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The Tipsy Taxi and Other Dinghy Misadventures

It took one season, and not even a whole season, for our first dinghy to die.  The dingy was an afterthought anyway.  It had been folded up and stored away in some random warehouse for an undetermined amount of time.  It’s sedentary lifestyle did not deter us, in fact we were looking forward to breathing […]

Ren’s Bird Obsession…Sometimes Pays Off

If you don’t jump, you’ll get “the look”.  The, “I seriously doubt your connection to the natural world” look. A few years before Ani was born in a time we now refer to as W.W.H.T.A. (When We Had Time Alone), Ren and I embarked on our first trip through the Caribbean.  When we hit the […]

Mom’s Fear of the Ocean

I’ve come to realize that the fear of the unknown is better than what you already know can kill you. Sometimes my Mom finds it necessary to remind me that we’re in the middle of nowhere.  This sentiment is usually expressed after our decision to leave the safe confines of the Intercoastal Waterway (ICWW) for […]

A Love Letter

You  know, I had a blog entry all written up for this week.  It’s in my little black Moleskin book just waiting for me to type it up, add a picture and send it out to the world.  I opened up the computer to transcribe the already written entry when I realized two things: 1.I […]

Oyster Season

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine -Proverbs 3:9-10 Oysters!  Oysters were what Ren and I had on our minds as we waited to board our plane from Deadman’s Cay to […]

4 Months Out

There is nothing better than to know that you don’t know. -Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching) As Ren and I drive down US 17 South in a rented 10’ Budget moving truck I realize that I am not sure what our plans are.  Yeah, I know where we are headed and when we have to […]

The Worst Part of Sailing

The Worst Part of Sailing Saying goodbye to friends and six months of awesomeness… I am grateful that it is raining as we depart from Fort Lauderdale.  It will be way harder for Ren to notice that my uncontrollable sobbing is punctuated only by brief calls back to reality, a look at the depth sounder, […]

Awake

I am sitting here on one of our saloon cushions at 1:15am.  At this point, I have already slept for five hours and will go back to sleep after I get out a bit of restless energy.  This kind of midnight sleeplessness happens often now that we are on a boat, without jobs and without […]

Passing By-By Ren

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” -Omar Bradley Ashley and I have been on this trip now for over two months and really the only regret I have is passing by places we have yet to explore.  It’s easy to have  someone tell us “Hey you should […]

Focus

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future.  I live now.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson At this point, most of you know, or have an idea, that Ren and I are avid freedivers.  I have filled our blog posts with accounts of our spearfishing excursions.  Ren has taken countless pictures and video […]

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