Author Archives: Cindy

Tutka Backdoor Trail

Summer in Alaska is crazy. We’re not exactly farmers, so “making hay while the sun shines” doesn’t really apply, but it’s the same concept that I grew up with at 45 degrees north latitude, just to even more manic effect … Continue reading

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Bertie Journal — February 21, 2018

It’s 6:10 AM. I just finished my 02:00-06:00 watch, my sixth completed watch so far on this journey. The 4 on/4 off schedule is a bit brutal. I’m hoping to settle into the rhythm of it soon. Well, actually, as … Continue reading

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Bertie Journal – February 19, 2018

We slipped the mooring in Acapulco and got underway at 07:00! It’s 08:41 now. I’ve helped raise the mainsail, loosened the vangs, coiled and stowed lines, and taken a turn at steering. I really was awful at that. Peter steered … Continue reading

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The Great Egg Hunt

Vincente knows how to get stuff done. He’s our Acapulco water taxi, airport shuttle, question-answer man, and general fixer. He’ll get you a mooring, fuel, water. He’ll find the unfindable. He’s got connections. We start the day by sitting under … Continue reading

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Acapulco Ashore

Our morning aboard Bertie is calm: coffee and a quiet breakfast. Little do I realize that my temperate zone brain is about to go on overload. Heidi and I are headed ashore for our first provisioning trip. After we leave … Continue reading

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Acapulco Afloat

The first thing I do when I arrive at the Acapulco airport: start taking all my clothes off. Shoes, socks. Long pants. Hoody sweatshirt. T-shirt. I just flew in from Anchorage, Alaska, so there are a lot of layers to … Continue reading

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Flying the Blue Peter

Wooden boats and old-timey shipyards hold a certain charm. I’m drawn to them, and have spent some time hanging around in Essex, Mass., the Oslofjord, Norway, and Port Townsend, WA, admiring the craftsmanship and beauty of schooners, gaff-rigged cutters, faerings, … Continue reading

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