Friday, June 5, 2020

Back in Colorado!

Here is a movie showing how we felt after three airports and two long flights and making it back home to Colorado.

 Escaping from St. Maarten with the dreaded bridge over Captain Steve's left shoulder!

 Maria enjoying the freedom of the US Virgin Islands!

Francis Bay, St. John, USVI and the sailboats at anchor with us.

Puerto del Rey Marina, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.  Welcome back to the USA!

Maria doing laundry the old fashioned way during quarantine.

Aspen on land again at Puerto del Rey Boatyard, Puerto Rico.

It is great to be home in Colorado again.

S/Y Aspen – June 6, 2020 – Log #171
Aspen Position: 39 degrees 29’ N  105 degrees 23’ W
Pine Junction, Colorado

Back in Colorado!

Our journey home from the Caribbean started amidst the most restrictive lockdown among all the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, in St. Maarten, where we happened to be on Aspen when the virus struck. 

Captain Steve misinterpreted the words “indefinitely shut down”, as Maria emphatically reminded him daily.  Who would have thought?
Enduring a brutal ten week lockdown, we escaped by sailing to the welcoming beaches and trails within the USVI.  Our future plans remained uncertain until we received a surprise and most welcome email from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources: “Permission granted!”  We were allowed to sail to Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. 

Aspen was safely put away for hurricane season before we caught flights to the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado and back to our Pine Ranch.  Flying 3,000 miles in the midst of a pandemic is not something anyone should ever, ever attempt.  Yet it was time to come home to family and friends where we wait for things to creep back toward a semblance of normal. 

Sail on, sail on Aspen…

1. You can track our location using this:
2. Our sailing book, Voyage Into Hell, is available at (
3. And the new book, Leadville Trail 100; History of the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Running Race is also available at (

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