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Our philosophy is to keep our cruising

open-ended & open-minded. 

This way we can travel based upon advantageous weather

plus information, opportunities & guidance provided by

others in the world & cruising communities.

 

 

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Our Adventure Timeline

 

2003

August 13, 2003 -  Departure from homeport (Kingston WA, USA)

August 18, 2003 -  Departure from Neah Bay, WA for non-stop Pacific passage to San Diego

        Click for Photo Journal

 

September 1, 2003 -   Arrived San Diego (Labor Day weekend)

Sept - Nov 2003 -  Continued provisioning and boat preparation in San Diego

     Click for Photo Journal

 

November 20, 2003 -  Arrived Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (Revolution Day!)

Nov - Dec 2003 -  Pacific Baja

December 23, 2003 -  Arrived Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico for Christmas holiday

        Click for Photo Journal

 

2004

 

January 2004 -  SW Sea of Cortez and crossing to Mazatlan

Jan - March 2004 -  Pacific Mexico - Puerto Vallarta & the Great Chili Cook-off

        Click for Photo Journal of the Chili Cookoff - we won!

 

April - May 2004 -  Crossed back to Baja (La Paz) and pulled Carina for routine maintenance

May - Nov 2004 -  Sea of Cortez as far north as Puerto Refugio, Isla Angel de la Guarda

        Click for Photo Journal

 

Nov - Dec 2004 - Crossed Sea of Cortez from La Paz to Banderas Bay (Puerto Vallarta)

 

2005

 

Dec 2004 -April 2005  -  Mexican "Riviera" to Huatulco

        Click for Photo Journal of Pacific Mexico

 

April 2005- Tehuantapec crossing

May 2 - Crossed bar into Estero Jaltepeque, El Salvador

May - September 2005 - El Salvador with inland travel to Guatemala, Honduras, etc. 

        Click for Photo Journal of El Salvador

        Click for Photo Journal of our trip to Guatemala

        Click for a Photo Journal of our trip to Honduras

 

We also led an effort by dozens of cruisers and their generous friends and families to rebuild a kindergarten on Isla La Cordoncillo.

        Click for Photo Journal of the school building effort and the festive celebration at its opening.

 

September 2005 - Nicaragua

        Click for a Photo Journal

 

October 2005 - January 2006 - Costa Rica

        Click for a Photo Journal

 

2006

 

February 2006 - May 2006 - Panamá

        Click for a Photo Journal of the western provinces, the Panama Canal zone, etc.

       

May - October 2006 - Ecuador

        Click for our Photo Journal of coastal Ecuador near Bahia de Caraquez

        Click for our Photo Journal of Quito & the Andes

 

August 2006 - We took a side trip to Peru & hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

        Click for Photo Journal of Cusco, Peru

        Click for Photo Journal of our tour of the Valle Sagrado

        Click for our Photo Journal of our trek up the Inca Trail

        Click for our Photo Journal of Machu Picchu

 

October - November 2006 - Islas Galápagos

        Click for Photo Journal

 

December 2006 - March 2007 - Balboa, Panamá

        Click for a Photo Journal of Las Perlas Islands and the isolated Darien Province

 

2007

 

March 2007 -  returned via Panamá's western islands to Salinas, Ecuador

March  - July 2007 - in the boatyard at Puerto Lucia Yacht Club, La Libertad, Ecuador

        Click for Photo Journal of Carina's Refit

 

August 2007 - January 2008 - western Panamá islands and Chiriquí province

        Click for Photo Journal

 

2008

 

January 2008 - February 2009 - Cuidad de Panamá & Islas Las Perlas

        Click for our Photo Journal

 

2009

 

March - May 2009 - Passage to Galapagos and then French Polynesia

        Click for Photo Journal of our Pacific Passage

        Click for our Photo Journal of our return to the Galapagos and old friends

 

May 2009 - Sept 2009 - French Polynesia

        Click for Photo Journal of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas

        Click for Photo Journal of Fatu Hiva

        Click for Photo Journal of Tahuata

        Click for Photo Journal of Nuku Hiva & Philip's speedboat incident

       

Sept 2009 - Suwarrow, Cook Islands

        Click for our Photo Journal of this amazing isolated atoll

 

