welcome to our blog!

This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

these little engines - called "mules" are what move the big ships through the canal...

as you can probably tell this was taken at night....we entered the Gatun locks well after dark...our advisor said that in over 10 years of piloting he'd never entered the locks that late...evidently there were no advisors available for the next day so the ACP told him to do whatever he had to do to get us through! it was beautiful and sort of eerie to be by ourselves in the locks at night. pretty neat actually....

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