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Valentine's Day, our daughter Lindsey broke her kneecap and caused severe damage to her ACL joint (not sure of the technical medical term) when she slipped pushing a neighbour's car stuck in the snow. The next day, she was admitted for emergency surgery to dig out parts of her femur and kneecap bones from her swollen leg. I managed to arrive in Red Deer just as she arrived back home from the hospital. Lindsey is completely immobile at the moment as she lays out on heavy drugs elevating her knee. That leaves Les and me to manage the busy household with two active little ones 1 and 3 years old.
Technology is amazing. With slick connections, I climbed aboard a six-hour bus to the Madrid airport from Cartagena, took a shuttle bus to the hotel, shuttle bus back to the airport for a 6 am flight to Amsterdam, a noon flight to Calgary, and Les collected me with the two little ones sleeping in the back, for a 1.30-hour drive to Red Deer.
Weather is cold, -21 yesterday, and once it warmed to -11, Les and Kate played for a couple of hours in the back yard, making a fire in the pit, and riding the bike through the snow. (Les took his bike out of winter storage, propped Kate on the seat and lifted her and the bike all around the yard through the snow.)
The day I departed for Canada, Pom, Con's childhood friend and Albertine, his sister departed for Amsterdam after 10 days aboard. We managed to sail to Mazaron and back to Cartagena, as well as a myriad of tours. Cartagena is a beautiful place to spend the winter or any time.
An article from a few years ago: The Inspirational Philosophy of Sailing Through Life: https://www.nauticalmind.com/blog/2012/02/sailing-through-life/
Visit our Diaries for more stories and photos.
Visit the 2017 Winter Cartagena pages for stories and pictures of our trip through the Andalusian.
The photo above was taken a few years winters ago in the Limassol marina, Cypress. Big Sky is behind us.