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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…

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…

let’s sail away

Last November we sailed to Catalina Island to enjoy a quieter and more ‘in the moment’ experience as a family. Being so grateful for our ability and desire to be on a 38′ sailboat in quiet coves together, we decided it was a perfect way to celebrate our Thanksgiving. When we go, our time is always spent in ways that I wish we would spend it while we are at home. Alas, we get distracted by schedules and expectations. On Pelican…

a much needed escape

When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself. ~Jacques Yves Cousteau
Over the holiday break, my family set out on the S/V Pelican for Catalina Island. Having the boat in Dana Point makes it an easy 6-8 hour sail across the channel. With excellent weather forecast for the entire week we ended up staying for 8 days. Two were spent in Avalon and the rest…

a nautical staycation

We spent the month of August living on our boat in Dana Point Harbor. We sailed the s/v Pelican up the coast in ‘gunkhole’ style, stopping in Mission Bay and Oceanside before docking in Dana. Once settled in, we lived our lives from the boat. Dad went to work every day and we continued our commitments of photography sessions and projects, swimming lessons and playdates. The best part was having friends down on the boat to enjoy the harbor’s…