Safe at Anchor in Graciosa
A Desert Isle

Life at Anchor on a Desert Isle

Graciosa in the Canaries is nothing like Graciosa in the Azores, although it is equally as beautiful in its own way. The eight hundred miles we sailed to the south has taken us to a brown island nestled between a bright blue sky and a darker blue sea. The bay is a stopping off point for boats preparing to cross the Atlantic. Here the boat can sit safely on anchor while the crew hikes the bare hills, swims,treks into the small town, and visits with other sailors.

We are delighted with Graciosa. EW talks often about a time in the 60's when he and his friends drove first to Texas and then to Mexico to surf -- long before the resorts were built. I imagined yesterday that this is similar in some ways to being in that area of Mexico at that time but on a boat: a long walk to the only town, limited groceries, more bars than shops, beaches and sand dunes between the boat and the town. There were no burros, but Spanish is spoken here and a few of the bars have wifi.

Yesterday we needed groceries and opted not to trek in with the laptop. My back and legs were grateful for that decision, but it didn't allow me to post the story and photos of our first two days here. They will come. I'll write up multiple posts and trek to town with the laptop, order a beer or wine at the hamburger shack that serves excellent fajitas, and send up our news.

In the meantime, I was able to read the comments on Facebook and the blog, and decided to answer some of you here -- in public.

Jimmy -- I laughed until I cried and assume you forgot to enter West instead of East in the Longitude, placing La Luna on the other side of the world. My school held a science fair when I was in junior high and the choir teacher found science songs somewhere. One of the songs taught Longitude and Latitude. Really. I can still sing bits of it.

Dave in Yarmouth -- I feel your pain. We lived aboard for eight winters in Maine. I am very good at shrink wrapping a boat in the water, but have no experience doing one on land. I also hope to never have to use those skills again. Perhaps this winter, while you are hunkered down in a snow storm, you will read in a post that we are south of the Cape Verde Islands, turning write because the butter has melted. We do plan to use those old sailing directions for this trip -- supplemented with actual navigation and the GPS.

Neil on Phoenix of Hamble -- this island is charming and there are some few tourists here for the quiet. We hope to rent bicycles and tour the other end while we are here. Before that, we will spend a day sailing to Lanzarote -- where we have been told they have marvelous stores -- including an IKEA. Oh my. So far, life is good in the Canaries.

Cathy K -- Loving you and missing you. Sorry we didn't get to talk, but we will from here. In the meantime I'll look for parakeets in the canaries. Haven't seen any -- nor any canaries either. Of course there isn't one tree on this island. Not one. That may have something to do with the lack of small colorful birds. Hugs.

Mike -- Thank you for your kind words about the Orion post. I don't have photos of the stars, but will share some of the moon and our passage as soon as I am able.

Rhoda, Kathy, Chrissy, Fred and Mary -- and all the rest of you who followed, commented, clicked like or shared the posts, and shared news on Facebook. Thank you. The technology helps keep me grounded with friends and family while we travel the Atlantic. It warms me.

And now a preview of upcoming attractions: So far we have enjoyed a music night aboard a nearby catamaran, hiked to town and back, and had nibbles and drinks with a British couple heading to the Caribbean. Today, we will hike up the nearby hill from which we've been told there are fantastic views. Photos of all will be posted. I promise.

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