Posts Tagged with ‘Sailing’
11 Dec 2016
Yesterday Tate went out again to the outer reef of the Holandes Cays (aka the Swimming Pool) only this time he went alone. While the waves on the Outside looked ok from the Inside in actuality they were not. Standing up in the dinghy once beyond the reef he couldn’t see over the top of the waves…6 foot waves are no place for our 10′ Porta-bote and new 5 hp Yahama outboard. Oh but wait, last time we were just in the midst of recommissioning Sundowner. We have some catching up to […]
10 Nov 2016
It has been an interesting time for us lately. Travelling back to the boat has been quite an undertaking. There were many weeks of gathering equipment to bring back and lots of visiting with loved ones before the final day arrived to put most of our worldly belongings into bags and get on a plane that would bring us to Panama, customs, immigration, and a boat we’d left behind over 10 months before sitting in the wild Panamanian jungles.
I had visions of monkey poop piled up on the cockp […]
20 Jul 2016
One of the coolest things about our RV trip so far is the number of “virtual friends” we’ve ended up meeting in real life. Every few weeks it seems we get in touch with or are contacted by people in the locations we travel to that we have only know over the internet. Fellow bloggers, long time blog readers, and simply folks out there who like our Vlogs and Blogs who are either living the adventure through us or are planning their own adventure. Just recently we had a great experience i […]
21 Jun 2016
We meet up with “New Girl on the Dock” who we know through our blog and Facebook. Dani goes hiking in Kalispell with a group of gals. Tate and Mark step a sailboat mast before splashing SV Firefly in one of the lakes of Montana. We also go for a pleasure sail and of course we eat lots of great food.
The boat we splashed was brought up from FL after the trip from HELL. On an attempted passage from FL to New Orleans the boat was run aground on an unmarked submerged bridge sufferin […]
11 Jun 2015
“After being delayed over two months in Isla Mujeres I felt like all we were talking about was how much we were looking forward to leaving. It’s not that we didn’t like it there but the trip around the world is long and there are many wonderful places we have yet to see, like our current trip South. We had to skip many places like Belize’s atolls and the Honduras Bay islands in order to get out of the hurricane area. The island of Providencia is 550 miles away from Isla a […]
09 Jun 2015
Good day readers! I know it has been a long while since we last spoke, but rest assured that we aboard Sundowner haven’t been sitting idly by on our haunches. Oh no, on the contrary, our lives have been full and busy. Let me explain…
After our long wait in Mexico the time finally came to up anchor and escape. It was around 3pm when we lifted our anchor, stowed the boat, and made our way out of the Isla Mujeres achorage.
Luckily for us, we got a huge lift leaving and were able to […]
04 Mar 2015
After our decision to head to central America instead of the lesser antilles, Dani and I had a sort of nagging excitement to get there. I know that is a very uncruiser like emotion to have but it was there none the less. It was exacerbated by the fact that we had no cruising guides, no special notes, no real advice on where to go or how to get there. The only thing we knew was that we wanted to drop the hammer and get there.
A second gulf stream crossing loomed like a cloud in my mind. You […]
20 Jan 2015
Before I left my mom gave me a journal and suggested I write about the trip in it. It’s funny…the last time I wrote in a journal (dear diary, snickers) was around age 14. It’s something they used to push in school even allotting time for it in English class. Ugh, writing…Something I’m not particularly inclined to do. I think college soured writing and also reading “for pleasure” for me. With so much damn writing and reading for scholastic purposes I felt […]
19 Jan 2015
After sleeping for days at Rabbit Island, I felt the pressure dissolving. Slowly at first but then in a rush all the stress and worry and nervousness of leaving home (of finally cutting the dock lines) had left me. It had been good for that at least. We had partied and visited with friends and family almost continuously up to the point of our leaving and our bodies had been tired and our livers pickled. Our minds were both in a fog born of the mix of grief and excitement. We’d be leaving o […]
13 Oct 2014
It all started out so calmly…
We headed out early to pick up crew.
Aboard Todd Johnson’s Morning Sun were six souls. Todd, Tate, Dani, Danny, Kay, and Katerina. The TTDDKK crew. Todd you all know from our posts about last years HMR and he returns this year as a fun and safe skipper. New to us were:
Danny, who is an adventurer and W32 owner
Kay, who is a kind TX Power Squadron member and crews with Todd often
Katerina, who is a bundle of overwhelming energy and impervious to se […]