After years of searching for the right boat
for us, I do believe we have found it!
Located in Santa Barbara, California
, a Formosa
51' known as "Kindred Spirits". What a character !
We have rented our home in Nova Scotia
and plan on leaving the week of December 14th to head
cross-country by our faithful Land Rover, Miss Scarlet, a 300 Tdi. We're heading to Graceland...Graceland, Graceland , Tennessee....sing, sing, sing, hum, hum, hum......
Lots of great places to stop for an in-land trip across the United States; check out Cirque de Soleil in Las Vagas, The Grand Canyon, The Smithsonian, Christmas
in Nashville.....we'll leave the coast to explore by port, of course!
Looks like we'll be taking our time preparing the vessel in Ventura, and then Ensenada. Casually making our way down to the Panama Canal
, we hope to explore many of the central american region. Things are still a little hazy concerning our course once through the canal
; it'll depend on time, unfortunately.
Our four girls are going to cruise
with us ( ages 5, 10, 13 and 15 ), although the fifteen year old will only be with us during holidays as she has opted for high-school. ( To her credit, she has expressed a desire to study abroad next year if she can find an IB school
suitable...and near a harbour so that we can moor and live together during that duration. Morocco
sounds like the most idyllic spot. )...any suggestions about such schools would be greatly appreciated, by the way !
Our thirteen year old is not " on board " about this adventure; however, she is rather apathetic about life in general and that is one of the driving factors of us going off the grid.
Nothing will hold back the other two, though the ten year old would dearly love a pet to travel with. Sounds too complicating to me to have any pet other than a gecko to eat them nasty bugs....
We'll be " following" the curriculum of the schools this year, and hope to fly solo in the years to come. The girls have been home-schooled before, and , if truth be told, it veered more to the realm of un-schooling.
Thanks for all those who have contacted us throughout the last months; my apologies for my absence and ambiguity.
Either way, with a great grain of salt
and a healty dose of caution, we plan on growing our wings as we fall....
Any cruising families in the California
area between late December to March, please give us a holler!
Simonne, Luke and crew
ps. the step-kids will make 6 kids
when they arrive for a stint; currently ages 3 and 6. Anyone for beach volleyball?