Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Let's Go Sailing!

 Steve putting the final touches of bottom paint on Aspen before she splashes

 The boys, enjoying some pool time (Captain Steve, Fred on Dakota Dream and Laurie on Cat Tales)

 Sailors at the pool: Dawn (Cat Tales), Fed (Dakota Dream), Laurie (Cat Tales), Maria and Steve (Aspen)

 Port Louis Marina and the big boy docks near the marina entrance

 Shadow Fax taking island visitors out for a rum and beach tour

 This isn’t a picture of Aspen, in case you wondered.  Just a beautiful 295 foot gaff rigged schooner named Athena and owned by the founder of Silicon Graphics and Netscape, James Clark.

 Athena is for sale, if you are interested, at only $45 million (USD).

 Da Customs man's place

 Maria with Aspen at Port Louis Marina

S/Y Aspen – December 4, 2019 – Log #167
Aspen Position: 12 degrees 02’ N  061 degrees 44’ W
Grenada, Caribbean

Aspen is floating once again and put back together for another sailing season in the warm, sunny Caribbean Sea!

We brought Aspen to Port Louis Marina and reassembled her, making it easier on ourselves since there are showers, great WIFI and nearby grocery stores and boat chandleries for our needs.  Electricity is very expensive so we don’t use our air conditioning while at the dock.

Getting acclimated to 90 degree heat with matching humidity is still ongoing for us in this tropical climate.  We work in the morning until about 10 am before the sun gets too intense for any more chores to be done.  We go grocery shopping or run other errands during the heat of the day (sometimes sitting in the marina pool to keep cool!) until about 4 pm when the sun is lower in the sky.  Two hours of work before sunset and that takes care of most days in Grenada.

Late afternoons are also time for happy hours with friends who have arrived and are accomplishing the same things as we are.  Oh, we routinely check the weather back home in the States, just to make us feel better about roasting in the tropical sun.

Captain Steve awakes early each day, well before sunrise, in order to get his run in.  Once the sun breaks the horizon, bad things like lots of sweating happen quickly.  It is best to be finished running before sunrise!

When we shop for groceries or boat parts, the local bus system is our method of transportation.  The system works, is cheap but the normal size vans (called a bus) can be crowded and uncomfortable at times.  No, there is no AC on the bus, just open windows for the much sought-after breeze.

Lugging a heavy backpack full of groceries makes for interesting times, that’s for sure.

We’re stocked up and ready for some sailing now.  Let the wind fill our sails and the seas take good care of us in these little latitudes.

Sail on, sail on Aspen…

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3. And the new book, Leadville Trail 100; History of the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Running Race is also available at (


  1. Always fun to read and to learn from you. Oh, we can't wait to prep in this heat!!!!! Yikes

  2. So glad you are having fun with your sailing friends! We are in full swing with Christmas preparations! Kids are all due home Dec. 21!! Praying for good driving weather!! Should be 18-20 of us!!! Merry Christmas!!