Thursday, December 31, 2015

Road Trips around the U.S

Grand Canyon, Arizona
There are different ways of traveling. Most people fly to their vacation destination, but you can also drive, take the train or bus, or even bicycle. If you like to travel, find the way and just do it! The Journey is as important as the destination.  Earthling’s Captain’s favorite way to travel is to do it with his own medium. The harder it is to get to a destination, the more valuable and beautiful it becomes once you get there!
During the time off from sailing/cruising on Earthling, he got the chance to travel around the U.S for work and pleasure. When his parents visited the U.S, a motorhome was acquired and they got to drive in 25 states from Chicago west to California and South to Florida and up the East Coast to Pennsylvania and back to Illinois. The RV crew got to see lots of beautiful nature. A distance of 7750 miles was traveled which left memories of a lifetime.

Additionally, Earthling’s captain has also been a semi truck driver for the last year. In 2015, he drove over 120,000 miles around the U.S from Illinois to Washington, across the country to Massachusetts, down to Florida and up and down and east and west several times.

The winter months of 2015 were brutal and driving a 40-ton 18wheeler could be quite frightening. One late cold February evening in upstate New York a snowstorm was predicted to come through. It was only two hours left to the destination in Buffalo and the goal was to make it there before the storm. But the universe wanted to keep this truck driver on his toes, so the snow started coming down heavily, followed by strong winds strengthened by Lake Erie. The ground soon was covered in white with a visibility of less than 50 yards! The driver was trying to follow the tracks of two cars in front! There was no way to stop or pull over. In very little time there was so much snow that if the truck stopped, it would be stuck and not able to take off again. And soon there is a parade of cars following the semi. The truck was going 15mph for 40 minutes, which seemed so much longer. The windshield vipers were frozen and wouldn’t clean the windshield. As the driver is struggling to see the tracks of two other cars in front, it appears that one car has slipped in the dish. Now there is one track to follow and soon the other car is out of the game in the dish. There were more cars and truck on the side of the road than on the road. I’m so lucky and thankful to come out of this storm safe, which was the scariest moment in the trucking journeys.

One of the purposes in life is to see and experience this dimensional world that we exist in. There is more beauty in nature around the globe than we can imagine. Everything is worth to see, even the worst place on the planet is worth a visit at least once. If you like it, you go back, if not, at least you’ve seen it once! If I could do it, you can do it! There is a way for each of us!

Here are some pictures of the amazing moments and views in 2015.
Earthling will soon set sail for a short trip in the Caribbean sea.
Thanks for following and Happy New Years

Buffalo in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Cache National Forest, Utah
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Lake Mead, Nevada
Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Main strip Las Vegas, Nevada
Venetian, Las Vegas

Hotel Aria, Las Vegas

Pacific Ocean, California

Pacific Drive, California

La Jolla, San Diego, California

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Grand Canyon, Arizona
New Mexico
New Mexico
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cotton Field, Mississippi
Panhandle Florida
Panhandle Florida
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Earthling time on the Inter coastal
Gulf Of Mexico
St. Augustine, Florida

Gatlinburg, Tennesse

West Virginia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Trucking in Oregon

Trucking in Montana
Salt Lake City, Utah
Peace on Earth
Trucking in Long Island, New York
Trucking in Seattle, WA

Over the road in Idaha

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Final Leg, Guatemala, Mexico, and Florida

The map of Earthling's voyage, Oct 2010 to July 2014
After Guatemala and Rio Dulce, a 360 nautical miles sail on the Caribbean Sea took Earthling and her solo Captain to Cozumel, Mexico. The weather during this passage cooperated and it was smooth sailing inside of Belize barrier reef. However, I don’t remember anytime in life that I’ve been totally alone for five continuous days, without seeing or talking to anyone. On top of that suffering of some kind of food poising followed by stomach cramp did not make the emotional time easier. When you are at sea alone far away from any other human being for a longer time, all that goes in your mind is love. The love you have for everybody and everything. You think about all the lovely people that existed in your life that are not around anymore. When the school of dolphins were swimming next to the boat, it got me so excited that I was talking to them and I’m sure they understood me, because the common language for all beings is the language of love!      

The anchor was dropped off Cozumel, Mexico. Why Cozumel? because I heard so many people visiting this island and was curious to see what's here. Cozumel is around 200 sq miles flat island, it’s a popular spot because many cruise ships stop there. This is not a destination for cruisers, because the anchorage is unprotected and has fair holding! The most exciting part in Cozumel was the arrival of the first mate Katherine. She flew in for skipper’s birthday from the U.S. We got the chance to drive around the island on a scooter and check out some of the very few sites there are to see!

On captain’s 40’s birthday, sails were set and the wind and strong current brought Earthling quickly to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). This is an island everyone should visit, because it has a great energy and vibe. First, as we were motoring into the bay to find an anchorage, we saw an identical boat as Earthling, an Islander 36’. That’s exciting, we haven’t seen a sister ship for a long time. Later on the same day we met the owner and guess what, he is from Chicago and his name is George. What a coincidence! Later, Katherine and I went to a neighborhood restaurant for dinner, as we are enjoying our meal, I turn around and low and behold sits my friend, “Michael” from Francesca’s restaurants in Chicago! Through out this day, numerous people invited us to share drinks with them. Here on the last island of this four years voyage, the world suddenly became so small on Isla Mujeres. This made the 27th of June 2014 a memorable day!   

The crew also wondered to the main land for a couple of days by car to explore what’s to see around Cancun and on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This part of the Latin America has many Mayan ruins that are worth visiting such as Tulum and Chichen Itza. Another site worth seeing is the Cenotes, which are natural sinkholes in the ground that looks like caves and they contain a pool of water, perfect place to take a natural fresh water bath. On the way to the city of Valladolid through a small town we also saw and attended a Rodeo for the unique experience of it! 

Tulum Mayan Ruins


Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins

Conote Zaci

After the stay in Mexico, Earthling had to sail back to her motherland. From Isla Mujeres we motor sailed 600 nautical miles, following a course of 28 degrees for 107 hrs. And she arrived Clearwater Beach in Florida, which brings this chapter of Earthling voyage and the circumnavigation of the Caribbean to an end!

In the last four years Earthling has sailed more than 7000 Nautical miles, anchored off more than 70 different Islands, checked into 25 Countries, had 27 different crew aboard, and met with lots of beautiful people around the Caribbean. We feel extremely fortunate to have been able to experience all this and that Earthling is floating with her mast up and that she is safely back.  
Earthling, captain, and first mate are now taking a break for a year from sailing the seas. Meanwhile, the boat will be upgraded, refit, and repaired and in a better condition than before to set sails to new destinations.    

Much love to all and thanks for following