Turning 28 Again, Nikki’s Bahia Birthday
It’s my Birthday! Or at least it was when we filmed this video. We’ve sailed into a new country, cleared customs and we’re free to explore. It’s our first date with Ecuador and because it’s my birthday, I’m on a mission to indulge in all the local delicacies. And of course, we have an extra birthday hat for you too.
What more could a girl want on her birthday??? I had exploration, beauty, friends and love. I can think of nothing more.
But, if I’m totally honest with you, our lifestyle has skewed my view on birthdays. There’s still cause for celebration, but the lingering excitement and anticipation of the occasion is different.
You see, I remember counting down the days for my 8th birthday party. My grandmother was baking a cake, my friends were coming over and everyone was bringing presents. It felt like a BIG deal.
But the weird thing is, other than the anticipation of the day I can’t remember much about the actual occasion. Except for the cake. My grandmother made angel food cake with strawberries and whip cream. My friend Timmy Barnes said he thought it tasted like tires. To which she responded, “well, how do you know what tires taste like?”
My grandmother was a whiz in the kitchen, but I do remember that cake being a little on the rubbery side. I asked for German Chocolate the next year. It was epic.
But back to my point. It was the idea of the occasion, the anticipation and something to look forward to that excited me the most.
Fast forward a few years, some roads less traveled and a handful of nonsensical lifestyle choices and my world is drastically different from my childhood.
Birthdays are all about celebrating life. Jason and I make a conscious effort to celebrate all the time. We’re all about the Un-Birthdays. So, we have lots of days filled with anticipation, something special to look forward to and be excited about.
“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.”
Don’t get me wrong, Birthdays are a cause for celebration. But, so are all the days in-between. Thank you for celebrating with me and a very happy (un)birthday to you too!
Sailing Birthday Report
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- Date: January 27, 2018
- Location: Bahia De Caraquez, Ecuador
- Anchorage: Puerto Amistad
- Beer / Ice Cream Rolls: H-Bar (Henry’s)
- Dinner Spot: San Antonio Coffee
- Super Special Geisha Coffee: Crema Coffee
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Sebastian on tour
Love your videos a lot. Thanks for sharing the adventure und taking us along.
I also have a Mavic Pro drone. A little tip: If you turn around (props down) the Mavic the moment you catch it, it will immediately shut down. Speeds up the landing process a little bit. And I find it much saver. Just in case you didn’t know. 🙂
Hi Nikki, I’m thinking on a trip to Eleuthera and found your video on it. In that video it was your birthday so I thought maybe her birthday is my birthday. So I looked it up…. Missed it by a day. ? I’ve been a viewer for a while and you guys put up great content! Thanks for everything.
I loved your words of wisdom!
Happy birthday Nikki! Looked like a fun day. It’s great to celebrate your birthday in a different place every year. Hope your adventure continues for many more years
Happy birthday Nikki! That’s my mom’s name – I’ve always thought it was super cool!
Happy unbirthday Nikki! I remember that about-to-turn-8 feeling. It was the best! I try to feel that way about all the new adventures. It’s a great way to stay young.
Here’s to 28-4VR! ?❤️
Happy Birthday Nikki Love all the new creative video edits too Awesome as always Safe travels!!!
GEISHA coffee! Oh I’m so jealous. Savored mine all up a long time ago. Thanks to you guys I’m hooked and eagerly awaiting it’s return in Sept. from Crema.
Great artwork in this video, thanks for sharing. Missed you guys last week.
so nikki ! looks like we share the same b day ! January 27th, right? mine was a special milestone this year. #60!!!
your vids are eagerly anticipated every week. the longer they are, the better !! we spend a little time on sundays living vicariously thru you guys !!! THANKS !!!
Happy Birthday Nikki,
Your 8th, 28th Birthday. That would make you more than 200 years old. You look Mahhvelous.
You three are having so much fun its making me want to get out and get some too. Awesome video.
Beautiful colors, beautiful people. I watched with a big ole grin on my face. I think you all are wonderful!
Happy Belated Birthday and Un-Birthday Nikki! Great to see you guys enjoying life. Stay safe.
