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Giving back: the best birthday gift ever

We’re just over one week in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. It is an explosion of new experiences: it’s so different, full of new sights and sounds and tastes and smells, which are taking time to process! But we are so happy to be here, relaxing into a familiar rhythm and learning about a new place…like walking […]

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Your day is about to get better

Get ready to smile! You know how when you smile at someone, it’s hard for them not to smile back? When someone passes along a good feeling, it’s hard not to share it and pass it along yourself? That’s pretty much how the kids & kittens fundraiser happened. It all started with a picture of the cute little boy […]

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Thankful to be cruising

Celebrating Thanksgiving on Totem this week, we sat around the table to talk about all the things we’re grateful for. Earlier in the day, the children had each made a list to share- going around the table, there were many overlaps. We’re all so thankful for our floating home. Totem might be cozy living, but […]

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Our five year cruisiversary

I look at this photo of our children at the time we embarked on the cruising life in 2008 and wonder- how did five years pass so quickly? It’s five years today since we backed Totem out of her Bainbridge Island slip and departed on cruising adventures. At the time, I really didn’t think that […]

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Special Delivery

The combination of traveling in places of scarcity, being frugal, or simply not having any options (very few stores in the coastal Baja desert) means we often just go without. On one hand, we have grown accustomed to doing without something we ‘need.’ Very rarely is it a true need anyway- it’s a desire, a […]

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Thankful to be here.

off for a walk in Coffs Harbour Our quiet family Thanksgiving dinner last night, we went around the table talking around things we’re thankful for. To a one, the kids all agreed: they are grateful to be out sailing, to be living this life.

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Living the lush life in La Cruz

Pardon the radio silence, but Totem has somewhere between 1) insanely busy with, and now recovering from, the holidays and visitors and 2) soaking up the lush beauty that is La Cruz. I’m offering this bit of visual candy as a kind of apology. Thanks to an extended Pineapple Express weather system (yes, they affect […]

Black Friday Ruminations

posted via radio. Cleaned-up links, and some pretty pictures of our Thanksgiving anchorage, when we get online… might be this weekend. Might not. If I could pick a detestable day of the year, this would be it. More than April 15, more than the most darkest day of winter. It’s is making me think more […]

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Favorite memories from fall in the Sea

A friend of ours said recently, sometimes it’s better to just shut up and show the pictures. I can’t argue! Herewith, some of our favorite memories captured since returning to Mexico, sailing in Sea of Cortez. Jamie and the kids, fishing from the dinghy at sunset- Isla Carmen Hiking the hills behind the San Juanico […]

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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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