Guadeloupe, France

The main reason we came here was to see the little town used as a backdrop to the TV show “Death in Paradise” which seems silly as it’s a long trip just to see a place but why not, we’re retired anyway. Getting here was no fun, we are slowing learning how to get from…

We’re outta here…again

I Know, we’ve been gone an month and are just now writing something down about it. Blame it on “Island Time”, we have been in the BVIs, and now Guadeloupe without much of an internet connection. The pictures are more up to date than this blog so check www.darrellsmith.com under Gone Bambu. We left Titusville…

Road Trip 2014

June 28, 2014 There are two words that will get us out of a comfy bed at 3:30 AM. Road Trip.  A road trip is a state of mind but also implies movement which means we see some new stuff, eat different food, take more pictures and see how other people do things. We scammed…

Skipping forward a few years…Half a Loop is Better than None!

HOLY SAIL LUFFING SAILORS AND LANDLUBBERS,  WE’RE GOING ON AN ADVENTURE So, up to our usual standards of you never know what we are up to, we got a fantastic gig to deliver a boat from Baltimore, MD to the cheese head capital, home of the Green Bay Packers.  The China Doll (Ya’ll from Bocas…

The Costa Rica story

The Costa Rica Story We last left you in Mexico with the checking out of the country.   The check out process involves a lot of things that mostly involve hammering pieces of paper with rubber stamp.  The Mexican Naval officer that performed the paper stamping for Mexico had a new wrinkle on the idea.  A…

The Gulf of Tehuantepec

The passage from Hualtuco to Chiapas was really interesting.  If done poorly it could also be uncomfortable or even hazardous. Here’s the deal. There are mountain ranges that run along the coastline from Canada, through the US and Mexico all the way down to South America.  These mountains are tall, but every once in a…

Hualtuco

Wah-Tool-Co. This was a much needed surprise.  We could have checked out of Mexico at this place as was the original plan but we decided to delay the checkout until we got to Chiapas, on the other side of the dreaded Gulf of Tihuantepec. The coast here has several nice little bays, one has a…

Acapulco

After we left Zihuatenajo,  needed fuel and water so we took a left turn in to Acapulco Bay.  The Yacht Club is on the wind protected left side of the big bay, the rest of the shoreline looks like Miami,  or Ft. Lauderdale, or Puerto Vallarta.  Our first impression was to get what we needed…

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

The final scenes of the movie “ Shawshank Redemption” had been in my mind’s viewer ever since we decided to turn left to Mexico rather than straight to the South Pacific.  Would it be like the movie?  Probably in the time frame of the movies, it did look like that, still does sorta. The bay…

Manzanillo, Mexico

This quaint little town felt like Greece.  We were anchored out in front of a moorish looking white washed stone and plaster mini-city that covers a sizeable hill. The main swimming beach is about 50 feet in front of our chosen anchorage. There are four other boats anchored out in roughly the same area.  We…