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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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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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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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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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The Honeymoon Begins!

February 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Famous Firsts, First Mates, Introspection, Life on the Boat, Our Route, The beginning

Matt and I were married in October and even though we had a fun road-trip from CA to NJ and then had a nice relaxing three days at a beach spa/resort (thanks again Aunt Arlene & Tom!), we didn’t have a “real” honeymoon.  Those other get-aways were somewhat negated by the stress and craziness of […]

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A Tale of Two Loves

January 26th, 2010 · 7 Comments · First Mates, Loss of a Parent, Thoughts on Family

On March 16, 2004, my dad died.  He had a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Thankfully, we got to spend time with him before he died but, of course, it wasn’t enough. The hardest part of his death has not been, surprisingly, accepting his death, but rather my failing memory – my inability to remember […]

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2010 – The Year of the Bins

January 4th, 2010 · 7 Comments · First Mates, Funny, Life on the Boat, Preparing for the trip, The beginning

It’s New Years Day and I’m standing in the doorway of our near empty studio apartment looking at Matt.  I can feel Matt seething with annoyance as he precariously balances two overflowing cardboard boxes, a paper bag, a blanket, my backpack, and two sets of over-the-door hooks on our little hand cart.  “We didn’t have […]

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Love is in the Hair

September 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Boat Work, First Mates, Our Route, The Crew

These last few days, there’s been love in the hair.  Yes, you read that right – love in the hair.  Specifically, my hair and Matt’s hair, and the “love” looks and feels very much like paint primer because that’s what it is.  What it represents, though, is my willingness to work on the boat and […]

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