We contacted Steve, a guy we met in the boatyard in VA who'd offered to have us come stay with him on his new boat in Curacao and sail with him and his girlfriend, Bobbie. He and Bobbie broke up before they got the boat relaunched in Curacao, and he'd already found crew to help him sail it on his maiden voyage to Cartagena, Colombia, but he was thrilled to have us meet him there and carry on to Panama with him. He's new to cruising and is hoping to glean some tips and tricks and techniques from us about his new lifestyle. We were happy to oblige as it seems like a win-win situation.
As we headed west to Denver to get our flight, we stopped at my sister, Chris', house for her birthday and Thanksgiving. Mom, Chris and me in her kitchen, site of scrumptuous foods and lots of Scrabble.
Back in the Denver Capitol building, the false roof was removed and the ceilings restored a few years ago to their 1906 splendor. Nicely done.
We've had our dose of civilization and are heading to South America to do some more minimalistic traveling over the winter and sailing on Forever Young. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! Happy Holiday seasons to you, all. Keep us in your thoughts and keep smiling.