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Adventure

February 19, 2017

St. Lucia has some incredibly spectacular vistas, but the most amazing by far, are the Pitons — two volcanic spires that rise startlingly up out of the Caribbean out of nowhere. They are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and their bases are fringed with protected coral reefs. They even have a beer named for them!

We needed to get stocked up on a few things so it seemed like the best place to stop for a few days w...

February 10, 2017

A fellow sailor who we met at St. Pierre told us that if you took a mooring or slip at Marigot Bay Marina in northwest St. Lucia,it came with guest privileges at the adjacent five-star Capella Tropical Resort.  Always looking for a bargain and needing some laid-back luxury, we settled in there for a few days of rest and relaxation.

Our vantage point at the marina offered the perfect perspective for...

February 1, 2017

After an uneventful five-hour passage from Iles Des Saintes, Guadeloupe, we arrived at St. Pierre, our first anchorage in Martinique. It’s a small town on the northwest side of the island that in 1902 was transformed from the “Paris of the Caribbean” to the “Pompeii of the Caribbean” by the massive eruption of nearby Mt. Pelée.  

 Above: After the 1902 eruption killed  30,000 in St. Pierre.  Below: St. Pierre & Mt. Pelée today....

January 29, 2017

The galley of our boat is in many ways the heart of our cruising life, in the same way that our kitchen was the center of living at home. Food takes on a special significance because I believe a “well-fed crew is a happy crew.” Cayuga has a wonderful, well-designed galley with a four-burner stove oven, a refrigerator, freezer and adequate storage space for all the equipment we need to prepare and serve our luscious, nutritious...

January 25, 2017

Sunsets are an important time in our life on the boat. Over time, as we have developed our cruising routine, taking time to stop and experience sunset each day has become a part of or ritual. Having this daily touchstone seems necessary to me, in part, because, as we move around to different locations every few days or weeks, our environment is constantly changing. 

At sunset, we make ourselves a drink or pour a glass of wine a...

January 25, 2017

Our friends Don Ellis and Delores Higareda joined us in Deshaies, Guadeloupe where we immediately subjected them to a couple of grueling hikes. But they didn't abandon ship because both ended in a treat -- the first one to a beachside restaurant and the other a beautiful botanic garden.

Then they sailed with us south along the coast to the islands of Les Saintes (also known as Iles des Saintes) which are the perfect cruising de...

May 20, 2016

If there's a perfect anchorage, it would have to be Deshaies, a small, picturesque fishing village in the northwest corner of Guadeloupe. I say this because it has the perfect combination of attributes that make up the optimum cruising experience for me: a good French bakery, rigorous hiking trails (to walk off those croissant calories), excellent snorkeling off the boat, accessible WiFi, and a healthy local economy where fish...

April 14, 2016

(Ken helped bring CAYUGA from Hampton, VA to the BVIs in November, 2015.  This article appeared in the spring issue of the Salty Dawg Rally Newsletter)

Do you ever wonder what motivates a crew member to become crew in a Salty Dawg Rally? Maybe not, but here are reflections and insight from someone who crewed in the 2015 Fall Salty Dawg Rally.


My ‘Dawg Tale’ begins as a Lake Superior sailor who finds it difficult to gain de...

February 25, 2016

Having rounded the northern end of St. Martin, we had nice wind for close reach to St. Barths where we headed for Gustavia harbor to check in.  Note that Cayuga's Yanmar diesel hasn't missed a beat since I fixed a clogged fuel tank pickup tube in mid-ocean in November.  And, to make sure that wouldn't happen again, we got a tank cleaning after arriving in the BVIs.  However, lack of fuel isn't the only thing that can disrupt m...

February 11, 2016

We happened to be in St. Martin during the annual Carnival, which was pretty cool.  Near-naked gyrating butts in every direction!  After several days of gorging ourselves on French pastries, we moved north to the bay off Grand Case, known as St. Martin's restaurant row.  We rented a car for a couple of days and did a land circumnavigation of the island, including lunch at Orient Bay along with the requisite strolls up and down...

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Encore Adventure:  All too often, our sense of adventure fades as we become immersed in the day-to-day activities associated with getting an education, raising a family, building a career, and moving through life's phases. It’s easy to lose that childhood yearning for adventure -- the breathtaking feeling of exhilaration as we discovered some new experience or place to explore. 

One way to recapture it is to use the transition from one life phase to another as a reminder to awaken that adventurous spirit and reconnect with our inner passion for exploration, for taking a bold leap into an exciting activity with an uncertain outcome.  If we take the time to notice, we see people all around us who overcome fear and who manage the risks associated with moving to new places, travelling to unknown locations, learning a craft, starting a business, becoming politically active, learning to raise a garden, writing memoirs... The list is infinite, but the essence of the idea is simply to pursue the dream.

 

This notion captures the spirit of our current lifestyle. It's a perspective that resulted in our pursuing the dream, and embracing the opportunities and challenges presented each day as we learn to live aboard and travel in our sailboat, CAYUGA. This website and blog enables us to be more mindful of what we are experiencing, and to share those experiences with others.

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