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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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We’re not in Kansas anymore

Dall’s PorpoisesOriginally uploaded by behang We spent several idyllic days in Monterey, soaking up Julie & Gloria’s hospitality. I walked around trying to keep jaw off the ground at the beauty around us, from the curve of Carmel beach and glittering water to their time capsule, movie-set home in Pebble Beach and the striking views […]

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Making progress south

Although we left Eagle Harbor back on August 21, in many ways it was the departure from Alameda, and the SF Bay, on October 13 that marked the beginning of what Niall long ago christened The Big Trip. The Seattle departure was without the children, since we wanted to spare them the discomfort and probable […]

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A Traditional Future

It’s Friday night. If you look up “Friday night” in the Gifford Family Compendium of Language and Culture (GFCLC), you’ll find: Pizza. A complex milieu brought on simply by dough and “stuff”, enabling simple people to become uncomplicated from rigors of a complex week. Follow religiously. It’s a terrible definition really. Our literal interpretation is […]

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Life in Alameda

handling the heatOriginally uploaded by behang Our first week in Alameda flew by. It has been HOT- many days pushing triple digits this week. I realize that’s peanuts compared to what we’ll experience in the Mexican summer next year, but hey, we’re thick blooded from life in the Pacific Northwest! Of course, the office I’m […]

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