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Verena

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? Are you struggling to find creative gift ideas? Read on and learn how easy it can be.  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...
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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 one of the world’s most beautiful cruising grounds, 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. This year 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...
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The Broughton Archipelago and Thoughts on Cruising Guides

The Broughton Archipelago is located east of Vancouver Island and made up of hundreds of islets and a few big islands. It is the farthest north we are able to travel this summer as work is calling… A Note About Cruising Guides We have a collection of over ten cruising guides for our area on board. Most of them haven’t been updated in years and contain a lot of outdated information. Some guides add a new date to the cover but don’t actually go out and confirm the information. We made a stop where we were expecting a small grocery store that was mentioned in a...
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