There’s a new documentary making its way through the sailing community called Chasing Bubbles (watch it for free on YouTube). The appeal to sailors is obvious as it tells the story of a young guy who embraces an early departure from the typical American career path, to buy a cheap boat in the Caribbean and set off … More Pick Your Inspiration
One of my biggest personal challenges during this long slog to the cruising life is remembering that even though the dream of our family’s future life is ever-present in my mind (seriously… it’s always in the back of my mind… except when it’s in the front), we also have to make the most of the … More They Can’t All be Sailing Days
You are no doubt familiar with what they say, “There are two types of sailors, those who have run boats aground, and liars.” Well, last Saturday I finally joined the ranks of the truth-tellers. It was a rather blustery day in the north Puget Sound, and our first time trying a day charter in the … More I’ve Joined the Ranks of Truth-Tellers
Of the numerous obstacles I struggle with in preparing for an eventual move to the cruising life, two of my personal biggies are 1) maintaining the cruising kitty, and 2) maintaining the boat (a boat that doesn’t yet exist). Candace and I are both gainfully employed, and the prospect of abandoning our financial security is so … More Skills to Pay the Bills, but Maybe Not So Much to Maintain the Boat… Yet.
Last weekend, Candace and I had a rare treat of a weekend away with each other, thanks to Grams watching the kids while on loan from Arizona. It was a long overdue (years?) and welcome break from the kids, love ’em though we do. We decided to go to Hood River, an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca about … More Green Grows the Grass
I’ve encountered more than a few Sunday evenings where I think to myself, “What they hell did we do?! This was a gorgeous weekend and we wasted it doing nothing!” Well, this morning began with a resolve to not end the day with that statement… an adventure was in order. But to be fair, our typical … More Super Harvest Blood Moon Eclipse, Or, It’s a Wonder They Ever Survive a Weekend With Me
On Saturday we went out for what I believe was our first family sail since our week-long bareboat charter in the San Juan Islands back in the beginning of the summer. Though I have been out on the water nearly every Monday night for club racing, this was quite a long spell with no family sailing. … More Small Steps