Monday, June 29, 2015

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM :: AND THEN MAKE IT HAPPEN!




If you are here to dream a little dream of sailing, then I'm here to help! That is, after all, how my dream came to life:

Imagine :: Visualize :: Realize

This blog started with our launch, October 24, 2010, and sails along with us for three years. Since this is a blog, the sailing posts are scattered a bit willy nilly -- and in reverse order, so I've gathered them here in chronological order, starting with that hyper-emotional day we finally untied the lines, a day I had dreamed of a bagillion times.

And if you're interested in how we arranged our lives to go sailing, there's a whole other blog for that, called ploddingTOparadise


SAILING AWAY: Year One, Phase One

Down the ICW, Manteo NC to Miami FL


DAY ONE: Our New World | Manteo NC to Engelhard NC | October 24, 2010
This morning we left Manteo on four hours of sleep, nervous, fidgety and lacking faith in ourselves and the GPS. Chip and the GPS performed flawlessly. I sat on the life jackets and wept.



Engelhard NC to Beaufort SC
After breaking those final land ties, we struggled to find our new footing. The unrelenting demands of life underway were harder and more exhilarating than we had imagined.

Momentum | Engelhard NC to Oriental NC | October 25, 2010
People on the Edge | Oriental NC | October 26, 2010
Weather or Not | to Beaufort NC | October 27, 2010
Changing Rhythm | Beaufort NC | October 28, 2010
Cara Mia: Population 2  | Beaufort NC | October 28, 2010 | More in my column
Pleasant Surprises | to Swansboro NC | October 30, 2010
Get There When I Get There | to Wrightsville Beach NC | October 31, 2010 | More in my column
A Sense of Belonging | to Carolina Beach NC | November 1, 2010
Open Water | to Southport NC | November 2, 2010
A Close Shave | to North Myrtle Beach SC | November 3, 2010
Never Alone | to Georgetown SC | November 4, 2010
Skinny Waters | to Price Creek SC | November 6, 2010
Into the City | to Charleston | November 7, 2010
Ode to Charleston | Charleston | November 7, 2010
Ghostly Stowaway | to Alligator Creek SC | November 10, 2010
Ghosting into Beaufort | Beaufort SC | November 11, 2010
A Day in the Life | Jacksonville road trip | November 13, 2010
Ebb and Flow | Beaufort SC | November 17, 2010




Isle of Hope GA to Vero Beach FL
As we headed south, trying but failing to outrun a super-cold winter, the days grew shorter, the temperatures dropped, the tides turned epic and new friends appeared at every turn.

New State of Mind | to Isle of Hope GA | November 19, 2010
ICW::SURVIVAL | my ICW adventure game
Through the Gate of Hell | to Wahoo River GA | November 20, 2010
The Science of Pink | to Darien River GA | November 21, 2010
Not One Single Time | to Brickhill River GA | November 22, 2010 | More in my column
Beauty Without Words | to Cumberland Island GA | November 23, 2010
Into the Masts | to St. Mary's GA | November 26, 2010
What a Drag | to Fernandina FL | November 27, 2010
Skidding Among Friends | to St. Augustine FL | November 28, 2010
Reconnecting | R&R in St. Augustine FL | November 29, 2010
Recalibrating | St. Augustine | December 2, 2010
Use the Time | St. Augustine | December 3, 2010
Things I Should NOT Do | St. Augustine | December 3, 2010
Return to Sanity | Daytona FL | December 5, 2010
Daytona Speedaway | Titusville FL | December 7, 2010
Popsicle Watch | Melbourne FL | December 8, 2010
Inspiration in Vero | Vero Beach FL | December 10, 2010
Happy Drifting | Vero Beach FL | December 12, 2010
Filling the Bilge | Vero Beach FL | December 18, 2010



Stuart FL to Miami FL
Once we left Vero Beach, the Gulf Stream became our focus, a challenge we had dreaded for years but one that would deliver us -- finally -- to paradise. We concentrated on preparing the boat and ourselves to make the big hop from Miami to Bimini.

Southbound Again | to Stuart FL | December 20, 2010
A Bridge Half Open | to Lake Worth FL | December 21, 2010
Clear Blue Water, our first ocean passage | to Miami FL | December 23, 2010
The Missing Link, losing a dear friend | Coconut Grove FL | December 24, 2010
Happy, Happy Sorrow | Coconut Grove FL | December 25, 2010 | More in a tribute
CARA MIA Christmas | Coconut Grove FL | December 26, 2010
Listing, chore list before going offshore | Coconut Grove FL | December 31, 2010
2011 + 51 | Coconut Grove FL | January 1, 2011
A YES Day! | Coconut Grove FL | January 6, 2011
Open the Window! | Coconut Grove FL | January 13, 2011
Lost and Lost | Coconut Grove Fl | January 14, 2011
Are We Leaving? | Coconut Grove FL | January 18, 2011

And the answer was, YES, WE DID! We set sail from Miami on January 19, 2011, for our first ocean passage, across the Gulf Stream to Bimini.

Read about it here: YEAR ONE, PHASE TWO

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