Galveston Art Tour by Bicycle

I’m a proud Houstonian; I’ve lived there most of my life (from about two years old on).  I graduated high school out in the ‘burbs, bought my first house inside the loop, and my parents still live out in Clear Lake.  And all my life, Galveston has been...

Oahu Hawaii for 2 Days (+ Flying HNL to VAV)

David and I took a short flight from the Big Island to Honolulu, Oahu.  We settled into our Airbnb in Waikiki. We didn’t have big plans for the next few days, except our one goal: Pearl Harbor. Oahu Geography Lesson Oahu is the small island where Honolulu is...

Big Island Road Trip for Four Days

We’d just arrived in Hawaii on our first ever visit. We had a week planned, and that started with a four day Big Island road trip! Disclaimer:  I will not get a commission if you book any of these Airbnb site.  However, if you’ve never used Airbnb before,...

One Day in San Francisco

Aside from a 6-hour layover in San Francisco, David and I had never been, so we jumped on the opportunity to spend one day in San Francisco while passing through on a sailboat. San Francisco Public Transportation It was incredibly easy to get around in SF.  Tickets to the...

Sailing from Portland to San Francisco

We flew back to the states for our first paid crewing gig on a sailboat – we’ve been hired to help the owners of another FP Helia from Portland, Oregon to Hawaii. Arrival in Salpare Bay After spending some time in Seattle with David’s grandmother and then at an...

Panama City, Panama

We found ourselves in Panama City, the capital of Panama, after sailing through the Panama Canal. Being on the small isthmus between the two oceans – Atlantic and Pacific – Panama City was a huge hub for trade, piracy, and Spanish conquistadors. The original city, now...

Sailing the Panama Canal

Sailing the Panama Canal is one of the most amazing experiences of our trip.  It is expensive to get your boat through, but getting to see the Panama Canal up close and personal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and sure as heck beats sailing the long way around.  You...

Shelter Bay Marina

We are LOVING Shelter Bay Marina.  It’s a great place to hang out with other cruisers, stock your boat, and wait for your turn to transit the Panama Canal. Safe Haven From a sailing standpoint, it is extremely sheltered. We’ve had a few windy days, but even then,...