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Ideas, Tips, Projects

What We Learned From Our First Cruising Boat

This article was also published in 48° North Magazine – a great, free sailing magazine for the Pacific Northwest. You can read it here starting on page 45. It was also published on the Women and Cruising website – a great resource for women cruisers. Click here to view my other published articles. It’s been nearly a year since we sold Camille and we’re starting to think about our next boat. We’ve had a nice break but the sea is calling. When we were boat shopping before we bought Camille, we had some ideas on what we wanted out of a boat...
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Our Favorite Gear

Need a last minute gift idea for the sailor in your life? Here is a little list of items that are useful on the boat everyday. Also a few options for any kind of traveler or adventurer. For even more of our favorite items visit our Gear page. UNDER $20 Sarong – Not only useful to cover up on the beach but great as a lightweight beach towel and to add more shade to the cockpit. Portable Inverter – We use this in the car to power the laptop or for gear we only have a 110V charger for. Also used it on our smaller boats where...
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Sockeye Fishing and Canning

The sockeye (red) salmon are finally  running on the Kenai River! This is the main thing we have been looking forward to since being back in Alaska. There is nothing like going fishing and knowing you will actually catch something. And I never tire of the scenery and watching the bald eagles. Yes, that really is the color of the Kenai River. Fireweed on the KenaiOur favorite fishing hole where the fish never stop jumping.Fish on!Another fish on!They are very fun to catch!We tossed a few of these males back as they are too far into the spawning processes. They are usually silver, but...
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From Palmtrees to Pines and Mistletoe

We drove up to the little mountain town of Julian yesterday to get that holiday-feeling. Here in San Diego it’s hard to get into the christmas spirit with near-constant sunshine and 75 degree daytime temps. Julian was chilly enough to warrant wearing a scarf but not nose-freezing cold. The town is famous for its apple pies, so of course we couldn’t resist taking one home. After  lunch we headed up to Mount Laguna to take in the views and pick some mistletoe. Once we got above 5,000 feet there was even some snow left on the ground from last weeks...
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Cranberry Bogs and Desserts

After a week of visiting with friends near Portland, Oregon we are back on the road. Driving south along the Oregon coast on Highway 101 we saw a ‘U-Pick Cranberries’ sign. Having just gotten a new recipe for cranberries and never having seen a cranberry bog we made a quick stop. I was expecting to be wading through standing water but apparently they only flood the bog when it’s time to harvest so the berries will float to the top while the machine pulls them off the plants. This dessert is amazing! Give it a shot. It’s easy and you...
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Night-Watch Lentil Soup

  Now that we are back in cooler weather we like to have some hot soup to keep us occupied during our long watches at night. Before we leave I make this fast and easy Lentil Soup that doesn’t require any perishable ingredients. 1/2 large onion 1 14oz can mixed vegetables 4 cups water or broth 1 cup dry lentils 2-3 Tbsp bouillon powder (less/none if using broth) 1-2 Tbsp curry powder 1/2-1 Tbsp paprika powder Salt and Pepper to taste In a large pot cook onions in oil until tender. Add vegetables and water. Bring to a boil. Add...
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