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A Year to Remember.

I’m fairly confident 2014 will go down in our personal record book as one totally-insane-amazing-and-sometimes-difficult-crazy-adventure of a year.

It has been a year to remember for sure.

I mean, we did it. After several years of planning and prepping, we set sail in early 2014 on our own little adventure of a lifetime. And we’ve managed to pack a lifetime’s worth of amazing experiences and memories into just the past year alone.

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^^our little homemade LAHO driftwood sign that we placed on the top of Boo Boo Hill in the Bahamas!^^

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m sorta a photo freak who will literally sit down with my phone for hours and hours just browsing through every photo on my phone’s camera roll. Or I’ll start at the very bottom of our instagram profile and flip back through all of our insta-photos, reminiscing over each and ever one.

And being able to look back and enjoy these memories we’ve made is truly the reason I blog. I do it for Jer and I, and heck, for anyone else who wants to follow along with us. I want to remember this adventure of ours, the highs, the lows, and everything in between, for years to come.

That being said, I thought, why not make a little celebratory year-end review of some of our most popular posts (according to google analytics), which also happen to be some of my very favorites too! They span the spectrum over the past year, starting way back in early 2014 when we set sail as first time cruisers out of Naples, Florida.

It’s really been a fantastic year. Thanks for being part of it right along with us! xoxo

#1. “Our Cozy Sailboat Home” – I get it. I, too, would definitely want to see how the heck we live on a tiny sailboat…so I did a little interior tour back in May of our floating home. :)))

#2. “Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas…” – Still one of our favorite beaches in all of the Bahamas. We loved spending a long week at the top of the Berry Island chain.

#3. “This Little Piggy” – Oh hello, swimming with pigs on a secluded beach? Yes, please! One of my favorite experiences to date.

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#4. “The Amazing People You Meet While Cruising!” – Yup, still pretty much one of our best days ever! We seriously do meet the nicest, most giving folks around.

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#5.  “Postcards from Bimini” – This was our first post from the BAHAMAS!!! After making our very first and (thankfully) rather uneventful gulf stream crossing.

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#6. “The Blue Hole at Hoffman’s Cay” – Again, the Berries made the list. We LOVED our time in the Bahamas and this spot was especially gorgeous!

#7. “Making Miles” Turks + Caicos to the DR” – I think we became legit sailors on this trip and again on our crossing of the Mona Passage in July. 

#8. “Birthday Recap + Engagement” – This is obviously one of my all-time favs. ;)))

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#9. “Our First Cruising Video!” – Video time is my favorite too so I’m glad to see this one made the cut.

#10. “Fish Tales!” – Oh look, another vid made the cut! Still wondering if and when we might ever catch a tuna. Lol!

And those were the Top 10 most popular posts of twenty-fourteen!

I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. Bring it on!!!

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Skelton CrewDecember 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm

I LOVE this little look back, so fun!! You two have certainly come a long way in the last year…but you forgot to mention the great people you meet through your blog too (haha)! I’m so looking forward to meeting up with you guys at some point in some beautiful location :) Happy New Year! ~ Jackie

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffDecember 31, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Happy New Year!

You guys had an incredible 2014.

We are almost ready yo take off. We have a few more things on the “to do” list for Cream Puff. Our plan is to untie the dock lines in March.

Look for us out there somewhere :)

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff

Boat Life Lately. According to my iPhone.

We have been seriously loving life here in the Virgin Islands!!! So much so that all I’ve really been taking the time to do is update Instagram with fun photos every now and then. If you aren’t following us, you definitely should be! ;)) 

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The Birthday Boy.

Guess who turns THIRTY-TWO today?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

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^^This guy!!!^^

I started to make a list of all the reasons why Jereme knocks my socks off, but the list got a little out of hand so I whittled it down to my top 5 favorites (in no particular order).

Jereme…

…makes me laugh all day, every day.

…puts up with my craziness (read bitchiness) on the regular.

…knows how to use the big camera and semi-willingly uses it when I ask.

…can fix literally anything.

