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A Big Milestone

Our recent voyage to Two Harbors on Catalina Island was a huge milestone for us as a family. We’ve been dreaming of sailing with the kids on our new to us Kelly Peterson 46 for over two years. Health issues, recurring boat system problems, and lack of enough time and money has kept us from making the journey out of San Diego.

We had intended to depart two days after Christmas but there was a small craft advisory so we…

It’s not easy being green

It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.
It’s not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-
or stars in the sky.
But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green…

Fight Song and other inspiring things

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Favorite Quote This Month

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your…

Tahiti Iti

We had been looking for an offshore cruising sailboat for awhile when we discovered one for sale in Tahiti. It had a great layout and seemed like the perfect boat for our family. Both kids would have their own stateroom and it satisfied other technical requirements we desired including a center cockpit. So, we made an offer and hopped on a plane to go see Bella Vita, a 53′ Pearson sailboat 4115 miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We previously sailed French Polynesia…

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Favorite quote this month:
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
― David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our…

Decisions, decisions-on choosing our blue water cruising boat and why it took so long!

I have been dreaming of owning a boat since I was 14. I read the novel Dove and was inspired to pursue an alternative lifestyle ever since. I grew up sailing on my family’s Catalina 27 and spent many, many weekends in Dana Point Harbor paddling one of those blue and yellow rafts between trimaran amas and sailing our Sabot around the island. When I met my husband, I had no idea he too had…

Know that feeling

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have been dreaming about something almost your entire life-at least since you were 14-and then that dream becomes reality?
Well, I do and it is amazing!! Thirty five years ago I had a dream to own a sailboat and sail it everywhere. Then just fourteen years ago I started down the path with my husband to buy a sailboat for our family to sail the world. After all the hard work and the patience and…

I left my heart in cherry cove

We’ve spent a lot of time as a family in Cherry Cove at the West End of Catalina-jumping off the boat, rowing the dinghy, snorkeling, kayaking, paddling, free-diving, hiking. Cherry is a little gem of a cove just out and around from Two Harbors. It’s our favorite spot along with Emerald Bay. Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of sailing to Catalina, setting anchor and just living on island time. So, when my children were born…

What it’s all about

“There is nothing easy or lackadaisical or dropping out about going to sea. You are on guard, you’re tuned in, you’re living every second but that’s the difference-you never tune out.”

I recently enjoyed watching Maidentrip which shows a bit about what it’s like to live a life at sea. There is a another movie out now that shows what it’s really like to truly live life on a small sailboat.