Canary Islands part 4: Las Palmas


It is only two days away from boarding our cruise ship on Pullmantur cruise lines for our seven night cruise through the Canary Islands and Morocco. So far we have stayed at a resort town on the southern coast filled with tourists and then in a small mountain town with zero tourists. It would be natural for us to place ourselves in Las Palmas, the main city on the island and where the port is located for our final two nights before embarking.

I thought it would be fun to stay on a sail boat before boarding the big ship! Also, since this is Terri-Lynn’s birthday trip it seemed appropriate. We met over thirty years ago in Hawaii, she is a sailors daughter. The first year we were together we spent many days sailing off the coast of Waikiki with her Dad. Then, one year later I moved her off of the island, away from her family and away from her love of sailing. Revisiting those days of sleeping on a sailboat would be nostalgic.

The Marina of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
A very happy Birthday girl on her sailboat
“Siggy” our host left us two welcome beers for our arrival
Dinner on the boat

Terri-Lynn’s Birthday is on December 23rd so we were traveling with a small Christmas Tree.

Desayuno on a sailboat

We would be on the boat for two nights and so we spent our one full day walking around Las Palmas, enjoying some ethnic food since we were in a larger city and checking out the beach. As usual, we would find ourselves picnicking, as that is how we can afford to travel.

Spending these two nights on the sailboat was indeed a trip down memory lane. For over thirty years I have had the intention of one day buying Terri-Lynn a sailboat. Maybe soon.

Manifest your destiny and Believe it into Being
Miracle is a song I wrote for, and about Terri-Lynn, my sunshine girl.

The next day we would board the Big ship and begin our cruise. Continue reading here.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


Music from Xplore Film

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