October 2009 - Pago Pago, American Samoa where we arrived in the aftermath of the desvastating tsunami that traumatized and even killed friends

        Click for our Photo Journal

 

2010

 

November 2009 - May 2010  - Vava'u Group, Kingdom of Tonga where we were hit by Cyclone Rene on Valentine's Day 2010

        Click for our Photo Journal of the Vava'u Group

        Click for Photo Journal of Cyclone Rene

 

May 2010 - Niuatoputapu Tonga and Wallis Island, French Overseas Territory

        Click for the Photo Journal for Niuatoputapu

        Click for our Photo Journal from Wallis Island

 

June 2010 - May 2011 Fiji

 

        Click for Photo Journal of Savusavu & Vanua Levu

       

        Click for our Photo Journal of our visit to the isolated Lau Group

        Click for Photos of islands in the Koro Sea

        Click for the Photo Journal of Viti Levu & our boatyard stay at Vuda Point

        Click for our Photo Journal of the Mamanucas & the Yasawas

 

        Click for our Photo Journal of our return to Vanua Levu for the cyclone season

        And Click here for our Photo Journal to the villages of Nasasobu & Dakuniba

        And here for the Photo Journal our side trip to magnificent Tavenuni

   

2011

 

June 2011- Sept  2011 Vanuatu

        Click for Photo Journal of Efate, home of the capital Port Vila

        Click for Photos of amazing Tanna & its active volcano

 

        Click for the Photo Journal of Malakula & the Maskelynes

        And here for the Nalawan Festival of the Small Nambas

 

        Click here for our Photo Journal of northern Vanuatu & our presence at a kastam marriage

 

October 2011 - May 2012  Marshall Islands

        Click for our Photo Journal

 

2012

 

Jun - November 2012  - Solomon Islands

        Click for the Photo Journal of the Polynesian eastern island of Tikopia

        And here for the Santa Cruz islands of Vanikoro and Santa Ana

 

        Click for a Photo Journal of Tavanipupu & Guadalcanal

        And here for a Photo Journal Roderick Bay on Sandfly Pass in the Florida Group & their annual cultural festival - Bonina Vale ni Vaka Seloga

 

And click here for a Video of the Bonina Vale Festival

    Visit Roderick Bay's tiny homepage by clicking here

 

2013

 

December 2012 - January 2014    Federated States of Micronesia ; Kosrae, Pohnpei, Ant, Lukunor, Lamotrek, Woleai and Wa'ab (Yap)

 

        See our Photo Journal of each island by clicking below:

            Kosrae

            Pohnpei

 

    Click below to download a Video of:

            Snorkeling Lenger Island and Manta Road

            Hiking the Six Waterfalls Hike

 

2014

 

    In early 2014 we departed Pohnpei, stopped at Ant Atoll and continued down the chain of islands, arriving in Palau in April.

 

Click island names below to see our Photo Journals

 

            Chuuk (Lekinok)

            Yap Lamotrek

            Yap Woleai

            Yap Waab - the main island

           

                   And click here for the Photo Journal of the 2014 Yap Days Festival

 

 

April - July 2014 Palau

 

        Click here for our Photo Journal of Palau & its Rock Islands

        And here for Philip's Photo Journal of his visit to Peleliu

 

August 2014 - September 3, 2014 Samal Island, Davao Gulf, Philippines after a boisterous crossing of the Philippine Sea

 

        Click for a Photo Journal of Samal and Sarangani Islands, Davao and the Kadayawan Festival

 

        And here to download a Video of our passage

 

September- November 2014  - We went to friendly eastern Indonesia  - Sangihe, Morotai & Halmahera -  & then back to the Davao Gulf

 

        Click for a Photo Journal of Sangihe Island

        And here for Morotai

        And here for the Photo Journal of active Halmahera

 

2015

 

November 2014-August 29, 2015 - Samal Island, Davao Gulf, Philippines where we spent months in the boatyard and explored Samal Island on our motorbike.

