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…

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…

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…

23° 26′ N 76° 0′ W

So far, traveling south over imaginary latitude lines has been relatively uneventful… Although for this next line-  we’re hoping for a bit more celebration as later this week will be officially crossing over the  Tropic of Cancer,  Wahoo!  We are currently at Georgetown, Exumas and will be moving south to the Jumentos and Ragged Cays…

The Lotus Dilemma

Happy New Year!  We’ve been in the Bahamas for a little over a month now and have definitely relished in the shallow snorkeling over beautiful coral heads in 10′ of water, the abundant wildlife for spearfishing (dinner hopefully), the family friendly Bahamian communities and the recent holiday arrival of several ‘kid boats’ which have brought…

The Stories We Live

While Travis and I were coming down from NY with Erik, he asked us to share some of our stories… life experiences that we would want to retell around a campfire and in someway, give insight into the people we were (okay, so I read a bit into his story request, but that’s what I…

Phase Three Begins: The Voyage Beyond

Up until this point in my life I would say I’ve had relatively few experiences which I would categorize as one of those man vs. nature conflicts.  Since beginning this journey south, I’ve begun to see that conflict- man vs. nature as being the under current to each day.  Where we choose to go or…