Never-ending Boat Projects, Marathon, Florida Edition

It's been a while. Hello, have you missed me? I've sure missed writing. Welcome to a post where I spew out whatever comes to mind. Last you heard, we were leaving Marco Island. We sailed from Marco Island to Shark River to anchor for the night before continuing further South to the Keys. Marathon, Florida, … Continue reading Never-ending Boat Projects, Marathon, Florida Edition

5 Surprising Facts About Living on the Water

Living on a boat for any period of time was never in my life's plan. It's never something I envisioned or even necessarily hoped for. Not a single thought of it had ever crossed my mind. Nevertheless, here I am, living on a boat. Almost every single aspect of living on the water is new … Continue reading 5 Surprising Facts About Living on the Water

Three Weeks in Marco Island

When we arrived in Marco Island, our two main goals were to fix the leaky deck to haul joint and to do the laundry. Somewhere along the line, those two goals stretched out into another long list of projects. By now, I should expect this. RJ told me the other day that people refer to … Continue reading Three Weeks in Marco Island

Sailing Across the Gulf, in RJ’s Words

We had been waiting for favorable weather to make the passage from Port St. Joe, Florida to the Dry Tortugas, some 400 miles to the south. It was December and cold fronts from the frozen North had been sweeping over the area for weeks, bringing storms and strong winds. After a week of waiting and … Continue reading Sailing Across the Gulf, in RJ’s Words

Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 2

If you haven't already, start by reading Part 1.  When we finally made it through the first night and the sun graced us, the dolphins came back. Different ones, maybe, but more this time. At least ten escorting us on each side of the boat to lift our spirits. I could have passed the entire … Continue reading Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 2

Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 1

We left Port St. Joe to sail across the Gulf of Mexico pretty much at seven o'clock on the dot after a long week and a half of preparing the boat. And ourselves. RJ had been checking multiple weather forecasts multiple times a day to find out when would be the best time to leave. … Continue reading Sailing Across the Gulf of Mexico – Day 1

Slow Going on the Ohio

As we turned onto the Ohio River from the Mississippi, the current now against us, our speed was more than cut in half. Reaching our fastest speeds just the day before, now that we were going just slow enough to where someone walking on the shore could easily keep up pace, felt discouraging.The first lock … Continue reading Slow Going on the Ohio

Living Hour to Hour

It's hard to say anything when you have so much to say. About 7 days ago, RJ and I decided to flip our plans completely upside down and backwards. About a year ago, when we first started talking about and planning this boat trip, our big idea was to take Patches around Michigan, through the … Continue reading Living Hour to Hour