Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Vancouver, Canada
We just got back from an 11 day winter cruise in our recently strecthed Light Wave (now 37 feet long!) It was a little cold out there but we did come across a super pod of several hundred pacific white sided dolphins and made a
video (see our video page)
Now that our boat project is finished we have finally got around to a adding a documentary video on what and how we did it. It is not often you cut your boat right in half! See our our video page) for the movie.
Tuesday, September 20, 2012 - Vancouver, Canada
Wow another year!. We hope you have been keeping well with sailing or planning that big cruise. The summer is winding down up here in British Columbia. We did get out for another 2 week trip to beautiful Desolation Sound in June with several long weekends at Tumbo Island. We have added 5 new videos to the site. Carllie is still working on the book on our trip and we hope to have it available early in 2013. We will keep you updated soon. Take care and bye for now.
Garett and Carllie on Light Wave
April 12, 2009 - Postscript and Epilogue - Vancouver, Canada
Hope you have been keeping well. You may be wondering where
we are now and what are we up to so we hope this little postscript/epilogue
sheds some light on our reintegration into "civilization".
We are now back quite comfortable in our little 480 square
fot apartment that we had lived in for 23 years before we went off sailing.
It seems huge and very luxurious and so we are quite content. The actual
reality of being back in the city has not been as difficult as we had
thought it would beas we fretted about it in the last few weeks on the
boat of July as we approached Canada.
We are definitely changed people from the 2 years on the
water. It would be impossible not be profoundly affected by the whole
experience. I would say on the whole we are more mellow and a little more
objective on life. As we look back on the places, the cruising people,
the locals, nature, and crossing the Pacific two times in the two years
we were gone, we can almost go back and remember every day of the trip.
It is almost seems like a Blu-ray HD movie. Life in the city is a little
monochormatic, every day seems to blend in with the next. In the city
it is hard to remmber what you did 4 days ago let alone 4 months ago everything.
Can you? We really felt alive on our trip and we have the fantastic memories
that we can keep with us. No memories - no life. We feel very fortunate
to have been able to do it. Life is short and the meter is ticking and
the party of this wonderful one-time experience called life will be over
People ask us all the time whether we will go out again,
and we really haven't made any firm plans. Our trip is still so close
to us in thought that it almost seems like we are still on it. We just
close our eyes and we are right there. The South Pacific does sound appealing
and we will see down the road what happens.
How long Does it take to Unwind?
In September 2006 in the second month of our trip we met
a long term cruising couple Eva and Uve in San Francisco and they had
told us that it would take us two years to unwind. At the time we thought
they were wrong. Surely two or three months would be enough to mellow
out but when we did get to the two year mark on our July 2008 return we
now agree with them. It does take that long to break the tensions and
living patterns which we have all grown up in (and under) from the time
we first started goin to school, high school, university, first job, career,
family, kids, financial presures, etc. We don't realize how much it is
affected us until we get the break.
We had always been year round sailors going out in every
kind of weather. Three months ago in December we decided to go on out
for a one-week trip (first little outing since we got back) to the Gulf
Islands as we had done for years before our trip to Mexico and Hawaii.
What we did discover is that we have become kind of soft after being in
tropical climates. It snowed and rained and was below freezing. The cold
just went right through us. Our blood has definitely thinned. We just
couldn't handle it. Next year in December we are going to fly south somewhere
During out fourteen months in Mexico we had only rain on
2 days and for only about 1 hour on each day! To say that the winter of
2008/2009 in Vancouver was traumatic is an understatement. The seemingly
endless stretches of rainy and dark days took its toll on us only to be
topped off with the 3 weeks of record snowfalls during Christmas. Even
now in mid-April we are having more rainy days. We are planning to go
out for 14 days in June up to Desolation Sound and surely it will be warm
So we are doing well. We miss the cruising adventure life
and will be out there again I am sure soon. We miss all our past cruising
friends and the new ones we have yet to meet but we are spending some
quality time with our land bound friends and it has been great. It is
truly great to be alive. It is a wonderful world, and life is to be loved.
So we hope you will enjoy the links on the right menu and
join us for the two years of cruising and sailing adventures.
Take care dear friends and talk to you all soon.
Garett and Carllie on Light Wave
Do you want to know what is like to sail across the ocean? Cruise for
two years in the remote areas of the Sea of Cortez? Here is your chance
to live the cruising sailing adventure with us. The links on the right navigation bar are
our catamaran cruising stories, diaries, and cruising logs as we travelled
in 2006, 2007, and 2008 covering 12,000 miles from from Vancouver, Canada to Mexico, the Sea of Cortez, Mexican
Riviera, and then an offshore passage from Mexico to Hawaii, 3 months in the Hawaiian islands, and finally
our crossing from Hawaii back home across the Pacific to Vancouver on our catamaran, Light
July 2008 - Crossing from Hawaii to Vancouver
Trip to Hawaii
June 2006 - The Beginning