And the Dream began.....

And the Dream began... I can remember my very first sailboat as if it were yesterday...the shiny, bright red hull, the brilliant white sail that could blind you in the afternoon sun as it danced across the water. I loved that boat and would have done anything to keep it safe. Even fall off the dock and almost drown...but that was many moons ago and I was only 3. Thank goodness for a quick dad! My pride and joy and I were both safe and lived to sail another day. There have been many more loves in my life since that wonderful week on Keuka Lake and a good a share of them have been the sailing variety. So I guess that it was only natural that over time the dream to sail around the world would become a passion. I am very lucky that the man in my life, my husband Gar, has humored me in following this dream. We are getting there and hope to set sail once we retire but the journey has been fun. Hope you enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Amalia Glacier to the Falklands - Part 2

High Lights of Week 4
The cruise through the Beagle Channel brought us to Ushuaia which claims to be the southernmost town on earth. This is the main jumping off point for Antarctica and the end of the Pan-American Highway. “ The city is set against a backdrop of snow-capped, densely forested peaks, the Martial Mountains, and with a view-scape that includes glittering seas, glacier-clad mountains, and the last islands on the continent.” per Princess.  It is always surprising to see the European influences in the architecture.
I mailed postcards from the end of the world.  No one has received one yet but heck, it’s the end of the world!
Fun story.. 4 or 5 couples from the nightly Vines Bar crew ended up at the same pizza joint for beer and internet.  Couldn’t have planned that!
Our first experience in Argentina has been a positive one. Ushuaia rocks! But look out Cape Horn here we come….
We have had extremely calm seas for the total cruise and our journey around the Horn was the same. I have always imagined that going around The Horn would be extremely rough and scary. Thank you God! It was gorgeous. The crew said it was the best they had seen in years. It was a little grey when we started but the skies soon cleared and it was a beautiful day.
Think even I might be able to sail these waters around the Horn.
The week has been packed full of first and we still have a stop in the Falklands. The weather was a little inhospitable when we arrived but some warm clothes and an umbrella took care of that problem. We were searching for some authentic fish and chips and lucked out, thank you to some good local advise.


Then a stop at the Globe, a local tavern on the pier for a beer and some local flavor. Met a Falklands veteran, 85 years old, who was a hostage during “the war”, and he drinks one beer a day, on the house and has his name on the his chair.  That is small town!
Time to head on…see ya later Stanley.
 Puerto Montt to the Falklands – 1,903 Nautical Miles
To see more photos of our ports of call just click on the red port to visit “Dreamchaser Travels” at Shutterfly!
Till next time,
Don’t forget to relax and get some sand between your toes!!

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