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Shelter-in-Place at Sea

Posted by on March 25, 2020 in Adventures | 11 comments

Shelter-in-Place at Sea

Living on a sailboat essentially has prepared us for a pandemic. If this lovely tropical scene has provided any sense of insulation, it all disappeared the day we learned a family member tested positive for Covid-19.

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The Road Less Traveled

Posted by on February 25, 2020 in Adventures | 3 comments

The Road Less Traveled

We could have turned right with everyone else but the other direction was described as wild and rugged beauty. No fuel, no hotels, no groceries. There was little protection in shifting weather and the main gateway was a very shallow sandbar impassable by many boats. Perfect—we turned left.

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Stuck in a Hole

Posted by on February 21, 2020 in Adventures | 10 comments

Stuck in a Hole

Giant marine sinkholes—what are they? What’s inside of them? How did we get Gémeaux in the middle? And, how the heck did we get that picture? So many of you have asked, so here you go…

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The Soul of an Octopus

Posted by on February 1, 2020 in Adventures | 2 comments

The Soul of an Octopus

The noise got louder and the pounding intensified. I tried to remain calm as breathing became more difficult and I realized I couldn’t keep my snorkel clear of water. I knew I had swum too close to the craggy shoreline and I was certain the next wave would hurl me into rocks.

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Dinghy Walkabout

Posted by on January 25, 2020 in Adventures | 6 comments

Dinghy Walkabout

Upon learning that indeed selling someone’s own property back to them or to someone else is against the law, an official sting operation was launched. Now under the direction of the Turks and Caicos police force, Mike and Allen set off for the agreed-upon drop point at the gas station.

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Earthquake at Sea

Posted by on January 18, 2020 in Adventures | 2 comments

Earthquake at Sea

The third earthquake struck at sunrise shutting down all power to the island and foiling our plans to fuel before leaving on an offshore passage. Do we have enough fuel to make it? What happens when we’re at sea if another quake hits?

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The Virgins–Or Are They?

Posted by on January 1, 2020 in Adventures | 3 comments

The Virgins–Or Are They?

Growing up in National Parks, I took for granted our natural resources would be well protected. I contemplated the state of our planet—so much devastation below our ocean surface so humankind can enjoy life above. Warming climates, hurricanes, trash, apathy—we see it firsthand everywhere in our travels…and today, even in a National Park.

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Passage to St Martin

Posted by on November 30, 2019 in Adventures | 4 comments

Passage to St Martin

I’m afraid of the dark. When I was little I’d take a flying leap into my bed so the boogey monster under my mattress couldn’t drag me into his lair. Fast forward 50 years and I’m forced to face my fear on a boat in the middle of an ocean during an offshore passage.

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New York New York!

Posted by on October 15, 2019 in Adventures | 1 comment

New York New York!

I’m not sure any urban mecca could be at the top of my sailing list, but taking Gémeaux down the East River certainly was a thrill and an absolute spectacular way to enter New York City.

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Millions and Billions of Lobster Pots

Posted by on October 1, 2019 in Adventures | 0 comments

Millions and Billions of Lobster Pots

Daylight emerges ever so quietly in a heavy bank of fog. After hours of uninterrupted seas during our overnight passage from Cape Cod, lobster pots make their debut. Suddenly, a loud CLUNK! against the hull draws us all to attention.

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Hey Gémeaux–Where Did You Go?

Posted by on August 1, 2019 in Adventures | 2 comments

Hey Gémeaux–Where Did You Go?

New Year…near year’s resolutions—I’ll write more! I actually do write an entry every day in our log book but all the sailing talk would bore you. You know I love to write and really I want to keep you up-to-date on all our adventures. Did you also know I get sea sick?

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Rally Reflections

Posted by on July 16, 2019 in Adventures | 6 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.

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From Dot’s Diary…

Posted by on June 15, 2019 in Adventures | 0 comments

From Dot’s Diary…

When your sweet kitty leaves a hole in your heart, it’s a real treasure to revive some memories. Hidden deep in a pile of half-finished stories was this fun account from our sweet Dot. May it bring you a smile:)

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Stolen Hearts

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Adventures | 0 comments

Stolen Hearts

None of us was prepared to have our hearts stolen. Our goal was to drop off donations for a local charity in Colombia. My goal was to capture images of the children and their mothers.

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