Ordinary Gratitude

Not all things deserve gratitude. Or do they? No one feels grateful to stand in a long line at the DMV*. But if we are there, it means we have a CAR, for which we can surely be grateful.  If we have a CAR, then we likely have paved roads to drive on, functioning traffic…

Land. Sea. Repeat.

Fall in Newport is a dream… Gorgeous weather, dear friends, Sophia’s first Homecoming, and lots of fall baseball!  Life on land is good. As we are now well into our fifth year of home-schooling, I think we are solidly on our path.  However, in the true spirit of Travel-School, it is soon time to pick…

Mallorcan Mojo

“I watch, as the gentle giant’s  many mountains craggle to meet the water Standing tall in a thin film of hazy purple fog Its immense litoral stretch of sea-land Calls to my every sense. This moment is divine perfect.” – – excerpt from poem titled, “Edge of Infinity“, L. Rey Mallorca was a dream with…

Re-Evaluating Travel School

Note: The bulk of this post I wrote in the spring of 2016.  Recently, I went back through old blog posts looking for advice from the past to my future self.  And, Sha-Zam! Exactly what I was looking for. …  A perfect reminder as we plan and prepare for year FIVE of Travel-school…  Are you…

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…

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…

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….