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…

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…

The Best Gift of 2017

“Giving is the master key to success in all applications of human life.”   – Bryant McGill Community Service gives us purpose. The small food-pantry work we do at the Martin Luther King Center and our plastic-removal mission on SEATEAM combine to have an impact on our family. We make a year-round effort – which we…

Travel-School Style: The Adams Family

“I must study Politics and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, Natural History, Naval Architecture, Navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Music, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.” – John Adams,…

Cortado: Safe in Jacksonville

“Irma-gawd!” … wins for the best spray-painted hurricane-barrier sign of the storm. I wish I had a photo of it. So clever, and it is not easy to be clever in a time of panic. Mother Nature always wins. Hurricane Irma was gigantic, powerful and packed a brutal punch on the Caribbean islands, Bahamas, (et…

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. –…

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…

Hope, Change and Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the past few weeks, we have felt a need for quiet reflection and being with nature. Cortado has been the perfect place to do this. We have worked so hard to get here – this magical place of low-stress, high-energy and uninterrupted adventure. Our mission is to extract the good from each day and learn all we can…

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…

Plan? What Plan.

We moved on to Cortado in early November with the plan of cruising straight to the Bahamas.  That was OUR plan. Mother nature had a different plan.  For a safe and smooth Gulf Stream crossing, we needed two days of calm, South, South-West or East breeze. Anything from the South would do. What we got, instead…