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Entries Tagged as 'First Mates'

Taken In

August 7th, 2010 · 6 Comments · First Mates, Introspection, Thoughts on Family

Family. It’s a funny word in this confusing day and age with even high court justices trying to decide exactly what it means to be a family and who constitutes a family member. It’s also probably a fairly sensitive topic on a blog that all sorts of blood relatives allegedly read… 🙂 Growing up, “family” […]

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La La La La Cruz, Mexico (where we lived this past March :) )

August 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment · First Mates, Mexico, Preparing for the trip, shoe-cruising, The beginning

Finally good enough internet to upload and post videos!! Here’s some video we took of La Cruz, Mexico when we were there back in March of this year, prior to our crossing.  Pay no attention to my horrible non-editing 🙂

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A quick note re: Rude Awakenings

August 1st, 2010 · No Comments · First Mates, French Polynesia, Funny, Life on the Boat, Passages, Random Thoughts, This sucks

Obviously, the most noteworthy thing that’s occurred recently has been the moms’ trip to Moorea, which I will post about next.  But, I want to quickly jot down something else, just for posterity. Last night, Matt and I slept outside in the cockpit because Jon has been re-finishing the salon sole down below and the […]

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Love, Tahiti style

July 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments · First Mates, French Polynesia, Random Thoughts, Society Islands

TRUE LOVE IS….. ** spending an entire day walking around downtown Papeete with your wife, willingly going into every women’s clothing boutique in a FIVE BLOCK radius, waiting patiently while she tries on outfit after outfit after outfit, occasionally bringing her even more clothes to try on, not losing it when she starts to cry […]

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Dreaming of a Mini-Break

July 18th, 2010 · 5 Comments · First Mates, French Polynesia, Life on the Boat, Our Route, Random Thoughts, Shore Excursions, Society Islands, Thoughts on Family

I remember first hearing the term “mini-break” in the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary – which I totally LOVE btw – and thought it was a quaint, truly british phrase.  But, Lord A’Mercy, I am in need of a mini-break from the boat. We have not spent a night off the boat in almost EIGHT MONTHS. […]

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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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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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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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WE DID IT!!! We are in the Marquesas!

May 9th, 2010 · 14 Comments · Famous Firsts, First Mates, Our Route, Pacific Crossing, Passages

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!  WE MADE IT!!!!!!!  we are in the south pacific and holy smokes, i can’t believe we’re really here. After 25  days at sea. Lord have mercy, I am really really really really really glad to not be moving anymore! I’ve wondered for days now how to write this post.  Honestly, I wish that I […]

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And on the fourth day, she rested.

March 18th, 2010 · 3 Comments · First Mates, Funny, Mexico, Our Route

Today was the first day since we arrived in La Cruz that we had no plans, decided to do NO WORK on the boat, and had no reason to be anywhere other than where we were at the moment.  And oh, it was BLISS. We left the boat around 11 and headed straight to the […]

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