Last Updated: December 08, 2006
We are Bill and Doreen Gord from The Dalles, Oregon. We live and travel on our sailboat, Lanikai, a 44-foot Spencer ketch. We have owned Lanikai since 1987 and have traveled extensively in the Pacific Northwest. Our northern-most adventure took us to the Canadian Queen Charlotte Islands in the Summer of 1994. Our travels are now taking us south for an indefinite period of time: as long as we are having fun!
This web is a log of our journeys since we left The Dalles in August 1996. As time goes on, it seems that we have more pictures with each page too! We spent one year in Chula Vista, California and then spent 5 years in Mexico, basically based in Mazatlán. Boat adventures took us north into the Sea of Cortez, west to the Soccoro Island group and south to Zihuatanejo. Land adventures took us throughout much of inland Mexico. In preparation for heading further south, we finished some major repairs and improvements for our safety, operation, and creature comfort aboard Lanikai. We then passed 6 wonderful months anchored in El Salvador, in Central America, with lots adventures to report on.
We spent the winter of 2002-2003 traveling south through Costa Rica and on east to western Panama; then due to a family emergency, we returned to El Salvador where we left the boat and returned to the States for a year. We returned to El Salvador in August 2004 with a car full of new "toys" for the boat. In late November, 2005 we - finally - got underway heading south again. For the summer of 2006 we should be in Ecuador; then it will be on to the Galapagos, Marquesan and Gambier island groups and with the eventual destination still being the southern inland waters of Chile.
We have now made it as far as Bahía Caráquez, Ecuador, after spending the spring of 2006 in Panama. Both of us got rides thru the Panama Canal by line-handling on friends' boats. Now we are ready to explore northern South America, inland by bus.
All the pages of this journal (1995 thru 2006) can be found from the Table of Contents page; the most recent (and final) additions are also linked conveniently from this page.
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