Sailing in Fog to Drakes Bay |Ep. 7| Tight Little Tribe Sailing Series

We set out for our first time in heavy fog, so thick we couldn’t see the Golden Gate Bridge until we were directly beneath it! Living in the San Francisco Bay area, we knew we would eventually run into some serious fog but it was pretty nerve racking to say the least. To trust the GPS, the AIS app and our puny foghorn was a tough task.
It was hard not to second guess our decision to leave the dock on a foggy day but after we got through the worst of it, got used to reading our equipment and ended up in the beautiful sunny anchorage of Drakes Bay with nothing but blue sky above, we realized that it was probably better to have done it this way, by choice, rather than to have been caught off guard, having to come back to port in the fog without having felt prepared.

Here are a few helpful links below that we used to prepare ourselves for venturing out into the fog.

——-Excellent Article from Cruising World Magazine – How to Sail in Fog by Alvah Simon

——-Great write up of the San Francisco Bar/Four Fathom Bank (The Potato Patch) by Coast Side Fishing Club

——-Point Reyes National Seashore – Estero Restoration Project

——-Find Tight Little Tribe in other places too:
Instagram @tightlittletribe
Tight Little Tribe Facebook Page
Tight Little Tribe Blog
——-Music:
-Random Things – Joakim Karud – http://youtube.com/joakimkarud
-Invisible – Vibe Tracks – YouTube Audio Library
-Blow the Man Down – The Midshipmen Glee Club – YouTube Audio Library
-Oh, My Life – Dyalla Swain – https://soundcloud.com/dyallas
-Wave Crashing on Rock Beach – YouTube Audio Library
-Wood Creek on Old Ship Series – YouTube Audio Library
-Water Lapping Wind – YouTube Audio Library
-Sunday Plans – Silent Partner – YouTube Audio Library
-Ship Bell – YouTube Audio Library

Sail on you crazy diamond!

JD, Jen & Ruby
Tight Little Tribe Sailing

How helping VISAR via #BVISTRONG merchandise has changed our lives

It’s been over a month and a half since we first received an email from Brittany of Windtraveler and Aristocat Charters with an idea to design a Tee-Shirt to help spread the word and raise money to support the VISAR Relief Fund. We’re happy to report that it’s been a great success, although a steep learning curve for us.

Besides both working full time jobs, trying to learn how to edit videos, connect social media, continue to learn all we can about sailing and doing our best to raise a compassionate and confident little human, we operate a small business called Remember the Adventure. We basically provide online merch shops without the headaches of storage or shipping. Since we started the service years ago there’s been tons of other options out there on the market and we’ve never really done any advertising for it. It’s been organic, through word of mouth and our connections in the Adventure Travel industry and by connecting intentionally with bloggers/vloggers who we feel a connection to.

However, after hurricane Irma, then Maria ripped through the Caribbean and we began to communicate with Brittany, we realized that this little platform we’ve created may be able to help our fellow sailors and the people in the communities they visit and live with. The increase in volume from the #BVISTRONG project has kept us much busier than we thought and we both feel bad for all the back and forth between Brittany during an incredibly difficult time in her life. But on the flip side, It’s been very rewarding on the humanitarian level, both being able to help others, but also getting the chance to have our, very impressionable, 4 year old daughter hear our conversations over the last month and a half about what we’re doing and why. To see her Mommy’s business increase and her Daddy’s support and enthusiasm through it all. It’s been very influential and has all of our minds thinking about ways to add positively to our social circles and greater society.

Just this morning on our way to school, the subject of Santa Clause came up and Ruby said, I want six iPads for Christmas and just as I was rolling my eyes (inside), thinking, ‘Uhg, that damn iPad!’, she said, “and I would sell them and give the money to those people who’s stuff all got burned up in that fire.” Wow! We couldn’t be more proud of her!

So needless to say, we’re really grateful for the opportunity to help out, both for the people in need and for ourselves. I can’t imagine anything better than that. Now, about that…

Each month, on the first of the month we’re donating the proceeds of the online sales to the VISAR Relief Fund’s website. So far we’ve raised over $6000 from online sales and Brittany, along with the support and help from many other sailors at the Annapolis Boat Show have raised somewhere between $5000 – $7000 from the sale of Tee-Shirts! So amazing! Check out her blog post about the experience >>> ‘The Annapolis Boat Show: A Salve To My Soul’.

