I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be:
- telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
- honoring their entrepreneurial mothers
- talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and
- raising funds for additional grades for the school.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Back Home in Maine

Back home in Belfast, where boating and art are the most visible industries.
I've been home for a week now, and am getting back to catching up on the blogging.  The next blog will be on the sailing expedition, and then one on the wonderful celebration in Guatemala.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Thank you to all who helped me and Quick update

Dear Friend,
It was so good to meet you during the Kayak for Safe Passage Kids Expedition from Maine to Guatemala.  I am finally in Guatemala, and want to give you a quick update on the expedition.

In Guatemala!

A welcome from the Safe Passage children
I finally arrived in Guatemala!  There are so many stories to tell of the adventures onboard SV Polaris with Bernie Horn and the crew who all volunteered so much of their time for this trip, bringing me and school supplies down for Safe Passage.  And the welcome in Guatemala has been so moving.  On Monday I have a media day and Tuesday is the formal celebration.  Once I am back in the US, I will catch you up on all of the stories and photos.  

Now I am still trying to get rid of my "sea legs" that have persisted for way too many days!  Guatemala looks different when it is constantly swaying and rolling.  I keep thinking it it another earthquake.  I'm heading out to try to walk it off.  Don't want to have the drunken sailer walk on TV.  Not quite the right image for Safe Passage.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sailing away!

Location: Big Pine Key, Big Pine Key

Exciting night.  Engines overheated.  Trouble shooting suggested water intakes for  cooling the engines.   One question was whether the engines had run to long while hot.   Would they restart once the water was getting to them?  Decided to wait for daylight, anchor in shallow water and send someone under the boat to unclog the intakes.

Fortunately the winds were favorable for the 9 hours we were without engines.  
It was magical quietly sailing along in the moonlight.

By morning the guys came up with a plan to unclog by crawling down into the engine compartment, and taking apart the water intake system.   Once they got it apart,  water started coming into the boat.   But they were ready with a stopper plug.   They were able to push the debris through right before putting in the plug.

Now all is well and we are zooming among under sail and engines.

Life on the water is never boring.   I love being around competent people who can think through problems, and have the tools to make things work!

Thanks Bernie,  Steve, Beth, Jamie and Anne!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Adventures of Papito Amistoso: Chapter Six

At the "The Rocks" in Florida
Dear children of Guatemala and everywhere else,

It's been way too long since I picked up my quill and wrote a blog.  It has been so hard to be away from the water for so long.  So let me tell you the story about why Deb and I are not kayaking these days.  We did finally get out on the water in a pontoon boat and saw a garbage dump from thousands of years ago!  I'll tell you about that too!

Jacksonville Again: Water Projects in Guatemala and Planning the Return by Kayak

Telling Etivina's story at the Zoo (North Jacksonville Rotary)
Fourth trip to Jacksonville post surgery!  The Rotarians just keep arranging speaking engagements for me.  While my presentations are about Safe Passage, we ended up also talking about Rotary water and sanitation projects in the highlands of Guatemala, comparing the ones I've lead with the projects they have done.  At the same time we are planning the speaking engagements for when I return to Jacksonville by kayak.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Getting ready to Sail to Guatemala

SV Polaris - my ride to Guatemala
Switching gears from rehabilitation to preparing for the sailing portion of the expedition.