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Los Barriles, Mexico

Day 161: Travel Day | Los Barriles to Loreto, Mexico

Day 161: Travel Day | Los Barriles to Loreto, Mexico

Tuesday, April 6, 2021Travel Day | Los Barriles to Loreto, MexicoODOMETER: 85,054 | TODAY'S MILES: 284 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,839instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterAs the weather warmed and opportunities Stateside blossomed, we decided to head back. north. The Easter...

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Day 160: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Day 160: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Monday, April 5, 2021Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, MexicoODOMETER: 84,770 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,555instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterWe have decided to settle in Los Barriles for a period of about 6 weeks. It is a beautiful place with camping right on the beach and...

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Day 159: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Day 159: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Sunday, April 4, 2021Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, MexicoODOMETER: 84,770 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,555instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterWe have decided to settle in Los Barriles for a period of about 6 weeks. It is a beautiful place with camping right on the beach and...

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Day 158: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Day 158: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Saturday, April 3, 2021Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, MexicoODOMETER: 84,770 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,555instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterWe have decided to settle in Los Barriles for a period of about 6 weeks. It is a beautiful place with camping right on the beach and...

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Day 157: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Day 157: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Friday, April 2, 2021Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, MexicoODOMETER: 84,770 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,555instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterWe have decided to settle in Los Barriles for a period of about 6 weeks. It is a beautiful place with camping right on the beach and...

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Day 156: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Day 156: Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, Mexico

Thursday, April 1, 2021Baja Sunrise | Los Barriles, MexicoODOMETER: 84,770 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,555instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterWe have decided to settle in Los Barriles for a period of about 6 weeks. It is a beautiful place with camping right on the beach and...

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San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

Day 164: Travel Day | San Felipe, Mexico to El Centro, U.S.

Day 164: Travel Day | San Felipe, Mexico to El Centro, U.S.

Friday, April 9, 2021Travel Day | San Felipe, Mexico to El Centro, U.S.ODOMETER: 85,698 | TODAY'S MILES: 137 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 7,483instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterIn the morning, we took off from San Felipe to El Centro, CA. This road is much better than most of...

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Day 163: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to San Felipe, Mexico

Day 163: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to San Felipe, Mexico

Thursday, April 8, 2021Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to San Felipe, MexicoODOMETER: 85,561 | TODAY'S MILES: 249 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 7,346instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterIn the morning, we set off for San Felipe. It was a mix of good and bad roads, but we made good...

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Day 110: Travel Day | San Felipe to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Day 110: Travel Day | San Felipe to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Sunday, February 14, 2021Travel Day | San Felipe to Guerrero Negro, MexicoODOMETER: 84,226 | TODAY'S MILES: 249 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,281instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaHappy Valentine’s Day! We had a big 7-hour travel day to Guerrero Negro. The drive...

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Day 109: San Felipe, Mexico

Day 109: San Felipe, Mexico

Saturday, February 13, 2021San Felipe, MexicoODOMETER: 83,977 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,032instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaWe spent this day preparing for tomorrow’s trip to Guerrero Negro. Grant and Jack installed the new tow package on the Jeep and...

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Day 108: San Felipe, Mexico

Day 108: San Felipe, Mexico

Friday, February 12, 2021San Felipe, MexicoODOMETER: 83,977 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,032instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaToday, Grant left in the morning to make the 200-km trip back across the border to El Centro to pick up our new tow package and...

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Day 107: San Felipe, Mexico

Day 107: San Felipe, Mexico

Thursday, February 11, 2021San Felipe, MexicoODOMETER: 83,977 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,032instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaWe are going to be staying in San Felipe until the third week of February. Since our tow package broke on the way down here, we’ve...

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Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Day 163: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to San Felipe, Mexico

Day 163: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to San Felipe, Mexico

Thursday, April 8, 2021Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to San Felipe, MexicoODOMETER: 85,561 | TODAY'S MILES: 249 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 7,346instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterIn the morning, we set off for San Felipe. It was a mix of good and bad roads, but we made good...

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Day 162: Travel Day | Loreto to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Day 162: Travel Day | Loreto to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Wednesday, April 7, 2021Travel Day |  Loreto to Guerrero Negro, MexicoODOMETER: 85,312 | TODAY'S MILES: 258 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 7,097instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterOn Wednesday morning, we headed up and across the Baja to Guerrero Negro. The road was narrow and...

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Day 111: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to Santa Rosalía, Mexico

Day 111: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to Santa Rosalía, Mexico

Monday, February 15, 2021Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to Santa Rosalía, MexicoODOMETER: 84,362 | TODAY'S MILES: 136 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,417instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaJack and Stellie had school in the morning so we had to wait to leave until 1pm...

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Day 110: Travel Day | San Felipe to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Day 110: Travel Day | San Felipe to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Sunday, February 14, 2021Travel Day | San Felipe to Guerrero Negro, MexicoODOMETER: 84,226 | TODAY'S MILES: 249 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,281instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaHappy Valentine’s Day! We had a big 7-hour travel day to Guerrero Negro. The drive...

