Post-Cruise Update: Currently working in fiber optics in Bellingham WA.
Post-cruise Update: Currently doing IT Admin at an accounting firm in Bellingham WA.
Ash and I are both from small towns in landlocked Eastern Washington. In 2005, just before we met in college, and right before I graduated, I made plans to crew on a sailboat leaving from Louisiana and heading to the Caribbean. I left for my sailing adventure, but quickly realized that that particular situation wasn’t going to be what I dreamt of- but more importantly, I missed Ashley, who still had a few months of school left to go. So, I moved back to Bellingham to find what work I could as a fresh college grad. What had started out as just a search for quick work ended up being the start to a great career. Six and a half years later we were still working away, but both still had that smoldering desire to sail, to travel, to find life’s adventures.
Dont get me wrong, we loved our life in Bellingham; we had careers, great friends, family nearby, fast motorcycles, and one of natures most beautiful playgrounds at our fingertips.
We bought Silver Lining in 2005, as an excuse to explore the San Juan Islands, and started what ended up being a massive refit (see Boat Restoration). In 2011, we decided that she was ready for something bigger and so were we. There were no good excuses left not to take the trip of a lifetime. We love the boat and having resurrected her from certain death we know her well. All of her systems are like new and I like toys, so there were very few things needed to make her ready for real cruising life.
So with a bit of courage we both resigned our jobs, sold our worldly belongings and started the movement towards the trip. The decision came easily when we decided it was this year or never. So, we are off!