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15 days ago
There is a line in my hair that marks the day we left Mexico. Sun-bleached, split-ended, blonde hair hangs below that line, and seven inches of brown roots and healthy locks grow above it, unaffected by the North Pacific and the Alaska summer. It looks like the hair of someone who hasn’t been to a … Continue reading Home
1 month ago
In an hour or so, we’ll leave Sitka to start the six or seven day passage home to Anacortes. The engine is fixed, the galley is stocked with healthy meals and unhealthy snacks, and the wind looks favorable. The kids are nervous but stoked, Demon the Cat is clingy and anxious sensing that something is … Continue reading Homeward Bound
1 month ago
If the Kenai Fjords had us craning our necks up to look at the sharp icy peaks and down to gaze into the endless depths below us, Prince William Sound gave us the opportunity to explore the world within arm’s reach. We walked along rocky shores, explored tidepools on intertidal islands, and walked through countless … Continue reading Prince William Sound: The Beauty Under Our Feet
1 month ago
We pulled away from the dock in Seward one Friday afternoon, excited to begin our adventure in the Kenai Fjords and see the famous glaciers and icebergs – all the cold, icy stuff that had filled our daydreams during scorching, sweat-drenched days in Mexico and French Polynesia. We had wisely predicted that we would be … Continue reading Anchoring for Experts: Going Deep in the Kenai Fjords
1 month ago
Brief breaks on land and away from the boat – especially after difficult passages – are always welcome, and this land break in the Alaska of my childhood took me on a hike down memory lane. Our parents (bless their very brave hearts!) took the kids for a month while Tom and I made the … Continue reading A Hike Down Memory Lane
2 months ago
Tom and Roberto sat in the cockpit in Hawaii contemplating the prospects of travel in a time of pandemic. “I think we just need to go someplace isolated, without people. We’re going to Alaska for the scenery, not the people,” Tom said. “No,” replied Roberto. “You have to go to Alaska for the people. You … Continue reading A Warm Welcome in a Cold Country
3 months ago
There is no single word to describe this passage, but if I had to choose one, it would simply be: Hard. It is the only word that encompasses the mental and physical demands required and the need for flexibility, creativity, endurance, and endless tolerance for boredom and monotony. It was a marathon, not a sprint, … Continue reading Notes on a North Pacific Passage
3 months ago
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Exactly two years ago today … Continue reading Two Years In, or Doing What We Can with the Time Given Us
3 months ago
I first started to write this post almost two years ago, shortly after Tom did his first long passage with friends from Neah Bay to San Francisco. But now that I have provisioned for countless passages (including a 3-week ocean passage), a journey through remote south Pacific Islands, and a pandemic, I’m a lot better … Continue reading The Provisioning Puzzle
4 months ago
It isn’t often you get the joy and horror of experiencing a Kafkaesque dream in real life. The walk down empty hallways with closed doors. The lingering-too-long silent glance of the one person you pass. Then one blink, and everything is back to normal. That was our brief existence arriving in Honolulu on Tuesday, in … Continue reading Reunited in a Strange World
5 months ago
Searching desperately for a reason to get out of bed every morning (other than kids pouncing on me in the wee hours) and trying to identify some goal or purpose to get through this Groundhog Day life, I have started writing our book in earnest, complete with the stories that may have made us cry … Continue reading Everything’s Funny, Eventually
5 months ago
So reads the title of the email I just got from Tom, with instructions to post it on our blog. Here is his direct account of the past 24 hours: The log entry for today at 7N 147W shall show that we continue on, where the trade winds are supposed to be, in beam winds … Continue reading We Are Not Sinking
5 months ago
Cape Scott is a notoriously difficult cape to round and one that many sailors and boaters plan their whole lives for. Watch our reflections on the experience of the day and our relief to have the anxiety and the cape behind us. (Episode 3 - Desolation Sound and the Broughtons - is still in the works and will be published in the next week or two).
5 months ago
Dylan walks us through some of the fun things we saw, did, and learned in our journey down the north part of the Sea of Cortez and our week in Santa Rosalia, a mining town half way down the Sea. We went cave hunting, hiked up a volcano, watched a Parade of Lights, and saw some Mexican creativity at work as a car was removed precariously from the deck of a boat without a ramp.
5 months ago
I have a new partner in video making! Dylan is excited to share videos and pictures of our sailing trip. In his debut, he lets you know where we went and what we did on our road trip from Washington back to our boat waiting for us in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.
5 months ago
A short video showing the incredible playground that the west coast of Vancouver Island was for both parents and kids alike. There is so much more to show and tell, but this seemed the best way to convey the some of the rugged beauty and simple fun of this remote coast.
5 months ago
We had been told that the Sea of Cortez would be too cold for winter cruising, but we stayed anyway for a few months of "cool-weather" exploring. For us Northwesterners, the temperature was great! This video shows a little of what to expect and prepare for if you choose to cruise the Sea of Cortez in the winter months.
5 months ago
Join Tom and four friends as they take Korvessa south from Neah Bay, Washington to San Francisco, California over the course of nine days in September of 2018. The limited footage didn't capture the gale off of Cape Blanco or other fun moments that will live on in their verbal storytelling, but this short video is a tribute to the guys who made this challenging and fun journey together.
5 months ago
Join us we head through rough waters in the Johnstone Strait, see a whale in Blackfish Sound, catch rockfish on Hanson Island, and go to U'Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay. No music on this one, but more explanation of what our days underway look like, including navigating the islands and managing seasickness.
5 months ago
In December, we took a day trip from Santa Rosalia up to San Ignacio, a town famous for its 300-year old Jesuit mission. We get to hike through a palm oasis, try dates straight from the palms, explore the beautiful mission and town, and play on a dilapidated truck (Dylan's favorite part).
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