to eat at a soda. Sodas are what Costa Ricans call restaurants that are usually small, family owned places that serve typical Costa Rican food at a very good price. Every town has a soda; you can find them everywhere, even on roads that seem to be in the middle of nowhere. Most of them hang a Pepsi or Imperial sign outside and are called something like “Soda Tipica”. It’s where the locals eat.

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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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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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Jan. 31 – Puntarenas & Atenas, Costa Rica

“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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Jan. 30 – Rio Celeste Waterfall

“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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