To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Some History

Why buy a boat and do this live-aboard cruising?

Once upon a time, this was a common question. Finally, I may have found an answer.


I've noticed that when hanging around with boaters and cruisers, they don't ask this question very often. They might ask it rhetorically as a conversation-starter. But I never had to explain cruising to a cruiser.

Non-boaters — of course — are curious about the boat thing. And I haven't really had a good answer.

Now there's this:

CA carefully entered Mom's logs from her trip around the US in 2002. Scanned the pictures. Ran the old cassette tapes through some transcription software to get the spoken word record.

Wow. All of it. Breakfast in Depoe Bay, OR, on May 5th. CA entered all of it.

As you can see, Mom enjoyed a good long trip. Someplace that took some work to get to.

I think CA should have called this Harriet's Getting Gas, since that's the preamble on a lot of the audio recordings.


Two women in a van isn't the same thing as traveling on Red Ranger at all. Hotels and motels are important when you're motoring. Since Red Ranger was our home, dropping the hook for a week or a month wasn't a problem for us.

But for Ruby and Pearl finding Wi-Fi, food, and shelter was a very big deal.

Dad wasn't quite so colorful, but he didn't want grass to grow under his feet, either. He took the family of six on some long trips.

Why buy a boat and go cruising?

It appears to run in the family.