Wednesday, October 1, 2008

South of the Border

Our good friends Phil and Kelly offered to host us on their sailboat in El Salvador for a week. Since I'm not currently working, and since I can sit on their couch just as easily as I can sit on mine, we took them up on their offer and spent the last week in beautiful and warm (very warm) Bahia de Jiquilisco, El Salvador.

Wendy and I flew into San Salvador where we were picked up by Phil, Kelly and the two boys Alexander and Nicholas. For the next 6 days we stayed aboard their yacht "Samadhi".

We hiked into the jungle and got to play with some monkeys:

We wakeboarded behind the dinghy (that's Wendy):

And we were introduced to a new sport called "yachtipulting". Basically you attach a long rope to the top of the tallest mast and let that hang down to the deck. Then you attach another rope to that and tie it to the dinghy. You hold the rope on the deck and the dinghy drives away, flinging you up and out into the water. It was quite fun.

I was the guinea pig, here is our first failed attempt (the handle broke):

It got better after that. Here's Wendy:

And here's me:

We also visited some nearby towns and talked with some locals. All the people we met were very, very nice. We feel lucky to have had the opportunity to see a part of the world we otherwise would probably never have gotten to visit.

I only had two bad days where I slept most of the time and felt generally awful. Other than that, we took things slow, made sure to drink lots of water and get lots of rest.

Many, many thanks to Phil, Kelly and the boys for being such gracious hosts and showing us such a wonderful time.

You can see all the photos on my flickr page. (If you want to only see the El Salvador photos, just look for all photos tagged "El Salvador".)


Annie - Steven's mom said...

Absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!
What beautiful pictures and it definitely looks like much fun was had. :)
love and light
Steven's mom

Kelly said...

You and Wendy are such fantastic guests. It was so much fun to have you aboard. You guys are welcome (and encouraged) to stay with us any time!

Mrs-Mattman said...


I love the name of your blog. I was diagnosed with CML also in June of this year, after being diagnosed with breast cancer last November. I just had more surgery to combat the breast cancer, and I wholeheartedly agree: MY BLOOD ALSO HATES ME. My hospital stay got extended because I developed post-op anemia, probably due to Gleevec. Yet the Gleevec is what is going to save my life.

Keep the faith, and keep posting. One of these days I'll get my blog going too.