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Life Update.

Well, well, well. It’s been, what, only about four months since I updated this little ‘ol blog???


Time flies, I guess, when you’re having fun!

Or maybe it flies faster than the speed of freaking light when you are up to your eyeballs in wedding planning (Jer and I are tying the knot this December!), renovating our house (total gut job of the floors throughout, the entire kitchen, a full bath, new paint throughout, etc. etc.), living at my future in-laws in the interim (a huge thank you to them or we’d be homeless!), packing up all our crap and moving back to our house (hopefully soon!), crazy busy season for the photography business (yay!), and going back to a full time career (we knew that was bound to happen sooner or later).

Yup, that must be it. ;))

We’ve been a teensy bit busy to say the least. But with all good, exciting, fun things! And since I keep telling myself that I don’t want to miss out on documenting some of these amazing times in our life, I had to pause for two seconds today and upload a few of my favorite photos from our recent engagement session with the fabulous Concept Photography!

As I’m sure you can imagine, photos are at the tippy top of my wedding priority list. Other than marrying the man of my dreams, that is. ;))

Needless to say, securing a location and date that matched up with my favorite wedding photographers’ schedule was a must-have, and we found the perfect match in mid-December. And the cherry on top of securing my favorite photogs for the wedding, was that Sara and Jason, the married duo behind Concept Photography, actually drove down to Naples in early October to shoot our engagement photos too!

We had a great time exploring downtown Naples by the beach and I am absolutely head over heels in love with the photos! I really cannot say enough good things about those two. They are truly awesome and uber talented in so many ways. I would recommend them in a heartbeat, but I’ll let a few of my favorite photos from the shoot speak for themselves…

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^^All photos from the fabulous Concept Photography.^^

Other than that, I am frantically trying to wrap up all of our remaining wedding details (although, let’s not lie, I still have an enormous wedding to-do list), and we are anxiously awaiting a move back into our home…sans much furniture (or any worldly possessions really), but hey, at least we will be home. It’s about freaking time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we are in our old house by the end of the month!

Adios for now.

Sandy McCoyNovember 15, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Hi, I followed your blog when you were sailing ( we are in VI) and am glad to get an update. Beautiful engagement pics – my favorite is the one with reflection in the water. I hope ou do before and after of your house! Have a wonderful wedding.

One last LAHO Video!

You guys!!!

I am so stinking excited (and a little emotional). Wanna know why??? Welllllllllll, I finally pieced together all that random video footage that’s been seriously burning a hole on my hard drive since we got home. You know, one last video of our LAHO sailing adventures!

It’s a good mix of special moments, awesome adventures, and everything in between while Jereme and I lived aboard and sailed the Bahamas and Caribbean.

And honestly, although it’s a little bittersweet that it’s our last video of our sailing adventure, it might be my favorite one to date. I know, I say that every time. I really do love reliving some of our favorite experiences and am so glad we not only documented our life afloat in photographs, but also with tons of video too!

If you want to check out any of our other videos… (Pig Beach in the Exumas + Swimming with Sea Turtles + of course, Oliver’s video I Luh Ya Puppy! are my close runners-up) …you can find them over here.

Enjoy! xoxo.

Scott and SheriJuly 31, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Great video! Makes me want to go!

Kelley - Sailing ChanceAugust 1, 2015 - 8:34 pm

AMAZING video! Such a great roundup of your trip. Loved the footage of Oliver :) If you guys ever get an craving to be out again, all three of you are welcome aboard Chancelot!

Lara SpragueAugust 3, 2015 - 4:00 am

Two thumbs up!

Sandy McCoyAugust 10, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Great video – hope you will keep up your blog even though you are not sailing right now – I love your photography (and Oliver!).

JessicaOctober 16, 2015 - 2:53 am

I looooove your videos, I miss them so much. But then they also make me miss you. And cruising. Long story short? We need to hang out again. Preferably near water.


Today was the second best day in a boat owner’s life.

That’s right…today we sold our lovely LAHO. Sniff sniff. :((( It’s a bittersweet day to say the least.


^^Just a few hours ago as we cleared out the last of our belongings. Our last day as official owners of LAHO.^^

It has literally only been 20 days since we sailed back into our home port…almost two years to the day that we sailed the boat from St. Pete to Naples…and LAHO is sold! To some really great blog followers no less! I still can’t really believe it.

The past (almost) three weeks have been spent cleaning the boat from top to bottom, moving all our crap off the boat and temporarily back to Jereme’s folks’ house (while we wait to move back into our own home), doing walk-thrus and a boat survey, and more! Basically, just the reverse of what we did two years ago!

Holy moly, have we grown, learned, changed, seen, experienced, etcetera etcetera so so so much in these past two years! And hopefully LAHO’s new owners will get to enjoy some of those same awesome experiences!

I know, I know…you must be thinking a.) you didn’t even know our boat was for sale or b.) how could we possibly sell our beloved boat? Or maybe even c.) what idiots we are. Hah! ;)) But the answer here is easy, for us at least.

