A Homemade Haircut

(Salardup, San Blas, Panama)

An impressive amount of rain has been falling for the last couple days. So much so that we’ve been finding new thrills to fill our soggy time.

Water collecting has become a new hobby. Many boats have water collecting systems aboard to supplement their fresh water stores. You see everything from custom rain gutters lining biminis to crude, yet effective, tarp and bucket contraptions. Up until now we hadn’t seen all that much rain, and with our handy-dandy water maker we hadn’t seen the need to catch any. As they say though, when in Rome. Our scheme simply involves placing all our buckets and massive cooler out on deck. Real tech. But boy did we catch a lot of rain!

Other rainy day activities? Well, Greg is now on his second book since Adrift. He also went for a dive in the pouring rain today so things haven’t changed that drastically. And me, I’ve taken to cutting my own hair.

I did a hack of all the split ends a couple of weeks ago. Surprisingly easy. All I needed was the bathroom mirror and my sewing scissors. Inches be gone! What I’d ended up with though, is extremely blunt, heavy hair. Not really much of a worry, but the gray days got me thinking I could probably fix them up. I mean, how many hours have I spent sitting in salon chairs watching a stylist work their magic? Can’t be that hard. My favourite technique I’d witnessed was when my Saskatoon stylist would grab a chunk of hair, twist it up, then run her razor along the length giving my locks a well-blended thin. I’m completely capable of twisting my own hair and I have a utility knife so away I went. Luckily I have a lot of hair because man was it fun! A little addicting if I’m being honest. As I watched the hair accumulate on the deck I mentally scheduled myself in for my next appointment in a couple of weeks.




  1. Matthew Pelton · · Reply

    Enjoying your blog immensely! Where did you learn to write so well?

    1. Matty! Thanks man, I’m glad you’re enjoying my ramblings. The Cornhusker season is just firing up there right? Go Big Red!

  2. Judy and Ken Johnson · · Reply

    Sounds like there is never a dull moment! Glad all is well as the adventure continues and you don’t seem to be tired of fish yet. Good thing! You must be getting ready to head for the Canal soon. That will be something to remember forever. Greg, Melanie had read a couple of books recently too so I can relate to this. Perhaps the last hot day of the summer here in Kelowna. All good things come to an end I guess. Judy J.

    1. Oh believe me Judy, we have to go on “fish breaks”. Fish everyday does get old. Ha. We are just headed to Colon now. Finally had to leave the San Blas. Should be there getting ready for the canal transit in the next week.

  3. Go girl go

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