 

        Click here for our Photo Journal of Carina's Refit at Oceanview

        Click here for Photo Journal of Samal Island

       And here for our Photo Journal of the 2015 Indonesia Rally

Download a video of Carina's Crossing of the Philippine Sea OR of our Sunday Excursions on Samal Island by clicking on the purple titles

Fall 2015- exploring fantastic Indonesia - Sangihe, Sulawesi, Halmahera and Raja Ampat

        Click here for our Photo Journal of Sangihe Revisited

        Here for our Photo Journal of NW Sulawesi

        And click here for our Photo Journal of wild and wonderful Raja Ampat

 

2016 - 2017

 

Dec 2015 - July 2016- Back in the Republic of Palau

        Click for our Photo Journal

        And here for the Photo Journal of our Rock Island adventures

 

July 2016 - September 2016 - The Ninigo Islands of Papua New Guinea

        Click here for a Photo Journal from Mal Island

        And here for a Photo Journal of Pihon Island

      And here for a Photo journal from Longen & Amik Islands

 

October 2016 - present - Back at Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia

        Click here for our Photo Journal of Pohnpei Revisited

      

 

 

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We left the Puget Sound in August 2003 and took an offshore route to San Diego accompanied by friend Howard Hanners..  

 

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After the cyclone season passed [ca. Nov 15], we left the US and entered Mexican waters and spent nearly five weeks traveling down the Pacific coast of Baja California, stopping at Ensenada, Bahia San Quintin, Islas San Benito, Isla Cedros, Bahia Tortugas, Bahia Asuncion, Bahia Santa Maria and Bahia Magdalena and arrived at Cabo San Lucas two days before Christmas.  From Cabo, we went north intending to stop at La Paz ("the Peace") to collect our mail, purchase a small outboard engine, clean the boat and affect a few repairs.   

 

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Instead of La Paz, we crossed in January 2004 from Los Frailes to Mazatlan in the State of Sinaloa on the mainland in an attempt to find balmier temperatures and less wind.  In late February we moved to Nuevo Vallarta, near Puerto Vallarta in Banderas Bay.  In mid March we left Banderas Bay headed south for Barra de Navidad but were thwarted in our efforts by a period of strong SW winds that made the intermediate anchorages untenable.   Turning around we headed north visiting Isla Isabela and Mazatlan.

 

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In late April, we left Mazatlan and crossed to La Paz on the Baja Peninsula, where we had some work done on Carina.  We left La Paz May 19, 2004 and explored the many isolated islands and anchorages around the Bahia de Los Angeles where Puerto Don Juan is located.  Don Juan was our chosen refuge in the event we were threatened by a Pacific cyclone.  After a brief visit to San Carlos Sonora to intercept some parts brought to us by friends from the US, we crossed back to Baja and gunkholed south to La Paz.

 

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We have written a summary of facilities for yachts in 2004 in the Sea of Cortez.  Please click here to review.

 

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After a Thanksgiving reunion with family at Puerto Vallarta, completing a few more boat projects and competing in a fundraising Chili Cookoff, we left Banderas Bay two days after Christmas 2004 and are moving south along the Mexican "Riviera" with planned stops in Barra de Navidad, Manzanillo, Zihuatanejo and Huatulco.  We crossed the Tehuantepec in April 2004, spent four month in El Salvador including building a school, going to school and enjoying inland travel.

 

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In Central America we have worked our way down the coast and arrived at the Panama Canal at Balboa in March 2006 after enjoying the rural bahias of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Our mooring buoy was only 100 yards from the canal runway!  We stayed in the lovely Gulf of Panama and visited some of Panama's spectacular locales and their inhabitants before heading south.

 

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From Panama we traveled to South America, anchoring for the southern hemisphere winter at Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.  This secure location in an estuary allowed us to explore South America (Ecuador, Peru) before setting sail once again for the Galápagos Islands, where we spent one month before turning again north towards Panamá City.  In Panamá we explored the islands of Pacific Panamá & the rural Darién during dry season before departing for Ecuador on March 4, 2007. 

 

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After four months in the yard at Puerto Lucia Yacht Club in La Libertad, Ecuador, Immigration denied us visa renewals and Customs attempted to fine us $12,000 USD, so we departed Ecuador bound for Costa Rica.  We landed instead in Panamá with failed batteries, purchased more and then spent the remainder of 2007 exploring the Chiriquí and Veraguas provinces of western Panamá.  Once in Panamá City, we rebuilt our Yanmar engine, installing a radar, depth sounder, head and washdown pump etc etc etc.

