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Rally Reflections

Posted by on July 16, 2019 in Adventures | 5 comments

Rally Reflections

Eight months ago I sat amidst charts and maps learning how to spell Huaritcheru. I still had little experience sailing and zero experience with the geography of the Western Caribbean. I’d never seen an octopus, a green flash, or a Guna Indian.

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Mountain Sailing

Posted by on March 13, 2019 in Adventures | 4 comments

Mountain Sailing

The first thing I noticed about Colombia were the mountains–peaks reaching straight up from the ocean into and beyond the clouds. As we enter Colombian waters, Pico Cristóbal Colón gives us a glimpse of its 18,000-foot summit. How I’ve missed the mountains.

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Aruba: Island Civilization

Posted by on February 26, 2019 in Adventures | 4 comments

Aruba: Island Civilization

“OH SHIT!” Allen exclaimed just as I was just starting to doze off beside him at the helm. I immediately snapped up and dittoed “OH SHIT!” The entire spinnaker sail had disconnected from the top of the mast and was rapidly settling into the sea.

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Celebrities in Curaçao

Posted by on December 10, 2018 in Adventures | 1 comment

Celebrities in Curaçao

We dress in our formal Gémeaux white shirts since nobody onboard has the requisite roman numerals in their name to don a blue blazer. Locals and visitors sip coffee at the waterfront cafés as the Queen Emma floating pontoon bridge opens and our parade of boats enters in formation.

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Who Paints the Lighthouse?

Posted by on December 3, 2018 in Adventures | 3 comments

Who Paints the Lighthouse?

Always anxious to explore a remote corner of our natural world before entering civilization, our first stop from Bonaire to Curaçao is Klein Curaçao—a tiny, flat desert island with a white sand beach, five huts, and a lighthouse.

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Rally Time!

Posted by on November 25, 2018 in Adventures | 6 comments

Rally Time!

5:45am presents a beautiful orange daybreak in Curaçao. It is our last. Excitement builds. There is no quiet cup of tea and lazy scan of digital news. Today we are energizer bunnies flush with adrenaline—clean, stow, return rental car, laundry, repair… Today is the day we have been waiting for. November 21, 2018—the official start of our rally.

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Meet Allen

Posted by on November 17, 2018 in Adventures, Allen's Fo'c'sle | 2 comments

Meet Allen

So Allen wants his own blog. A man who snubs how Facebook cat videos entertain me and who remains steadfast that social media is not for him. Until now. If you’re one of our readers who wants to prevent a failing emergency hatch or curious about what a fo’c’sle is, welcome!

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Underwater Paradise: Bonaire

Posted by on November 14, 2018 in Adventures | 2 comments

Underwater Paradise: Bonaire

I was born in Yellowstone National Park. As a park ranger’s daughter, my entire childhood was spent in America’s iconic parks like Yosemite and Grand Canyon. I can tell you more about how to tranquilize a bear than how to navigate a shopping mall. I love nature and the outdoors and all the critters on the planet. Except ticks. Yuck.

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We’re Back! Passage to Bonaire

Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Adventures | 5 comments

We’re Back! Passage to Bonaire

It’s 400 miles from Grenada to Bonaire, or about three days and three nights of nonstop sailing—a passage. I have a love/hate relationship with passages. I love being far far away from civilization, surrounded by a blank canvas of sea that clears my mind and rekindles my soul.

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The Life of Dot

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Adventures | 8 comments

The Life of Dot

When your beloved pet is sick, those Caribbean sunsets stop taking your breath away and just mark another day of hurt. “Mon chat est très malade,” I explained in broken French. Heartache suffocated words, flooding me with memories of trying to comprehend the doctor’s treatment plan while digesting the words, “You have cancer.”

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Date Night

Posted by on March 10, 2018 in Adventures | 2 comments

Date Night

Don’t judge a town by a guidebook cover. We climbed into the dinghy with just the clothes on our back and a little local EC currency. We left the cell phones and wallets locked on the boat. The guidebook told us that this was a sketchy town—a tourist had been held up at gunpoint a year ago.

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Îles de la Petite Terre

Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Adventures | 1 comment

Îles de la Petite Terre

The French Carribean island of Guadaloupe is shaped like a butterfly. About 10 miles off the bottom of its right wing lies a piece of heaven. Declared a nature reserve in 1998, protecting the Lesser Antillean iguana and several species of sea turtles, these two Islands of the Small Land are on our must-see list.

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Cat on Cat: Rough Seas

Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Adventures | 3 comments

Cat on Cat: Rough Seas

I do not like rough seas
I do not like them one bit at all
I do not like to pitch and roll
Dang! I hit my head on that stupid pole
I do not like rough seas at all
They make me wobble, tip and fall
It’s frightening I can tell you that
It’s certainly no place for a princess cat

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Hurricane Wrath

Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Adventures | 2 comments

Hurricane Wrath

Little information was available on the current state of Barbuda. Many speculated so much sand had shifted in the storm that navigation could vary greatly from current charts and might indeed land you aground. We decided to investigate for ourselves.

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