Tales from the Depths

Alaska Bound? No Thank You!

  So, Mark and Katie keep talking about this place called Alaska and how special it is and how amazing it's going to be. Well, naturally I got excited. I mean, dolphins, whales and sea lions are kind of what I live for these days. Throw in some salmon carcasses...

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Alaska Bound

Our Baja adventure draws to a close; the desert, the dark skin, the tacos and a life lived by the wind will soon become distant memories. The tears that were shed were many, but they dried before they hit the ground when we were offered positions working at Tutka Bay...

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Looking Back At Our Time Aboard

Someone recently asked us: "How did you make the decision to live on a boat?" And someone else asked: "What will you take away from this trip?" It was a road trip to Bellingham in September of 2011, the Pacific Ocean in our rearview mirror and salt still on our lips...

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Not A Sasquatchfish – An Oarfish!

Drumroll please.  We've talked with three different biologists that all came to the same separate conclusion about our sea monster sighting (if you missed it, see the post with video and photos here). What we saw, according to all the experts, was an oarfish, a rarely...

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Mordidas

  Anyone who has traveled in Latin America in the last 400 years probably knows the Mordida; it means "bite" and refers to the little bribes that keep the squeaky wheel turning down here. We've heard that Mexico was cleaning up its act, though, and it's true that...

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Can Sasquatch Swim: Oarfish Sea Monster Sighting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPNtwBGch74   The sea was glassy calm, an eerie occurrence in itself for late January, so we were motoring along making our way towards Isla San Jose. 100 yards away, two tentacles arose from the depths and slowly bobbed about,...

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Beseiged By Our Brethren

The norther had blown hard for three days, and while the birdwatching had been good, we were really waiting for Friday morning when the wind would lay and all those hungry birds that had been hunkering down would come out to feast. Friday morning came and from the...

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An Argument For Early Retirement

Katie had just poured me a piping hot mug of coffee, and I was checking our email, like most mornings here at the marina, awaiting the news of our imminent employment. Before my first sip Katie directed my attention to our megayacht neighbor a few slips down. I looked...

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Goodbye to Selkie

  It's been a hell of a ride. We're ending this trip and returning to the States to a lifestyle that will be a bit more mobile and a bit less stable than it once was. And that's okay, it is all by design and things are going according to plan. Our goal is less...

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Wylie Has Yet To Mutiny…

  And while the money hasn't quite run out, we are nearing our savings threshold that will trigger our return to the working world. When we hatched this crazy plan about two years ago, we estimated that we'd be able to stay down here until about April 2013, and...

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100 Birds

  It took exactly three months and four days to do it, but we finally hit the century mark. The Varied Bunting, tucked in tight among the mesquite that overhung the little freshwater spring, flitted about and gave us just enough time to get a good look.  ...

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Sailboats Not Welcome?

Our stopover in Puerto Escondido was supposed to last for two days, just long enough to fill our tanks and buy groceries for the next month long leg to La Paz. Two days ended up being nine days as a nasty norther blew through, bringing winds that were clocked at 39...

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