Log Abroad

  • Docking in New Orleans for a family reunion

    Larry Schember, a shipwright, and his daughter, Jessica, are pictured visiting together in New Orleans. Jessica is a second mate, who mans a ship on the Gulf of Mexico. Off Louisiana’s coast, there is no shortage of red snappers, bull reds and gators. New Orleans, a major port city with much to offer in the way of entertainment and history, and operates several swamp and bayou tours according to TripAdvisor.

  • Navigating Through Red Square

    The Log’s Susanne Diaz poses in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square in Moscow during her trip to Russia in late September. St. Basil’s Cathedral, now a museum, was built in the mid 1500s at the orders of Ivan the Terrible. Diaz later cruised the Volga- Baltic Waterways to St. Petersburg aboard the 129-meter motorship Zosima Shashkov, a Soviet vessel built in East Germany in 1986.

  • The Log on Lake Champlain

    Cynthia Shelton and Mary Dowd, former Catalina Island residents, meet for the first time beside Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, where they reminisce about island life and to share news from The Log. Lake Champlain has more than 70 islands. The natural freshwater lake is so vast parts of the lake are in Vermont and New York of the United States and in Quebec, Canada.

  • Step back in time in Skagway

    Danny and Gail Alexander left their 48-foot Californian behind in San Diego to cruise the inner passage of Alaska on a much bigger ship. They made a stop in Skagway with The Log in hand. The Port of Skagway can be quite windy and rainy, but Danny Alexander said they had great weather and incredible scenery. The port is walking distance to the quaint downtown shops and the Yukon Railroad. Skagway is recognized as the place where gold was unearthed in the 1800s, known as the Klondike Gold Rush.

  • Marvels in the Middle East

    David Rizzo traveled to Beirut, Lebanon in September. “People were very friendly, and I felt very safe wherever I went,” Rizzon said. The Beirut Marina had about 100 boats. “All but two were power boats,” Rizzon stated. “You’d think they had a lot of oil in that neck of the woods.” He also journeyed approximately 11 miles north of Beirut to a place with remarkable caves in Jeita Grotto. Two connected caverns form the longest cave in the Middle East with 25-foot limestone pillars hanging from the cave’s ceiling, “about the length of a decent day sailor,” Rizzon mentioned.

  • From surveying marines to enjoying the Andaman Sea

    Off-duty marine surveyor Kells Christian and his wife Hunter chartered a catamaran in the Andaman Sea of Thailand. More than 200 islands are situated in the Andaman Sea with Phuket being the largest of the islands. Phuket is referred to as “the pearl of the Andaman.”

  • Sailors’ Polynesian paradise

    Jack Stavana took this picture of his wife Cheryl in front of Mount Otemanu, an inactive volcano with two peaks. They spent two weeks sailing aboard Tere Roa, a 44-foot Jeanneau, around Taaha, Raiatea, Bora Bora and many motus in French Polynesia. Motu refers to very small Tahitian islands.

  • Journey to an ancient city in Greece

    OC Weekly Copy Editor Lisa Black traveled to Greece and spent time in Epidaurus, where an ancient theater and sunken city still exist. She experienced the performances at the old theater and snorkeled to view the ancient underwater city. She is pictured here aboard the Moray Eel in the port at Ancient Epidaurus. Epidaurus is also known to be a place for healing.

  • A 456-step climb to the cross

    Annabelle Zabala, The Log’s national advertising manager, is pictured here in the Philippines with her father, Andy Zabala, who served 22 years in the U.S. Navy. He is now 87 years old, retired and residing in the Philippines. He requested to go to Garin Farm, San Joaquin, Iloilo while he is able and well. Garin Farm is not just a ranch with farm animals; this place is a resort with a lagoon for kayaking, boat paddling and ziplining. The Divine Mercy Cross can be seen behind the Zabalas, in which one can climb 456 steps to the cross while passing lifesize statues of biblical events.

  • Thrill ride to Taku Glacier

    The Log’s reporter, Nina Jussila, boarded a hovercraft skimming over water, ice and sandbars as well as spun around the Taku Inlet near Juneau, Alaska. She then climbed up a small hill of silt to view the Taku Glacier, a tidewater glacier which is actually advancing rather than receding.

  • Brews and cruise

    On a recent trip to Dublin and Galway, Larry and Carolina Katz spent most of their time enjoying the pubs, music and Irish people. Both Dublin and Galway are harbor cities in Ireland with one on the east coast and other on the west coast respectively. On their previous trip, the Katzs rented a boat and cruised down the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, and through all the locks. The Katzs reside in Sunset Cliffs of San Diego and are members of San Diego Yacht Club.

  • Costa Rica Catches

    Cole and Brendan Andersen took a copy of The Log to Costa Rica. After a long day of fishing off the coast of Guanacaste, Cole and Brendan each landed a decent-sized catch. Guanacaste is known for its beaches, surfing and sportfishing. Cole reeled in a mackerel, and Brendan caught a jackfish. They are pictured here with The Log in the cockpit of the Blackfin 33 that served as their magic carpet for the day.

