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    Sunsets and rainbows and a lot of work

    Ah, the cruising life! Swinging in a hammock, sipping fruity rum drinks, soaking in a spectacular view. Well, that happens sometimes… Focusing entirely on life afloat as a family was a luxury we had as new cruisers. Although we were theoretically retired (for the first time!), it astounded me how Click here for full post: […] More

  • How to vote while cruising overseas

    “It’s just too hard,” the cruiser complained. It was the fall of 2016, and we were in a conversation about how to vote in the USA’s pending election. It’s not too hard! But it does benefit from a little bit of research and planning. I’m here to shortcut that research, Click here for full post: […] More

  • The best dinghy for cruising

    Dinghies are analogous to cars for cruisers; is that why I stand in the cockpit with the faintest touch of trepidation and watch as our teenagers disappear around the curve of a palm-fringed island? They return later grinning with adventures found…stories from their snorkeling jaunt of caverns, coral, and glowering Click here for full post: […] More

  • LF2SF Makes Top 25 List From “The Adventure Junkies”

    LF2SF has been named one of the Top 25 Sailing Blogs of 2019 by the adventure and travel Site…The Adventure Junkies.  The site does have impressive hiking, travel and adventure content as well as great high resolution color photos I love.  What an honor to be on the same list More

  • Bahamas cruising post-Dorian

    In early September, hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas and became the most devastating natural disaster on record for the islands. Savage winds flipped boats, leveled homes, and traumatized an otherwise peaceful corner of this beautiful country. On the cusp of cruising season, the dramatic headlines put plans in flux Click here for full post: […] More

  • The measure of a year: 2019 reflections

    Totem rocks at anchor in the gentle swell off La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico. We approached the end of the year on a mellow passage down the Sea of Cortez, sailing from Puerto Peñasco to our winter base in Banderas Bay. It was a little under five days – four Click here for full post: […] More

  • Ode to a shipyard community

    127 days of living on the hard are finally in the rear view mirror. Totem baked in the Sonora desert sun for more than four months of refit projects. Our boat is capable, but time and miles meant meaningful work in was due. Life on the hard is, well, hard. Click here for full post: […] More

  • Bringing holiday spirit aboard

    “But how will Santa find us?” our children asked with more than a little anxiety.  “He has his ways,” we replied confidently.  This was 2007: the year before we went cruising, we traded home fires on Bainbridge Island for a small cabin in Washington’s north Cascades for a getaway. It Click here for full post: […] More

  • Thankful cruisers

    Waiting until they’re awake before cranking out the first round of Alice’s Restaurant may not be something our boat teens are thankful for yet, but give them a few hours. I contemplate this while watching the clouds lemon-tinted by sunrise, scudding across an uncharacteristically overcast sky in Puerto Peñasco. Eleven Click here for full post: […] More

  • Holiday gifts: what cruisers use

    The relative simplicity of cruising life changes the way we think about gifting on Totem. Living on a floating tiny home lends itself cautious acquisition; over the years, minimalism becomes internalized. In a holiday season that emphasize family rituals and experiences, however, there’s still very much a place for the Click here for full post: […] More

  • Facing fears: kid boat edition

    Taking kids cruising benefits parents and children alike. I shared top reasons why recently: cruising instilled patience, confidence and independence in our kids while offering them a priceless education and family bond. But it’s a LOT easier to say with hindsight than it is looking in from the outsider’s lens. Click here for full post: […] More

  • Time to skip Tahiti?

    “Should we skip Tahiti?” A question I never thought I’d hear was asked seriously over sundowners last week as we discussed 2020 plans. The popular cruising destination is sending a strong message that cruisers aren’t wanted anymore. Last week, police began clearing boats from the busy Taina anchorage in Tahiti. Click here for full post: […] More

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