Homeschool Daze

AFTER 10 YEARS OF planning and preparing for the adventure of a lifetime, we cast off from San Francisco aboard our 33-foot sailboat named Chewbacca. Our crew consisted of me, my husband Bruce, and our five and seven-year-old daughters. When we embarked on our first offshore passage as a family, I should have been giddy Read More

Kodiak Island, Alaska – Cruising with Members

Days after returning from a trip to Kodiak Island, Alaska, I experienced an uncontrollable urge to stop the car whenever I glimpsed something red in the bushes along the side of the road. This curious habit developed because of the little raspberry-like, orange-colored salmonberry. We found our first of these miniature grape-shaped globes while hiking Read More

Island Time

SIX YEARS AGO, we were in search of a little adventure aboard our 33-foot catamaran, Chewbacca. The timing seemed right, with our two young daughters ages five and seven, so we turned our backs on the rat race, sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and turned left. For a cruising family, life couldn’t get any Read More

Spring Break Destinations for Water Sports

SPRING BREAK is the season that breaks the bounds of winter and renews our sense of adventure. The vernal equinox signals us to escape the monotony of our everyday lives — and quench our thirst for excitement. Now is the time to plan vacations, embrace your adventurous side, and if you’re an adrenaline junkie with Read More

Whidbey & Camano Islands, Washington

At the tip of the Pacific Northwest, the largest contiguous islands in the United States encompass Washington’s mountainous waterfront. Just below the Canadian border, 18 wondrous miles of the Saratoga Passage separate the beautiful Whidbey & Camano Islands. Rich with lush forests and scenic state parks, Whidbey & Camano Islands stretch only 8.89 NM apart Read More

Seaside Aquariums Cruising Guide

THE OCEANS contain 97% of the Earth’s water, cover 71% of the world’s surface and encompass 99% of the planet’s living space. Educating humans about this vital piece of their existence is an imperative taken up by aquariums around the world. No longer just a place to watch colorful fish flash along on their endless Read More

Seaside Casinos – Jackpot!

Whether you love the thrill of gambling or simply enjoy the glitz and glamour at today’s world-class casinos, these waterfront destinations are a sure bet. Split into region, the following seaside casinos and gaming establishments are flush with exciting games of chance and endless hours of entertainment. New England A gaming getaway to this historic Read More

Battleship Museums – The Iron Itinerary

NO MATTER WHERE YOUR JOURNEY TAKES YOU, you’re never far from one or more of these 90 magnificent floating monuments to U.S. Naval power. American battleship museums are steeped in history that remains relevant today, and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day refocused the spotlight on America’s fleet of remaining warships, many of which saw action Read More

Cruising Southern California

San Diego is America’s southwestern-most boating destination. During the day, the sun is bewitching; at night, the cool breezes are captivating. The sheltered bays provide superb coastal hopping and easy docking options. Beyond the natural beauty of the coastline and its beaches is the enticing hum of the shoreside world. San Diego has so much Read More

American Rum Tour – Weekend Getaway

The first person to shout, “I need a rumrunner!” was not a vacationer basking in the sun on a tropical island in need of a frothy frozen drink. Rum is an inspiration rooted in a long history in America. From the colonists and settlers, to the pirates and sailors, to prohibition’s illegal rumrunners and now Read More