I also received an email from a representative at VISAR just yesterday that let us know where and how our donations were being spent. She wrote:

“Today in cooperation with Convoy of Hope, we are purchasing kitchen supplies to be used in a new school kitchen to feed students on Jost Van Dyke! We are also going to purchase school supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters, etc., for the territories students who are going back to school next week. Also, we will be donating to Al Broderick’s Lunch Box program that is feeding 300 kids daily.

The funds you have raised are going directly to these programs and we are so thankful for your support! We will be posting pictures on our social media as we go along so you can see the rewards of your support.”

How amazing is that? So, needless to say, we are still wanting to get the word out that the recovery efforts are still going strong and our support is not going away. We’re excited to see how it morphs from this point and just what lies around the corner in regard to how else we can help. In the meantime, if you haven’t purchased a #BVISTRONG tee-shirt, a trucker hat, a baby onsie or a hoodie yet, now is the perfect time to do it!  Head to Remember the Adventure and please share this post/video/information with anyone you think would be interested.

The BVI is coming back strong and fast and I can’t wait until the day that our own sailboat is anchored in that clear blue water, our hands are wrapped around an ice cold drink and our whole family has our toes covered in that warm sand on a beautiful Caribbean beach.

 

Escape to Treasure Island – at Anchor in Clipper Cove, Where Boats Could Fly! | Ep. 6 | Tight Little Tribe Sailing Series

Happy Thursday Tribe!

In this video we head out into the sunset, literally. We escape to Treasure Island for a relaxing weekend at anchor in Clipper Cove, where boats could fly! Paddle boards, beach time, reading and rum! It also happened to be the last weekend of the month which means that the Treasure Island Flea was under way!

 

 

 

We’d never been to this art show before but we’d sailed past a month earlier and saw a great line up of food trucks, bars and heard live music playing. Of course we knew we needed to head back for an adventure!

Tight Little Tribe visits the Treasure Island Flea - A Bay Area Festival

Tight Little Tribe Visits Treasure Island Flea - A Bay Area Festival
Live Music at The Treasure Island Flea. If anyone can tell me who this is I would appreciate it! He was great!

Clipper Cove is actually one of our favorite places to escape to as it is a beautiful sail or only about a twenty minute motor over from our slip at Emery Cove. There is something really different about our mindset when we’re at anchor, out away from the dock. For one, we don’t have endless electricity or water. We’re forced to think about how much of both of those precious commodities we consume. We spend a lot less time online and more time laughing together and reading and playing in the sand. That’s the good stuff.

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Swinging at Anchor in Clipper Cove with a lantern hanging in the cockpit. Perfect!
Tight Little Tribe at Anchor in CLipper Cove at Treasure Island
Ruby & JD enjoying some ‘sun uppers’ while Mommy has a little sleep in.
Tight Little Tribe Sunset at Clipper Cove
Jen taking a break from her clarinet to enjoy the sunset at Clipper Cove.
Tight Little Tribe rows through Clipper Cove Anchorage
Rowing our dinghy back from the beach to grill some dinner.
Tight Little Tribe plays at the Beach at Clipper Cove on Treasure Island
Sand monster Ruby, living the life. She loves the beach!

 

There’s more to it than that though. A while back, Jen’s Great Uncle Robert told us some stories about the ‘Great Worlds Fair’ that was held on Treasure Island in 1939 and 1940. He told us it was the first time he’d seen a video camera work. His father was in one room and waved at the camera while he was in another and he could see him on the screen. He was overwhelmed with fascination. I came home and hopped online to find some absolutely amazing footage. I’ve included some of it in this episode.

I also found some footage that showed Clipper Cove in the 1940’s which revealed how it got it’s name. The founder of Pan American Airlines built boats that were made to fly from the US all the way across the Pacific Ocean. He named them Clipper Planes, in the hopes that people would associate them with the Clipper Ships that were well known to be the great ocean liners of the maritime world. I often sit in our cockpit and gaze out over the water imagining one of those giant, old planes revving it’s engines up for a take off across the Pacific, toward Hawaii. Crazy!

