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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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Mixed Emotions (written Nov.9, en route to Australia)

November 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Introspection, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat, Our Route, Passages, Random Thoughts, The End

When we started this passage, I never thought I would spend almost its entirety curled up in the recesses of the quarterberth or laying on the settee, trying to keep my stomach happy and contained.  It’s strange to me that I’ve sailed almost halfway around the world and yet get the worst seasickness on our […]

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A Seaworthy Vessel (written 10/21 en route to New Caledonia)

October 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Fellow Cruisers, First Mates, Life on the Boat, On Fear, On Safety, Our Route, Passages, Random Thoughts, This Could Have Been Us, Vanuatu

Our initial plan was to leave Fiji on Saturday Oct. 9.  We didn’t feel too concerned about weather since we hadn’t heard rumors of anything nasty coming up, but – as usual – it’s always a good idea to check.  The weather for the near future – 2 days out – looked perfect, but the […]

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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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Life on the dock

October 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Fiji, Introspection, Life on the Boat, Our Route, Random Thoughts, shoe-cruising, Words to Cling to

After the last few weeks of sailing all around, it is kind of nice to be tucked into the marina berths here at Port Denerau.  Some of our other cruising friends scoff at the high prices of the restaurants here and another referred to this center of tourist madness as “Disneyland,” but I happen to […]

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Bula Bula Bula

September 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Fiji, Our Route

“Bula” means hello or welcome in Fijian.  It’s a fun word to say 🙂  And, what’s even better is that the Fijians say it a lot.  Everywhere we go people call it out, shout it out to us or say it kindly as we walk by.  They are probably the friendliest culture we’ve encountered yet.  […]

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Neiafu, Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga – a break from the sea (sort of)

September 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Beautiful, Boat Work, Our Route, shoe-cruising, Tonga

Vava’u is beautiful.  We arrived fairly late in the day, dropping anchor in the lingering moments after sunset in a small cove just shy of the main port of Neiafu.  I woke up the next morning and instantly fell in love with Vava’u – birds singing and chirping, clear blue water, and lush green tropical […]

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Going where not even Google has gone… Beveridge Reef (Aug. 19-23)

September 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Adventures in the Dinghy, Beautiful, Our Route, Passages

After a loooongg nine-days of sailing, we finally spotted the white spray of breaking waves far off in the distance.  This was our first glimpse of Beveridge Reef, a partially submerged coral reef in the middle of the ocean. As we got closer, Matt pointed out the lagoon, a flat shimmering line just beyond the […]

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Huahine, our last stop in French Polynesia (Aug. 6-11)

September 1st, 2010 · No Comments · French Polynesia, Our Route, Society Islands

For us in the US, it seems Bora Bora is the posterchild of the South Pacific.  Initially, we thought we wanted to go there just because, well, it’s Bora Bora.  But, several cruisers that went there had mixed reviews of the island as a cruising hang-out.  It was expensive, there were lots of resorts and […]

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To Future Cruisers: Plan better than we have…

August 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Fellow Cruisers, French Polynesia, Oh Crap., Our Route, Passages, Stupid Ideas, Tonga

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but we are going to be doing ANOTHER LONG PASSAGE.  What is the deal?!?!  Most people who do this cruising thing try to keep the long passages to the minimum.  But, not us! Oh no, we like to just GO.  We have barely been sailing for 6 months and […]

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