The Education of a Wandering Family

I’m not sure my dad would have seen the dangers to introducing me to the stories of Louis Lamour at the young age of fourteen… especially growing up in the relative safety of a landlocked state.  Who would have though that his words would take root in the confines of a young adventurer at heart and eventually become…

Week Two: Scotland’s Finest

This second week of touring Scotland’s finest has definitely exceeded our expectations as much as the first. The weather was just as beautiful… with only one crazy 3 season day while we are Edinburgh Castle, our first stop in the nation’s capitol.  This castle was one of the largest in expanse and just as noble…

Our Journey Through Scotland: Week I

I’m going to be the first to admit it, but the two accessories I wish I would have brought with me are:  sunglasses and a scarf.  Who would have thought I would need both of them at the same time ?!   Scotland’s overcast scenery has been wonderfully accented by the sun shining through the clouds……

Crossing the Atlantic

We decided to take our adventure across some bigger waters to visit family… in Scotland!  However, for all of those who question the sanity of that statement, let me give you an update– we have changed in our water transportation for some wings and will be flying there to visit my parents who are currently…

Sailing with Our Kids in the Bahamas

For future Bahamian sailing families: We started sailing last fall with our four children ages 8 to 15, and within the Bahamas we’ve sailed from the Abacos all the way down to Raggeds Island and back!   What we’ve been able to experience has accumulated to quite a bit, so I’ve created a small collection of…

Overcoming Our Fears

Since we first started sharing our sailing dreams with family and friends, we received mixed reviews about our decision…. and they were justified as we shared the same excitement, but with a few reservations.  Concerns like whether we could actually get out on the water (financially), would we endanger the kids more by taking this…

What’s Really in Our Water?

When I first began blogging about our sailing adventure, I mentioned that we had partnered with adventurescience.org in connecting with scientists who had a need for field research in various parts of the globe.  By the time we got on the water, the cetaceans and seagull studies had drawn to a close, so we were…

Reunited and It Feels So Good

We have been hosting Travis’ parents the past few days and feel so blessed to be able to share the experience with them!  The best thing has been seeing Jim go snorkeling/diving with Travis, it seems like they can’t wipe the smiles off their faces!  So if you wonder what it was like for them……

The Abacos: Take Two

The biggest differences between the Abacos and the Exumas (for me) are the water changing hues from a blue base to a green base (with the presence of a excess seagrass on the seafloor), three sixty degree protected anchorages (definitely a bonus!), more people and even colder water… however, that hasn’t stopped us from having…

Bahamian History 101

We have been discovering quite a bit of Bahamian history since we checked into the country over 2 months ago, and found that the most important date to remember so far is their year of Independence from Britain: 1973.  Up until that point, they were a British colony under the rule of the queen, and…

Jurassic Park Revisited and Bahamian Basketweaving

The NOAA Caribbean Marine Research Facility on Lee Stocking Island has been one of those places that you’re not sure you feel entirely comfortable walking around in.  The self guided tour seemed to reiterate the same uneasy feeling… as if everyone who used to live there mysteriously left quickly, with few belongings and literally walked…

The Far Reaches of Civilization

Duncantown is placed strategically on the southern most cay in the outlying Ragged island of the Bahamas.   If you so desire to take a jaunt to Cuba, it is a mere sixty miles south from the anchorage and you get to have your picture taken as a helicopter frequently oversees the traffic going to and…