We also stumbled across a simple add which was run during the exposition that read, “Don’t Fail to Visit the Incubator Babies – On the Gayway – Kept alive in incubators. Worlds tiniest little babies born prematurely. Truly authentic – ethnically operated.” What TF?! As you can imagine, Jen gasped, got up from the table and stomped off. I too was shocked that this could have possibly been real and went straight to Google. This article from BBC titled, ‘How One Man Saved A Generation of Premature Babies’, tells a bit more of the story and explains things in more detail. Yikers!

There is so much more fascinating history about Treasure Island, Yerba Buena and Clipper Cove. If it’s interesting to you, go check out the Treasure Island Museum website.

We hope you enjoy this episode and would definitely appreciate a share. Thank you all for the nice comments as well. Super helpful and supportive!

 

 

3 Problems We’ll Fix to Improve our Sailing Videos

Recently, Jen, Ruby and I packed our bags and hopped on a jet plane toward the Great Smoky Mountains for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Yeah, Mom & Dad, good job! Y’all

Cabin in the Smoky Mountains
Cabin in the Smoky’s
Cray!

 

In between the games of pool, the giant shrimp boil, hikes along the streams and dance recitals from the little’s, the subject of our YouTube sailing videos came up.

 

For the most part the conversation about our vids was congratulatory and encouraging but we did ask for some feedback and feel like we got some honest, useful info to share.

Parts of what we learned did make me cringe inside, but I know it was coming from a good place and will ultimately help us do a better job of creating and sharing our lives on the water.

The First Problem – Multi Platform Confusion

Dad mentioned that when we put a video out on multiple platforms it was a bit confusing to know if he’s already seen it or not.

An Explanation – I’ve been trying to figure out how to get this blog caught up with our YouTube channel, so I’ve been writing a descriptive blog entry for each of our videos after they’d already been shared on Facebook. But having the blog set up to automatically post to the Tight Little Tribe Facebook page and Twitter simultaneously led to people opening up a video that they had already seen. Uhg! I fear, quite frankly, that it all looked pretty spammy.

I’m embarrassed to have been bombarding people this way. Gross. And Sorry!

Solution to Multi-Platform Confusion – I have been studying best practices on releasing information across social channels and will make a concerted effort to be very clear if I am posting a video that has already been released elsewhere.

Second Problem – Terrible YouTube Profile Image

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It was terribly distorted

Ha, it actually doesn’t look so bad in this format but I think mom actually was offended with this one. Mostly because Ruby was distorted and Jen and I just looked like little stretched out blobs on the side of the image. I have to admit, it was terrible looking. The funny thing is, when I went to change the image on YouTube, it can take a while for it to actually process…like days! By the time I saw how bad it was I was headed out of service and really had no way to correct the problem for a couple of weeks. Funny stuff.

Solution to the Bad Profile Pic – Easy, I’ve changed our Profile Image back to our logo. However, this has made me realize we need to focus on fun shots of all three of us together. If we get the right shot I think I will consider changing it to a fun family shot rather than just the picture of our logo.

Third Problem – Vague Intro

To add to the confusion of our first problem mentioned above, we’ve started out all of our videos with the same intro, which evidently, people didn’t always recognize as such. So again, they thought they’d already seen the video and admitted that they may have accidentally clicked out of some of them early.

I do know that it’s probable that many people who are more familiar with watching other series on YouTube may more readily recognize an intro, may be used to paying closer attention to the titles and be more privy to tools like the little red ‘watched’ line within the platform. However, there are new users to YouTube every day, so I want to make sure to make it as easy as possible for them.

Solution to the Vague Intro – (Well, actually a question) – This is a little bit of a tricky one. Should I shorten it, change it up to be more recognizable as an intro somehow, or just do away with it entirely?

