S/V Hello World's Travel Log

Dear Pacific Northwest

Oh how we missed you.

Yeah, that's mold.

Our plans - subject to change

Dearest readers,

We have been awfully neglectful of you. For that we apologize. Now that we've caught you up on the past few months, here are our plans for the future:

- Work for about 2 years before we take off again
- Next big trip: Alaska over 2 seasons or until we run out of money again
- Work again for another 2 years? Seems like enough to get really sick of it!
- Eventually sail to the South Pacific and then get to New Zealand and Australia.
- Build an off-the-grid house in Idaho and move back to land

Now, that said, our plans are always subject to change, but people have been asking, so there it is. For now! Currently, we're in exist-a-board status at the marina since we can't sail (Dockwise post to come later) and can't motor (that pesky alternator issue from Mexico is currently in process). So here we sit, awaiting adventure!

As for returning to landlubber status someday, Jason's family lives in northern Idaho, so we think we'll head that way. The current plan is an earth-berm house with a giant masonry heater on 10 acres or so with a giant garden. And chickens (if I have my way).

And to pacify you with some pictures, here are some from our recent trip to Idaho in search of the perfect property:

Not too shabby

But not sure we want these guys as neighbors

And certainly not these guys

oh, hello

Holy crickets, has it been silent around here or what?

Sorry about that. We've been embroiled in all manner of real life. It started with... no, that won't do. Let's skip the details and go right to the executive summary:

  • Ran out of money in Mexico (mostly).
  • Put Hello World on a Dockwise ship and sent her to Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Picked up a damaged Hello World from Dockwise and sailed (actually motored because the rig couldn't be trusted) her back to Seattle.
  • Got married.
  • Drove cross-country and back in a parade of two and four wheeled vehicles.
  • Spent a week rafting/kayaking the Snake River through Hells Canyon.
  • Moved shitweasel tenants out of our townhouse, repaired damages.
  • Paid for massive plumbing job in townhouse (unrelated to the aforementioned shitweasels) and spent three weeks replacing drywall and painting.
  • Got jobs - Christy's traveling around the country training software teams on Agile/Scrum. Jason sits in a cube and codes. Could be worse.
  • Still need to get the engine permanently repaired from when our alternator tore off our engine in Ensenada de los Muertos.
  • Still need to get our bowsprit repaired from Dockwise damage.

We are now productive, contributing members of society. We commute to work. We pay taxes. I own several pairs of dockers.

Tell me again why we left Mexico?