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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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Making Landfall (May 8, 2010)

May 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Famous Firsts, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva, Pacific Crossing

In the dark, the island was a foreboding dark mass on the horizon, a threatening black image on the radar screen.  After being at sea for so long, seeing nothing for weeks, and falling into a pleasant state of not worrying about running into anything, it felt strangely scary to suddenly be within three miles […]

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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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This is it! We’re crossing the Pacific…

April 13th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Famous Firsts, Our Route, Pacific Crossing, Passages

(Of course, I can’t post without writing something….) For more information on the “Spot” thing I’m talking about and how you can check and see where we are/were, check out Matt’s blog. I am really horrible with “goodbyes” and this isn’t even really a “goodbye!”  (um, did anyone notice how I *almost* started to cry […]

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Wind and waves and …. remind me again why we’re doing this??!?!

March 15th, 2010 · 7 Comments · First Mates, Introspection, Learning to Sail, Life on the Boat, Mexico, Our Route, Passages, The beginning

Matt and I have read books and articles about cruising and have tried to talk to those who have gone before us.  I have searched the web for cruising blogs and forums and Matt has consulted various websites on his own.  Not one of the resources we’ve come across has ever mentioned how horribly uncomfortable […]

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Let the hazing begin – an initiation to the cruising life

March 14th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Famous Firsts, First Mates, Funny, Life on the Boat, Oh Crap., Passages, The beginning

Hello world!!!  We just arrived in La Cruz, Mexico after NINE FULL DAYS out at sea.  I can’t believe we managed to stay out so long.  All in all, it was relatively uneventful although we did encounter a small storm in the first couple of days.  The overwhelming feelings for the first 6 days were […]

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Hey Kids! This is better than TV!!!

February 23rd, 2010 · 8 Comments · Famous Firsts, Funny, Learning to Sail, Life on the Boat, The beginning

Ok, so not quite, but this sailing stuff is at least more interesting than Jersey Shore, right?!?!?!? Anyway:  I thought I’d share a few of our “firsts” for those who love us and so I can remember them next month when, I hope, we’ll already be old hats at all this stuff 🙂 (HAHAHA) – […]

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Our first 3 days at sea…

February 14th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Life on the Boat, Our Route

Who says February isn’t an AWESOME month for motoring sailing!?!?!? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!   I still cannot believe that we are actually doing this sailing thing.  For one, our San Francisco departure was particularly unexciting.  We were initially beset by some engine problems and hoped Pete and Matt fixed it, so Wednesday morning when we woke up and […]

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Weak Knees :(

December 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · About Money, Boat Work, First Mates, Oh Crap., Preparing for the trip, The beginning

Every once in a while someone will make a comment about how relaxing our lives must be now that we’re going into a period of not working and just “hanging out” on the boat.  Yeah, wouldn’t THAT be nice. We’ve suspected for a while that there was a major structural repair needed on the boat, […]

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Updating my resume – a different approach

December 1st, 2009 · No Comments · Introspection, What I'm Reading

I’ve been reading a book called “The Right to Write” by Julia Cameron.  It’s a FABULOUS book for those, like me, who have been, can be and are undeniably driven to write.  The book is not about writing for money or publishing or fame or anything material – it simply talks about writing for the […]

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