Jen and I were very appreciative of all the feedback and had an absolute blast seeing our families! We’ve put a lot of time and effort into learning how to edit, capture better footage and then get it out there on all the different forms of social. I’m hoping that these small changes will help. You know when your own family is having problems watching your video’s something has to change!

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Most of the crew out on the trail before a dip in the stream.
Thank you all for the likes, the comments and the shares. We’re already almost  halfway to the important milestone of 10,000 YouTube views! That’s when the ad revenue starts pouring in by the truckload! Ha! No, really though, your support means so much to us and we appreciate you bearing with us and spreading the word. Thank you!

So for those of you who have experience with this, what articles, videos or tips can you point towards for social media strategy? And for those who just like watching our videos, do you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see more of?

 

They Say There’s Two Kinds of Sailors… |Ep. 2| Tight Little Tribe Sailing Series

When we started to tell people we were headed out of San Francisco Bay, up into the Delta, I can’t tell you how many times I heard; ‘You know, there’s two kinds of sailors – Those who’ve run aground and those who will.’ Another rendition was, ‘ Well, there’s three kinds of sailors, you know that right?’ Not waiting for my answer, ‘There’s those who have run aground, those who will run aground, and those that are lyin’ about it!’

We had no doubts that all of the above was true, but we didn’t let that stop us from untying our lines and exploring those shallow waters of the San Joaquin and Sacramento River’s ourselves.

Yes, the time had come for the Tight Little Tribe to set sail on our first real exploration in our 1988 Hunter Legend 37, SV Gone Tomorrow! We finally had some free time and decided to sail toward the sun. We pointed our sailboat North from the San Francisco Bay, through the San Pablo Bay to go cruising up the California Delta.

Our sailboat was well prepped and we were very excited to explore new territory. This was our longest sailing trip to date so we spent a good amount of time preparing the boat and awaiting the first day of the adventure, which was scheduled to last around 9 days.

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We set out under overcast sky’s.
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The sun poked out as we rounded the corner up through Carquinez Strait.
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Yeehaw!
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The Delta held plenty of interesting sites for us.
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Happy Gals!

But our excitement turned to anxiety and a bit of frustration toward the end of day one as the Delta had a few valuable lessons to teach us. We found ourselves aground (very softly thank goodness!) and questioning the best method to get out of the mud.

So you can probably guess which kind of sailors we are now right?

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A well deserved sunset after a long first day!

Come aboard to see how we got out of our sticky situation and stay tuned to the end see a preview of the next episode! 

Oh, and please share your stories in the YouTube comments section if you’ve ever run aground…or if you’ve never run aground! Ha!

Find us in other places too:

-Instagram: For more beautiful photos and short clips about our lives on the water.

-Facebook: For Status updates and other random things we have going on.

Music by:
-Random Things – Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud
-Twerk – Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud
-‘Adventures’ by A Himitsu on Spotify
(@argofox & @a-himitsu)
SPOTIFY: spoti.fi/1dXZluG
iTunes: apple.co/1dqPsVu
http://www.facebook.com/ahimitsu
twitter.com/ahimitsu1
-Journey by Jay Hifive & Broken Elegance https://soundcloud.com/brokenelegance
Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…
Music provided by Audio Library https://youtu.be/eTtyZDU6WZQ

Thanks for watching!
JD, Jen & Ruby
Tight Little Tribe Sailing & Travel

Ep. 1 | Sailboat Haul Out at Berkeley Marine Center | Tight Little Tribe Sailing Series

Hey Tribe!

If you haven’t seen it yet, (or even if you have, watch it again), here’s our first video episode of our ‘Tight Little Tribe Sailing Series’ where we’re documenting our sailing adventures, and all that goes with a life on the water!

It was time for new bottom paint, a couple of new through hulls, replacement of the wet exhaust hose and whatever else we might find to do on our 1988 Hunter Legend 37.5, SV Gone Tomorrow. We hadn’t hauled her out since our survey and had never done many of the tasks that lay ahead. On top of that, JD had to fly overseas for work which meant Jen would likely have to put the boat back in the water herself.

I left poor Jen standing in the boat yard, waving goodbye, with a lot of projects still unfinished. She knew full-well that a handful of critical tasks had to be accomplished correctly or our little floating home could end up in the bottom of the bay. Was she up for the challenge? Let us know how you think she handled it!

