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Entries Tagged as 'Life Lessons'

The good, the bad & the ugly are all, well, GOOD.

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Australia, Introspection, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat, Loss of a Parent, The End, Thoughts on Family

Now that we are comfortably ensconced in civilization again and able to be off the boat and in movie theaters or cafes or restaurants at a moment’s notice, and have regular internet, and no longer have to worry about the anchor dragging or sails ripping or rigging breaking or being constantly tossed around at sea, […]

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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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Cruising Must-Have: Good snorkeling gear!!!

August 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Cruising Must-Haves, French Polynesia, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat, Random Thoughts, Society Islands

Right before Matt and I left SF, our cross-the-dock neighbor generously gave us fishing tackle and scuba gear and three sets of masks/snorkels/fins.  We felt like it was Christmas!!!  He just kept bringing more and more stuff over for us.  We were excited and thrilled to have such gifts literally falling into our lap. Because […]

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A Day in our Life on the Boat

July 14th, 2010 · 5 Comments · First Mates, Funny, Introspection, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat, Random Thoughts

Most of the time, the things I post on here are just about the places where we’ve been and a few things we did there.  It gives a very skewed picture of what our life on the boat is like.  I mean to say that our life is really NOT that exciting.  I’ll admit, though, […]

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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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Maybe this is a little TOO honest….. FULL DISCLOSURE: one month in

March 24th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Boat Work, Introspection, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat, Mexico, Oh Crap., Stupid Ideas, The beginning, This sucks

“What if I told you, Karen , that you couldn’t have anymore of anything… No more friends, no more money, no more anything, until you first got happy with what you have? Actually Karen , I’d never tell you that, because frankly, it’s not always true. But, if you’re not happy with what you’ve got, […]

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Cut Off

February 27th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Introspection, Life Lessons, On Fear, Thoughts on Family

For the last six months, I have said that I would be giving up my cell phone when we finally left California. I figured that it would be nice to have as we went down the coast, where I was sure I’d have good cell service the whole time (thank you Verizon!) Now, we are […]

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Observation

January 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Introspection, Life Lessons, Life on the Boat

It’s been very windy here today and when I went up on deck this afternoon, I was struck by how loud it was – lines banging against masts, tarps flapping, boats creaking as they strained against their dock lines, wind whistling through the marina…  One of the hardest things to get used to with sailing, […]

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January 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Life Lessons, On Faith, Words to Cling to

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. ~ C.S. Lewis Today, a friend recounted the various unexpected wonderful things that happened to her as she and her family struggled through a particularly hard […]

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Spoken like a true American.

December 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Life Lessons, Words to Cling to

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain (photo of Syzygy by J5)

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