Choosing a Fall Curriculum

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.  – Pelé We have about two weeks left in our 6th-8th grade school years, so you can imagine the intensity in our home. I remember school winding down (in…

You are What you Read II

One’s reading list is a direct window into the values, slant and intellect of a person, which is why “what are you reading now?” is a wonderful and curious ice-breaking question. What are you reading now? Reading books of all types remains an all-consuming pastime for our family. We devour books individually, but travel-schooling has allowed…

Why Field Trips Rule and How We Maintain Balance

Travel-School is all about field trips. We love being on the move – seeing and learning new things is right in our family wheel-house. When planning our school year, we start with a healthy, working list of trips we want to take with the kids. At year’s end, our September wish-list never matches our May…

Solving the CUBE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Oliver has surprised us this year by putting in an enormous amount of his free time teaching himself the Rubik’s (and other) cubes. Today, he is competing at the Daytona, Florida ERAU Speedcubing competition. For his first event, Oliver will compete in the 2x2x2, the 3x3x3 and the Pyraminx categories.  This particular event…

Braver, Stronger, Smarter.

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin in “Pooh’s Grand Adventure” We have many reasons to continue our travel-school adventure, and it is important to us to always remain aware that this is a choice. We constantly evaluate and assess our mental pro-con list, which…

Dam it, Florida!

For centuries, man has been attempting to tame the elements. Nature flows inconvenient, and man’s hubris takes charge. This was the case in Florida when, in 1937, a series of dams and locks were built to provide an easy water route across Florida. The Okeechobee locks allow boats to pass east–west across the state rather than…

Chilly Days and Chili Nights

The weather this winter has been a bit cool – even by our New England standards. Of course, we have no complaints, though we have experienced some hefty cold fronts, wind, rain and overall cooler air than normal.  When waiting out the weather, we usually tie up at a marina and seek out museums, science…

Travel School Gulf-ing

Last week we ventured into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. It had been on our list to do, but equal parts weather and schedule had prevented us from doing so in the past. We left colorful Key West at the initial sight of clear air. Our first move was to head East…

Bees Knees Florida Keys

To date, the Florida Keys take the cake as our favorite place in U.S. waters to cruise. The Keys are a line of tropical islands stretching roughly 120 miles between Miami and Cuba and betwixt the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The Keys are gorgeous, up and down, and over the years we have found…

Happy 2018 from the TIMBALERO crew!

We have so much to be thankful for.  2017 was an interesting year and the treasures for us have been the people we have met this year, the relationships we have been fortunate to hold and acquiring our new family member: TIMBALERO. We are blessed and grateful for all our friends, family and an abundant…

Finding Faith

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr. When we bought Cortado in 2014, we thought we would live on her for a school semester at most. We had no idea how much we would love her and the life we would build together on…

Ode to Cortado

We have exciting news. As of today, Cortado has a new owner in Jacksonville, FL. While this change has been in the queue for us, it does not lessen the hard fact that we will miss her. We outgrew her size, but not her heart. Our beautiful boat gave us much joy, adventure, comfort and safety….