Just Around The Corner

January 19, 2012

We’re in Manzanillo, anchored outside of Las Hadas resort and we’re on the verge of a transition.  Our friends that are heading to El Salvador and Panama are heading south while we turn around and return to La Cruz in Banderas Bay. Manzanillo is where we make the choice not to head to Panama, or El Salvador, or Columbia, or Costa Rica, or the Galapagos or even to Zihuatanejo, because it’s too far to just turn around. Boats are now making their plans to head south, or head into the Sea of Cortez, or like us, to sail across the biggest ocean on the planet.

But where are we going? Well, we’ve said we’re going where the wind blows. We’ll go to the Marquesas to check into French Polynesia. They’re the closest islands to Mexico, about a three week sail away.  We think we’ll spend Ruby’s eighth birthday in the Tuamotos and we are planning on getting to the Tahiti Moorea rendezvous at the end of June. And then again we’re free as birds to explore the South Pacific. We’re pretty sure we’re on our way to New Zealand except the wind blows to Australia. Our friends on s/v Britannia buried treasure for us in Tonga that must be dug up and our desire to catch up to them might be stronger than the wind on our bow between Tonga and New Zealand.

Have you ever looked at a map of the Pacific? There are 20,000-30,000 islands. Could we find 10,000 and name them to be sure? How in the world will we choose?  How will I ever feel satisfied that I’ve seen enough? I’m loving Mexico, every town, every hill climbed for the view, every beach, every anchorage. I want to go south and see more. I want to go into the Sea and see more. I want to go back to the islands north of La Paz just to see that amazing clear blue water again. It’s going to be very difficult to leave when we do. I’ll miss Mexico because it’s beautiful and wonderful in so many ways, and because I don’t yet know it well enough.

As the miles flow under the keel and I see more, the more I want to go just around the corner. I can only think of one way to make sure I get to see everything I want and to explore the world in intense detail. Have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in Forge Over you can spell Go Forever?



  1. Comment by Rob Dusablon

    Rob Dusablon January 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Envy – (also called invidiousness) a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.

    Yea that about covers this post… Best of luck to you and the family and may the winds favor your what ever direction you choose 🙂

  2. Comment by Cidnie

    Cidnie January 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Here’s to finding out what lies just around the corner!!

  3. Comment by Suzanne

    Suzanne January 20, 2012 at 8:07 am

    So exciting! How an amazing adventure.

  4. Comment by Diane

    Diane January 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    This ate my last effort to post:)
    But I think I said:
    Ah, the traveller’s dilemma; where to go next, how long to stay there…
    There is a Paul Theroux quote–which I should have written down, or memorized–but basically he says that when we leave a place before we’re ready we plant the seeds of dreams for future travels.
    I like that idea.
    Because we leave every place before we’re ready. Except for the places where we’re waiting for boat parts or are delayed by bad weather… For some reason the places we get stuck are never as compelling as the places we’re forced to carry on from.

  5. Comment by Camanoe Steph

    Camanoe Steph January 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Feeling the same way…only I do have to go home in the next couple of months, and I feel like I’m not getting to see enough of Mexico. Trying to convince Dave to hold off on crossing to Hawaii until April so I can stay through March. We shall see. BUT, think we will see you in La Cruz…should be there in a couple more days.

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