After the video, please subscribe to our YouTube Channel if you haven’t already and leave a comment and a thumbs up if you liked the video!

Find us in other places too:
Instagram for beautiful images and short clips of sunsets, sailing, family time and more.
Facebook  for updates to our current status, and other random life happenings.
Subscribe to this Blog for more in-depth updates, musings, announcements and of course, our Sailing Series Vlog postings as well.

Music Credit:
-Random Things – Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud
-Twerk – Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud
-Soul Search – Silent Partner – Youtube Audio Library
-Jenny’s Theme by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
-Killing Time – Kevin MacLeod – YouTube Audio Library

JD, Jen & Ruby
Tight Little Tribe Sailing & Travel

Mini Video Introduction | Tight Little Tribe Sailing Series

Hello Tribe!

As some of you have seen already from our Instagram or Facebook posts, we’ve begun to upload some videos to our YouTube Channel. We’re excited to share what we’re learning about life aboard our 37.5 Hunter Legend Sailboat. Learning to shoot and edit videos has been a lot of fun as well. This first one is a short, rough intro that we’ll likely end up changing down the road as we develop our skills but I wanted to share it nonetheless. We’ll be sharing some ‘behind the scenes’ info here on our blog as we upload our videos. A quick word about that – We try to be careful not to inundate our personal Facebook Pages with copious amounts of ‘sailing’ stuff because we met a majority of our friends on there before sailing was as big a part of our lives. We figure if people want to join our family on this aspect of our lives we have Instagram, where we’ll document our lives in pictures and short clips and our Tight Little Tribe Facebook Page where we’ll share snippets of information about our current status and our Webpage and Blog, where we’ll write in more depth about what’s happening…and other random things. So with that said, thank you for being here!

Without further ado, here’s our Mini Video Introduction.

In 2013 we were at a crossroads in life, it was time to buy the sailboat we’d been talking about for years! It’s still hard to believe we actually did it. We had a new daughter, a ton of crap to get rid of and we didn’t know a thing about sailing but knew we would love life on the water, travelling, learning, sipping drinks, hanging with good friends and raising our little girl in an adventurous, unique way. We’ve done most of that and a lot more.

This video is a quick intro. We’re going to document the lessons learned, the fun times, the tough times, the costs, the benefits, the people we meet and the places that we discover around the San Francisco Bay and beyond! Welcome aboard!

Post 53: Le Mal de Mere

~Jen~

I daydreamed about buying a sailboat before I’d ever stepped foot on a monohull. There was just something in my bones that told me that my nomadic tour leader lifestyle, which had me crisscrossing the country and living out of the back of a van, would translate well to living small on the water. In fact, it was more than a dream, it was the goal, the next step, what I was going to do with my life once I finally traded in my life on the road.

Then, while JD and I were on a whale watching tour way up in Nova Scotia, off the coast of Cape Breton Island, I watched my sailing dreams get hurled over the side of the boat along with my breakfast.

What the f*ck?

 

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JD – Not a Puker

Up until that time, I had no idea that I was prone to le mal de mere. Maybe it was a fluke? I wasn’t going to let a little vomit get in the way of my dreams. I figured, I’d either get my sea legs or I’d lose a little weight. It was time to put on my big girl PFD and go for it.

Well, a fluke it was not. Now that we have our own sailboat, I’ve had quite a bit of time to experiment with this notion. Inside the Bay, no problemo. Leaving the Golden Gate, I’m at a 50% puke rate, especially if I step foot belowdecks. So, I’ve been searching for a remedy. Lord Horatio Nelson is rumored to have said, “The best cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.” Well, that just doesn’t quite cut it for me.

 

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Motorsailing back to the Gate – Jib out, motor on.

