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28 days ago
You know, Facebook is a great archive of memories. Regardless of how irritated I get with that application, I do like being able to pull up memories to see what I was doing on this day in year’s past. Pulling … Continue reading
1 month ago
Ah, good morning, Pacific Northwest flat water. What is this thing about an anchorage so quiet that the boat feels like dry land? What’s the point in that? May as well be in a house. You’d think I’d sleep better, … Continue reading
1 month ago
Yesterday Michael and I got off the boat for the first time since July 2.  You would think that after that long, with our legs atrophied to those not unlike stick figures, we’d be chomping at the bit.  You’d think … Continue reading
1 month ago
It’s midnight plus one minute on July 30 and I, Melissa, am on watch on this crisp clear night as we pass Cape Flattery off the starboard side. Hugging the coast of Vancouver Island, we decided to do an overnight … Continue reading
2 months ago
Ah, the fine sensation of a quiet boat and flat water. The boat has not felt this peaceful in maybe years. We have landed! Huzzah! But due to the intervention of Mother Nature and her twin winds North and West … Continue reading
2 months ago
Things have gone wonky out here and I know exactly when it happened. It began when someone, I can’t remember who, asked me our estimated time of arrival at Cape Flattery and I forgot to hedge my bets and gave … Continue reading
2 months ago
“Hand me my camera so I can get a photo of you in that outfit. It’s on the nav station and I don’t want to move.” It’s not laziness that led me to make this request, not really. It’s more … Continue reading
2 months ago
Let me describe for you our world right now. Flying the spinnaker making 6-7 knots, heading northeast toward Cape Flattery, currently located at about the same latitude as Newport, Oregon. That’s the only respectable thing about our situation right now. … Continue reading
2 months ago
One thing I can say about this whole voyaging thing: just when you start saying things like “best passage ever!” Or “man, I could keep this up for a month easily!” the gods of cruising over hear you and take … Continue reading
2 months ago
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to just sit in the middle of the ocean and do nothing? Just sit there surrounded by all the shades of blue the eye can hold, see deeply into clear water … Continue reading
2 months ago
You know that phrase “never have I ever”? Sure you do. Well never have I ever cut a naked man’s hair in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Until. This. Day. I had no idea this was on my bucket … Continue reading
2 months ago
Day 6 out here and the voices have already started. This is a weird thing about being at sea that many sailors write about, the hearing of voices, even music. This passage I have also added ghostly hands knocking on … Continue reading
2 months ago
Day 3 out here on the big Pacific. We have had excellent weather and sailing. We are enjoying bathing suit (or underwear) conditions as long as they last. So far we have had consistent speeds in the 5-6 knot range … Continue reading
2 months ago
We should probably hang up our snorkel gear and rest on our laurels, leaving Hawaii on a high note. Either that or we need to plan a trip to the South Pacific next. Last Sunday can be described by one … Continue reading
3 months ago
Although we like to keep a light hearted tone on the blog and tend to focus on the good things we encounter along our way, I do think it’s important to let people know when ‘not so great’ things happen … Continue reading
3 months ago
Many of our readers have asked us how we managed watch schedules with only two of us on board. It’s a reasonable question considering that lack of sleep is one of the biggest dangers when you are traveling great distances … Continue reading
3 months ago
Up in the cockpit this morning in Nawiliwili Harbor, a local woman paddling an outrigger canoe swooped in next to the boat to say hello and chat us up, friendly smile at the ready. “Hola!” Mike shouted, with the glee … Continue reading
3 months ago
With Kauai only 200 more miles to go and steady, constant winds for the last day it would be easy to start getting excited about making our first landfall. We have not set foot on land since May 2, about … Continue reading
3 months ago
Melissa on slow-boat Galapagos checking in. It is finally bathing suit weather again out here on the rolling Pacific. I was telling Michael the other day that I can see why people can be content to just sail around on … Continue reading
4 months ago
We have had several days of absolutely brilliant sailing out here. Aside from the little rain showers that mess with the wind a bit we haven’t had to tweak much in the way of sails. Yesterday it was fascinating to … Continue reading
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