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Reflections at the half-year mark

Six months ago today, we left our home on Bainbridge Island and embarked on an open ended journey as a family. Our long held plans to go cruising, finally realized! Our excitement at finally reaching the departure milestone to depart is hard to describe- truly, it was a dream come true. As we were escorted […]

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An interview with Niall

Where are you?Marina Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz, Banderas Bay, Mexico.How do you like Banderas Bay?Really cool. Seeing a Spanish lady, a kind of seahorse, and a thorny seahorse in Punta de Mita. The alligators (12’) roaming free in the jungle tour in paradise village.Do you want to be in Banderas Bay for a while?Yes, I […]

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Isla Isabella

Once upon a time, a family on a sailboat went to Isabella Island. The wildlife refuge was famed for fearless, magnificent birds. But the family couldn’t get to the island, just a few dozen yards away; the surf was too rough. They were disappointed; but then, a bird came to them. The frigate bird was […]

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Feliz Navidad

Overheard on the afternoon of the 25th: “this is the best Christmas ever!”  Last year, we did a trial Christmas away from home. The children wondered if Santa could still find us. We thought it would be fun to enjoy what was likely our last white Christmas for a while, and rented a cabin in […]

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Getting in the groove: I’m falling for Mexico

Mariachi paying respectOriginally uploaded by behang We’re getting our bearings, adjusting to differences here and generally revelling in them. Such as the delay of beginning the rush to celebrate Christmas until… well, until it’s nearly Christmas! Besides, there are other celebrations in the offing here- Dia de los Muertos on November 1 and the feast […]

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We’re published!

We’re published!Originally uploaded by behang Jamie and I have our first article in the December issue of 48 North – we’re so excited! This free sailing magazine is available from marine minded places in the Pacific Northwest, or in your mailbox by subscription. The article isn’t available online (sorry!), but reflects on finding new traditions […]

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we love SPOT.

we love SPOTOriginally uploaded by behang This nifty little device just made it a whole lot easier to share our location. We set it up just before leaving San Diego, after a friend up in the Northwest sent a unit for us (thank you, Marv!). I first leaned about SPOT following Capt Rodriguez on BitterEnd, […]

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Working south down Baja

Hola from Mexico! After leaving San Diego, we had a nice one-day sail down to Ensenada, complete with a dolphin escort as we rode our last miles in the US. The bull ring in Tijuana was visible from offshore- an emblem of the differences that await as we move south of the border. Within half […]

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Day by day

Day by dayOriginally uploaded by behang We’re in a comfortable berth in San Diego, enjoying the warm hospitality of a reciprocal club- Southwestern Yacht Club- on Shelter Island. The kindness that has been shown to us is humbling. Sure, there was the friendly face at the dock to help us land- but the rides to […]

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Channel Islands interlude

yes, they hiked in crocs. Originally uploaded by behang Just a quick plug for the handful of pictures we took on our visit to Santa Cruz- click through this one for more. Baker family- don’t you dare skip these next year in a rush to get south. After exprienceing the magic of kelp forests firsthand, […]

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