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Sailing into the New Year

Sailing into the New Year

I'm sure I don’t have to be the first to tell anyone that 2020 was an absolute dumpster fire of a year. Like… a Taco Bell at midnight, on the wrong side of town dumpster fire. Hot and smelly, full of various things to fuel the filames. Although it was definitely a trying year,...

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New Kids on the Dock

New Kids on the Dock

“Marissa I swear to god if you don't let me down” before Chris could finish that sentence, I released the line that held him dangling above me just enough to drop him one foot. “You will what?” I asked with the main and safety line held tightly in my hand, as I threatened...

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Fear and Loathing of California

Fear and Loathing of California

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold” - Hunter S. Thompson We were about to Barstow when the coffee kicked in. It was 10:00 am on Friday the 13th, and in true Neely fashion we were a few hours behind schedule purely...

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Charlie the Stoweaway

Charlie the Stoweaway

“Isn’t it great?” Chris asked while looking at me with sparkles in his eyes, hoping I shared the same enthusiasm for the object he extended towards me for my approval. “It’s... great...” my fake enthusiasm was less than believable, making Chris replace his smile with a...

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2020: Level 9

2020: Level 9

If you are no stranger to this blog, you probably have noticed things don’t always seem to go our way. Despite the bright outlook sailing at the beginning of this month brought, it was only in line with the traditional chaos of 2020 that we would be forced to roll the dice and...

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No Sail September

No Sail September

At 6:31 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on September 22, 2020, the sun will cross the equator as it moves from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. This is the autumnal equinox, the point in time when the sun is right over the equator. It signals the nominal end of...

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Up In Flames

Up In Flames

And So It Begins “We haven’t eaten anything since lunch yesterday” a shocking truth that had gone unnoticed for hours until Chris and I were sitting side by side in his truck, northbound. Stress, fear, and the unknown all mixed together are very filling especially when your...

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