Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Plans, Plans and Big News

The other day one of our blog friends asked us what we were going to do once we got through the canal - right, left or straight ahead? And the answer is (drumroll please) . . . to the right! We are Mexico bound with a possible stop off at the Perlas Islands and El Salvador just to break up the long, potentially windless trip.

We have been dreaming of Mexico ever since we left the Yucat√°n way back in June. The good food, the nice people, the relaxed atmosphere, the vibrancy of the culture - we loved it when we were there and pined for it when we left. Plus, we are ready to see something besides the impenetrable jungle. How 'bout some desert flora? Or arid, rust-colored mountains? Or coyotes?

Of course, we do have another important motive for heading up to Mexico besides just a change in scenery. We are getting married!! Vlad got my mom to smuggle in my grandmother's ring, and he proposed to me at the Cocos Banderos Islands in the San Blas via squid.

I was supposed to prepare the squid he had speared, only to find the ring wrapped up in its tentacles. Anyway, it was hilarious and romantic and heart stopping and perfect, and we got to share the moment with my mom and Bob, which was really special. The Kuna family on the island seemed pretty pleased with it as well, and I'm surprised they didn't throw us into a hammock right then and there. (Aside: Kuna weddings involve tossing the groom into a hammock, then putting the bride in as well. She promptly gets out. They do this four times, and on the fourth time she stays in the hammock. Then, everyone cries and drinks the Kuna version of horchata.)

So those are our plans and the big, huge, wonderful news. Now all we have to do is get through the canal and travel 2,000 miles up to Puerto Vallarta through an area marked "Variable Winds" in the World Cruising Routes before the end of May. Easy as pie. Or a slice of weddings cake!


  1. Yay for you!! Congrats on tying the knot - and coming to Mexico! We would have loved to meet up with you but we'll be across the "puddle" by then. The mainland is pretty lush until you start heading up - the Sea of Cortez is my favourite! It sounds like you have a lot to look forward to. Cheers, the Nyon crew.

  2. Best wishes to you and to Vlad as you enter this next chapter in your life together. SO happy for you! You know, a wedding in the Tuamotos would be kind of awesome. ;)

  3. Congrats! Exciting news. Mexico sounds like a great honey moon.

  4. Congratulations! That's great news. Thanks for keeping us updated on your travels and showing those of us that are still at home port, how it's done.
    All the Best,
    Steve Boyd
    SV Saga Sea

  5. What exciting news! We're so pleased for you! And just think...you've already passed the first marriage test with flying colors: refitting a sailboat and sailing away, living together in peace and love far from land! And also putting up with Vlad's spearfishing. Anyone who can do this successfully has many happy years ahead of them. Congratulations! Can't wait to read about wedding plans and see photos. With all the places you've already been, finding a good honeymoon spot should be a cinch.

  6. oh GREAT NEWS!! So happy for you both. You have a super strong relationship evident by the fact that you, uh, sailed from Texas to Panama and have been living on a boat together for a year.

    How sweet! Tate is right, what a beautiful place to spend your honeymoon, in Mexico!

    Oh Happy Days

  7. Awesome! Great news! Sailing, proposal, great company... what else could you ask for?

    oh yeah, perfect weather. lol ;)


  8. Congrats, congrats, congrats. We are so happy for you!

  9. Congratulations!! Agree with LittleCunningPlan, you've mastered living on a boat together so marriage will be a walk in the park...or a stroll along a beach. Looks like a beautiful ring!

  10. You're engaged .. congratulations! How exciting to get engaged while cruising and then get hitched in Mexico .. I see a beach wedding?!