Thailand Eats!

As we’ve traveled from country to country, eating local foods is always a large part of our experience.  But I can’t say we’ve looked forward to each culinary culture, particularly the fruit-bat-on-a-stick available in the Papua New Guinea markets.  However, each one of us are emphatic Thai food fans.  Ever since finding our favorite Thai restaurant in Denver (Thai Flavor off Mississippi Blvd in Aurora) we have been expanding our Thai palates and could not wait to actually eat Thai food in Thailand!!  
During our time here, the kids have become Pad Thai conisseurs while Mark and I have tried a few new dishes and delighted in our old favorites.  I think our first learned Thai words must’ve been menu-related! (kai = chicken, moo = pork)  Prices for local food vary widely based on where we are.  In tourist areas, you pay tourist prices generally, unless you can find that little stall in an alleyway where the fishermen eat!  Luckily, our guts survived the local fare and we made it throug…

Back to Iboih, Indonesia

A quick note before I begin - 
I’ve lost my voice.  I’m not sure what I have to say anymore, or even what I had to say before.  What did I tell you about?  What do you wonder about?  Our life aboard after seven years has just become normal to me.  I forget that it isn’t.  I know I take it for granted.  To the rest of the world, our lifestyle is unique, unusual, exotic.  But to me, it’s just everyday life and I sit down to write, stumped by what in the world I could possibly say.  So, I have decided to ‘just write’ anyway - to meander through recent happenings and insert my inner thoughts as I share, fighting against those voices that tell me how mundane it all must seem to you.  
Anyway, here goes…

Back to Iboih, IndonesiaWe’ve just arrived in Iboih, Indonesia after a beautiful two-day sail with winds behind us.  That wind angle allowed us to pop up our long-stowed Parasailor (you know, that brightly-colored thin sail that billows out in front of us and pulls us onward).  It took a bit …

Videos, Videos, Videos!

It’s been a while since our last blog post and we want to provide some updates.  We are approaching high school for the kids, and know that our sailing time will most likely come to an end and we’ll be land based…at least for a while.

We discussed as a family what we wanted to do for our last 12-14 months of sailing, and everyone agreed we needed to get back into doing our videos.  It’s been almost eight years now since we first left the USA…and created our first videos in Argentina.  We created the videos out of a passion for sharing our travels with friends and family…and most importantly for ‘us’.  To this day the kids still love viewing old videos and get a laugh out of seeing themselves so much younger exploring whatever it is we were doing at the time.

Creating videos – consistently – is very challenging.  Connectivity to upload videos is hit and miss, and the raw time required to create a quality video is considerable.  We started to slow down on the videos during our South Pa…

Sail Rock - Written by Michael

Adventures in the Similan Islands, Thailand

I made a running leap up onto a large rock, and all the other kids were like, “HOW THE HECK DID YOU GET UP THERE??!!”. I have to admit, I was a bit proud of myself! But then I had to wait for the other kids to find a way up!!

Yesterday we went ashore to play with another kid boat called Rainbow Safari!! There was this giant rock that had a whole cave behind it, so Niki (9 years), Robby (5 years) and I (11 years) all went exploring behind it. We found a lot of treasure troves full of (sadly) trash and lots of pieces of coral!! Then we walked all the way over the rocks at the end of the smaller island. We found a cave in between two large stones that led far back in a narrow tunnel. We didn’t have time to explore it, because we were going on a hike!

We went to this trail that led to an immense balancing rock called Sail Rock. On the path was a massive monitor lizard that quickly scampered away. The way up was really awesome, because it led throu…

The Year of the Pig

Bring on the BACON!  Since arriving in Thailand, bacon has been a steady staple in our fridge after an entire year without it.  Throughout Indonesia, a predominately Muslim country, pork was obsolete, and we missed our BLTs and bacon and eggs.  (Honestly, how can one be expected to survive without such vital rations??)   So, it was a bit fortuitous that we finally found ourselves in Thailand, land of infinite pork, to celebrate the ringing in of the 2019 Chinese New Year, coincidentally, a year of the pig.
This New Year’s celebration, our first ever, was going to be special.  A fellow Antares owner, Eric, and his wife Cora, have lived in Phuket for ten years but are originally from Hong Kong.  They are amazing resources regarding all things Phuket and have helped us source boat parts and services specific to our boat.  More importantly, though, is the friendship that has grown between us in such a short amount of time.  It was a thrill to be invited to their home for a glimpse into an …