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);…

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….

Mega-Readers Collide: More Super Groups

Poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks succinctly wrote that, “Books feed and cure and chortle and collide…” Her brilliant short poem (see below) titled, Book Power gets right to the heart of the necessity of reading and the basic sustenance literature can provide in our lives. While I believe in the nourishment factor, it’s the colliding…

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…

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…

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…

Out of Experience, Comes Character

Travel School for us starts each year with two solid weeks of home-schooling at home.  We use the time to get into the groove of school, discuss our goals for the year and prepare, academically, for the places we will visit. Aristotle said in his book of Poetics that “decisions define character.” Each day of our travel-school represents…