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Verena

On the Road Again

After five months in and around San Diego we are on our way back to the boat in Washington. We wanted to drive along the coast on Highway One but it’s closed due to recent storms. Interstate 5 through California is the most boring drive – ever, so we decided to go east of the Sierras. March is the perfect time to visit Death Valley as it’s not too hot or too cold. Day time temps were in the 70’s and even the evenings were very comfortable.With another winter storm approaching we decided it would be better to head to the coast....
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Rose Valley Falls

We have had a lot of rain here in Southern California, so last weekend we headed up to Rose Valley Falls in Ventura County to see if it was flowing yet. It is amazing to see how green everything is getting after the long drought. We are back in San Diego after spending two months in Ventura helping my dad produce the newest episode of Travel Secrets. You can watch all the episodes for free, including the newest Ventura show, here: http://www.travelsecretstv.com/episodes/. Or watch them on TV every Saturday at 9pm PT.  View of the ocean and the Channel Islands 

2016 in Review

I haven’t done one of these reviews since 2012 — the first year we cruised on Camille. We bought Limerick Christmas 2015 and the first thing we did was to take a little shakedown cruise for the new year. A trip to the San Juan Islands was a great way to unwind after the whirlwind of buying a boat and get to know our new home.In February we got down to the business of making some improvements to Limerick and spent the entire month in dry dock. We replaced the shaft and propeller, painted the bottom and made a variety of repairs.With boat work finally...
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Another Fun and Easy Holiday Gift Idea

What’s better than a homemade gift? Being able to go to the beach to collect rocks for the home-made gift in — December! We collected about half a 5-gallon bucket full of small beach rocks to make five of these early spring blooms. Fill a shallow vase 1/4 full of beach rocks (we used a variety of vases) Place a variety of flower bulbs into the rocks (we used Paperwhites, tulips and muscari) Add enough water to touch the bottom of the bulbs Place indoors near a warm, bright window Check water daily Enjoy an early spring!   

Easy (and tasty) Home-Made Holiday Gifts

When making home-made holiday gifts on a boat I have limited options since I don’t have much space to spread out. I also have to be able to complete them in a day so we can change our “craft area” back into usable space. Making the cookie jars doesn’t require a lot of space or time, so they are perfect for an on-board project. These would work great in a tiny house too! We made a dozen in one afternoon and then spent a couple more hours designing the labels. For a dozen jars we used nearly 5 pounds of flour, 2 pounds of sugar...
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That’s a Wrap!

In our opinion, the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world, but the cruising season can be rather short – some say it’s only two months: July and August. Of course when cruising on a trawler with a heater, this window tends to be much longer, but our season was cut down to just two months not counting a couple of shakedown cruises. Since we purchased Limerick at the beginning of the year, we had some maintenance and modifications to make and didn’t get away from the dock until late May. By the end of July, we had to call it quits because...
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