I aint got a lot of money all I got is time and a reason to rhyme…

Don’t need a lot of money
All i need is you

Slightly Stoopid

Hi guys!

It looks like I haven’t posted an update since arriving in Virginia beach back in May. Boy have we come a long way. We continued cruising north and ended up in Jersey visiting my family and working for about 6 weeks. Last week, we headed up to Long Island, NY. From there we went to Montauk, than New Bedford, Massachusettes before arriving in Cape Cod. We did some tubing on Dan’s brother’s boat with his family, and than spent 3 days with them on our sailboat. We hit up Cuttyhunk, MA and Martha’s Vineyard. Here are some pictures that show just how much fun we have had cruising the Northeast this summer. It’s been a long, strange trip since leaving Wilmington, North Carolina, and I finally feel like I can begin to call myself a sailor. I have about 1,000 miles under my belt, and I think I can finally admit how much I enjoy this cruising lifestyle. I wouldn’t change these experiences for anything.

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As summer winds down, we’ve reached our furthest point North, and will be heading south stopping in Newport, RI for a while. More updates to come.

Namaste

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May the Four Winds Blow You Safely Home…

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Hey guys! I realize I have been super slackin’ on my page, but I promised some people to keep updates, so here I am. Today I am unmotivated (or lazy) to fill you in via journal entries, instead I am just going to share some pictures with you. These pictures include Oriental and Coinjock, NC and pulling into Norfolk, VA. If you are not as obsessed with [my] dogs as I am, than these pictures may not serve you well. For all ya’ll other dog lovers, you should eNJoy. Promise more updates in writing soon.

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The sky was yellow and the sun was blue, strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand…

Just as I sat down to write this post, this random guy in the local coffee shop [in Oriental, NC] gave the barista some “life advice” on his way out the door and I thought it was fitting:

“They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety”
Ben Franklin

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Day 4- 5/20/13

We are still in Beaufort, but look forward to moving onto our next destination soon! We stocked up on provisions and headed to the little beach at Shackleford Island (a Rachel Carson nature preserve) where we met up with our new friends Amy and Doug. These guys are awesome; They are a couple-captain crew on an 82 foot yacht, Adventure Us. We took them out for a sunset sail at Cape Lookout, a little cove with a beautiful lighthouse overlooking the water. We laughed all night until we could hardly breathe and our cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

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Day 5- 5/21/13

This morning we woke up at Cape Lookout. Besides the huge urine pile on my yoga mat which was laying on top of the couch, the morning was great! Oh, and the motor overheated again last night, but Dan assured me it was not a big deal. Many people may have let these conditions stress them out, but today I woke with more patience than ever.
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We left Cape Lookout to head back to Beaufort to stock up on last provisions and to say good-bye to our new friends. We also met this awesome guy named Keith, who lives aboard his 30 foot ketch, Saga.

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Soon after, we left to head down Back Creek towards Oriental, North Carolina. There we had the prettiest sunset I have seen in a while; the sun set over a picturesque line of long-leaf pines.

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In these past few days, I have experienced more hospitality and kindness than I have ever seen. On the water, people go completely out of their way to help you and make you more comfortable. We have met several individuals- all of which were extremely down-to-earth, real people. Salt life is not only just a lifestyle, but an ever-evolving community of like-minded individuals. Over the years, I have attended over a dozen music festivals up and down the coast (but on land), and I had truly believed I found the ultimate feeling of community, and what it means to me, but to my surprise I have found another community that I feel completely comfortable being part of. I am truly blessed and thankful for so much, especially all of the hard work on Dan’s part-after all, he did make this dream a reality for us.

Day 6- 5/22/13

Today we woke up on anchorage on a little cove on Back Creek, a spot about halfway between Beaufort and Oriental. Around 7:30AM we started the motor and traveled north for a couple hours. On our way, we saw our friends, Adventure Us. They came up behind us and we got to wave our final good-byes until next time. Dan and Doug laughed on the radio together until they surpassed us with their twin 1,500 horse power, and before we knew it they were gone on the horizon.

