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And that’s the way it is.

December 1st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Famous Firsts, First Mates, The End

We sailed over 13,000 miles. We visited seven countries. We dropped anchor off of more than 25 islands/atolls. We crossed: – the Tropic of Cancer -the Tropic of Capricorn – the International Date Line; and – the Equator. We sailed across the Pacific Ocean. It was mind-messingly difficult at times and also utterly amazing. It […]

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Who wants a Roo? (aka our trip to the Lone Pine Sanctuary)

November 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Australia, Famous Firsts, First Mates, Fun Stuff, shoe-cruising, Shore Excursions, The End

Last week, we took a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just outside of Brisbane. Along with Koalas, the LPS has a variety of other animals, reptiles and birds that are native to Australia. I was super excited to go because their website promised 1) you could hold a koala; 2) you could feed […]

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The end of the line.

November 11th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Australia, Cheers!!, Famous Firsts, First Mates, Our Route, Passages, The End

Brisbane. We’re here. I can’t believe it. The ultimate destination we talked about for so long. We certainly took the long way around. But, we made it. Australia.

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A brief note about “Buddy Boating” because it’s Wednesday, and you know what that means… (written Nov. 10 en route to Oz)

November 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Cruising Must-Haves, Cruising with Friends, Famous Firsts, Fellow Cruisers, Funny, Passages, Somebody likes us, The End

Cruisers are generally known to be independent and self-sufficient, yet can often have a herd mentality.  But, there really is something to be said for traveling with other boats.  This passage, for the first time EVER, we sailed within sight and VHF contact of fellow cruisers, and it was fantastic.  Although we did have to […]

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This is not a joke – PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!!

October 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Famous Firsts

As you all know, I’ve struggled with being happy while on this sailing trip. SO – WHO BETTER TO WRITE ABOUT HAPPINESS THAN ME?!?!?!!?!?! I just came across this blogging contest thing tonight on the Sam-e website and decided to enter it.  I’ve NEVER entered any kind of contest like this before but it would […]

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The Volcano at Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu

October 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Beautiful, Famous Firsts, Our Route, shoe-cruising, Shore Excursions, Vanuatu

Since we knew we would be staying in Fiji for so long, it was never in our original plans to go to Vanuatu.  Yes, we had heard interesting things about it, but we just felt like we didn’t have enough time.  But, as fortune would have it, we randomly ran into fellow cruisers S/V Victoria […]

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Fiji Highlight – DOLPHINS!!

October 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Famous Firsts, Fiji

After we picked up Allison in Nadi, we spent one night anchored off Beachcomber Island (NOT recommended) and then left early the next morning to go to Waya Island.  There was no wind and the water was almost perfectly still.  We were motoring along at 4.5 knots when we saw the joyful splashes and heard […]

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This is the life – Part II: Slurpee Returns (Rangiroa, July 11)

July 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Adventures in the Dinghy, Famous Firsts, French Polynesia, Life on the Boat, Somebody likes us, Tuamotus

Yesterday Jon walked around for approximately ten hours, beating a path along the lagoon edge, knocking on doors and miming the story of our missing dinghy.  By the time he returned to the boat, bumming a ride from another cruiser, all of Rangiroa between the two northern passes knew that Syzygy had lost its tender.  […]

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This is the Life (A real-time post! Rangiroa, early A.M. July 10)

July 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Adventures in the Dinghy, Famous Firsts, First Mates, French Polynesia, Funny, Oh Crap., Our Route, This sucks, Tuamotus

It’s not often that I get to post something as it’s happening.  But, this morning, I got up early and wrote something up because it’s actually kind of exciting for me to share something immediately instead of always having everything be post-dated.  So, this is what happened last night and what we are dealing with […]

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Making Landfall (May 8, 2010)

May 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Famous Firsts, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva, Pacific Crossing

In the dark, the island was a foreboding dark mass on the horizon, a threatening black image on the radar screen.  After being at sea for so long, seeing nothing for weeks, and falling into a pleasant state of not worrying about running into anything, it felt strangely scary to suddenly be within three miles […]

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