Saturday, November 9, 2013

One path, two schools of thought –

We are dedicating this post to our friend, Mike Vokoun, who left this earth too soon and is watching over us from heaven. Mike lived life to the fullest, laughed a lot, shared his 'joie de vivre', and truly lived by his mantras: it’s all good and no worries. He applied those life philosophies long before the sayings became popular. We will miss his warm smile and zest for life. And we’re looking forward to his soulmate and widow, Cathy, coming to visit us in Mexico!

Dinner at Omar's, Judy's fave restaurant -
in Ashland OR on our way south
View from the ramp at our rental floating
home on the Columbia River
Quotes from two famous people with two distinct schools of thought motivate us on our path of adventure:
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do
than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe
harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover" - Mark Twain
“Well if anything's going to happen, it's going to happen out there.” - Captain Ron

Early morning walk along the dock
Mike delivered this sailboat from Newport
to Portland OR with our friend Lisa
The drive from Portland in our fully loaded car has been good. Brief stops in Alameda and Phoenix to see friends and buy some goodies that are hard to come by south of the border: good butter, blue cheese and our kind of bacon... Now the next chapter of our sailing adventures has begun. Our Mexican auto insurance policy is in effect and once we splash, we’ll store the covered car in the same dry yard where the boat is. We secured our annual Mexican fishing licenses via mail, as we plan to catch our dinner as much as possible and improve our skills.

Tony carved 'Wilson' for our deck
We intend to spend about a month preparing Pura Vida for her next voyage, then hopefully head to Zihuatenejo, around 1,100 miles as the crow flies, SE on the Mexican mainland. At a max of 6 nautical miles an hour, you’ll quickly see that this will be a long trip. We're stoked.

During the summer we had several jobs both working at West Marine and Passion Yachts on Hayden Island where we lived in two fantastic floating homes on the Columbia River. Additional jobs also kept us hopping and working almost every day. We were able to get by with one car, having sold Mike's truck to a friend last year. And, we rode our bikes to work or walked on the island.

1 comment:

  1. Good to hear you guys back to the sun. We really enjoyed our visit on your floating summer home. We'll keep track of your blog and live it wit you vicariously. Enjoy

    Bill and Brenda
    SV Tahnoo