With 2018 less than two days away, and a lot of new adventures in store (such as buying my first sailboat, and motorcycle, with a tentative plan to ride across South America, as well as potentially spending a month or two snowboarding in Hakuba, Japan — AND rejoining my sailing family aboard our trusty 51’ Formosa ketch Violeta in Mexico in April to continue the … Continue reading Preparing for 2018 with a 2017 Recap
Silence. The air is talking. The waves crashing. The planes rocket forth in the distance. How rare to just sit. To shut off the machine and simply exist. The silence looks black or white depending on the day. One moment the sun seems unable to rise, And all the nothingness appears empty. Yet soon enough the quiet shines a light. Emptiness becomes openness, a fertile … Continue reading Quiet. Silence is Speaking.
When you think of a stereotypical Grandma, images of white hair and gentle frailty, a woman knitting peacefully from a rocking chair in front of the television, who speaks softly and offers you endless helpings of food and has a back stock of Werther’s hard candies on hand ready to be doled out by the plenty to any passerby, come to mind– at least that’s what … Continue reading Road Trippin with Grandma- California to North Dakota: Part 1
We left our slip at Marina Cabo San Lucas around 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon, moving all of 20 ft. across the water to the marina gas station parallel to us. Despite being in Mexico, we knew we weren’t going to be getting any price breaks by refueling in Cabo; and as we expected, the diesel prices were equivalent to those in Marina Del Rey, CA. … Continue reading Cabo to Puerto Vallarta (Part I): Gas Station Rip Off, Sunset Magic & Hair Clips in the Head
Our time in Ensenada was brief, but delightful. We woke up Saturday morning and spent several hours cleaning the salt off Violeta as she had been thoroughly drenched from bow to stern the day prior by the rough seas. It was a major team effort to get the salt out of all the nooks and crannies, but the experience of working together to accomplish a … Continue reading Ensenada to Bahia Tortugas!
We left our slip in Marina Del Rey, California at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning and headed south towards Mexico. Watching the sun come up on the open sea was magical and it was incredibly calm so it was easy for me (Portia) to make breakfast for everyone without having to worry about getting seasick every time I went below deck. Ella stood tall peering … Continue reading First Leg to Mexico
Making plans in the sand, Planting seeds for the future, You’ve laid them down like stones in your mind, So steadfast and precise, But they’re just stencils in the ether, And the currents they are a changin, Can you feel the breeze turning to a gale? Bare knuckle and resist or open your palms in faith, Unpredictable nature, Mother of chaos, She warns against … Continue reading Trust in the Distant Vision