2016 – A year of heart exercise

Well, it serves me right for complaining that my 2015 felt uneventful during last year’s post. This year has had just as many highs as there has been lows for me. It certainly has been the biggest roller coaster that I am still on and I can’t see the end in sight anytime soon. 2016 …

Nanaimo, Canada

With a wonky birthday week, Chris wanted to take me somewhere. I was secretly hoping for a trip to Harry Potter Land, but Chris said I’m on my own for that. Haha. Ok fair enough. So we ended up in Nanaimo, Canada! I have never even heard of Nanaimo before, but it’s a cute little city …

My First Transit: Oxnard to Oakland, California

Whale off the starboard bow! I looked up from the quarterdeck just in time to see the head of a dark whale come down from a breech. I immediately reverted to an 8 year old self with glee and yelled down through the aft cabin stairs, “WHALE!” Clambering from all openings of the boat, several …

Two Weeks Before the Mast: Tall Ship Training

The heart is an incredible muscle. Sometimes I wonder if my heart truly feels the way I think it feels or if it’s just my brain telling me that’s how it feels. The battle between heart and mind is real. And never have I felt more conflicted, elated, excited, terrified all at the same time, …

Sailing to Victoria

It was only fitting that my last weekend in Seattle before my big trip involved an international sailing trip. Since I was hosting a goodbye BBQ I couldn’t make the first leg from Seattle to Port Townsend, but meeting the crew in Port Townsend early in the morning was easy. I forgot my camera this time …