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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!   

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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How to Get Free Kindle Books

We have been in beautiful Washington for about a month now. September we spent in Panama because we thought we had found a great boat and we were ready to buy. Unfortunately, photos (and boat owners) don’t tell the whole story and we just ended up with a great vacation. When we returned from Panama we drove out to Denver to visit with Mike’s parents for the month of October and currently we are just trying to decide what’s next. Do we really want another full-time boat? Or a farm with some chickens? Maybe an RV? Or some backpacks? We have no idea! As stressful as a not...
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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 view it here. 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 but did not have...
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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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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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