Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Continued Enjoyment

It's hard to believe we have been back on Bella Luna for three weeks since our trip to Canada.  Time is flying by.

We have enjoyed fantastic weather for the last number of weeks.  But all good things must come to an end.  The forecast for the next week is rain, rain and more rain.  Time to find a nice protected anchorage and settle into a good book.

The last week we spent at a very quiet anchorage called Sitio Forte on Ilha Grande.  The anchorage provided mooring balls and even fresh spring fed water to a large rock in the middle of the bay.

The water rock

Hooking up the hose

We have water
It was great.  We were able to fill up our fresh water tanks and give the boats a wash.

After the cleaning and fill up day we hiked the island and were treated to some beautiful vistas and nature sights.  There is a trail that runs completely around Ilha Grande.  So every anchorage we go to we head out on the trail.

Hiking Trail Around the Island

Local Beach House

Mini farm

The Happy Hiker
Looks like a poinsettia...has a poinsettia is a poinsettia!!

Yesterday we returned to Angra for some groceries, shopping and some boat service.  This afternoon we will sail to Abraao on Ilha Grange.  This is apparently a small fishing village and a quiet anchorage.  Sunday we have been invited to a birthday party for a new friend Federico.  He and his wife are from Argentina and will be sailing to Antarctica.  Now that's adventurous!  We will pull out a bottle of Malbec to toast the birthday boy.

This is a photo of our thermometer.  WARM!!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

We are back on board BellaLuna

Debbie and I have returned to Angra dos Reis, Brazil after 6 weeks back in Canada.  The main reason for returning to Canada was the wedding of our daughter Bethany to Rob Readman.

The Beautiful Bride

Bethany & Rob

Mom, Gord and the  Bride & Groom

Debbie & Gord

Laura, Bethany & Jordan

The Family 

The Dance

The location and weather was great and the celebration was wonderful.  Congratulations Bethany & Rob.

Now it's back to BellaLuna.  Debbie and I travelled 36 hours with 8 bags to get here.  We have both decided that airports are no fun anymore.  Three legs of the trip, 4 hour delay in Washington, overnight flight with no sleep and a crazy cab driver from Rio to Angra.  But, we arrived safely and have spent the last few days unpacking, cleaning, reading, sleeping and of course shopping.

We have added a new option to our dingy.
The 25 hp outboard just didn't cut it anymore!!
What do you think???

It was great to see so many family and friends while we were home.  Now we will be continuing our touring of the many islands and beaches in this area and then preparing to sail north up the coast of Brazil to Grenada.  Our plan right now is to leave Angra sometime around November 1st.

The weather here is terrific.  Just starting their spring.  We are enjoying 25 degree temperatures with mostly sunny days.  The water temperature is very nice also.  24 degrees and very refreshing after a long walk on the beach.