Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ruins of Delos and a Night in Mikanos -WTRD 29, Wednesday, September 7

Ruins of Delos and a Night in Mikano

A large ship pulled in and out early this morning at 2:00 am tossing the boats around and waking everyone from sleep.  I came up to the cockpit to see what was going on and was in good company as skippers up and down the quay, including our own, were checking their lines and raising their planks.  This is probably a nightly occurrence.

We are off to Mikanos.  THe clouds have passed.  We never experienced thunder storms or rain yesterday.  We have a good breeze today and a few white caps.  The sails are raised.  

Russ is at the helm most of the day.  

I spell him awhile.  It feels nice to be back on the helm.

Rory, Chris and Natty are raising and trimming the sails.  We are all reading our books and lounging about as we sail toward Delos, a small Island off of Mikanos.  I enjoy sitting on the dinghy bottom on the bow with my back against the mast.  I've missed this.

We reach Delos about 2:30, set anchor, have a late lunch, launch the dinghy and take turns motoring.....to shore...kind of....The dinghy engine quits.  The first group (Rory, Chris, Lynn, and Deborah) gets 2/3 of the way to shore before they have to paddle.  Rory drops three off and paddles back for the rest of us.  

The dinghy holds five, and Cass needs to go to help paddle.  Rory, Cass, Russ, Natty, and Matty go next.  I stay back.  Perhaps I've seen enough ruins and the idea of being alone is appealing to me...although I'm a bit wary.  Seems that in the past all sorts of crazy things happen when I am at anchor alone. Someone always comes too close or pulls up the anchor

Rory and Cass paddle back, and we move the boat to an empty spot on the dock, only to be told that we have to move it when the ferry arrives.  I am tempted once we are on the dock to explore the ruins, but no sooner thought and the ferry is in sight, so we slip the lines and pull away until the ferry comes in and then stern back into to pick up everyone else.  

They had a great time exploring, and Russ took some good photos of these archaeological ruins.  Modestly settled 2400 years BCE by early indigenous people, the Mycenaeans built the first city in 1500 BCE.  Delos's heyday was 900-68 BCE, when it was believed that Apollo was born here and a temple was raised in his honor in 1000 BCE, bringing people from all over the Greek world to worship. It was declared a free port and became the trading center for the Greek Islands.  It rose and fell many times, but between 80 -60 BCE, Delos was attacked by the Mitherites  and other invaders.

Our crew arrives in Mikanos late in the day.  We med moor in the new harbor as the sun is sinking into the sea. 

I watch some fisherman catching their calamari for the evening meal.  Our group of seven piles into two taxies, and we spend the evening shopping, walking, looking, and exploring the sights and sounds and of Mikanos. 

Russ and I eat at a seaside cafe that is organic, called Nice and Easy.  The meal is excellent.  We buy gelato afterwards and board the Sea Bus back to the new port.

It's been another sun drenched, aqua marine day.

All is Well With the Worrall Travel R's in Mikanos

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