  • Frigid air-scorching geyser

    Dave Rizzo, picture here holding an issue of The Log, visited the Strokkur geyser near Reykjavik, Iceland. Rizzo didn’t see a single sailboat or even a personal powerboat – only commercial fishing vessels. The air temperature was never higher than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, but the run-off from the 100-foot geyser can reach up to 200 degrees. Rizzo was warned not to dip even a pinkie into it.

  • Cruising through the canals of Kerala

    Vince and Pat Flynn, members of Coronado Yacht Club, are seen here reading The Log aboard a houseboat in Kerala, India. The houseboat is an old cargo vessel used at one time for hauling rice to the market. An experience not to be missed, according to the Flynns, is cruising for two days on the backwaters of Kerala and getting a glimpse into the lives of the locals who live on the canals.

  • Cheers to the Caribbean

    Rob Bibik noticed many of the “Log Abroad” photos have been taken lately in the U.S., so he decided to bring The Log along on his travels with his family to the British Virgin Islands. He is pictured here with his wife, Jill Bibik, and his daughter, Kelsey Bibik, at Marina Cay. The Bibiks stopped here to experience the tiny tropical island and enjoy a rum cocktail called “The Painkiller.”

  • Greetings from Germany

    Capt. Dave Grundies, USN (Ret.) traveled to Nuremberg, Germany. Pictured here with his electronic version of The Log standing over the Pegnitz River, he sent his greetings from where the Third Reich rose and fell. “The Pegnitz River meanders through the old town of Nuremberg, largely surrounded by the medieval city wall, built between the 12th and 16th centuries,” according to the Germany. info website.

  • Panama passage

    Henry and Shirley Goldman together with Don and Bebe Moody, all members of Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, had The Log on their trip through the Panama Canal. They took a 15-day cruise starting in San Pedro and stop in many ports along the Pacific before stopping on the Caribbean side at Aruba, then disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale. “The Panama Canal is an exciting passage and a wonderful experience for all to see,” Henry Goldman stated in his email.

  • Clean water in Tel Aviv

    Ed Walsh took The Log along on his travels to Israel. He is pictured here at the Tel Aviv Blue Flag Marina. Tel Aviv has been honored with Blue Flag awards as a result of achieving high water quality standards, according to visit-tel-aviv.com. On this trip, Walsh enjoyed a walk to Jaffa. “As of the world’s oldest ports, Jaffa is thought to have been the port from which Jonah left in the story of the Whale,” as stated on the touristisrael.com website.

  • Sailors discovering New Zealand

    Avid sailor Meera Hibdon of Santa Ana heard about how great the sailing is in New Zealand. In November of last year, during New Zealand’s springtime, Meera Hibdon toured the Bay of Islands. Meera Hibdon is pictured here with her copy of The Log in Paihia, Bay of Island, New Zealand. “If you want to discover the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is the perfect place to start,” according to newzealand.com.

  • Logging a few days at Martha’s Vineyard

    Gary and Andi Solt from Pt. Hueneme, California delivered a copy of The Log to Jay Chattaway in Edgartown. Edgartown is located on Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts. The Solts were visiting Jay Chattaway and his wife Terri Potts-Chattaway, at their home on the Vineyard to experience the New England fall. Behind Gary Solt is the historic Edgartown Lighthouse. The Chattaways spend summers sailing their cat boat around the vineyard and winters sailing their Hardin ketch in Mexico. The Solts enjoy their Duffy in the Channel Islands Harbor.

  • Boaters took to the road in Alaska

    Lois and Dave Dolan, both avid boaters, decided to take a threemonth RV trek through Alaska. One of their favorite stops was at Dawson City in the Yukon Territory. Dawson City is where treasure seekers panned for gold in the late 1800s, according to yukoninfo. com. “This was the trip of a lifetime. [However] this is not a trip for the timid or anyone without a sense of adventure,” David Dolan said after driving 10,150 miles through the Alaskan wilderness and open country.

  • “London Bridge is falling down”

    Jeff Scott and Otha Broner are Huntington Harbour residents who generally like to flip to see who gets to read The Log first while at Peters Landing. “The loser has to stay and pay for drinks.” Scott stated. On one occasion they took The Log and their boat to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Arizona. This 186-year-old bridge was first built in England but began to fall apart. It was taken apart, shipped overseas to the Port of Long Beach, and brought to Lake Havasu where it was reconstructed and rededicated in 1971.

  • Trawling for information at Trawler Fest

    Karl and Suzy Wagner of Del Mar, with a copy of The Log at Trawler Fest, gather information on the Big Loop. Trawler Fest is a series of boat shows moving from venue to venue. The Great Loop is a circumnavigation of more than 5,000 miles through the Intracoastal Waterway, Great Lakes, canals and inland rivers. The Wagners, members of Southwestern Yacht Club, enjoy sailing their Hunter 410.

  • Rushing to Russia

    Pat and Sandy Donnelly of La Palma, California brought their copy of The Log all the way to Peterhof, a small town in St. Petersburg, Russia. Peterhof was founded in 1714 by Peter the Great. Peterhof, a Dutch and German word that translates to Peter’s Court, is approximately a 40-minute hydrofoil ride from St. Petersburg in the Gulf of Finland. It is the quickest way to travel from St. Petersburg to Peterhof.

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