Moving On!

We have finished our practical lessons on the J/22.  Our last lesson in the basic keelboat and coastal cruising line will be on a J/30.  It’s made by the same company, but is about 8’ longer.  There are also some other differences, including the sail set up as well as steering and anchoring.  I’m lookingContinue reading “Moving On!”

Trade Offs

Last week we transitioned from the Basic Keelboat practical lessons to the Basic Coastal cruising lessons.  So we’ve moved on from, how does a boat work to, if your sailing here’s some more advanced techniques you need to be aware of to operate a boat safely.  It was an interesting transition.  We know the pointsContinue reading “Trade Offs”

We had wind!

We’ve had a few sailing lessons now, the first one did not have any wind, so it was more of an exercise in learning the parts of the boat, running the motor, when there was wind, trying to figure out where it was coming from.  The next two lessons had wind!  So, we could sail! Continue reading “We had wind!”

First Scuba Experience

It wasn’t the tropics, it wasn’t a beautiful reef with all kinds of colorful coral and fish, or sharks.  It was just a swimming pool that was only four feet deep.  But it was our first scuba experience.  It was pretty cool.  Sandy and Kenneth has done Snuba before, but no one had ever doneContinue reading “First Scuba Experience”

Knots…and a little more

The past few weeks have been a series of first steps in our sailing journey.  Step 1: Know Your Knots!  Step 2: Our first practical sailing lesson. Step 3: Our first introduction to scuba diving.  Step 4: Booking a trip to Florida to look at boats.  Sometimes the newness and excitement of it all isContinue reading “Knots…and a little more”

Nine to 5

BZZZ!  BZZZ!  BZZZ!  Get up.  Go to the gym.  Come home.  Shower.  Go to work.  Come home.  Cook dinner. Eat. Go for a walk.  Clean the kitchen.  Homework.  Look at the phone.  Watch TV.  Go to bed.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat. Oh yeah, and on the weekend, we spice things up!  Laundry.  Meal planning.  Grocery shopping.Continue reading “Nine to 5”

Downsizing…And Buying?

We headed out for a 15-mile bike ride this morning.  In retrospect, it might have been a might much for the first ride of the season, but it was fun.  As we were riding, we were reminiscing about when we bought our youngest son his current bike, easily 5 years ago.  He’s loved that bike,Continue reading “Downsizing…And Buying?”

Where will you go?

Where will we go? As we dare to dream and give voice to our visions, we get two big questions: Where are you going to go? How are you paying for this? I clearly remember the excitement and awe I felt when I graduated from high school.  I was inspired to live big…    “Congratulations!Continue reading “Where will you go?”

Our Dream

A year or so ago, my wife and I were sitting in the hot tub talking.  While we were talking, she tells me her retirement dream is to buy an RV and travel North America.  I listened and thought that sounds cool and fun.  I hadn’t thought about retirement plans, because I still have sevenContinue reading “Our Dream”