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Ready to run…then fly   Leave a comment

I know that as soon as I run out of other things to do and start writing the baby will wake up. It’s a law of motherhood. We’re getting ready for a trip to Maine. That means a two-leg, cross-country flight with an active toddler. I’m a little bit terrified. We’re taking a red eye, […]

Posted August 12, 2015 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Seattle and motivation to get outdoors   Leave a comment

Clearly I’m having a tough time sticking to my writing plan. Sticking to any plan is difficult nowadays. I’ve been able to check off all my half marathon training runs so far. I keep a toddler from diving off of furniture and eating cardboard every day. We all eat, sleep, and recreate (the necessities of […]

Posted July 30, 2015 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Starting over (again)   Leave a comment

I’m hoping to reenter the blogging world. I’ve tried and failed to do so many times before but something is different this time. I’m home with G and have no career aspirations for the near future but I want (need!) to do something with my brain. Every time I pore over my options, considering various […]

Posted July 14, 2015 by Rachel in Uncategorized

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I’m really bad at finishing things   2 comments

I’m sure everyone who cares has figured out by now that Lee, Gunnar and I made it back to Bremen and then home to California. I have a terrible habit of working on a project until it’s 95% done and then stopping. I used to do this all the time with college papers. I would […]

Posted September 23, 2014 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Retracing our steps   2 comments

Here we are anchored at Green Island, very close to our Stonington anchorage from the sail north. We knew we had to stop here on our return trip when we found out about the old quarry swimming hole at Green Island’s center. Before this we were at Southwest harbor on Mount Desert Island and get […]

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Less than no wind   Leave a comment

8/22 Posted later. I’m way behind thanks to a lack of internet. Now it looks like I can do some catching up. I shouldn’t jinx us but I have to write about the wind, or lack thereof. We have had some nice sails on this trip but nothing to write home about wind-wise. We’ve been […]

Posted August 26, 2014 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Saint John adventures   2 comments

We spent yesterday tired up in Market Slip, a section of floating dock on the Saint John waterfront. We were prepared for it to be swelly and uncomfortable but it wasn’t bad. We were the only boat there for the day. Most people seem to just use this dock to wait for the right time […]

Posted August 21, 2014 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Oh, Canada!   1 comment

It’s amazing what a few miles up the coast and out to sea can change. As we approached Grand Manan island yesterday the cliffs emerged from the fog looking nothing like the familiar Maine coast. They are steep and rocky and the rocks are dark and craggy. Even the lighthouse on Fish Head looks different. […]

Posted August 19, 2014 by Rachel in Uncategorized

A day in the life   1 comment

I thought it might be interesting to share what a day of our boat-based life looks like. Yesterday was then perfect example of a challenging, get-things-done kind of day. At times absurd and frustrating, it was the epitome of why I tell people this lifestyle isn’t all relaxing sandy beaches. 3am Gunnar wakes me up. […]

Posted August 18, 2014 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Mt. Desert Isle   Leave a comment

Photos won’t upload and I wrote this yesterday… I am often dumbfounded by place names in Maine. Who came up with these names? How? When? How on earth do I pronounce them? I’m getting better with pronunciation but I need to know how Mt. Desert Island (which is not a desert at all) got it’s […]

Posted August 13, 2014 by Rachel in Uncategorized