Another interruption in our adventures

Dear friends and readers, Many of you have begun to ask “So- how’s life as a landlubber cruising around in your “Hippiecamper” going?” Unfortunately, we can’t answer that since once again we’ve been forced to interrupt our adventures due to illness. I’ve been diagnosed with precancerous growths in my one breast and have flown back…

The San Juan Islands

Two days before we left Port Townsend, some nasty weather ran over us.  A low-pressure front sent powerful winds from the south up through the fjord and across our anchorage.  We are only three boats here on anchor, the rest have sought refuge in the marinas or on other anchorages.  We haven’t had that possibility…

Puget Sound

After 25 days at sea we’ve arrived and are tied up in Port Angeles Marina in Port Angeles, Washington. Before leaving Hawaii, we spent considerable time discussing if we should drop our Alaska plans and sail back into the South Pacific instead.  Covid-19 had closed Canada and the Inland Waterway for sailors, so going north…

How to download GRIB files

  When you read our blogs or watch our videos, you frequently hear us talking about GRIB files and downloading them.  GRIB files is “Greek” to those of you who aren’t bluewater cruising sailors.  Since one of our “landlubber” readers asked us to please explain this and make a video – we’ve now done that.…

25 days at sea – Passage to Washington

  We took in our lines and sailed out of Ali Wai harbor early Thursday morning intending to meet up with Minstrel Boy, a Canadian boat that was to be our “buddy boat” for the passage.  They were in Ko ilina marina, further along the coast. Well a crappy start, an hour after we left…

Isolated on Hawaii

  Vinni   We’d, via the press, followed the spread of the Corona virus from Wuhan in China.  We hoped that the Chinese would be able to contain it, but it quickly spread to the rest of Asia, then Europe and finally the US and the rest of the world.  A pandemic was started.  Many…

Pearl Harbor

  The winds of war   The Second World War was a long time coming in the Pacific.  In Japan, the military held the actual power, not the civilian government.  The military had ambitions to gain control over all Asia and the Pacific.  In 1931, Japan started on its territorial conquests by invading Manchuria and…

O`ahu

  As dawn breaks, we can see O´ahu’s skyline and the famous Diamond Head.  The air out here on the ocean is clean and clear so we have been able to see Honolulu’s lights from far away.  We’ve reached Honolulu and I guess it is first now that we truly realize we have sailed to…

Maui – from a paradise to a hell on water

We made landfall on Marui two weeks before Carsten’s daughter, husband, and our two grandchildren flew in.  Viggo is eight and Frida is six, the whole family flew in from San Francisco to visit us on Maui.  Maui is the next largest Hawaiian island after Hawaii- The big island.  We’re on a mooring ball just…