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A short time later we pulled into the town of Oriental, where we immediately spotted out a boat we knew from Wilmington- a 36 foot Cape Dory with a cute little lady named Victoria. She had stopped by the marina where Dan worked at this past winter (that is a whole ‘nother story). When we met her then, she inspired me from the get-go. Knowing this woman sails single-handily in a bigger boat than ours, all over the world, all year round, is sincerely inspiring as a beginning to the sailing life. I look forward to spending time with Victoria tomorrow. It is a great feeling pulling into a harbor and seeing someone you already know.

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The local provision store here is awesome! Just feet away from the dinghy dock, this place has affordable products, as well as block ice and best of all, free bike rentals. We decided to take the dogs for a bike ride to this tiny beach spot (and to cut their toenails from running on blacktop). Everyone warned me about falling in love with Oriental, and I think it has happened all in just one day. We are going to extend our stay here through the weekend (to avoid weather coming) and in hopes of catching up with our new friend Keith so we can sail north together to Ocracroak.

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That’s all for now folks! Time to hit the Tiki bar!
🙂

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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds…”

Today has been three days since we left Wilmington. Here I am sitting at a local coffee shop in Beaufort, North Carolina, charging the electronic devices that used to be of utmost importance to my daily life, and now is a tool to be used on the luxuries of land. Now I am going to share with you my notes from each day of the trip thus far. Although my brain never stopped thinking, I only got so many words onto paper; These words most likely reflect the most memorable and important aspects in my mind. So, here it goes:

Day 1- 5/17/13
Isn’t this great!?” – Captain Ron
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For the first time ever, I am  wearing a 60spf sunscreen. Never in my life that I can remember have I needed to wear such protection, as I have not been out on the water for a full 15 hours before. It’s only 2PM (we left around 7AM), and I am ready for shade. While Dan says its a calm day, this is more than I have ever seen on the water. I have almost fallen overboard twice (worse than the dogs so far). I must mention that Jackson was the first one to get sea sick, which is surprising to me because I felt nauseous at that very moment.

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I learned that I like being outside on deck way more than being inside while cruising. The best part so far was leaving the inlet and the land- literally a feeling of relief and peacefulness instantly overwhelmed Dan and I. Losing sight of all the traffic and mansions and people may be the best feeling ever.

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For those of you wondering what sailing on the Atlantic feels like, I’ll try to explain it the way I now see most fit. Imagine laying on your back floating in the rolling waves on your favorite beach. Now picture a cute wooden cabin- that is your body floating on the rolling hills of the ocean- and on there are your favorite snacks and drinks, your best friends, lots of sunshine, and a cool, constant breeze. Oh, and of course there is music (natural and artificially created), pillows and blankets and whatever else floats your boat. 😉 Out here, there is no fast-food or microwaves, no television commercials or nasty news channels. All we have is the wind and the water- but what else do you really need? I know that the ocean has always been important to me, and now it really makes sense to me- water is essential to my well-being and overall health.

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Day 2- 5/18/13

After a long day at sea, we finally came into the channel at Beaufort. As soon as the waters calmed down, I began to drift off into the realm of dreams, the early morning fishing boats ruined my first peace in several hours. One a**hole drove so close by our boat, things started falling off shelves and rocking the boat. Immediately, I shouted for Dan to get up and yell at those guys. He didn’t. Instead, we moved to a better (more private) anchorage. By this time, the sun was rising and Dan hadn’t gotten any shut-eye yet. Our new spot is this tiny spot between Front Street of Beaufort and a natural asparagus-filled island with wild roaming horses and mini-beaches. What a place! There are probably around 30 boats anchored around here, and I’d say about 90% of them are some kind of sailboat.

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Now on to the more important stuff- we acquired a new member to our family today- Bouncy (or Beyonce) the dingy.

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Leaving Wilmington without a dingy was stressful for us, but we had to keep moving and wait for fate. Well, it happened! And fate came to us via two amazing individuals- Jerry & Terri. Sometimes, things come to you at exactly the right time, even when you have stopped trying. Today was truly an inspiring day with all of the beautiful people we met (except the grumpy dock master).

