After buying and moving aboard Camille Thanksgiving 2011 we set sail for Ensenada, Mexico just a short week later. With Ensenada being just a couple of hours from the border we were able to head back to California to easily buy gear we wanted to add to Camille. January we celebrated Mike’s birthday, continued installing gear like solar panels and watermaker, got a new dinghy, explored Ensenada and made countless trips back to San Diego. After some final trips to San Diego to buy food and to sell the van we were finally ready to leave at the end of February. At the... Read More
Verena said that I had too much time on my hands this summer and it must have been true. I was actually perusing the internet and found a job that sounded like the perfect fit. I believe a lot of the interest was due to the job being located in Hawaii. The small problem was that I needed a “bigger ticket”, i.e. I needed to have a captain’s license with an endorsement for greater tonnage. Since it was almost time to renew our licenses and we had some down time during hurricane season, we decided to go through the renewal... Read More
After spending the entire month of October in California we are finally on our way back to Camille in Mexico. We made the trip up to renew our captain’s licenses and while waiting for Mike to be able to take his sailing endorsement test we took a bit of a tour of California. Even though I lived in California on and off for over 15 years there is always something new to see. What an amazingly diverse state. There were a ton of hoops to jump and endless paperwork to complete but I’m proud to announce that both of our captain’s licenses... Read More
San Diego, California — Every time I come back to Southern California I wonder why I ever left. Beautiful beaches, the smell of sex-wax in the air, perfect weather year-round, great little surf towns up and down the coast. Not to mention excellent sailing conditions. After leaving Germany at 15 years of age, San Diego was my first home in the US. I went to high school and college here and made it my home for nearly 15 years. Nowhere else have I ever spent this much time. Not to mention my parents lived here until they started cruising Mexico... Read More
The past two months have been rather eventful. We sort of made a circumnavigation of the western US (see map below). Here are the numbers: Over 5,000 miles driven in my tiny Honda Accord 2,500 miles in a sailboat (Mike) 3 countries (US, Canada, Mexico) 12 U.S. states (WA, OR, CA, HI, NV, UT, AZ, NM, CO, WY, MT, ID) 5 National Parks (Zion, Mesa Verde, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Olympic) 1 week of cruising the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands on a tiny sailboat Photo Albums:Road Trip | Oregon to Southern CaliforniaV visits parents in EnsenadaM sails to Hawai’iRoad... Read More
After a beautiful week-long drive down the coast of Oregon and California I waved to Mike and the rest of the crew aboard s/v Xyra as they sailed off into the sunrise Saturday morning to sail to Hawai’i from Marina Del Rey. I am currently in Ensenada, Mexico aboard my parents boat Prana. We just had a great Mother’s day exploring the area. Below are photos from our trip south.