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    Portland’s Christmas ships: 60 years and going

    The luminous shapes appear unexpectedly around a bend in the river: reindeer, colossal evergreen trees, and leaping whales. What on earth? Then you notice the fleet of sail and motor craft bearing them along, the flashing, glowing LEDs reflecting off the water and lighting the ...


Friday happy hours at the Seattle Boat Show

Proving that there is something for every boater, the Seattle Boat Show will once again be hosting Friday happy hours at this year’s show with their events Uncorked and Sails & Ales. With a selection of wines from around the world and some of the most delicious craft beers in Washington, the Friday evening festivities are meant […]

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Where have we been?

It’s been a while now since I posted here. I apologize to our faithful readers, as there’s been a lot going on for us. We sold our house in Walnut Creek, CA while we were on vacation in September, bought a house in Poulsbo, WA, and got all our stuff moved. It’s been an interesting […]

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Voyaging On $500 Per Month

Eighteen months ago I cut the dock lines without a single penny to my name.  I had enough charts to cover a small portion of the Salish Sea and a few months of provisions. I didn’t know where I was headed or how I would survive but it didn’t matter, I chose life. Looking back it […]

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Locals abroad: Friendships and cruising

Ponnusamy, or Sam as we call him, prepared chicken curry at his home in Penang, Malaysia for us to share on Totem recently. He called it “a simple curry” although was anything but simple, with so many different spices that even chili-fueled fire didn’t overwhelm the complex flavors. Other than love of good chicken vindaloo […]

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All is well after last week’s storms

By the time the forecast windstorm arrived, its strength had been downgraded a tiny bit.  But it was still very strong when it arrived Thursday night (aside: why do these things always happen at night?). For an assortment of reasons too complicated to detail here, we spent the night at our cabin on Camano Island.  […]

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An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Kayaker found near Bainbridge Island dies

Update Dec. 15 8:15 a.m.: Mark Gianneschi, the 52-year-0ld Brownsville kayaker who went missing on Sunday, was found unresponsive and has died, according to the Seattle Times. A Coast Guard helicopter found the man in the water at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, his kayak nearby. He had been reported overdue on Sunday evening by his […]

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