We did take a few breaks from boat maintenance to explore Gran Canaria. We rented a car and travelled to the third highest point on the island, Roque Nublo, which means Rock in the Clouds. It was formed by a volcanic eruption around 4.5 million years ago. Surrounding the rock and summit were pine forests that thinned out to reveal a moonscape of volcanic rock. The girls discovered slivers of obsidian stone along the way and fascinating holes in the rocks created by past volcanic activity.
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Well, here we are in Las Palmas....our last stop before leaving Europe and setting sail across the Atlantic. The marina is full of boats who are part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). Most of the "family boats" are on the same pontoon together so we have had an instant group of international friends to meet and play with. Our neighbours on either side are from Sweden and Norway. Just down the dock are families from Mexico, the UK, Denmark, Portugal, USA, Germany, Belgium and even from Alberta 😀There will be a large number of boats leaving tomorrow, November 6, as they are part of the ARC+. This group will stop off in the Cape Verde Islands on their way to the Caribbean. Our group, the regular ARC, will be departing November 20 and will sail non stop from here to St. Lucia in the Caribbean. When the ARC+ sailors leave their slips tomorrow the empty spaces will be refilled over the next week with more new friends who will be on the same crossing as us.
Our last 20 hour passage before arriving in Las Palmas was textbook happy sailing.
Here is a photo of us taken by another boat when we had both our head sails up:
We have been exploring a little bit but mostly just to marine supply stores, groceries and a couple of meals out. The girls stuck to the familiar burgers and pizza while Stu and Lana enjoyed a tapas plate of local fare. It was delicious! We love to try anything new we find in the fresh fruit and veggie markets too.
Dragon fruit and persimmons!
The scooters and rollerblades are in constant use. There are lots of paths for moving around the city safely.
We were even able to get our covid boosters at the Vaccuguagua!
We are looking forward to exploring more of Gran Canaria in the next 2 weeks before we untie our lines and set our sails for the Caribbean. Check back in a week or so to find out what we get up to.
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