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Bahamas or Bust!

Could we be any more excited to tell you that we are finally leaving?

Sailing-Blog-Cruising-Bahamas-Caribbean-Young-Couple-Boat-Dog-Life-Adventures-Read-Set-Go-LAHOWIND-eIMG_8734-v2 Probably not. It feels like it has taken forever, but we are finally (just about) ready to set sail on the adventure of a freaking lifetime.


Sometimes, I have to pinch myself. We are really doing this! Living on our boat. Traveling to exciting new places. Living more simply. Enjoying the now. This is totally happening.

We have pretty much wrapped up our exhausting list of boat projects, Oliver has his Bahamian doggie permit ready and waiting, we are currently moving everything onto the boat, and just finishing up other last minute pertinent details…you know, like buying our alcohol supply for the boat. Oh, and food too. That’s important.

We are prepping to leave later this week! And hoping the weather cooperates for a Thursday/Friday departure from Naples, where we will be sailing first to either Marathon OR Key West.  We haven’t completely decided.

Map-First-Leg-of-Trip-LAHOWIND-v2 From the Keys, we will then cross the Gulf Stream and sail to Bimini in the Bahamas. Once we arrive in the Bahamas, we will be spending some quality time exploring LOTS of different islands as we sail toward the Turks & Caicos, and the Virgin Islands. But don’t worry, we are definitely taking our time. We don’t want to rush this experience at all!

Here are a few things on my personal bucket list to SEE and DO while we are in the Bahamas…

  • Snorkeling (that’s a no brainer)
  • Pink sand beaches
  • Red starfish
  • Swimming pigs (Big Major Cay)
  • Fishing! (Lots of it, and hopefully just as much “catching”)
  • Making our own sushi
  • Spearing lobster
  • Trying conch
  • Visiting local markets
  • Bahamian food

And that’s barely scratching the surface!!! Now, who wants to come visit us while we’re in the Bahamas? We would sure love to have you!

Bahamas, here we come! xoxo.

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Bahamas + Caribbean.

JessieMarch 17, 2014 - 2:14 am

Very exciting to see that your to-do list is nearly done, and you two are on the verge of shoving off the dock! Best wishes for a wonderful adventure…we’ll be following along (and setting off ourselves this fall)! ~Jessie, s/v The Red Thread.
PS. What software do you use to edit your maps and images? Love em!

LAHOWINDMarch 17, 2014 - 2:29 am

Thanks so much Jessie! We are so stinking excited it’s not even funny. Lol. 😉 Where are you guys now and where are you headed? Oh and for the map, I grabbed a screenshot from Active Captain and used Photoshop to layer on the other stuff (most are Ali Edwards brushes from my Project Life stash). :) -Kim

Alanna NMarch 17, 2014 - 7:36 am

Have fun!!! Can’t wait to read about your journey!

Skelton CrewMarch 17, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Love it!! All your hard work will finally be paying off…big time! :) ~Jackie

DeborahMarch 17, 2014 - 1:52 pm

So excited for you guys!!

Deborah – SV Wrightaway

AlisonMarch 17, 2014 - 3:52 pm

I have been following you from Susan’s blog. I have to say I don’t even know you and I am excited for you, lol! What an adventure of a lifetime. I have a bunch of family down in Marathon – I grew up visiting my grandparents there every year and now our family owns their home right on the water in Boot Key Harbor. Will you be anchoring there? I’ll look forward to seeing your pictures of Marathon – it’s like my second home! :) Enjoy!

Jennifer - Luna SeaMarch 17, 2014 - 6:07 pm

So excited for you! Still living quasi-vicariously. Thanks for the updates! Hope to run into you guys sooner or later :)

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffMarch 17, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Be safe and have fun.

Hope to catch you for a sundowner one day soon

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff

Michelle GMarch 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

So excited for you. I guess I won’t see you until your return. Big hugs and God speed.

LAHOWINDMarch 18, 2014 - 1:26 am

Hi Alison! Oh my gosh, how funny! We actually might be headed straight for Boot Key! The mooring field and surrounding anchorages are where most folks stop. Thanks so much for following! :) -Kim

chris laletinMarch 18, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Best wishes for your adventure. I lived on Marco for years and did the run to the keys soooo many times. Always was excellent. We would depart at sunset and arrive at dawn. The cool thing about night sailing is you can see the lights of the towns you are heading towards long before they creep up over the horizon. The Tortugas is also a MUST SEE spot to spend a few days. You just might want the head their from Naples as your first stop. Only thing about that is it is usually upwind to Key West afterwards. We may cross paths later this year as I bring my 40 foot tri down from the Chesapeake in the fall. Yea, gotta see those swimming pigs. Hoping to be at Staniel Cay in the Exumas for NYE. Thanks for blogging and sharing your adventures with all of us. Chris in Hawaii.

LAHOWINDMarch 20, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Hi Chris! We are so excited to get down there and get going. Debating a pit stop along the way to the Keys — not out of necessity, but just for fun. We’ll see. Hoping to leave tomorrow! :) -Kim

MattMarch 24, 2014 - 12:41 am


You guys should totally start up a YouTube channel! All the things you guys are going to see and do, you should share it with the world with some video :)

Renee S/V RR DreamMarch 27, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Just came across your blog and love it already. We will be on the same path soon! Heading to the Bahamas/Exumas in May for a month long vaca. In case you didn’t know the Bahamas “lobster” season is within a day or two of ours. Aug 6-March 31 (USA) When you do catch them be sure to measure the carapace has to be 3″ and no females with eggs. (they are orangish/brownish) HUGE fines if caught with them.
Looking forward to following your blog. Maybe we will meet next week when I am back in Marathon when I get to meet S/V Dos Libras?

Neal StewartJuly 16, 2014 - 1:45 am

Just found your blog! Really enjoying it. My wife Laura and I will be taking a similar route. We will be leaving Texas on sept 26 and will start in bahamas and head to Virgin Islands in mid November. Will probably see y’all at some point. Check out “sandy feet adventures” on Facebook. Will be looking for you