Hi from Kathy and Dan!
Staying In Touch
We, Kathy Mitchell and Dan
Finkelstein, live on a ferro-cement sailing ketch named Lungta.
We left our jobs in Portland, Oregon in March of 2011 and are now
sailing the world. During our first year we sailed from Portland
to Glacier Bay, Alaska via the Inside Passage, and then down the
coast of the U.S. to Mexico. Mexico was a perfect place to learn
to cruise, and although we initially only planned to spend one
season there, we enjoyed it so much that we stayed almost four
years, alternating between summers in the isolated Sea of Cortez
near the Baja Peninsula and winters along the southern coast of
the Mexican Gold Coast between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo. We
left in 2015 because the rest of the world was calling, and even
now the allure of Mexico is still strong! We sailed south another
800 miles and came to rest again in El Salvador, where we had a
mooring ball made just for Lungta, bought a car, and settled in
for almost two years, during which we visited Guatemala and other
parts of Central America and spent 10 weeks backpacking through
South America. In 2018 we crossed the Pacific and have been
luxuriating in French Polynesia since. The Tuamotu Archipelago is
as closely akin to paradise as we have found. We are hoping to
continue sailing west towards New Zealand or Thailand when more
borders have re-opened.
There is an expression in the cruising community that all plans are written in the sand at low tide...