SUP in the San Juan Islands, WA
Limerick at anchor in the San Juan Islands
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatán, Mexico.
Camille at anchor
Cozumel, Mexico
Camille from above
Limerick in the San Juan Islands
Mike in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Camille in the distance)
Ensenada Grande, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Fireweed in Alaska
Butterfly Fish, Big Island, Hawai'i
Limerick underway in British Columbia
Mike and Dorado, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Dolphins on the bow of Camille
Ice floes in Cook Inlet, Alaska
Limerick and Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet, BC
Surfboards, Sayulita, Mexico
Camille at anchor in Baja
Isla San Francisco, Mexico
Fire Dancer, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Fishing Alaska
Horseshoe Bend. Colorado River
Limerick and moon in BC

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. After one long day of driving through the Sierras we made it back to the coast and into Oregon. Mono Lake  Back at the coast we hugged a few redwoods and then rented a yurt on the Oregon Coast to keep dry during the storm.These yurts are great. At $43 per night they have a heater, table, chairs, beds and a futon. The rain on the roof makes for a great night’s sleep.Since we always have the bed made in the back of the minivan when we are traveling it is easy to just grab the entire bed, including the air mattress, to move into the yurt.

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 completed in March, we left Limerick in a covered slip and drove the mini-van south to San Diego to get a break from the boat and visit with friends and family.The main reason we headed south was to pick up our storage trailer in San Diego. When we sold Camille we just tossed all the extra boat stuff into the trailer so we had a big job of going through things. Luckily, we were able to use a friend’s garage to spread out. We reorganized everything and then towed it up to Washington with the help of Mike’s parents.  As soon as we arrived in Washington we headed out to the islands aboard Limerick and at the end of April celebrated my birthday.We spent much of May getting Limerick ready to go cruising. At the end of the month we finally made it up to British Columbia and what is sometimes referred to as “the holy grail of cruising”: Princess Louisa Inlet. June was spent just enjoying beautiful British Columbia. In July we had to start heading back south because we were given a great job opportunity that we could not pass up. We picked and ate as many oysters as we could before pulling Limerick out of the water at the end of July. We then drove nearly 3,000 miles in four long days to arrive in Louisiana at the end of the month. August and September were spent collecting data to update NOAA nautical charts. Between working 80+ hours per week we saw a little bit of New Orleans, cooked up amazing meals with a great bunch of people, and I was able to get in some puppy-time with Lola the office dog. Mike even caught a a few fish including two giant Wahoo. Limerick was getting shrink-wrapped for the winter while we were working. When work was completed in Louisiana we drove to San Diego for a little R&R. Beaches, sunsets, surfing… San Diego in November is perfect! For December we headed a little further north to Ventura where we are right now. Taking a little trip out to Channel Islands National Park really made us miss our boat but we’ll wait a while longer for the weather to improve in the Pacific Northwest before heading north.

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