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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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Nightlife on Toau (Toau – northern anchorage/Anse Amyot June 22-30)

July 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Cheers!!, Fellow Cruisers, French Polynesia, Funny, Our Route, Shore Excursions, Tuamotus

The moon shone round and bright in the evening sky and the water sparkled under the stars. We pulled our dinghy up to the short wooden dock, noting that we were the first crew to arrive for dinner.  “Are those lobsters?!?!”  I asked hopefully, pointing at a table on the porch stacked with spider-like objects.  […]

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Reunited with s/v IO (Toau -southern anchorage June 19-22)

July 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Fellow Cruisers, French Polynesia, Life on the Boat, Our Route, Tuamotus

We showed up in Toau just ahead of a low pressure system that was moving through the area.  We set our anchor, letting out almost all 250 feet of our rode, but laughingly never getting more than 20 feet from our anchor as we successfully wrapped ourselves around a couple of coral heads.  Anyway, we […]

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A Visit to Hakatea (“Daniel’s Bay”) (May 13-16)

May 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Cruising with Friends, Fellow Cruisers, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva, Our Route, shoe-cruising, Shore Excursions

Five miles west of Taiohae Bay, there’s Hakatea, nicknamed Daniel’s Bay because of some European who used to live there.  Although Mike and Hyo of IO had already explored the area, they readily accepted our invitation to ditch their boat in Taiohae and come with us back over to Daniel’s Bay for a weekend.  Daniel’s […]

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God bless the internet

March 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Fellow Cruisers, Fun Stuff, Life on the Boat, Mexico, Somebody likes us, The beginning

For those who may not know, Matt and I met online.  Yes, we are one of the (now) many couples who successfully negotiated through all the lies and faked pictures, were lucky enough to avoid the horror stories, and found the love of our life on WWW.MATCH.COM. Were it not the for the internet, I […]

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Bound for Mexico!

March 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Fellow Cruisers, Mexico, The beginning

We stayed an extra day to visit with some Bay Area friends on “Mystic” who left SF just a few days before us and then ended up a few days behind us.  They finally caught up with us here in SD so we had dinner together last night and enjoyed some time with them this […]

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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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We’re Off!!*

February 10th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Our Route, Preparing for the trip, The beginning

Hopefully, by the time most of you read this, we will be far away from Emeryville, completely FREE of our slip, and making 6-8 knots downwind, beginning our grand adventure. If this miracle happens, I probably won’t post for a few days – well, no guarantees – because we are going to try and sail […]

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January 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Boat Work, First Mates, Funny, Life on the Boat, Preparing for the trip, The beginning

* It was pretty stormy here the last couple of nights.  Well, as stormy as the bay area can get seeing as how there’s never any lightning or thunder or crazy wicked thunderheads… so by “stormy” I mean windier than normal with a little bit of rain.  Anyway, it was our first time sleeping in […]

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Deserted Islands and a VANDELLA CD – the perfect combo :)

January 13th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Fun Stuff, Giveaways

In honor of our good friend Jeff and his upcoming adventures, I am giving away his band’s latest CD to one lucky commenter!! VANDELLA has an awesome sound, a sort of folk-rock style, and their concerts are fabulous.  IN FACT, if you’re in San Francisco **THIS THURSDAY** please go see them at the Red Devil […]

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