#1 we luckily didn’t even need to list or promote the possible sale of our boat since we had a few interested blog followers who wanted a cruise-ready bluewater boat and expressed that interest early on. And #2, this definitely won’t be the last boat we ever own, but since we are re-entering the “real” world so to speak, we decided to forgo the extra carrying costs of keeping a boat at a dock (during hurricane season no less)…one that we wouldn’t be able to use all the time, and hence, the sale.

So there you have it. LAHO is sold. Can you freaking believe it?

Time to move onto new and exciting chapters in our lives…

Jeremiah and BrittanyMay 15, 2015 - 2:11 am

Boo! We don’t like this post at all!!! Lol…Congrats guys. What will you blog about now???

Daniel NeilanMay 15, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Are those Medalla Lights in that cart? I’m surprised 3 survived the trip back!

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffMay 15, 2015 - 10:03 pm

So sad to see Laho go. But happy for you that you did not have to endure the pain most boat sellers go through.

We are sailing up the east coast for the summer and will head south to the islands in the fall. Thanks for paving the way.

Best wishes,

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff

LAHOWINDMay 16, 2015 - 2:11 am

Lol Dan! I am so glad someone noticed those leftover Medallas! We had a few remaining stragglers and couldn’t just give those away to the new owner. 😉 -Kim

Carly and Carl ZaniboniMay 16, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Congrats on the sale! Bummer we won’t be seeing you guys around anytime soon, but maybe in the Pacific once you decided that you miss the sailing life in a few days. But maybe you have bigger plans ahead wink, wink.
All the best

BillMay 18, 2015 - 11:19 am

Congrats on the fast sale! We are in a similar situation now that we’ve moved off the boat, don’t want to pay for slip fees for a cruising boat and will be up for sale soon (unfortunately). Like you we’ll be out there cruising again, can’t wait for the next go around! Look forward to following along on where life takes you.

Scott and SheriMay 18, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Yay! It was a riot following your adventures. It was a great adventure to be sure. Congratulations you guys.
Now, like, one of my professors used to say “On to the next!”
I can only hope that writing a book is on one of your bucket lists someday as well :)

GeoffMay 20, 2015 - 5:10 pm

She was a beauty. Actually got a chance to see her first hand during the Canoe races a few weeks ago. Good luck in your next adventure and I will keep checking the blog to see what develops.

KatieJune 5, 2015 - 11:58 pm

My husband and I are just starting to think about getting into sailing. He told me I should check out your blog, because this is his dream. And here I am, only to discover you sold your boat. Can’t wait to look back and see the last two years of adventure for you guys!

BuggieJune 22, 2015 - 7:03 pm

cannot believe you sold your boat – came as a surprise to me. Loved following your story and seeing your amazing photos (favorite shells). Good Luck on your new adventure.

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Boat Life Lately. According to my iPhone.

Holy moly, life lately has gone from basking in the bahamas sun to land life in Florida. It’s crazy where just a few short weeks can take you!

Our last month was a whirlwind of activity from our awesome stay at Cape Santa Maria Resort in Long Island, Bahamas, to island hopping back through the Exumas, shell picking in Bimini, another Gulf Stream crossing, harbor life in Marathon, Florida Keys, a road trip to Key West, and finally our last overnight sail home to Naples, where we’ve been adjusting to land life ever since! Phew! It’s exhausting to think about the past month of activity. Here are a few of my favorite Instagram photos from the past month…

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LAHO’s Last Voyage.

This is really a strange post for me to write. Our last “official” sail aboard LAHO as liveaboard cruisers. Weird. But in a good way.

What’s even stranger were the emotions running through Jer and I as we sat in the cockpit soaking up the magnitude of this final leg of our journey. Emotion-packed, bittersweet thoughts to say the least, with the sense of “coming home” stronger than anything you could imagine.

It’s really quite difficult to explain that extraordinary “coming home” feeling we had. It’s an emotion like no other. Excitement, warmth, nostalgia, anticipation, and so much more mixed into one really awesome feeling. And that is precisely what I want to remember from this last leg of our whirlwind journey. One that took us to so many exciting, beautiful places and allowed us to meet so many wonderful people along the way.

It’s feels like just yesterday that I was blogging about our maiden voyage. You know, the crazy one we made from St. Petersburg to Naples where we were surfing 10-foot waves and I was puking my guts out. Now, that trip was one for the record books. Sheesh! But to think we’ve come this far (literally and figuratively) over the past 13 months, and are now officially home in comfy cozy Naples. It’s mind boggling, really.

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After weighing our options, we decided to make our final sail another overnight one. And here I was thinking our Gulf Stream Crossing the week prior was our final overnight sail.

An uneventful 110-mile sail brought us from Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, Florida Keys all the way home to beautiful Naples, otherwise known as square one of our 57-week journey.

And boy am I glad this final leg was uneventful seeing as we were once again dodging our way around a crap-trap laced mine field in the Gulf of Mexico. We figured we could make it through the majority of the traps before nightfall and continue sailing through the night to make it to Naples at a reasonable morning hour, instead of anchoring overnight at Shark River and eventually making our way to Naples by the afternoon or evening.


