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*F*un *I*n *J*ungle *I*sland

September 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Cruising with Friends, Fiji, Life on the Boat, Somebody likes us, The Crew

We are still in Fiji and have accumulated 3 new people.  Jon’s friend A and our friends G&A flew out from the states to be with us for a couple of weeks.  We’ve been having a great time – enduring rolly anchorages, watching dolphins play at the bow, snorkeling, eating at beautiful resorts, hiking with […]

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Celebrating 4yrs (!) with drinks, hermit crabs & fish in Apataki (July 1-7)

July 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Cheers!!, First Mates, French Polynesia, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat, Our Route, shoe-cruising, Shore Excursions, Somebody likes us, The Crew, Tuamotus

After spending a week in Northern Toau (Anse Amyot), the longest we’ve stayed in one spot since Nuku Hiva, we were ready to go.  Actually, we were ready to go by about day 5, but the weather (as previously noted) was not cooperating.  Finally, it cleared up enough that we could cut loose from the […]

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Fakarava (June 15-19)

July 9th, 2010 · No Comments · French Polynesia, Our Route, shoe-cruising, The Crew, What I'm Reading

Coming from the isolated, spectacular private paradises we found in Tahanea and Makemo, Fakarava was a bit like waking up in New York City – great in its own right, but a bit of a shock to the system.  BUT – the atoll has internet. and hamburgers. and a store with delicious canned butter. and […]

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Spring Break

March 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Mexico, The Crew

Jon, one of the other boat owners, arrived from Colorado on Saturday to spend his spring break with us.  He showed up with two enormous bags of goodies for Matt and the boat.  It was like Christmas… if you count windvane parts, new hose, and mast track cars as presents.  But, Jon brought some *truly* […]

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Hanging out in Catalina

February 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Our Route, The beginning, The Crew

After another day or so of motoring and floating around the (currently) aptly named Pacific, we motored into Two Harbors at Santa Catalina Island.  We initially tried to anchor outside of Cherry Cove, which brought back fun memories of a college Intervarsity Retreat, but ended up in Little Fisherman’s Cove, a short dinghy ride away […]

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Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz to Catalina

February 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · First Mates, Life on the Boat, Our Route, The beginning, The Crew

Because Pete and Ray didn’t have much time left with us and the wind wasn’t cooperating for a fast trip to, well, anywhere we wanted to go, we decided to head from Santa Barbara over to Santa Cruz island just across the channel.  We ended up motoring most of the way, but it was a […]

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“If you’re not banging your head against something, you’re not doing it right.”

January 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments · About Money, Boat Work, Fellow Cruisers, Funny, Life on the Boat, Preparing for the trip, The beginning, The Crew

Life on the boat has shifted into high gear this week (and we are planning to go SAILING tomorrow and not just work!!).  PETE arrived on Tuesday night, immediately going into work mode as he tackled the windlass and then custom-designed and built a protective unit for our steering quadrant.  JON arrived on Thursday also […]

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The Good, the Bad and the $740 we spent at Costco

December 27th, 2009 · No Comments · About Money, Preparing for the trip, The beginning, The Crew

First things first, a belated Merry Christmas to all!!  We had a great Christmas with my mom down in Bako but were a bit sad that we missed the WHITE CHRISTMAS in New Jersey.  We’ve spent the last two Christmases with Matt’s family in NJ and, each time, I’ve begged and pleaded with the Big […]

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We have a crew!

November 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · First Mates, Preparing for the trip, The beginning, The Crew

I haven’t gone into too many details about WHO will be going on the sailing trip with us other than me and Matt because, honestly, that question brings up so many complicated issues and we didn’t really know and we still sort of don’t know who the crew will be for the majority of the […]

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Love is in the Hair

September 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Boat Work, First Mates, Our Route, The Crew

These last few days, there’s been love in the hair.  Yes, you read that right – love in the hair.  Specifically, my hair and Matt’s hair, and the “love” looks and feels very much like paint primer because that’s what it is.  What it represents, though, is my willingness to work on the boat and […]

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