(This post is really just ramblings from my journal… nothing in particular about our travels, just my thoughts….not always cohesive or coherent. Anything that appears to be stated as matter-of-fact is just the nature of using words to convey ideas, but I try and use forgiving language to compensate.) In a world (social media world, … More Travel-Induced Enlightenment: It Doesn’t Exist.
Most of you probably haven’t considered the difference between RVers and Vanners, but in general, there is quite a chasm between the two groups. Vanning usually consists of a party no larger than two individuals, and likely a pet or two. Vanners consume 3-5 gallons of water per day, keep relatively little fresh food on … More On the Road Again. Sleeping in Walmart Parking Lots Again. (Tacoma, WA)
“So, what’s next?” often followed by… “What do/will you do?” (i.e. for a job/money) If you ask us these questions you will likely be dissatisfied with the answer. From me, you will receive a mumble and confused look. JB will mention something about taking the Washington state bar exam in a couple weeks. Reasonably, the … More “So, What’s Your Plan Now?”
We have made it to Georgetown, The Exumas, Bahamas. As the bird flies, out of the ~1000 mile trip we have sailed about 700miles of it. That leaves us with nearly two more weeks until we reach the coast of Florida, landing in Miami. We could make the trip with greater speed, but as the … More “I think you would like swimming with sharks,” he said.
I believe I last left you somewhere on the south side of Puerto Rico. Where the mangroves were plentiful and I sat in blissful ignorance of what an overnight sailing passage entails. If you’re looking to lose those few extra around that stubborn middle section, I have the solution for you! We welcome you aboard, where … More How to Lose 5lbs in 4 Days: sailing in open water (Mona Passage & Turks and Caicos)
I’m not much use for keeping dates or timelines. I honestly don’t remember when JB and I left St.Thomas, but probably about a week and a half now, maybe two? The sail from St. Thomas to Florida is all downwind at this time of year and is about 900 nautical miles (1NM is about 1.15 … More Culebra, Puerto Rico
JB and I agreed that taking a more substantial test run in Ahimsa would serve both of us well. And although in the opposite direction of our foremost destination (Florida – for boat rehabilitation and family bonding), we resolved on heading to the British Virgin Islands. For these few weeks JB would fulfill his obligation … More British Virgin Islands Escapade
If you didn’t already know, JB and I really like coffee. With one whiff of a fresh roast I’m transported to everywhere I’ve experienced bliss: the top of a mountain, a cliff side overlooking the ocean, staring up to the sky lying amidst the Alaskan wildflowers…… Really just one sniff. In three and a half … More Ahimsa Roasting : Coffee for a Cause
During the boat searching and purchasing process, I had many friends, family members, complete strangers ask if I felt comfortable and ready to sail around on a boat. In my mind right now I see JB’s dad sitting across the cockpit table from me (his parents were aboard right before Christmas), asking this question, very … More Our First Sailing Adventure (attempt)
As I sit on my flight back to Florida (from St.Thomas, for my lovely friend’s bachelorette party) I experience the full gamut of emotions. Flying induced stress starts about two nights before takeoff, the early morning hours find me anxious and panicked trying not to wake JB. I can logic myself out of fear, playing … More Why is Sailing Scary?