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Old 02-25-2013, 11:31 PM   #1426
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All 4 bikes safely aboard the sailboat. Note that the bikes are all kept that the stern of the boat. Other boats carry them in the front. This makes a big difference when the sea gets rough and salt water goes flying. One time during the night while I was driving the ship, we hit 2 big waves that sent water crashing over the bow. There was a guy that was part of the crew standing watch on the bow and he got drenched. In fact, if he wasn't holding on tightly, he might have been swept out to sea. His phone and Ipod were ruined. Alex was sleeping near the bow of the boat on the sun deck and he and his sleeping bag got soaked too. I got to see it all from the safety of the bridge and was laughing my head off!

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:35 PM   #1427
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Out at the San Blas Islands, it is truely a scene from a movie or a picture from National Geographic Magazine. It is almost too pretty to be true. They had a kayak aboard and I made good use of it exploring many of the nearby islands

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:44 PM   #1428
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365 Islands to choose from

Here is just one. And it is a little one. I wanted to put my new hammock between the palm tree and just chill there for the night but they loaded up the kayak already

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:45 PM   #1429
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:48 PM   #1430
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Here is a picture of all the travelers aboard the sailboat Independence.
There were 25 of us from all around the world and 4 crew.

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:56 PM   #1431
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Unloading the cargo

Bringing the bike down from the sailboat to the little boat below

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:58 PM   #1432
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Holding on to my bike so it doesn't fall overboard on the way to land.
If it did fall over, it would sink to the bottom and my trip would be over

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:03 AM   #1433
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The Independence anchored in Cartagena

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:12 AM   #1434
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An absolute fantastic story!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:17 AM   #1435
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I am glad you made it to Colombia, thankful you go on here after boring five days without any news
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:28 AM   #1436
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New Captain?

Here's a picture of me at the helm of the boat throughout the night.

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:54 AM   #1437
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Picture story - traveling by sailboat thru the San Blas Islands

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:56 AM   #1438
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All of these pictures were taken by one of the fellow passengers who had a nice camera and a good eye

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #1439
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #1440
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