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Bus #17

Posted by on January 11, 2018 in Adventures | 2 comments

Bus #17

Bus #17 is what the locals take to get to their jobs in the capital of St. John’s in Antigua. Mamas take their babies and laborers take their tools. Young men with their long braided hair neatly piled high on their heads take bus #17. On this hot, humid day, we took bus #17.

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Antigua: Going Ashore

Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

Antigua: Going Ashore

Entering Jolly Harbor after 14 days of being at sea is like seeing a rainbow after a storm. Clusters of pink and blue and green homes dot the shoreline. We’re giddy at the thought of being back on land, but also apprehensive about re-entry.

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Destination: Antigua

Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

Destination: Antigua

Four days before our scheduled departure date, a favorable weather dictates an immediate departure. Just after sunset, we pushed off from civilization and were officially underway on our 14-day off-shore passage. Only a few hundred miles from our destination, we would face the ultimate crisis at sea.

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Cat on Cat-How Did I Get Here?

Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Adventures | 1 comment

Cat on Cat-How Did I Get Here?

I’m a cat and I’m born to take the same nap at the same time in the same place every day. I “travel” each year to the cat hospital so how bad can this traveling thing be? Well, let me tell you what I’ve been through…

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Lightning: Friend or Foe?

Posted by on September 9, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

Lightning: Friend or Foe?

There’s no better place to understand weather than in Antarctica. On our first night, pelting ice blew sideways and 40mph winds threatened to blow us off the mountain. It was the moment I realized how much I love intense weather.

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Happenstance

Posted by on September 6, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

Happenstance

I love how a day unfolds completely unexpectedly. How lemons become lemonade. How your road less travelled turns into one with many travelers. Take today for example–I was sure our sailing adventures were over.

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50 Shades of Gray

Posted by on September 6, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

50 Shades of Gray

Snowshoeing across Antarctica’s South Georgia Island is a barren landscape. You take away wildlife, plants, even rocks, and you are left with a monochromatic landscape as far as the eye can see.

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Cat On Board!

Posted by on September 4, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

Cat On Board!

After successfully launching Nick at University of Oregon, we packed up the cat and headed back to Maryland to begin our journey south. A seamstress I am not…

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Barefoot With a Wool Hat

Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Adventures | 1 comment

Barefoot With a Wool Hat

Until this week I couldn’t take off enough clothes to stay cool. Now, just following Hurricane Harvey, I cannot steal enough body heat to stay warm.

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Meet the Parents

Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Adventures | 7 comments

Meet the Parents

Every parent wants to know how their children are doing. I thought a quick visit on the Chesapeake Bay would give my parents a sneak peak. On day two when my dad announced he wanted to go for a swim, I was certain he would never reappear.

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The Perfect Boat Person is…

Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

The Perfect Boat Person is…

…An organized workaholic. That makes us a good team–I’m organized and Allen is a workaholic. Or rather, Allen’s a project-aholic. And unlike me, in my compartmentalized Bento Box fashion, Allen takes on multiple projects at a single time. This is perfectly illustrated on our salon table.

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Night Watch is Like Childbirth

Posted by on July 11, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

Night Watch is Like Childbirth

I’m so tired I cannot keep my eyes open. My head hurts as I try to process the steps I must take to avert a potential collision. I roll into bed, my aching body is awakened way too soon for another shift. Stay strong, stay awake, the baby, er, the morning is almost here. I can’t do it. I’m never having another baby EVER. 

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The Land of Ma’am

Posted by on July 4, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

The Land of Ma’am

After 48 hours of sailing, we entered Georgia’s Wassaw Sound that boasts sprawling 3-story antebellum mansions, complete with their own docks and a perfect line of Adirondak chairs. The 90+ degree weather and dripping humidity, however, kept any signs of humanity indoors so our arrival on this July 4th was quiet.

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Sea Artist

Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Adventures | 0 comments

Sea Artist

In an instant, the clutter of civilization is behind us and we are surrounded by a canvas of blue as far as the eye can see. The endless view of only blue water and blue sky is both boring and awesome.

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