Sailing Pains

Sailing Pains

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill Pretty much everything we are experiencing now is new territory. It is the beginning of a new life for us. We have no car, no home port. We are moving forward as travelers into the unknown, vagabonds […]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

  For those of you who have been following our progression these past few years, you know how momentous this past month has been for Dan and I. For those who have never read our blog, Dan and I have achieved our 5-year plan of selling everything we own and moving aboard our 43 ft. […]

The Launch

The Launch

Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new…but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery, and its design? Paracelsus   Describing our life at this point as a blur would be an understatement. Each day passes with new developments. The events, the people, and the experiences begin to […]

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel? We don’t even have a tunnel; we don’t even know where the tunnel is. Lyndon B. Johnson   Moving out of the house we built and lived in for 30 years, and reducing everything we own to fit on a 43 ft. boat, was the single most difficult […]

Boat Painting 101

Boat Painting 101

It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.  J.C. Watts   I have a whole new respect for people in the boat repair business. The estimate to repaint the hull of our 43’ Taswell was around $14,000. Having now experienced the process, I would […]

The Easter Gift

The Easter Gift

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word “patience” means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” Henri Nouwen There are two kinds of people that buy a boat and head out to sea. […]

Taste of Things to Come

Taste of Things to Come

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey   It’s so close now, we can taste it. We enjoyed the holidays with our family but now that they are over, the countdown has resumed. Reality has set in that we will be leaving soon – it’s only […]

Moving On

Moving On

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great!” Author unknown.   The month of December was a blessing and a curse.  December was our planned departure date, but Christmas and the holidays were […]

Countdown to Cruising #1

Countdown to Cruising #1

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Marjorie Holmes   Finding ourselves […]

Countdown to Cruising #2

Countdown to Cruising #2

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Marjorie Holmes   It’s almost […]