Absolutely one of the BEST videos on U Tube. Keep those once a year celebrations coming. My two cats enjoy seeing yours as you sail into the sunset. Linda and I are still motor homing and enjoying Thousand Trails and of course Passport America. I’m going to the boat show this Friday in Newport Beach, but I’m not going to buy a boat. If I did I would get a sail boat like yours. Of course with lots of spare parts. Like a motor home you have to be handy, because sometimes there is no one around to help. I do have my Amature Radio W6YY to activate if cell phone doesn’t make contact with a cell tower or all else fails. What are you and Jason going to do after sailing the world? PS we met at the RV park along the water near San Francisco. Where you guys parked fell into the Pacific Ocean during a storm………….the row we were on behind you is not the front row so the price went up.
Happy Birthday, Nikki. Occasionally I go back to the program and watch “Going RV” as a reminder of when and how your adventures began with your first RV purchase. You’ve both come a long way and thank you for sharing your adventures with us.
Happy Birthday Nikki ! ?? There is such beauty in the photographs which say a lot about the people of the country. Glad you are enjoying your time and taking it all in (and sharing with us). Love the upside down coffee cup Jason ?
Happy Birthday Nikki!! Another excellent birthday adventure. We hope you have many many more.
Jimmy & Darci Hall
Binge watching your YouTube videos with my wife Darci. We are monohull skippers from way back and now thinking twice about a catamaran like yours for adventures over in our final years on the water. Thanks for the inspiration.
Question: Why did you decide to sail past Columbia and go directly to Ecuador? Why not sail northwest along Panama to Boca Chica region and head directly to Galapagos from up there? Friends have told us of great sailing in Pacifoc from Panama City to Costa Rica and it puts hundreds more miles between you and Columbia.
Your close encounters with predators at night has Darci regularly reading piracy avoidance techniques on the internet. Like so many others, we worry for you guys. How about Galapagos to Boca Chica on the return? Leave a few hundred more miles width between you and Columbia.
Check out OSA peninsula… We have been to southern Costa Rica, Osa Penninsula — highly recommend and great port at tip of the bay (only real townnout there) near an incredible national park your viewers would highly like on the Osa. Pacific currents could then take you south to Panama again.
So inspired and wishing you guys safe travels. Keep on keepin’ on.
(PS. I have a bet with Darci that you are heading to Tahiti instead – it takes a vagabond to think like a vagabond — tell me you are not going to end up in Australia;)
J and D Hall
What a fun day you had on your birthday in such a beautiful country!! Party on!! ?
Love the drone footage, and pics of all the creative, colorful graffiti art there. The people seem friendly ?
Happy B-Day. I have a sense your getting the hang of entering Customs for different countries by now. The Panama Canel blog was very eye opening to the whole process getting from A to P. I honestly I still miss the RVing blogs you two drove us through.
Thanks for sharing your birthday. I only wish I could have been there with the german chocolate cake!
Safe travels in the next month!
Happy birthday your absolutely gorgeous.
Been following you for years,since your motorcoach days. By far my favorie youtube to watch, Happy Birthday! Would like to send a liitle monitary gift for you Nkiki, never done anything like that befor as my wife and I are a certain generation,not great with tech,Do have a pay pal account,guide me?
How nice! There’s a link to the Tip Jar here on the blog: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/tip-jar
Sandra & the 2 Spaniels
What a fabulous birthday! I love getting to see you guys having so much fun. I had knee surgery in February-yeah! MY birthday present!-so the spaniels and I are beyond bored with rehab appointments, and my bike time. I am hoping that when I get healed & rehabbed, I can stand up on a pitching ship! Ecuador looks like it is doing pretty well in rebuilding. It took Los Angeles a long time to recover from our 1994 earthquake. I always enjoy your amazing adventures. Happy Birthday to a gal who has a real zest for life!
Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had a really great day in sunny Ecuador! You don’t look a day over 21 which is very unlike myself hahaha! All the very best xx
I’m glad you’re back on video. Like the othe response we were worried that someth8ng terrible had happened to you. Happy birthday Nikki and happy unbirthday to Jason
Happy Birthday to the cutest sailor in the world. She sails, drives motor homes, runs dingy’s, fly’s drones, what can’t she do? Was a little worried about your guys last week when I didn’t see a video posted, but looks like all is well. Any idea when you’re going to set sail across the Pacific? Thanks for sharing your adventures, love seeing them.
Great video , again! Happy very late birthday!! Or maybe happy un-birthday right.on schedule!! Lol that drone needs a handle o. The bottom you can grab instead in grabbing the body . Maybe a retractable stem that pops out when launched and just hangs down while flying, making it easy to grab when decending. Anywho! All the best keep on trucking ( sailing) hahhahaa ❤️❤️❤️