Canary Islands

Season’s End

It’s a little bittersweet… Season 1 of “Project Falkor” has come to a close. However, seeing her safe and sound on land is a huge relief. Time to head back to the US and gear up for the next season. A special thanks to everyone who helped make this possible and all the great friends I’ve made along the way. I hope to see you all again.

Please, stay tuned. There is a rumor that next season will be Falkor’s first transatlantic.

Dinner with the Neighbors

Dinner with the other quarantined cruisers Lucy, Simi and Fred. Some caught Barracuda, come brought chicken and some made Mediterranean Salad, but all left happy. Thanks for cooking, Noah.

La Gomera

As the saying goes: Any port in a storm.

After a couple of rough days and nights at sea, we tried to enter the port at San Sebastian. No dice. The world had closed. Needing to find a place to make some repairs and wait for the ports to open back up, we found ourselves sheltered in a small cove. On an often overlooked island, SV FALKOR and four other sailboats are waiting for the quarantine to lift.

Welcome to La Gomera.

Hopefully, the port opens soon and let’s us in. In the meantime, this isn’t a bad place to be stuck.

Water Garden

César Manrique’s Jamas de Agua.

Cactus Garden

Cesar Manrique’s Jardín de Cactus.

This was to be his final work. The Jardín de Cactus was completed in 1991 and is the culmination of his career. Once again combining nature and architecture in his typical style, he created an amazing nature park from an abandoned rock quarry.



It has around 4,500 specimens of 450 different species, of 13 different families of cactus and succulents from 5 continents.



Unique mosaics combine art and signage for the restrooms. Every detail designed.



Finally, a restored windmill overlooks the garden.


Lanzarote Coast

Where the surface of Mars meets the ocean.

Volcanic activity has shaped every aspect of landscape. Chemical pools, extinct lava tubes and craters are visible in every corner of the desolate island. Continual change is the only constant on the archapelago.

Deep Blue Water, Crisp White Foam Painted Sand.

Secret Bar

Sometimes, the secret bar is inside a volcano.

Another creation of Cesar Manrique. Nature and architecture blended in the style he developed.

Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Castillo de San Gabriel

Originally built in 1574, the Castillo de San Gabriel defended Arrecife Harbour for only a few years before being destroyed by the Algerian Pirate Morato Arraez in 1586.

The castle was rebuilt in 1599 and was used for military purposes through the 1950s. Currently, it houses the Archaeological Museum.

Arriving in the Canaries

Pulled into Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Within an hour, saw a friend from Portimão on the dock. Lots of wind and waves on the passage, but it was all worth it. On a cloudy, moonless night, I was treated to the strangest laser light show. Something out of Tron or Pandora. Dolphins playing in the bioluminescence. Swirls of light below the water. Large balls of light where they individually turn around and accelerate. Then, multiple bands of blue light coming together as they grouped up to make bow run after bow run. One pod stayed with me for four hours. Unbelievably beautiful.