Passage to Gran Canaria – Days 1 and 2

Yesterday we wanted to get up early so we could leave ASAP. Mind you, early for us these days is before 0800, when the sun rises. It was cold and dark, making getting out of bed painful, but we had to do it. We had no time to dilly dally. Fortunately, it wasn’t as cold as it had been all week, so getting up before turning the heater on was a little more bearable. The wind was calm when we awoke. We knew it would change soon.

Eric gave Kosmos a quick wash down. There was jet fuel residue all over the boat, and we are afraid if we go out to sea that it will turn to cement and be difficult to remove down the road. Christi ran to Continue reading Passage to Gran Canaria – Days 1 and 2

Stabilizers, Fuel, and Chores in Gibraltar

Eric is starting to stress out about the Atlantic crossing. We were originally going to be here for only three days, leaving us lots of time in the Canaries to get things ready for the big crossing. Now, thanks to the stabilizer delay, it looks like we will only have a few days in the Canaries to get things ready. The “to do” list is long, and sadly, most of it is last minute stuff.

So, needless to say, yesterday and today have been chore days. The biggest and most important news is that ABT repair technician came today at about noon for the stabilizers. He was done by 1400. We now have a new hydraulic cylinder actuator. This time we Continue reading Stabilizers, Fuel, and Chores in Gibraltar

City Under Siege, The Tower and the 100 Ton Gun

Continued from yesterday”¦ As we were leaving the Siege Tunnels, the driver suggested that we walk down the hill so we could stop at two more sites, the City Under Siege display and the Moorish Castle. The site we wanted to see most, the WWII tunnels, was also on the way down, but it just happened to be closed for the day. Here is a mamma and baby monkey hanging out near the tunnels.

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We passed the last remaining lime kiln in Gibraltar. Lime was heavily used up through the late 1800’s. It had many purposes, which were not detailed other than to mention that water cisterns were painted with it to keep the water bacteria free and it was dumped into the graves of people who died of some contamination to keep the contamination from spreading. Interesting. A secondary reason we put this photo in so you can get an idea of what the foliage is like on the rock.

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The Siege exhibit is housed in some of the first buildings the British put up in Gibraltar after taking it over, originally intended for gunpowder storage. The exhibit is small, but remarkably well done. There are signs describing the horrors the people had to suffer, with mannequins depicting the struggles described. Over 7,000 people were Continue reading City Under Siege, The Tower and the 100 Ton Gun

The Rock, Monkeys, St. Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels

It was high tide when we got up, and we were surprised to see that one of the fenders set high specifically for high tide had popped out and our rub rail was bumping up against the dock. Oh, what we would give for a floating dock right now. The things we used to take for granted”¦ It was yet another day of heavy wind and cold, though not as bitterly cold as yesterday. We decided to brave the cold and go sightseeing.

Our original plan was Continue reading The Rock, Monkeys, St. Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels

Days 4 and 5 of the Water Pump Saga

On our original itinerary, we were supposed to be leaving Gibraltar yesterday. It was perfect to go out — sunny, clear, no wind, calm seas. But, thanks to our stabilizer and water pump issues, we have no idea when we will be able to leave here. We have seen a parade of Continue reading Days 4 and 5 of the Water Pump Saga