Illuminated Dolphins Light the Way to Portugal (Oct. 16 – Nov. 4, 2018)

Illuminated Dolphins Light the Way to Portugal (Oct. 16 – Nov. 4, 2018)

I’m a bit behind with my blog. It was important to spend all of last week catching up on my real work for clients. With some technology challenges, this wasn’t an easy task. But here are some highlights from the past three weeks that include an underwater light show from Spain to Portugal..

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Rest, Work, Hurricane Prep & Road Trip (Oct. 6-15, 2018)

Rest, Work, Hurricane Prep & Road Trip (Oct. 6-15, 2018)

This week it was just the pups and me. Maik needed to travel to Germany for a week to work and to spend time with his daughter. I really missed him, but I accomplished a lot of work. In addition, I did my normal in-port chores, like laundry and minor boat maintenance. I also had to deal with an unexpected repair for Seefalke. 

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Finding Adventure in Unexpected Places (Sept. 27 – Oct. 6, 2018)

Finding Adventure in Unexpected Places (Sept. 27 – Oct. 6, 2018)

Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be dramatic or poetic—heart pounding or profound. It can be all of the above or something totally and completely unexpected. And sometimes, it’s just the simple things. This week, we found adventure far away from the heavy offshore blue water sailing that we’ve been experiencing..

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¡Vamonos! – Focus on the Destination . . . not the Journey (Sept. 23, 2018)

¡Vamonos! – Focus on the Destination . . . not the Journey (Sept. 23, 2018)

I can’t remember who said it, but there is a famous quote that I’ve used many times throughout my life. “There is no joy in the journey’s end if there is no joy in the journey.” Life is supposed to be about the journey, not the destination. Right? For the first time in 51 years, I’m questioning this theory.

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Life on a 20-Degree Tilt (Sept. 8-15, 2018)

Life on a 20-Degree Tilt (Sept. 8-15, 2018)

A 20-degree angle may not seem like much at first glance. If you look at it on an axis it’s barely even an incline. However, if you are on a sailboat flying through the water at a 20-degree tilt for, let’s say, four or five straight days and nights, and you are trying to perform daily living activities ..

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The English Channel - Part 1 (Sept. 4-7, 2018)

The English Channel - Part 1 (Sept. 4-7, 2018)

After arriving early yesterday afternoon, we walked around Dunkirk a little last night, but we were so exhausted it wasn’t much of an exploring expedition. We saw many lovely French restaurants, but opted for a burger joint instead. I was craving the protein of some red meat.

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The North Sea - Taming the Bully (Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018)

The North Sea - Taming the Bully (Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018)

I mentioned in a previous blog that if The Baltic Sea is the mean girl you love to hate but can’t help but love, then The North Sea is the schoolyard bully. After our battles with the Baltic, I was wondering if The North Sea would accept us onto her turf . . . or punch us in the face.

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Helgoland, Obstacles, The North Sea & Puppy Cranes (Aug. 27-30, 2018)

Helgoland, Obstacles, The North Sea & Puppy Cranes (Aug. 27-30, 2018)

It’s a rainy, windy, ugly day here in beautiful Helgoland, a remote offshore island surrounded by The North Sea. The wind is howling with 6-knot gusts, even with a huge wind shadow provided by our high-wall mooring. We are waiting at least one more day to set out again.

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Kiel Canal Experience (Aug. 26, 2018)

Kiel Canal Experience (Aug. 26, 2018)

Sunday, 26 August 2018 - First Leg of Kiel Canal - We awoke with plans to cross the Kiel Canal, but it was still unclear whether we would cross all the way over in one day into the fierce Elbe River at Brunsbüttel or find a safe mooring within the 98-kilometer…

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A Day of Rest Requires a Lot of Work (Aug. 25, 2018)

A Day of Rest Requires a Lot of Work (Aug. 25, 2018)

Saturday, 25 August 2018 - Laboe Hafen – Kiel - We spent a day doing some boat maintenance and catching up on our day jobs. It’s tough trying to work while sailing. So many people who take a voyage like this either have taken a sabbatical from work, or quit their jobs and sell everything they own to finance the long-term voyage.

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The Baltic Sea - She's A Mean Girl (Aug. 24, 2018)

The Baltic Sea - She's A Mean Girl (Aug. 24, 2018)

The Baltic Sea is a bitch. She’s like the queen of the mean girls in high school. You know the one … the girl who is beautiful and talented, engaging and alluring. She’s the girl who every boy wants to date and who every other girl wants to be. Everyone loves her, and everyone hates her. 

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First Week at Sea - 121 nm (Aug. 18-23, 2018)

First Week at Sea - 121 nm (Aug. 18-23, 2018)

Anticipation had grown as the excitement began to swell in sync with the Baltic Sea waves. We were already 18 days past our original departure date, but we wanted to be absolutely certain that the ship and the crew were ready! After five years.

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Delays, Provisions, & The Potty Experiment (Aug. 7-14, 2018)

Delays, Provisions, & The Potty Experiment (Aug. 7-14, 2018)

I needed to get out of the construction zone for a while so I packed my laptop, took the pups on a long walk, and then parked at one of my favorite outdoor cafe's in Stralsund, The Flipper. This place is completely dog friendly with a view of the marina. They immediately brought the dogs a bowl..

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Getting Settled in on Seefalke (Aug, 6, 2018)

We made it to Seefalke with the pups and they are settling in nicely. We are basically living in a construction zone, but it's Ok. We make a little progress every day. Cap'n Jack and Scout are loving all the new smells and new scenery. We have a very private mooring here, near the mechanics' shop..

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The Seadogs Made it Safely to Germany (Aug. 3, 2018)

The Seadogs Made it Safely to Germany (Aug. 3, 2018)

This was a huge milestone!  I've been saying all along how nervous I was about shipping Cap'n Jack and Scout by air to Germany. It was a gigantic task to get it all set up but Pet Air Carrier of Roswell, Ga. and Lufthansa made it all a little bit easier.  Check out the video of the two-day journey..

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Our Journey in the News...and a few setbacks! (July 26, 2018)

This is really cool! A veteran reporter, Alec Harvey, wrote a fantastic article about our journey that was published by the Alabama News Center. You can read the article by following this link. Meanwhile, we continue with preparations and had some setbacks this week.

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Getting it Done! (July 18, 2018)

Our holiday with the kids is over and I'm back in the good ole' USA. It was so great to have that time with them. We will miss them so much!. I've been really focusing on work so that I can continue to keep my clients happy while at sea. This will be a big topic for us.

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Prep Part Three - All About Communication (July 10, 2018)

As I write this, we are taking a little holiday through Europe with our children. We wanted to spend some quality time with them before we are at sea for 6 to 8 months. However, we did work out a way for some communication during our journey.

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