I have to admit that I don’t like taking any kind of seasickness medication. It can turn me into a zombie that sleeps for 14 hours, especially if I add any alcohol to the mix. And gosh darn it, I like a celebratory drink at the end of a long day of sailing. So, I have been reluctant to turn to pills… until last weekend. I took the smallest amount of Meclizine I possibly could (6.25 mg) early in the morning before we headed out underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Long story short, we found ourselves battling an ebb tide with wind waves as we headed back toward home. We were rocking and rolling. With the wind at our back but the tide pushing against us, it was a wild ride at 1.5 kts speed over ground. And where was I?  Down below, hanging with Ruby, eating smoked oysters and sauerkraut.

 

That’s a win in my book.

Post 52: Double Down

~Jen~

Last year, we spent 29 days out and about in the Bay Area from the San Joaquin River in the Delta to spending our first night outside of the Golden Gate in Half Moon Bay. All said and done, 2016 was pretty great, but we have goals for you 2017. We want to double our sailing days this year… bring on 60 days away from the dock!

Passing by Angel Island

JD is still working his butt off at a tour company in San Francisco, and I’m sweating my days away at Berkeley Marine Center as a boat builder, so we are going to have to take advantage of any free time we have.

Thoughts on how to make 60 days on the water possible:

1 – Keep the boat in near sailing condition, always.

2 – Take advantage of longer days and sail after work. Night sailing!

3 – Weekend trips around the Bay, every chance we get.

4 – Friday Night Beer Can races on S/V Spirit.

5- Plan another week long sailing trip for 2017.

 

Golden Gate Bridge | Last Sunset of 2016

 

JD built a handy spreadsheet for us to keep track of our time out on the water. Eventually we’ll use this information when we get our Captain’s licenses, but for now, it’s a great way to measure our accomplishments. Compared to 2016, we’re not doing too shabby. By this time last year, we’d been out a mere one time compared to 5 times in 2017.

New Year’s Eve Anchorage | Horseshoe Cove

Kicking the year off anchored out underneath the Golden Gate Bridge was a phenomenal start. We could see the fireworks over the Bay Bridge all the way from Horseshoe Cove by Fort Baker. The next morning, we headed for Ayala Cove at Angel Island and hiked to the top of Mt. Livermore. I’m looking forward to many more “mini” adventures this year.

Good Morning 2017!
Healthy Way to Start the Year | Angel Island Hike
Smells Like Team Spirit | Top of Mt. Livermore

Post 51: Solid Foundations – Boats, Business & the Baby Girl

-JD-

We’ve been busy. Jen got a job working on boats at the Berkeley Marine Center and Ruby has just completed her first week of Preschool. Those two things alone have felt like some pretty big pages to turn. Jen’s been taking care of Ruby full time, squeezing in time to build the foundation of our eCommerce business every chance she could for the last two years while I’ve been working on solidifying our teams and processes at the growing travel company that I manage in San Francisco while fitting as much quality daddy and husband time in as possible too. We haven’t posted anything on the blog recently but have been starting to focus on our Instagram, Facebook & YouTube accounts as well as getting out and about when we can to climb, camp and sail. We’ve got some fun footage of our trips over the last year, we just have to make time to get it edited. I need more time! Actually, more discipline is what I really need.

We just spent a full week in New Orleans last month promoting the businesses, eating too damn much amazing Creole food and partying it up at travel industry events with old friends and new. I was there for the company I manage and Jen was there for Remember the Adventure. Jen’s Mom, in Memphis and my parents, in Kentucky, split the time between themselves to help take care of Ruby. She also got to spend some quality time with her cousins on this trip. Huge thanks out to all of them for the support! Since I wasn’t there I don’t have any pics but I know she had a blast. And in case he’s reading, yes Grumpa Bruce, we’re coming to Minnesota to see you this year too!

I didn’t really know what I would title this post when I started. It seems pretty obvious though, that so much of what we’re doing right now is building foundations. It’s really cool that we go through so many stages in life thinking we’re learning so much, yet, around every corner there seems to be more lessons, more to add onto what is already there, more stimulation, more to explore.

In actuality I began writing this post to announce a new promotional video that some friends shot for us while we were out sailing on the Bay a few months back. Krista finished up the final edit recently and we’re really thankful to her for the work she put into it. But alas, I got carried away. It deserves it’s own post.

Coming soon! – Remember the Adventure – Sailing Division – Online Gear Shop Contest