Ask Questions

Always ask questions. We talk often about knowledge, what it means, how to attain it and we encourage our kids to always ask questions. We tell them, “Don’t pretend to know something. Get to the core of what you don’t understand by utilizing resources around you.”  Asking questions is a fundamental part of understanding the…

Going With the Flow

“La seule chose constante dans la vie est le changement.”   – François de La Rochefoucauld   “The only thing constant in life is change.” I am feeling compelled to write this morning about the subject of change (specifically the impetus for, and results of).  Why do we strive for ….the big kahuna-waves, the furthest-away…

Adventure School Rocks

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”    –  Martin Luther King Jr.   We are often asked what model we use in our Travel School.  There are un-schoolers, classic education home-schools, and many other hybrids. We choose a semi-rigorous classification. We call ourselves Adventure School or Travel School, because that…

Moms and Mermaids

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there… Boat moms, Baseball/Softball + all Sport moms, New mothers, Step-mothers, Godmothers… Aunts, Abuelas/Grammies, too. Thank you for all you do. From our Travel-School world, we have collected a few of our favorite poems in your honor – • The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes Bring…

Nature Rules in Yosemite

While we love our boat-life, “Land-Cruising” is also our thing. When our Cloud10 Racing schedule takes us to the West Coast, we want to see what’s out there!  So last fall, after loving San Francisco and racing in a couple J70 regattas there, we took a little detour and drove to Yosemite. Yosemite is easy to get to, located in…

Explore. Dream. Discover… Change!

 “Every day we have an opportunity to create a living masterpiece.”      – Michael Gervais How to change? That is the question. Then what happens?  That is the next question… I have recently discovered the podcasts of Michael Gervais and his brainchild, “Finding Mastery”. The discussions he has with the people in his pod-cast forum are inspiring and…

Kipling, Lear and Rey en route to Biscayne Bay…

When the cabin port-holes are dark and green Because of the seas outside ; When the ship goes wop (with a wiggle between) And the steward falls into the soup-tureen, And the trunks begin to slide ; When Nursey lies on the floor in a heap, And Mummy tells you to let her sleep, And…

Creativity Afloat

“Creativity is not a talent, but a way of operating.”  John Cleese Painting is my passion. Studio space onboard? I wish! I am often asked if I am able to paint while living onboard Cortado. The honest answer is easy: No. However, I do find myself completely “creative” on Cortado. While I miss oil painting outdoors and in…

Eight Bells* for Florence Marie

Saying goodbye is hard to do.  Last week my grandma Hagedorn passed away. She was 97 and a half years old – a beautiful woman, deeply special to me and with so many talents. Life is like a patchwork quilt, And each little patch is a day. Some patches are rosy, happy and bright, And…

About Socialization

SOCIALIZATION.  When talking about our travel school, often someone will comment to us in a hushed tone, “But what about socialization?”… I cringe at the question, but understand the concern. Children are inherently social creatures and luckily ours make friends of every age, color, religion and nationality wherever we go. Travel-Schooling for us, involves about seven…

Every Piece Counts

Travel-School means we experience a lot of freedom in our days. We can choose if we want our school-days to be more structured (as they are lately) or rife with adventure.  Some of our days are not much unlike a ‘regular school’ day, in that we start early and work our way through subject, after subject. Some…

Love Changes Everything

“How our lives turn and turn. Things come that we never would have predicted for ourselves or even guessed at. And yet they change us forever.”    – Paula McLain, Circling the Sun We are acutely aware that our nomadic living/learning life is no longer an experiment – we want to continue travel-schooling and adventuring F O…