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  • Just Get in the Water!

    Even though there are 8 Channel Islands, Chris and I have spent all of our time exploring Santa Cruz Island, the largest one of the 8. Before reaching the southern tip of Santa Cruz Island (where our favorite anchorage Little Scorpion is located) you will first pass by Anacapa Island, most notable for its rigid […] More

  • 68th Annual High Sierra Regatta

    “Victory 21’s you are now in sequence”   Chris and I short-tacked back and forth along the start line, attempting to hold the best position. Nervous energy ran through me faster than the Nalgene of water I drank that morning- Why do I always have to pee before a race? My heart felt like it would […] More

  • Christopher’s Geronimo

    The 8-Day Transformation of our Victory 21’ Sailboat My heart pounded as adrenaline rushed through my veins, the wind kissing my cheeks as we thread through the oncoming vessels fighting for our position. It was the 68th annual High Sierra Regatta, marking half a decade of crewing together aboard Chris’s (now our) Victory 21’ sailboat. […] More

  • Do’s and Don’ts While Hiking with Your Dog and Other Pets

    Do’s and Don’ts While Hiking with Your Dog and Other Pets For those who love spending time in the great outdoors, there aren’t many things that can make that time better. Spending it with our loved ones definitely augments it, especially if they are fluffy and cuddly. Hiking with your Click here for full post: […] More

  • The Summer SAILstice

    Sometimes you watch the show, and sometimes you are the show. I can’t tell you how many times Chris and I have been sitting comfortably in an anchorage watching newcomers attempt to set their hook only to reset again, and again…. The post The Summer SAILstice first appeared on Sailing Avocet. Click here for full […] More

  • 24 Hours in Alberts Anchorage

    Flecks of dust danced in the sunlight that cascaded through our stateroom’s portlight as I swiped an old sock, damp with Murphy’s Wood Oil, across every surface. Cleo cat jumped onto our bed and stretched before curling into a small ball, basking in the golden rays undoubtedly making herself comfortable in the laundry that was […] More

  • 9 Days to Departure

    This is the last stretch before our departure towards the Azores! At this point, Polar Seal is 90% ready to take off. All the systems have been checked, maintained or upgraded, and she is in better shape than ever. We are starting to get into the final details (such as activating and testing the Iridium […] More

  • Night watch tomato soup

    Ingredients 1 large yellow onion 2 branches of celery 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 garlic cloves 1 can (28 oz) peeled tomatoes 1 cup chicken bouillon 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes 1/4 cup butter instructions In a dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the […] More

  • Peanut butter granola bars

    Ingredients 3/4 cup peanut butter (unsweetened) 1/2 cup honey 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 1/4 cups oats 1 cup slivered almonds 2/3 cup chocolate chips Instructions Stir the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil together in a medium saucepan.  Cook on low heat until the mixture reaches a simmer and stir often so […] More

  • My frenchified boat lasagna

    For the “bolognese” 1 big onion 2 carrots 2 branches of celery 200g diced bacon 500 g ground beef 800 g canned crushed tomatoes 2 garlic cloves2 cubes of beef bouillon Bay leaves Thyme Rosemary Worcester sauce A glass of red wine Some tomato paste For the Bechamel 100 g unsalted butter 80 g flour […] More

  • #87: Our most life-changing upgrade

    How many times did I not dream of not having to walk kilometer after kilometer, the 20kg IKEA bags sawing into my shoulders only to end paying a fortune and wait hours for clean laundry? So when it became apparent that we where going to spend quite some time in Bonaire, where the laundry was […] More

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