Azores

Anniversary Time!

3 years ago, Maddie and I started our lives together. Little did we know that three years would take us so far away.  

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Now we are thousands of miles from where we started and an entire ocean away! Shortly after the wedding, we told our families that we were going Cruising full time and spent the first year of our marriage preparing the boat for passage making.  

From there we have been strengthening our relationship by spending every moment together as we voyaged down the East Coast and then across the Atlantic Ocean.  

Now we sit in the Azores, preparing for another ocean passage to make our way to mainland Portugal, and we get to spend weeks at sea without any distractions from our relationship. 

Coordinating everything

We are back in the Azores and ready to go to Portugal as soon as some parts arrive. That is the hiccup. 

Our batteries are dead so we ordered some replacement units. They were supposed to arrive two weeks ago and be ready to pick up when we got here. Well, it turns out that the company producing them doesn’t have them stocked in their warehouse for distribution yet! 

At the last moment before we go into the water, we need to source and install a new battery bank on top of everything that also needs to get done.  

This is Cruising. Problem solving and rolling with it from here to there.  

São Miguel: North Coast

The North Coast of Sao Miguel is a favorite spot for local surfers. Most of the waters around the Azorian islands are miles deep meeting a cliff. On this one spot on this one island, the waters gradually come towards a calmer coast. As a result, deep ocean swell gets welled up and breaks into long slow moving waves.

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It was entertaining to watch the surfers jump across the rocks with their boards as they made their way to the waters edge. Not the typical sandy beach you associate with surfing destinations, but this is a relatively tame beach for the Azores.

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One of the best parts about this spot is the sunsets. As the sun goes down, it tucks behind another point on the island and the sky glows while the waters still churn onto the rocks. Being here is so peaceful, and looking out at the sea makes us long to return to the waves once again.

Amazing Craters

These islands were formed by deep underwater volcanoes. They slowly layered lava onto itself time after time until they rose from the depths and reached into the sky. These fiery pits of hell, surrounded by scorching toxic fumes and black rocks has slowly transformed into lush and lovely islands. The craters that once were ablaze are now filled with refreshing fresh water, out in the middle of the salty ocean.

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The landscape that was once inhospitable is now a lush oasis, drawing tourists from all over the world to gaze upon the splendor.

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Parental Visits

You never get to play tourist in your own home.

Maddie and I have been living in the Azores for 9 months now, yet we have not really traveled much through the islands. We had a 2 week stent in Flores during the winter, and that was about it. On the weekends, we would drive around the island Terceira and see the different sights, but not “Full-Tourist” mode.

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Maddies mom came to visit us in the Azores and she came to be tourist with us as her tour guides. This meant that after spending months close to the beautiful island of Sao Miguel, we would finally travel the short flight to that island.

What a beautiful place this is! The island is significantly larger, but the people also have “Big City Syndrome” where they are not as friendly as they are in the other islands of the Azores. It is probably due to the fact that this is the most popular island in the Azores with tourists and the locals in the touristy areas are tired of tourists. Either way, we loved visiting this island and living in Terceira.