Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Hi there,

We are in the sometimes windy sometimes not of Vasiliki,Lefkada. You would not believe the all the soft rocks on the beach. Still there are so many it is difficult to walk on. Well not much is happing. We have been spending a lot of time around Lefkada Island waiting for the right wind to sail to Italy. We stopped in Rouda twice. We sailed around Skorpios island (owned by Onassis family )and there were boats every where! There was a boat even going backwards to see the island. That island
was a boat magnet, being private draws the people in with curiosity. Every afternoon the wind reaches amazing heights. People go wind surfing and tear it up, sometimes in rough water. Sailing dinghies are always flying around our boat. We should be heading for the heel of the boot in a couple days.

bye-bye for now


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sailing in Greece

Lately we have been doing a lot of shore things like,riding a bike and taking a hike. We were able to find a FREE marina that we can stay in. The marina is not finished yet so it is not charging people to dock there. There is also internet that we were able to pay for. Matthew and I really enjoyed getting up early to play on it. The Kelly's got out there bikes and let us ride them. We rode them all over. Then the next day we went on a hike that went all the way around the island. On our way
down we saw a truck fly past us in the dirt road. Later we found out that the truck was the garbage truck. When we got back to the boats we were able to sail Duxie, the Kelly's Dinghy. Matthew did not like to sail so what he did was inflated a mattress then climbed on that and held on to a rope on the dinghy. But he got bored quick. Then I sailed alone again. I sailed up and into the marina to explore. When I was up there A girl wanted to go sailing with me. So I let her in and showed her
how. It was hard because she spoke no English. She wanted to go up wind but all she did was put the tiller over to one side as far as she could. Of course that made us skid side ways down wind. But the whole time she just washed her hands and didn't look up. Now we are motoring to a new anchorage.
When we were at the Corinth canal we learned that there are bridges at the entrance and exit. To let boats threw the bridges go under water so boats can go over them. The Corinth canal is all stone. The builders dug out the canal right through stone. At parts of the canal the rock is higher than our mast. At the highest it was 63 meters and the water is only 8 meters deep. I was lucky enough to be on the second spreader to take pictures. If you want to know more look the canal up online and
the pictures are really cool. Bye bye


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Greece and the Acropolis

Greetings yawl! We are on our way after visiting the Acropolis. Which I will fill you in on right now. The Acropolis holds many Greek mythology artifacts and archeology sites as well as all the temples for the different gods. It also has the Parthenon which was dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena. The Parthenon was sort of a disappointment because it was covered with pipes so they could rebuild it. It wasn't what it looked like 50 years ago. The large museum of Acropolis unfortunately was
closed right now since they are moving it to a new building but in a small one we saw many cool artifacts. There was a very impressive marble slab that was used to tell which people were going to have to serve jury duty in trials around 400 B.C. There was a display of all the different coins from different ages that they used even 1000 years B.C. There were very neat artifacts such as dolls made out of clay, jewelry and an almighty petrified pine cone, grape and nuts. As we walked around we came
to a fence, where inside people were excavating still. They were digging up dirt and one person found pottery while we were there. It would have been fun to do it myself, but we were hungry. Right now we are going the the Corinth Canal. Bye bye for now,

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Questions and answers

This is a question a friend asked me.

How did you all get into a turkey? They must be really large in the Mediterranean. Do you think you could send a giant leg for Thanksgiving next year. The camels with 3 humps are filled with milk chocolate and the ones with 2 humps are filled with dark chocolate. The mommy mummies and the daddy mummies are placed in the pyramids because they want to get out of the hot sun.

Jim :)

Ha ha ha very funny Jim but all wrong. The humps are all fat to give them energy were not in a turkey and the pyramids are just for burial. The pyramids are pointing up like this because when the world was created they believed it was all water. So as the world developed the water came down and the first thing to point above the water was a mountain that was shaped like a pyramid. That's why they are pointed like that. Thanks for writing.


Questions and answers

This is a question a friend asked me.
I enjoyed reading your about your adventures in Egypt. I was wondering, do the camels have 3 eyelids to help keep the sand out of their eyes? I would guess they cover their nostrils somehow, also to keep out sand. Did you have to wear anything special while riding?

Was there a special feeling while being in such a huge graveyard?

Did you know Jimmy's nanna and poppa are from Greece? Their last name is Kostakis. Maybe you'll bump into a cousin or two.

Peace and Love,

"The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience."



Thanks for writing you got them all right. No we don't have to wear anything special since we are only riding them for a very short distance. Did you pyramids in the dessert. Well actually you can see them when you are driving to the camel renting place. The pyramids are not even a mile away from the city. Do you mind if I send your email out so they can see the guesses? You were the first to guess about the camels thanks.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Castle of St. Peter

We are sailing to a new anchorage every day. Yesterday we went to a castle that was a lot bigger than the last one we went to. They think the Castle of St. Peter was built in the 1500 A.D.. In this castle there were thousands of pots, called amphoras and glass items that were found in a sunken ship that is the oldest ship they have found. The ship was sunk in 1400 B.C.. When they built ships long ago like in B.C. they made the water proof hull first then put in the frame and floorboards. The
castle had been attacked by the French 3 times in WWI and failed every time. In one of the hall ways they showed a picture of the castle before it was restore. The castle had holes in the wall and was broken all over. They restored it so beautifully that we could not tell it had been broken that badly. In another room there were a lot of glass bottles and dishes and things like that. All of them were found in the boat or around the boat. To get up the pots and glass they had to get divers
to take down bags and metal baskets. They put the pots in the baskets then tied the bags to the baskets and inflated them with air so they would float to the surface. If you have any questions or want to know more email me and I will send the email out to every body and also send out the what you wanted to know.