Stories of Life & Sailing

  • Winter planning like a gardener

    The Pirate and I love having friends and family join us of daysails, overnights and mini cruises. Often a gardener studies the seed catalogues in the heart of winter in preparation for the next season. Similar to garden planning for the spring planting and summer/fall harvest, we begin dreaming of our sailing adventures and guest list in the winter.  January finds us studying charts, reviewing our logbook, and writing to family and friends to begin the process of coordinating calendars to be sure we are in their plans for summer. We do sail all year round. We even have off-season guest...

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  • Provisioned & Ready

    The celebration is ready. A basket of fresh veggies ready to chop and slice; some prepped humus, tzatziki, smoked salon, and olive tapenade;  a few chocolate treats and caramels; a special tray of chardonnay, smoked salt all ready to celebrate one of our favorite couple's 5th wedding anniversary. Life on land or life on the water is better when you're provisioned and ready.  I love how the work 'provision' breaks down into pro and vision. Gypsy Wind's definition of a nautical phrase:   "Properly provisioned sailing vessel or pantry of any kind":  A positive, forward moving vision for the future delight of hosting friends. A pantry locker and icebox...

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  • Locked in for Adventure

      The adventure we heading into the lake on THIS day is to visit the MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry). We invited family to join us. Pick-up at Bell Harbor below Pike Place Market, a sail out of Elliott Bay, around West Point and into the Cut to line-up for the Locks.    We wait for the green light and enter as directed by the Lock Master. We enter the small Locks, tie to the cleat we are assigned. After all the boats are secured, the Lock doors close and the the water begins to rise. Depending on the...

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  • Living in a Painting

      My mom has beautiful Maxfield Parish prints that were framed by my great grandmother on her wall. As a child, I loved looking at the colors, the light, the magic in these paintings. Now I live in the paintings. Welcome aboard Gypsy Wind.

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  • Life on the Water

      For over two years we have spent most of our days on the water. Often we have only one day off the boat for driving to meetings or running errands.  Close your eyes for a moment and contrast the picture below with a city intersection, an on ramp, or freeway. Open your eyes and look at this sunrise picture. Such beauty and peace. I think it is changes the way our hearts beat and how our thoughts process. We are truly addicted to the life on the water. 

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  • A Fresh Adventure

      Heading out of the cove in the sky blue pink color of the morning sunrise is always a calm thrill. We are quiet, handling our lines and casting off with hand signals and the arching of an eyebrow. "Ready for push off?", asks the arched eyebrow. "Yes", nods the captain. The steady press off the dock, the coiling of lines, the lifting of the fenders, the untying of the halyard, the pointing the bow to find the wind, and the pulling up of the sail on this quiet morning all because we know the wind is filling in just...

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  • We have strong necks

      We love to remind each other to look around on Gypsy Wind. We look left; we look right. We look down and around, and up often for various reasons. We highly recommend it.  

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  • Opening New Doorways ... Bridges

         At the beginning of July we opened a new doorway, well actually, a new bridge way.   For both of us it was our first time of opening the Hood Canal Floating Bridge and sailing the beautiful waterways beyond. Prior to this summer, we had many reasons to sail this trip: warm Dabob Bay (75 degrees), Pleasant Harbor, stunning up-close views of the Olympic Mountains and even family that lives in Hoodsport. Why did we wait so long to open this doorway? We asked ourselves this question after our fantastic trip and settled on the main reason.  ...

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  • Distracted!

    Who would NOT be distracted with cute neighbors like this. The two of us were noticing each other one morning. We kept making eye contact. Each of us wondering what the other was thinking.   I imagined my neighbor was wondering if I was a safe neighbor, perhaps even wondering why I wasn't coming out to lay on the dock on such a pleasant morning. Even curious why only my eyes were showing for the port side portal, wondering what in the world would keep me from hanging out. Well, I was down below doing my chores, cleaning the head. Well, supposed...

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  • Better by Boat

    I've often heard meals and treats taste better on a boat. We have noticed adventures are 'better by boat' too. Sailing around the Puget Sound we keep an eye out for special events to attend. This evening we had the delightful treat of hearing our dear friend Gwen Franz on her viola. So romantic to sail into port, travel to The Island Center Hall and feast on an evening of music. Have you thought of catching your next adventure by bike, canoe, bus, or train? We'd love to hear ideas your might have for us for the next adventure by boat....

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