^^Headed back under the seven-mile bridge in Marathon.^^

We also heard it was nearly the end of crab season, and a few folks even told us there shouldn’t be as many crab pots out there since the trappers were bringing them in with season ending. I honestly can’t say I believe ^^that^^ logic after our experience last week. It was certainly another crab trap filled, trap-dodging sail, but the good news is, we didn’t hit any!

The sail was probably the hottest one we’ve had to date. Brutally hot. With zero wind at the beginning. It was so uncomfortable that I literally grabbed one of our portable fans, plugged it in, and sat hugging it in the cockpit. Sad, but true. We eventually got some much-needed wind a little later on, but those first few hours were rough.

We might’ve been lacking in the wind department, but we certainly weren’t missing out in the dolphin department.

Oh my gosh! We must’ve seen a minimum of 50 dolphin! Probably more like 75. It was crazy! Definitely the most dolphin we’ve ever seen on a sail. It’s like they were leading us home. At one point, a pod of four stuck with us for about 45 minutes. My guess is they thought we were some huge injured sea creature at the gruelingly slow pace we were making.

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Oliver, of course, loved the dolphin action and ran around like the crazy poodle dolphin whisperer he is. We have lots of awesome video footage that I really need to take some time and piece together (hopefully soon!).

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^^Jer capturing the action on video using our little Canon Powershot G12.^^

^^And Oliver having a mini heart attack every time we spotted more dolphin.^^


As usual, Jereme and I took shifts during the night. He had the first few four hours from 10PM to 2AM. And I took the 2AM to 6AM shift. We didn’t luck out with any sort of moon this go round. Totally moonless. Bummer. Unfortunately, with no moon on our last overnight, we had to whip out our trusty spotlight to continuously scan the dark waters ahead and check for crap pots.


Jer’s first shift was still chock full of traps so he was on guard for four hours straight, constantly scanning ahead and altering course as to not run over a trap in the dark. By the time I took the helm, we must’ve cleared the main crab pot area because I never saw a single pot, even though I scanned the water on the regular.

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^^Our last sunset at sea was gorgeous!^^

By 8AM, we were motorsailing along the coast of Marco Island, anxious and excited to pull into the Naples City Dock. I’m certain we were also very very exhausted, but you would never have known since the adrenaline was pumping hard through our veins as we sailed the last few miles into Gordons Pass.  It was such an odd yet awesome feeling to be in our hometown waters…seeing all of our usual landmarks and knowing we were only a short distance from home.


^^There’s Naples in the foggy distance.^^

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^^All the pretty houses on the sail through Gordons Pass.^^

Once we were in the channel, we radioed the Naples City Dock and were greeted by familiar voices who were just as excited to hear us on the radio as we were to announce our arrival! Gosh, we really do love it here! And our friends on the Sweet Liberty tour boat lovingly blew their conch horn for us as we passed by.

We dropped our main sail just outside of the Naples City Dock and slowly motored into our new slip. Our awesome friends, Lisa + Wally along with Wally’s folks Cindy + Bob, were waiting at the end of our slip to surprise us with champagne, balloons, and lots of other fun gifts and goodies! We were honestly shocked to see anyone waiting for us at the dock, but it sure was the best feeling in the world!

^^They even framed our article from Florida Weekly! And gave us the coolest sail bag. How insanely thoughtful.^^

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^^You guys rock!!!^^

And after all of that, we were home. Home sweet home.

We spent the rest of that first day back in Naples cleaning up the boat a tiny bit and squaring away our dock lines before Jereme’s mom met us at the dock and drove us back to their home in Naples…and also surprised us with even more fun “welcome home” goodies! We feel very spoiled to say the least. After some long hot showers with unlimited water, we spent our first night in Naples celebrating with our friends and family out on the town before cozying up in a big comfy regular-sized bed for an extra long sleep! …I’m pretty sure we didn’t wake up until noon the next day. Lol.

I have lots of thoughts on our transition back to land life, so hopefully I’ll get those cranked out on the blog soon, but for now we are still enjoying those hot showers, flush toilets, unlimited ice and water, and lots of quality time with all of our amazing friends and family.

PS – Oliver is also loving his unlimited access to a yard. ;))

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Lara SpragueMay 4, 2015 - 4:20 am

Welcome home guys!!!

AlyseMay 4, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Wow how thoughtful!! That is certainly a welcome home indeed. I hope you guys are transitioning well. It’s not a secret that I vicariously live through your photos. Going to go bug the hubs now to move down to the coast 😉

laurenMay 4, 2015 - 3:23 pm

it has been so awesome to follow along with your journey via your blog! thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs and stories with us! i hope that you will continue to blog in this space even though this journey is complete. :)

JessicaMay 4, 2015 - 6:30 pm

I can’t believe you’re home already!, how bittersweet. I’m so thankful we had the chance to meet up a few times while cruising, and now that we’re also Florida residents for the next few months we’ll definitely have to hook up again. I’ll miss your travel photos, but at least there’s 13 months for me to archive through. :)

Mark straubMay 4, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Congratulations! I will surely miss you sailing blog. Looking to do something similar in the next two years.. Thanks for sharing you magnificent journey!!

Kevin WilsonMay 13, 2015 - 10:07 pm

Welcome home!

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