 

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During the summer and fall of 2008 we had the wonderful opportunity explore Islas Las Perlas, unspoiled islands just SE of Panama City.  We spent the holidays again in Panama City while preparing for our Pacific Passage to Polynesia, which we expect to commence before the end of February 2009.

 

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We left Panama City, Rep. of Panama in March 2009 and spent 20 days in Wreck Bay, San Cristobal Galapagos.  From there a 28 day passage took us to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas.  We toured the islands of French Polynesia until Sept  2009 before moving onto the Cook Islands and American Samoa and Tonga.

 

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We spent the cyclone season 2009-2010 in the Vava'u group of the kingdom of Tonga and traveled to Fiji by way of Niuatoputapu and Wallis Island.  Our most recent passage included the remote Lau group of Fiji.

 

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After spending the cyclone season in lovely Savusavu with side visits to Taveuni, we visited the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups of islands, had a (second) haulout and then departed for Vanuatu.

 

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After a brief stay in Port Vila, we got a weather window to beat back against the usual tradewinds to Port Resolution, Tanna where there is a highly active volcano and also a friendly village and "yacht club".   Heading north we spent quite a bit of time in the Maskelyne Islands and then onto Malakula for the Nalawan Festival in SW Bay before heading to Luganville.  Pushing north and east, we visited Oyster Island, Ambae, Maewo, Gaua and finally Vanua Lava.

 

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On Sept 26, 2011 we left Sola, Vanua Lava for a challenging 19 day passage across the equator to Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. 

 

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In May 2012 we set sail for the Solomon Islands, visiting Tikopia, Vanikoro, Santa Ana and Tavanipupu before arriving in Honiara in time for the Festival of Pacific Arts.  From Honiara we joined the small group of yachts at Roderick Bay for the first annual festival there.  Shortly after, Philip was evacuated to Australia to receive treatment for a heart attack.

 

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Later in September we left Ngela Sule once again bound for the Western Province and visited Peava, Marovo Lagoon, Rendova Is, Munda, Vonavona Lagoon and Gizo.  After a brief haulout at Liapari Island we departed for a trip northbound back to Micronesia.

 

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After only a week at Kosrae we pushed onto Pohnpei, where we stayed 13 months before heading off once more downwind through Micronesia towards Palau and the Philippines.  After nearly a year and a half in Micronesia, we departed Palau July 31, 2014 for a "short" trip to the Philippines, that turned out to not be that short....thanks to Super Typhoon Halong

 

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Our short stay in Philippines involved preparation for the Sail Sangihe Indonesia Rally as guests of the Oceanview Marina.  We left Samal Island for Sangihe on September 3, 2014 for a trip against the wind, current and seas.

 

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We returned to Oceanview in November 2014 & into boatyard mode where we remained during winter, spring and summer of 2015.   Carina received much deserved TLC after putting on a lot of sea miles.  She has served us well.

 

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In the fall of 2015 - just a few weeks before the horrifying hostage-taking at Oceanview - we returned to eastern Indonesia and visited Sangihe, Sulawesi, Halmahera and glorious Raja Ampat.  

 

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A slow passage north from West Papua, Indonesia brought us once again to the Republic of Palau where we'll over-winter, enjoying the ambience and lovely wilds of this tiny paradise.

 

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During our glorious stay in Palau, we learned of a seldom visited island group in PNG - the Ninigo group - and decided it was a perfect place to visit on our way to eastern Micronesia.   Not only could we bring much needed supplies to these almost-forgotten people but we could support their culture by attending their annual canoe races. 

 

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Our Ninigo project consumed us for the spring of 2016 and then we left Palau heavily laden with supplies in late July.  We had the support of almost sixty generous individuals from 15 countries who contributed to our stores.  Every single item of the supplies we brought - and much more - disappeared off Carina.  In fact, our supplies provided the prizes for the canoe races - almost 80 boats in total - when the support from the national government failed to arrive.  And we loved every minute of our five week stay with those wonderful people.

 

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A challenging passage of light winds, stormy conditions and contrary currents brought us back to the Federated States of Micronesia's Pohnpei Island where we will over-winter the 2016-2017 season..