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It’s February. Since arriving back in the Pacific Northwest in mid-January after our holiday break, the weather seems a tad milder. I’m not freezing every day and there are longer breaks between strong wind storms. I’m knocking off significant work-related deadlines, too, so daily dockside WiFi doesn’t seem as necessary. That also means the perceived security of our Deer Harbor Marina community doesn’t seem as necessary either; perhaps it’s time to leave the dock. After all, we didn’t intend to live on a boat in a marina. (more…)

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Kim and I have just returned from our first extended leave from Sundown since we moved aboard in September. (more…)

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weatherSailors for all history have taken advantage of the ebb and flow of the tide. Here in the Pacific Northwest, and in particular the San Juan Islands, the currents created by the tide have a profound effect on your movement by water. Depending on the time of day and location within the islands, there can be plus or minus two or more knots for or against you. In light winds, that means the currents could cause you to sail backwards! (more…)

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IMG_2387All work and no play is no fun at all, so we decided it was high time we took a break from the daily grind which was beginning to feel like it was grinding us up into lifeless pulp. We needed time to unplug and refresh our outlooks with some sunshine and fresh air.

We considered camping and hiking in the desert canyon BLM lands southwest of Moab, Utah, but since we’ve been there and done that many times, Clay and I agreed on riding our bikes through a portion of southwest New Mexico where we’d never been before. We invested in a couple of New Mexico maps and planned a 507-mile circular route beginning in Truth or Consequences (known also as T or C). The name of our starting point should have been a clue of things to come. (more…)

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Ready, get set,...

Ready, get set,…

Two hundred miles. That’s the total of our first-ever—but not  last—bicycle touring trip. We completed and a four-day, out-and-back trip that started in Edgemont, South Dakota, on the southwestern “edge” of the Black Hills and traveled through Pringle, Custer and Hill City to Lead and back.

The couple we traveled with are preparing for a cross-country tour beginning in September. They plan to ride from southern California to Florida, and considered this a shakedown cruise.

It was a shakedown cruise for Clay also, as he was taking his new Surly Trucker Deluxe  on its first real ride. A couple months ago, he built the bike from the frame up. He chose this frame because “…it splits into front and rear halves, and is joined by brazed-in stainless steel threaded sleeves…” meaning it folds in half and fits into a traveling bag—the perfect bike for taking on Sundown with us. (more…)

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Needing a break from the daily grind, Clay and I took off for the hills with Seren, our Golden Retriever. With backpacks loaded, we “sailed” up the West Branch Trail in the Rawahs (more…)

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s/v Elusive

When you live in a land-locked state, it’s a great opportunity to have all your expenses paid to captain a sailing vessel. I had that very opportunity when a friend asked me to move a 1978 Morgan Out Island 41 from Islamorada in the Florida Keys, to New York City last June.

My friend, Larry, and his son, Sean, had purchased the above vessel in Florida and arranged with a local marine electrical engineer, Tim, to be our mechanic and get the vessel ship shape for the passage. I volunteered my son, Kyle, to come along as an able hand and we set a departure date. (more…)

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sunlit bluff

We needed a break from the daily grind and headed for the closest really warm spot we know – the desert in southern Utah. While we didn’t do any sailing, we did enjoy a lot of sun, fun, peace and quiet. Truly, the silence was remarkably deafening!  So was the music we listened to during the road trip. We cranked up Paul Simon and U2. You can enjoy the ride by watching a couple videos we filmed during our adventure (see below). And here’s a short list of where we went and what we did; the photo gallery will tell the rest of the story. (more…)

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Progress on Sundown has slowed due to a little inclement weather and that other “W” word…WORK (the paid kind).

This week has included:

  • A half-day retreat with my board of directors.
  • Recording and editing public affairs spots about health and human services in Larimer County, Colorado, to air on KRFC 88.9fm radio station (more…)

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Since my husband and I bought our boat, Sundown, and began refitting her for blue-water cruising and life aboard, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon: people cannot wrap their brains around the idea that we will one day sell our home, quit our jobs and sail into the sunset. (more…)

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