In Pursuit of a Life Well Read

– The love of learning, The sequestered nooks,  And all the sweet serenity …of books. – H.W. Longfellow – – My favorite summer pastime is reading on one of the porch sofas (or on the boat, with port-light windows open) until I fall asleep, a gentle breeze blowing, book on lap, glasses off-kilter: nap heaven. –…

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. Our homeschool provides a college-prep education using a travel and literature-based approach to mastery learning….

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…

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…