Let it Be … And it Was!


The day we moved on to Let it Be.

The dust is starting to settle and we can finally move around the boat freely without having to step over crates and boxes.  It’s been a busy month moving onto “Let it Be”, unpacking the POD and working hard on boat projects.  Thanks to Grandma Kathi and Grandpa Wayne for picking up the slack in San Diego when Jack and I were down with the flu!  Grandpa unloaded our whole POD single handedly and Grandma played with the kids for hours on end. You are awesome!

First of all … I LOVE THE BOAT!!!   I know Tia Megan and Uncle Larry are adamantly against using all caps and multiple “!!!!!”  to say something, but that’s the only way I could get my point across with text.  I mean hey, look at this front yard with a hammock and a trampoline!


Our front yard, never needs mowing or watering.

It’s seriously like a condo on the water.  I knew I would love the new boat but had no idea how much more room we would really have.  I now live upstairs in the light, I can cook and go about my business upstairs with a nearly 360 degree view while watching the kids climb like little monkeys up the rigging and practice their gymnastics on the trampoline.  This was a great move for the whole family.  I don’t have many pictures to show yet as we’re still getting everything organized but in the near future I thought I might do a virtual tour of the boat like I did with our last boat.


Underwater scene in the kids bathroom. Right after I fnished, Marietta walked in the bathroom smiling and said “Mama, it makes me happy to look at it”. Goal achieved!

We are still in San Diego, CA and I’m enjoying exploring the area.  I never lived in California and I’m finding it’s an interesting kind of folk that hang here.  We have motored all around the harbor in the dinghy and even out to sea to see the city from the ocean’s perspective.  We often rent a car on weekends to run errands and work on provisioning.

Jack has been working so hard, long days of getting the boat ready to set out on our next journey.  Most of my days are spent taking care of the kiddos, getting the boat stocked with food etc and continuing the organization process.

San Diego is known as the world capital of craft brewing and many restaurants/pubs have a sign on their door “No Crap On Tap”.  Just try and find a Miller Light in this neck of the woods!  I was never a big beer drinker but the interest in craft brewing is so big here that I thought I’d try my hand at it.  I love the chemistry involved and all the calculations and interactions and I have a dedicated notebook with my notes and homework.  I already have 2 IPAs in their secondary fermentation, I’ll let you know how it goes.  The labels for my brew will say “Let it Be Beer!”.


My first brew, keeping it warm with life jackets. It still has 10 weeks left until bottling so I’ll keep you posted.

The plan is to continue making the boat ready to depart the U.S. and sail south to Mexico the end of March.  For years we had been talking about going to the Sea of Cortez and growing the crew there a bit.  Now we find that we will get there a whole year ahead of schedule, if there is really such a thing.  We look forward to integrating with a community in Mexico, finding new fellowship opportunities and giving our kids a chance to attend a Spanish-speaking preschool.

We have 3 weeks left in San Diego and will be working to pack the boat with everything we can’t live without.  We do have a little vacation planned to Marana, AZ to visit our ballooning friends, Pat & Boby Nilz, for St Patty’s Day.  It’s Pat’s birthday and Boby & Pat’s anniversary and we couldn’t stand to be just 5 hours away and not help them celebrate.

More to come!


Dock carts are fun and have many uses.


Taking the old sail down and preparing to put the new sail up.


I look at this picture and wonder what Jack B is telling Marietta? Point Loma, San Diego, CA


View of San Diego Harbor from Point Loma, up the hill (loma) from our marina.

About Oh, the Places We've Been!

In 2008 I married Jack, the love of my life and the only man that could ever keep up with me. Instead of the nice little French Colonial with a white picket fence, we opted to make our home on the 46-foot catamaran "Let it Be". Since living on a sailboat we've had two kids and sailed thousands of miles along the coast of Central America, the United States, the Bahamas and currently Baja California. Our family of four is always ready for the next adventure and we’re never quite sure where it will take us next. Oh, the places we still have yet to go!
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10 Responses to Let it Be … And it Was!

  1. memoryrose says:

    ‘Let It Be’ looks wonderful! Love the shot of Jack and Marietta having a chat.. that’s cool.
    By the way, I’d gladly give up Miller Lite for a craft brew; any day, any time! 😉
    Stay well, keep smiling. ron

    • Oh, the Places We've Been! says:

      You’re welcome any time Ron, would love to have you. Come try our brew over great conversation.

  2. Your new digs look great and I can’t believe how much the children have grown! Best of luck on your trip to Mexico. I know you will have a great time!

  3. Tom Oates says:

    Enjoyed the tour of the ship. I agree, San Diego is a beautiful place. Happy to hear that you got some work out of your parents. As always, we really enjoy your writings. Tom & Gloria

  4. Oh, the Places We've Been! says:

    Thanks Tom & Gloria, you are always an encouragement. Yes, I did get quite a bit of work out of my parents, my dad is like a pack mule that never wears out! He unloaded thousands of pounds of boat stuff from our POD and hauled it nearly a block to our boat in a dock cart. I think he slept well every night. My mom colored with Marietta for hours on end, no small task either. I think they finished a whole coloring book the week they were here.

  5. karen foutch says:

    Everything looks so beautiful,kids have really grown ! as always stay safe!

  6. Debbie Murrie says:

    Love your new floating home! Your two kids are so adorable and growing up fast! Happy & safe sailing to Mexico.

  7. Sandy Kibler says:

    Hey Nicole! I feel like I’m sitting on the dock on a lawn chair watching all the hubbub. It looks like a lot of work, but also fun. I love to organize. When we all go on a trip the first thing I do is organize the place for all of us. Keith says I’m compulsive. Chelsea says to him ” Daddy, she’s nesting!” Whatever it is, it would be fun to watch you all get the boat ready.
    So glad we got to see you all. Love you.
    Keith and Sandy

  8. Great job, guys! Good luck getting out of there by the end of the month!! As you well know, the list will never be finished… Sherry & Dave s/v Soggy Paws (in Micronesia)

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