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Santa Rosalía, Mexico

Day 112: Travel Day | Santa Rosalía to Loreto, Mexico

Day 112: Travel Day | Santa Rosalía to Loreto, Mexico

Tuesday, February 16, 2021Travel Day | Santa Rosalía to Loreto, MexicoODOMETER: 84,486 | TODAY'S MILES: 124 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,271instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaJack and Stellie had school again this morning, so Grant and I went out for a paddle....

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Day 111: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to Santa Rosalía, Mexico

Day 111: Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to Santa Rosalía, Mexico

Monday, February 15, 2021Travel Day | Guerrero Negro to Santa Rosalía, MexicoODOMETER: 84,362 | TODAY'S MILES: 136 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,417instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaJack and Stellie had school in the morning so we had to wait to leave until 1pm...

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Loreto, Mexico

Day 162: Travel Day | Loreto to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Day 162: Travel Day | Loreto to Guerrero Negro, Mexico

Wednesday, April 7, 2021Travel Day |  Loreto to Guerrero Negro, MexicoODOMETER: 85,312 | TODAY'S MILES: 258 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 7,097instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterOn Wednesday morning, we headed up and across the Baja to Guerrero Negro. The road was narrow and...

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Day 161: Travel Day | Los Barriles to Loreto, Mexico

Day 161: Travel Day | Los Barriles to Loreto, Mexico

Tuesday, April 6, 2021Travel Day | Los Barriles to Loreto, MexicoODOMETER: 85,054 | TODAY'S MILES: 284 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,839instagramfacebookyoutubetwitterAs the weather warmed and opportunities Stateside blossomed, we decided to head back. north. The Easter...

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Day 113: Travel Day | Loreto to Los Barriles, Mexico

Day 113: Travel Day | Loreto to Los Barriles, Mexico

Wednesday, February 17, 2021Travel Day | Loreto to Los Barriles, MexicoODOMETER: 84,770 | TODAY'S MILES: 284 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,555instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaOur initial plan was to drive from Loreto to La Paz today and then continue down to...

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Day 112: Travel Day | Santa Rosalía to Loreto, Mexico

Day 112: Travel Day | Santa Rosalía to Loreto, Mexico

Tuesday, February 16, 2021Travel Day | Santa Rosalía to Loreto, MexicoODOMETER: 84,486 | TODAY'S MILES: 124 | TOTAL MILES TRAVELED: 6,271instagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  by JanaJack and Stellie had school again this morning, so Grant and I went out for a paddle....

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 2: Mo’orea to Bora Bora

It took us about 24 hours to get from Mo’orea to Bora Bora on August 28 2021. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we spent a  week there waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

We made trips to get water, fuel and provisions, but apart from that we had to stay on the boat. We passed the time snorkeling (saw a giant moray eel!) and inventing new water sports.

Once we received our exit paperwork, we were finally free to leave for Fiji.

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 2: Mo’orea to Bora Bora

It took us about 24 hours to get from Mo’orea to Bora Bora on August 28 2021. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we spent a  week there waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

We made trips to get water, fuel and provisions, but apart from that we had to stay on the boat. We passed the time snorkeling (saw a giant moray eel!) and inventing new water sports.

Once we received our exit paperwork, we were finally free to leave for Fiji.

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After one year and ten days, we were finally reunited with our puppies, 10-year-old Labradoodles, Mackie and Paigie, and 4-year-old Great Dane, Phoebe.

In the summer of 2020, as COVID was raging through the world, we decided to sell our home in Virginia, move into a 40-foot motorhome named "Thelma," hitch our Jeep "Louise" to her and hit the road.

We had no idea where we were going or how long we'd be traveling. Our kids, Jack, then 16, and Ellie, then 14, were doing school virtually and us parents were working remotely. Mackie, Paigie, and Phoebe had lived their whole lives on our property and we had no idea how they would fare in a "tiny house on wheels" living situation.

We traveled 10,000 miles through 21 states, visited 11 National Parks and spent 3 months over the winter living on the beach in Mexico. It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved it.

In June 2021, we sold Thelma and Louise and bought Hanavave, a 38-foot 2002 Fountaine Pajot catamaran in Tahiti. We decided to relocate our family to Australia, but at the time the only way to get there was by boat.

The puppies had to stay in Washington State and begin the long and cumbersome importation process into Australia. The minimum period is 6 months since the first test and since we had begun the process two months before, we figured that we were saying goodbye for a maximum of four months. It was a very difficult decision, but their caretaker, Colleen, is an amazing lady and we knew that she would take wonderful care of them. Saying goodbye to the puppies was one of the hardest things our family has ever had to do.

Little did we know that it would be a year and ten days before we'd see them again.

Our sailing trip was complicated by the fact that as soon as we arrived in Tahiti, all ports in the South Pacific closed due to the quickly-spreading Delta variant of COVID. This meant that instead of island hopping, we had to make long passages to Australia and there was a lot to be done on Hanavave to prepare her for that journey. We made it to Brisbane in mid-October, but it would take another 8 long months to get the puppies to Australia.

They arrived on June 1, a year to the day we left them.
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