Slices of Life

First Sail!

by Jessi March 9, 2015

Yes, we’re still in American Samoa. No, I don’t want to talk about it. What I do want to talk about: Dane’s first sail in a year! Doesn’t he look spiffy? He spent a while finding all the parts and reconditioning the boom, but our dinghy sails just fine when there’s a breeze and there was a good one yesterday morning, off and on. Now that we’ve got a little time to ourselves as we wait for some cyclones to get out of our way to Tonga, we’re going to enjoy our time here more. We’re intending on spending the […]

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Crazy Blue World

by Dane January 25, 2013
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Recently I pulled out my old log book from when Gybin’ John and I made our 2010 crossing from California to Tahiti. In it were the coordinates for the boat position at noon for the 24 days we were at sea. John had recently texted me, “We sailed Hella far…,” and it set me to reminiscing. Though I’d entered the waypoints into two GPS’s, I wanted to see them on the big screen, or Google Earth, as it were. Perhaps it would lend me some perspective. It did. It does look like we sailed pretty far. I was weaned on […]

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Beauty and the Briny Gimp

by Dane January 16, 2013
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“Livin’ the dream,” I laughed to myself. I sat there smiling in the dark, cold and exhausted, as another wave slapped the cabin and baptized me in a shower of tropical spray. Ah, the pickled taste of paradise. Wiping the stinging salt from my windward eye, I turned my attention to the task at hand. We were ostensibly on our way to Hawaii. We’d checked out on the last day of our visas, finished our shopping and set out from Tahiti with several weeks worth of cans in the lockers, and fresh fruit and vegetables swinging from the ceiling in […]

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Big Fish

by Dane June 6, 2012

Coming this Friday will be our next update post, Huahine to Moorea (where I’m writing at the moment), but I thought it’d be fun to do a photo essay post – a slice of life from afloat. One day while we were perched on a mooring at the Mai Kai in Bora Bora, a fisherman returned with his catch of the day. Quite a spectacle ensued at the fuel dock while he and a couple of pals dragged the fish on board and secured it: (click on any picture for a larger image)

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