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Today, I gained another experience of reassurance that there is still hope for humanity. It really is about being respectful to others. Out here in the world are wonderful people. Is it really that hard to be nice? Are people too paranoid with all of the technology out there?

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Well, I’ll tell you something I do know-Beaufort attracts beautiful souls with some genuine hearts. No matter how cool it seems, it is much nicer on anchor, rocking in the calmness of the sea; a place where the sun rises and sets over the water. Some call it paradise.

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Day 3- 5/19/13

Last night marks the first good night’s rest I’ve had in what feels like a while, but realistically was only two days. This morning, we woke up to tiny gnats swarming us. Dan even claims the gnats woke him up in the middle of the night. If gnats are my biggest complaint thus far, I think we are doing just fine. We took an early morning dingy ride to the island to bring the dogs for a long beach-walk.

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Dan is currently laying in the main sail and using it as a hammock. I am lounging in the cockpit with Stella. While we wait for Dan’s repair on the water pump to ‘set’, we will spend today enjoying the sun and serenity of Beaufort’s clear skies. The apple application on my phone for weather has been reliably wrong for the past week, showing nothing but thunderstorms, none of which we have encountered. The dogs seem to be adjusting well!

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That’s all for now, updates to come. Next stop: Oriental, NC.

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I Step Into the Great Unknown- With a Ball & Chain I Call My Own.

[Sorry guys! I know it’s been a long while!
You know how it is when life catches up with you!]

We’re free.

Except the back part of my brain that continues to repeat what  society says I should immediately get a job, get bills, and pay ’em. That is supposed to be my new life as “the college graduate”. How fun.
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Instead, I’m going to enjoy myself. As I prepare for the first sail of my life, I have a lot of thoughts running through my mind but someone once told me:

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past,
if you are anxious you are living in the future”.

The only time to be happy is now. I keep hearing people “someday”, and to us it seems silly to wait until someday. All of our hard work is finally paying off. With Dan working 12-hour-seven-day-weeks, life was becoming monotonous and the light at the end of the tunnel was not yet in reach. Now it is. The time has come for the first BIG sail of my life! As I step into the great unknown…

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Many updates & pictures to come!

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If Only They Knew How Real This Life Really Gets…

People like to say they value truth, authenticity, down-to-earth individuals.
So, would you like to hear just how real this life really gets?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It was 4 AM this morning, when I got out of bed only to take my first step into a wet, puddle on the bathroom floor. I turned the light on only to see urine and sh*t everywhere! Something went wrong- what a mess! Instantly, I cried for Dan as he woke up in distress. “What’s wrong?” he asks. I told him and he jolted up yelling at me to move out of the way, which I did as quickly as possible. Dan spent the next hour cleaning it up, and I could not fall asleep as I just lay there imaging the disaster of a task he had at hand. Before I knew it, it was time to wake up, and I couldn’t help but think, “This is going to be a sh*tty day”.

My day went on well, and it was actually the first warm day in a while- 61 degrees and sunny. I ate a good breakfast, stayed alert during all my classes, and feel I aced my Social Psychology exam. Sometimes it’s funny how symbolic life really is.
Sometimes life gets sh*tty, but clean it up, move on, and things get better.

(FYI- Dan has spent two hours since getting off work cleaning and trying to find the root of the problem. Sometimes, I agree with the notion that that men are “more fit” for certain jobs because I sure as hell was not prepared for THAT. Now the whole inside has been cleaned thoroughly, so it  worked out in the end. Again, without Dan, we would have some serious issues here aboard Mystic Lady).Image

Okay, now for the good news! Our near future plans for sailing the east coast this summer changed instantly this past Friday. Dan received a call from our former bosses at Captain Mickey’s Parasail Company. Long story short, he asked Dan if he would be interested in opening a Jet Ski Tour business with him in Virginia Beach! Of course he was thrilled, and so was I! This is a chance of a lifetime, and I know Dan will succeed! So, now the clock started ticking just a bit faster, and we need to be in Virginia immediately after I graduate in early May. I did not hesitate to say yes! Who knows where this can take us [ hopefully a bigger boat 😉 ]. So what if I went to college and end up in water sports?

