Archive | October, 2010


American Dream – the movie

Stuff. We all have an abundance of things that we don’t need, right? I’m pretty sure everyone reading this falls into that category. As we fulfill these artificial needs for a better TV, a newer car, a bigger house… what is the real cost? One of the big motivators for us to move onto the […]


Breezing through New Caledonia

New Caledonia is unfortunately just a pit stop on the way to Australia for Totem. We’ve stopped here to allow ourselves a shorter passage to Oz, and the best weather information before departure. With our SSB down, we won’t be actively participating in the nets- minimizing time and maximizing advance info will help keep the […]


Old Home Week in Noumea

We hadn’t planned to stay at the marina in Noumea- like everything else in New Caledonia, it comes with a dear price. When we arrived on a Saturday morning, though, coming to the dock meant we could check in that morning- officials were on hand- instead of waiting for Monday and doing the rounds at […]



Most of the things people say they worry about when they hear about how we live… well, they generally aren’t things I worry about. Pirates. Storms. “What if something happens?” type stuff. Without belittling these possibilities, the risks are sometimes more about fear of the unknown, and the known factors are all things we manage […]


General silliness

During our last days in Fiji, we anchored in the beautiful island that is Navadra at the north end of the Mamanuca island chain, in company with our friends on IO and Oso Blanco. Earlier during our Fijian stay, the boys had each acquired a sulu- the Fijian man-skirt. We anticipated having Jamie wear it […]


Blown away by the underwater life

As posted last week- we have seen some incredible things underwater in Vanuatu. Our highlights have generally been from our snorkeling expeditions- completely counter to our expectations of what our memorable times here would be. We based ourselves in and around Havannah Harbour, at the north end of Efate island, for the better part of […]


Storian blong wanfala kenu Totem

Long long taem bifo i bin gat wanfala kenu Totem long smolfala aelan blong Bainbridge. Ol wan toktok blong Totem i gat wan gudfala plan. Hem wanem go long solwata lukluk aelan blong Pacific, longwei long not blong Bainbridge. Be wind i kam bigwan, solwara i rafraf. Afta wan dei, ol man blong Totem hem […]

Radio fail

Once again, our SSB radio has failed. It’s very frustrating. The symptoms are similar to what we experienced during our Pacific crossing in April– namely, it won’t tune up. We aren’t trying to transmit, because that can only damage the unit. When we crossed from Mexico to the Marquesas in April, transmitting after failing to […]


Language lessons- Vanuatu edition

I’ve prided myself in learning a least a smattering of each local language- but reverting so some unappealing American ethnocentrism, I seem try English first in Vanuatu and am almost sorry to find that it works every time. I think I may have succombed somewhat to the disappointment of a fleeting stay in a place […]


Thinking with my stomach

I have to admit, much the cooking on board is lately has been pretty uninteresting. As we work across the Pacific islands, we commonly go in spurts of a couple of weeks without access to fresh produce. There are plenty of long term staples on board, but there’s really no good substitute for a crunchy […]

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