Teachers Helping Teachers

Writing is a powerful, necessary skill. Both teaching and learning to write well takes practice – like memorizing times tables. The words start to flow, only after eons of repetition. Wake up; write. Read as much as you can. Think. Write it down. In the words of Anne Lamott, “Put your butt in a chair…

Bahamian Boat Science

We are often asked how we study science while traveling.  Initially, it was not easy!  I was trying to fit our science program into a traditional schoolroom “box”,  one in which we decidedly did not conform. Once I started quantifying our experiences, I realized the breadth and depth of what we are actually learning. While…

Reading List Top 5

Reading in varied genres is a lovely way to greet the world. With a good book in hand, it is impossible to be lonely. Reading inspires profound empathy and personal growth rooted in new-found knowledge of people, ideas or other concepts previously uncharted.  I love when a book surprises me, as happened several times this…

Go Timbalero! A history.

We are just days out from moving onboard TIMBALERO, celebrating our fifth year of travel-school. This family is excited! We will miss our land-friends for sure, but winter passes quickly and we are always back on terra firma in time for some freezing-rain-driven, early-spring New England weather and of course, baseball spring training. TIMBALERO = (noun);…

¿Habla español?

Travel-School 2018-2019 started early this year. Tony’s schedule was to race in the Mediterranean for most of the summer/fall and we love Spain, so we organized our late summer and early fall to be based here. We spent two weeks on Mallorca, followed by four weeks in Valencia. Our primary goal was for the kids…

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…

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…