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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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Charmed arrival in San Francisco

Placid conditions under the Golden GateOriginally uploaded by behang We came under the Golden Gate bridge around 4:30 on Thursday afternoon. Although they were absent from the rest of the passage, we had dolphins in pairs visiting us on and off for the hours preceding that cruise under the bridge. Between their escort, and the […]

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Departure Day

welcome to day 1Originally uploaded by behang Departure Day It was just after noon on Thursday, August 21, 2008 that Jamie and I finally cast off the docklines—departing Bainbridge Island to begin a nomadic life afloat as a family. Over the last two weeks, we’d kept a count of days-to-departure updated on the whiteboard affixed […]

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Top 10 Questions

After years of planning and dreaming, it feels pretty amazing to have smoothly finished the move on board our sailboat. That we’re soon to depart on an open ended journey as a family still leaves me wondering if I’m dreaming! We’ve found that sharing the news of our impending, open-ended travels prompts concerns about our […]

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There are always projects

Replacing hatchesOriginally uploaded by behang We purchased this boat with the idea that it was already in solid shape, and definitely not a “project boat.” All you boatowners out there now shaking your heads at us know… EVERY boat is a “project boat.” It’s just a matter of scale and how much you want to […]

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We’re a little busy

Thanks, we’re busy Originally uploaded by behang Our Dear Children are currently spending “summer camp” at their grandparents in northern Michigan. In a lovely, remote, far away, 12 hours + travel time, recreation-filled summer destination. So…we’re busy. Blog updates will be more regular soon. :->

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Hiccups on the road to salty dogdom

my cheering squadOriginally uploaded by behang Our transition to living on board has been much smoother than either Jamie or I anticipated. It would have been so easy, we thought, for one of the kids to have some objection to the dramatic shift in living space and neighborhood. Our house is on a great little […]

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