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Paul - "Your Tax Dollars at Work" or "Columbia!" (written 2/8/13)

We have arrived in Providencia, Columbia.  Despite what you are thinking, we are not going the wrong way.  We travelled 280 miles north to get here.  It is a small island of maybe 10 square miles off the coast of Nicaragua.  We sailed from the San Blas on Sunday at noon and went non-stop, passing over 11,000 foot deep waters, over 150 miles off the coast, arriving at 11 pm on Tuesday - 59 hours later.   The sail went well, mostly.  There was a small issue of the propeller shaft coming loose from the engine and slipping out of the boat!

Elle - Bearing Down (written 2/12/13)

Last night I was on watch with Dad from 2100-0000 hrs and all went well. There were only 3 boats' lights on the horizon that I had to keep my eye on, and Dad and I were just having good conversation and passing the time with the topic of piracy. We talked about how we were off the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras, an area that has been known for piracy. With that knowledge we strongly believed "buddy-boating" was a good idea. Dad and I talked strategy about approaching boats just as a precaution.

Laura - Passing Time (written 2/12/13)

With the long sails we've been embarking on recently, we've had to learn about passing time while moving our home hundreds of miles through the water.  So, here's a quick rundown of how I am most likely to spend my time.
 
When on Watch - Paul and I are running our watch schedule in three hour shifts.  I'm on for three hours, I'm off for three hours, all through the day and night.

Elle - International Waters (written 2/6/13)

Ahh, another adventure, and here we are in Providencia, Colombia! It was quite the journey to get here, but we have arrived safely and it feels GREAT to be in a country besides Panama! 
At 1200 hrs (February 3, 2013) the anchor was hauled and we were on our way.

Adam - A Time of Goodbyes (written 2/3/13)

When we first started this trip I don't think any of us expected to be in Panama for five months and if you had told me we would be I would have thought you were crazy but I have seen so many great and amazing things that I never would have seen otherwise.  Back in September when we were leaving home I said goodbye to all my friends and relatives and that was very hard so when we got here and the boat didn't work, the temperature was hot and sticky, and I didn't know anyone it was really hard to adjust and see just how amazing it is here.

Adam - Boat Foods (written 2/2/13)

When we came down here I thought that our meals would become very simple.  I knew that the stores have only the basics usually with stuff like chocolate being very expensive and I was right.  When we first got here we were very busy and had rice or noodles with vegetables two out of three nights because we just didn't want to spend time cooking and the vegetables were always so fresh and delicious.  This diet was very healthy and we all got skinnier and lost weight including me, I have grown three inches and lost ten pounds.

Laura - Leaving Panama

After nearly 5 months, half of our adventure time, today we are leaving Panama.  We will be heading nearly due north for around 270 miles, and assuming all goes well we will be anchoring off the Columbian island of Providencia on Tuesday around noon.  (Although it's a Columbian island, it's located off the coast of Nicaragua, just in case you check a map)
 
It's been a wonderful five months, filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, high adventure and hours of down time.

Paul - "Never Cold!" or "Sabbatical for All"

I spent 6 years in the Army.  During that time I spent A LOT of time outside.  One thing about the Army is that weather does not affect training.  Whatever is planned…it is not weather dependent.  Morning PT and a downpour…no problem.  Two weeks in the swamps with temps hitting near freezing…carry on.  You get the point? Well, there were plenty of times that I made myself the promise that once I left that job I would never allow myself to be cold again.

Adam - Tasty Boat Food

When we came down here I thought that our meals would become very simple.  I knew that the stores have only the basics usually with stuff like chocolate being very expensive and I was right.  When we first got here we were very busy and had rice or noodles with vegetables two out of three nights because we just didn't want to spend time cooking and the vegetables were always so fresh and delicious.  This diet was very healthy and we all got skinnier and lost weight including me, I have grown three inches and lost ten pounds.

Paul - "Unlimited Power" or "Green Energy"

I am going to jump around a bit….stay with me.  We use our laptop A LOT.  I mean A WHOLE LOT.  Usually one of the kids will wake up and use it in the morning to watch an episode of something from our hard drive.  Through the day it is our link to the outside world, with email, weather, the kids' Facebook, school submissions and questions to teachers back home etc.  In the evening, if we do not play our regular card game (hand and foot or euchre), we may watch something on the laptop.  Here

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