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Entries Tagged as 'Life on the Boat'

Time Flies…

October 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Cruising Must-Haves, Cruising with Friends, Fellow Cruisers, Fiji, Life on the Boat, Somebody likes us

Wow.  Our time in Fiji has gone by so fast.  I guess that’s what happens when you have good friends along for the ride.  In less than 2.5 weeks, we visited Beachcomber, Waya, Wayalailai, Navadra, Mana, and Manolailai islands and made a full circumnavigation of Naviti.  There were various reasons as to why we moved […]

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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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Fun times with the Fridge

August 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Boat Work, Life on the Boat, Random Thoughts

Before I show you pictures of the beautiful, bizarre Beveridge Reef and this crazy island country of Tonga, and before I depress you with serious posts about the soul-searching I’ve been doing, I thought that I would share with you the less glamorous side of our life….. We are one of the lucky boats that […]

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Re-Kindle-ing our library

August 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments · About Money, Cruising Must-Haves, Life on the Boat, Random Thoughts, What I'm Reading

Matt and I are what you might call “voracious” readers. We each can devour a decent size book in a day without interruptions. 400 pages? No big deal. Granted, I’m talking about the kinds of books we’ve been reading lately, the kind that you can read in a day because they take little to no […]

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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 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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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 – 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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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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