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Who wants a Roo? (aka our trip to the Lone Pine Sanctuary)

November 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Australia, Famous Firsts, First Mates, Fun Stuff, shoe-cruising, Shore Excursions, The End

Last week, we took a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just outside of Brisbane. Along with Koalas, the LPS has a variety of other animals, reptiles and birds that are native to Australia. I was super excited to go because their website promised 1) you could hold a koala; 2) you could feed […]

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Fiji Highlight – DOLPHINS!!

October 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Famous Firsts, Fiji

After we picked up Allison in Nadi, we spent one night anchored off Beachcomber Island (NOT recommended) and then left early the next morning to go to Waya Island.  There was no wind and the water was almost perfectly still.  We were motoring along at 4.5 knots when we saw the joyful splashes and heard […]

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To Future Cruisers: Plan better than we have…

August 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Fellow Cruisers, French Polynesia, Oh Crap., Our Route, Passages, Stupid Ideas, Tonga

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but we are going to be doing ANOTHER LONG PASSAGE.  What is the deal?!?!  Most people who do this cruising thing try to keep the long passages to the minimum.  But, not us! Oh no, we like to just GO.  We have barely been sailing for 6 months and […]

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The dolphin that wouldn’t swim with me (in Tenacatita)

April 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Funny, Life on the Boat, Mexico

“Oh, yeah, Tenacatita is great,” Louis says.  “It’s a beautiful little anchorage and if you swim out from your boat a ways, the dolphins will come swim with you.” My eyes light up.  “REALLY?!” “Yes!” Laura smiles.  “We had two bottlenose dolphins come right up to us when we were there.” A few days later, […]

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Our First Stowaways

March 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Famous Firsts, Life on the Boat, Mexico, Passages

On the way down from Ensenada, we didn’t see any whales or dolphins (argh!! wtf?!?!?), but we had these funky little squids wash up on deck.  If I had been thinking quickly, I would have snatched them up and thrown them on a hook to use as fish bait.  Alas, they dried up before my […]

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