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Going home

We’ve been in the states for nearly three months now, road tripping our way though some beautiful landscapes and great visits with friends and family. Our time north of the border has brought new appreciation for the cruising life, and helped the differences in our lifestyle this past year into focus. We’re ruminating on those […]

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Food and Nourishment

As we prepared to leave Totem, snug in a berth in San Carlos, and return to the states for the summer- a concerted effort was made to work through our food stores. Thus it was, scrounging in the depths of a locker not long ago, that I discovered a jar of Julie and Gloria’s homemade […]

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Friendships while cruising

There is something of a roller coaster ride in our friendships. The bottom line is all good: we are fortunate to have wonderful people in our lives. There are highs when we meet new cruising friends, lows when we miss people from home, highs when friends from home visit or we reconnect with a boat […]

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Kids aboard: what do they do all day?

After 6 months of writing a cruising column for 48 North, we’re finally touching on the subject of kids aboard for the upcoming June issue. Our article is more generally about the choice to cruise as a family, but it has prompted reflections on the questions people might have about what it’s like for the […]

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Scenes from San Blas

We arrived in San Blas on April 4th- just for a few days, you know. Well, it looks like “a few days” means “about two weeks” when interpreted through our low-key, low-risk approach to cruising! At one point we did actually decide the tides and weather looked right for a dash to Isabel Island. However, […]

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Racing again!

Scenes from the RegattaOriginally uploaded by behang Jamie has a long history of racing sailboats- and it factors big in our personal history (we met racing on a J-35, 20+ years ago). So it was with great delight that we accepted the request of our friends on s/v Kenta Anae to crew with them for […]

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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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