About

Four years ago I married Jack, the love of my life and the only man who 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 a 44-foot sailboat called the Kitty Hawk. Since then we have sailed thousands of miles along the coast of Central America, the United States, and The Bahamas. Now we live on a Bahia 46 Fontaine Pajot catamaran exploring Baja California and heading for the big blue Pacific Ocean.

In early 2010 we were on our way to the South Pacific when I got seasick while we were crossing the Panama Canal. This seemed a bit odd since there weren’t any waves. Turns out there was a specific name for what I had – it’s called morning sickness! We turned the boat around, headed back to our nearest family and Marietta Grace was born in Honduras on October 21, 2010. Later,  while visiting my sister in Washington, DC, in the summer of 2011, I felt a familiar twinge. This time it didn’t take me long to realize it wasn’t seasickness; Jack Benjamin was born on May 15, 2012.

Our family of four is always ready for the next adventure and we’re never quite sure where it will take us. Oh, the places we have yet to go!

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13 Responses to About

  1. Aussie says:

    what is the boat? – ketch – single pole – made by? – have a 45 foot french built ketch

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

      Hi there, thanks reading our blog. Our boat is a 44 foot CSY sailboat, 1 mast. Great size for a family of 4!

  2. Susie Campbell says:

    I read this story in our local “State Paper” in Columbia, SC. So happy for you all. Safe travels and happy adventures!

  3. Lisa Marie says:

    I envy your ability not to conform to society and let society raise your kids. I think it’s awesome what you are doing!!

  4. Love your writing. Found your blog through your sister who found mine! http://svbuckeye.com How long will you be in SC – we are leaving FL in 3 weeks and heading to Chesapeake Bay for the summer, stopping in SC along the way.

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

      Thanks! Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, I feel like all I do is wash diapers! We will probably be in Charleston through most of the hurricane season. Maybe we will see you there! We went up near Chesapeake Bay last summer to visit my sister who lives in Washington, DC. I will have to check out your blog!

  5. Guilbert Gates says:

    Wow, what a cool way to live! Just wanted to let you know that I am a distant relative of Jack. My father’s grandmother, Victoria, was the sister of Benjamin Douglas Guilbert ! Write me at the e-mail (which I assume you can see??)

  6. We are hoping to rounding Cabo and heading to the Punta Mita area around Dec this year. Maybe we’ll see you??? We will likely head up into the Sea of Cortez for the summer of 2016.

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

      We had a wonderful time in La Cruz and want to go back next winter then we plan to head back up to the Sea in the sping as well. You’re gonna love it!

  7. Roland et Jocelyne Muller says:

    Hello, We lost your boat card (but still searching). So we don’t have your e-mail adresses now. Since we saw you the last time in Puerto Don Juan, we changed the plan. Instead going to Las Animas Slot we headed directly to San-Carlos. We had a safe passage, but made a mistake… We went trough the San Estéban Canal (shorter), instead the San Lorenzo. 5 knts current in the noose during ebb… It look’s like the waters are flowing from north San Estéban Canal into the San Lorenzo Canal (deeper). The sea was flat, but it took a lot of time to pass. So stay away from that route. We saw a lot of whale’s and dolphin’s. We could sail from midnight with 10 knts Wind coming from NW, but had a big 6-7 feets swell coming from W-SW on our starboard side… So the sea comes bumpy… Friendly, Roland et Jocelyne

  8. Dylan Stieler says:

    Cool vid. Getting a lifetime of experiences on your boat. Nice meeting you guys last week in Tucson Az. Peace!
    Dylan

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