Sailing North up the Pacific Coast

A Voyage of Discovery

After 30 years raising a family, Katie and I searched and found a boat we liked in the fall of 2016. We imagined that we would untie the lines and sail for the South Pacific in October of 2017, following hurricane season. What were we thinking? We kept working because we never felt we had enough money. We had to figure out what to do with our house, our stuff — a lifetime of pictures, kid’s art and trophies, real art, clothes, furniture, tools etc. It was exhausting! At the same time, we began the process of preparing Samsara for blue water cruising. Knowing that it might be awhile before we returned home we made a concerted effort to say difficult “good byes” to our friends and family which entailed lots of entertaining, cooking and heartfelt toasting. A challenging predicament entailed dealing with our last dependent family member, Pearl, our beloved cat who we had little confidence could make the radical change to a life at sea! Finally, after months of dreaming, scheming and planning we threw off the dock lines at 0400 on Saturday morning, August 7, 2020 bound for the San Juan Islands up the Pacific West Coast — almost to Canada — on a shake down cruise with a plan to return by the end of September. We expected that by the time we got back we would have a significant list of things that need to be fixed, changed and/or acquired before continuing south to warmer waters far from home and Amazon Prime. We hope you’ll join us on our life long “dream journey” by subscribing to our web site.