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❤ Jack

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You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

All you need is Dan.
“If only Dan had 3 hands, than imagine what he could do?” said my dad.

Saturday, March 16
This weekend my dad came out sailing for his first time, and it was blowing at least 20 knots with gusts around 30! We had only been on the Cape Fear River for ten minutes before realizing we would be soaking wet in just a few minutes. I suggested we just change route, and Dan (hesitantly) agreed as we were also on a time limit as my dad was only in Wilmington for 26 hours. So we went Downtown for some sushi and plum wine, than later for some nutty Irish coffee and the most amazing banana foster dessert from Circa. Yum!
(I have some great pictures from today but the memory card was not fully inserted and so the pictures are stuck on the camera for now)

Sunday, March 17 – America’s Drinking Holiday
Today we woke up and my dad was gone, out talking to local people and exploring like he typically does on trips. We stuffed our bellies with some breakfast, and made our way back down the river. This time it was calm as a lake out there, and a very peaceful day on the water. Dan let my dad and I relax in the 70 degree sunshine, while he got us safely home. My dad gave Jackson the nickname of Action Jackson, as he is constantly running around the boat barking at seagulls and sniffing the air. He ain’t nothin but a hound dog!
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March 19, 2013 – Our dingy trip to da’ island
“They say 3 percent of the people use 5 to 6 percent of their brain
97 percent use 3 percent and the rest goes down the drain
I’ll never know which one I am but I’ll bet you my last dime
99 percent think we’re 3 percent 100 percent of the time

64 percent of all the world’s statistics are made up right there on the spot
82.4 percent of people believe ’em whether they’re accurate statistics or not
I don’t know what you believe but I do know there’s no doubt
I need another double shot of something 90 proof
I got too much to think about

Too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It’s too much to think about

They say 92 percent of everything you learned
in school was just bullshit you’ll never need

84 percent of everything you got you bought to satisfy your greed
Because 90 percent of the world’s population links possessions to success
Even though 80 percent of the wealthiest 1 percent of the population
Drinks to an alarming excess
More money, more stress”

-Statistician’s Blues by Todd Snider

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It’s 5pm, the sun is shining and it is 65 degrees out, and I just finished taking some of my last few exams of college! Dan and I have a date-we’re meeting at our friend Joe’s wooden dingy and we are going to row out with the dogs to the island right across the river where we are temporarily staying.
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I was freaking out! As soon as we left our slip and rowed for about one minute, an alligator swam into the water, seemingly at us! I freaked out as I have NEVER been within ten feet of a gator before. Dan was initially distraught because he said I jumped so much I almost flipped us all over into the water with the gator. He assured me it was probably only a 5-foot alligator, but to me that was terrifying. I was shaking for the next few minutes. After the fact, I realized I could have really put us in danger by freaking out, knocking us in, with our stuff, and the dogs, and a terrified alligator. Thank goodness I did not freak out THAT much. What a terrifying experience.

Then we still had to get to the marshy island which is full of nothing but underbrush, sand, and cool pieces of driftwood. Dan talked to me about alligators and assured me that if they were really a huge threat to humans, we would have killed them off by now. Sad, but good point. We got there, and the dogs immediately took off playing in the water. Our pit bull, Stella must be part lab because she absolutely loves swimming (many pictures to follow)!

On the way back into the inlet of Wilmington Marine Center, that gator was waiting right in the middle with just his eyes out. Still afraid, I tried to keep calm. Before I knew it, we were home! What a beautiful little, uninhabited, untouched island out there! The dogs played while we set on a tree, drinking wine, watching the sun slowly set over the water. We agreed to make this our ritual every Tuesday and Thursday. I am proud of myself today. I think my phobia of alligators turned into just a fear! =]

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You don’t have to be rich to be happy.
You need to be passionate, caring, and motivated.
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