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

  • First, of course, we have to start

    Today (Jan 16) we're enduring a big winter storm.

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    We're enduring it from the relative safety of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

    Red Ranger is tied up at Cooper River Marina, in Charleston.

    We can't really continue our Southbound journey until we can get out of the snowy mountains and down …


  • 2021 Southbound Phase III

    We're planners. CA and I can't do much without a detailed plan. We worked for a company that liked to have an MBM (Minute-by-Minute) for software deployments.

    It's cold at Mom's. It's pretty cold in Charleston. It's not so cold in Key Biscayne. So. That's our objective.

    Not so fast …


  • A Cold Start to 2022

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    We're starting to plan our southward trip while wintering at mom's. It's right cold around here.

    This means helping clean out her closets. She's not a nomad, but she'll be moving sometime later this year. It seems like she's got bunches of old stuff that no …


  • The Southwest Chief

    First, let me vent. Details of the journey will follow, when not blocked by freight trains using the tracks.

    US rail needs numerous improvements. The lack of high-speed tracks is an ongoing national embarrassment. The long-standing, goofy fetish with "privatization" needs to end. No individual exploiter should get rich providing …


  • The Vehicle Recovery

    When we left Herrington Harbour, we left our truck behind. When we moved aboard in 2012, we sold the truck, and had no vehicle. This — it appears — was less than optimal. This time around, we're keeping the truck.

    Now that we're in Charleston, it's time to move the truck down …


  • The Palmetto

    We're leaving Red Ranger for a few weeks. This is an important lesson learned when we lived aboard in 2012-2013.

    We're taking "The Palmetto" north to find our truck, Seeker. Then we're taking the truck further north to say hi to St. Judith.

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    Once we have Seeker, we can …


  • Visiting SF Bay

    We flew to the San Francisco area this week. The trip is epic because it reflects some of the decisions we made before buying Red Ranger. It illuminated some of our previously dim understanding.

    Some years ago — never mind how long precisely…

    The full quote: "Some years ago--never mind how …


  • Vacations: Vegas, LA and the Bahamas

    Ahh. Vacation. Seems a little odd when we live on a boat. But time off the boat makes the time on the boat all the sweeter. You can play, too. We're thinking more seriously about the "Guests in the Bahamas" alternatives.

    We visited our kids for the pan-holiday celebration: Thanksgiving …


  • Week 42: Family Time III: "Idling"

    We're off Red Ranger, vacationing in New York and Texas.

    I'm still blogging from my mother's basement.

    The immediate purchases are done. Boxes should arrive at the marina over the next week or so.

    I've been seeing friends and family. Running errands for mom. Mooching free dinners off dad.

    And …


  • Week 41: Family Time II: "Alone"

    We're off Red Ranger, vacationing in New York and Texas.

    I'm blogging from my mother's basement. How appropriate.

    I've been left alone to tackle two major waves of purchasing: Solar Panels and Engine Parts. This is proving far, far more difficult than I would have thought.

    I should also be …


  • Week 40: Family Time I

    We're off Red Ranger, vacationing in New York and Texas.

    We're not working on the boat, but we can still put some time into planning our jobs: that means ordering solar panels and engine parts. Just an excuse for web surfing called "research." As a practical matter, we did none …


  • Week 18: Family Visit

    We're off Red Ranger, visiting family. No cruising updates this week.

    Except, of course, for the fact that we left the boat in Saint Augustine and flew to Las Vegas.

    Cruising isn't all sitting in cool anchorages or mooring fields. Sometimes, it's hanging with our kids, celebrating CA's birthday and …


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