…loves me + oliver like no other.

Okay fine, and he’s super handsome! :)))

Happy 32nd Jer! I wouldn’t want to sail off into the sunset and hunt for sea-glass on the regular with anyone else. Love you! xoxo

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Skelton CrewDecember 29, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Happy Birthday Jereme!!

Uncle PaulDecember 29, 2014 - 9:51 pm

Happy Birthday Jer.
32 years in the US is 32×0.86 = 27.5 yrs Canadian. Now you know why I look so young for a 70 year old female.
Uncle Paul

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffDecember 29, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Happy Birthday Jereme!

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff

Hauling Lobbies with Where the Coconuts Grow!

Almost a year ago to the day, we spent one fun afternoon trolling for grouper with our cruising pals Jody + Peter from Where the Coconuts Grow. Somehow, one year feels like a lifetime ago.

Last December, we were both prepping to set sail, each on our own adventure of a lifetime. We were all newbie sailors/cruisers and both still living on the west coast of Florida just trying to figure it all out.

After almost a year of cruising, the timing finally worked out and s/v LAHO and s/v Mary Christine ended up in the same harbor here in St. Thomas, USVI. It was about freaking time. ;))

We all immediately jumped in the dinghy and headed out to check out some nearby reefs and let the boys get down to business. Aka find us some lobster for dinner!

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Luckily, the Coconuts are super skilled divers/hunters and gave us the lowdown on not only how to use their fancy air line hookah system, but also how to snag some lobbies while diving the rocks around St. Thomas. Peter showed Jereme how to work a hand snare and where to look for lobsters tucked in beneath the rocks. All of which we, of course, were clueless on so it was so so nice of them to show us the ropes.

Side note, thanks also to the Coconuts, Jer found himself slabbing on some serious mustache vasoline to make his mask seal better. It’s a sight to see (and actually works!), so enjoy that little gem of a clip in the video below. ;))

Jody and I were both armed with our handy underwater GoPros to capture it all on film, along with videoing plenty of gorgeous coral and fish we happened to swim around. Honestly, Jer and I hadn’t seen coral this alive and colorful yet on our trip!

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Peter ended up finding only one huge lady lobster on day one, but unfortunately, she came with a sack full of eggs so we released her back into the wild.

On diving day two, the boys were MUCH more successful! They hauled in five large lobbies. I’m talking big bad lobstah boys! Three of which were bigger than any I’ve ever seen.

With our haul in tow, we made it back to the Coconut’s boat where we cleaned them all up and prepared for a feast of mega lobster proportions! Which was super delish by the way.

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Thanks guys for a few fab days of lobster hunting and some delicious dinners! Can’t wait to do it again. :)))

>>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 Caribbean.

Jody - Where The Coconuts GrowDecember 19, 2014 - 1:37 am

Great photos and video! We were so glad to finally see you guys again and Peter was stoked to teach Jereme about lobby hunting!! The vaseline application in that video is PRICELESS! :)

BillDecember 20, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Those are some big bugs! Nice!

MerindaDecember 21, 2014 - 1:52 am

I love your pictures! I can’t seem to play the last two videos? The link takes me to Dropbox where I download it but I can’t get it to play.

You have been doing a great job with your photos. It is always a visual treat to read your blog.

Greetings from Christmas Cove!

I’m guessing many folks back home are busy baking holiday cookies, buying last minute gifts, or simply bundling up for the chilly temps as Christmas draws near. Meanwhile, Jer and I had to remind ourselves it was the holiday season by busting out my christmas tree scented air freshener. Lol. Sad, but true. Hey, at least we’re spending a good chunk of December right here in sunny Christmas Cove, St. Thomas.

I’m not sure how we found ourselves in the most appropriately named anchorage for this time of year, but hell it works.

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^^there’s LAHO on the right. on a mooring. hah!^^

I haven’t been doing too good of a job taking photos on the big camera as of late, but here’s what we’ve been up to…none of which is very festive I must admit. However, I will tell you I did spend a few hours one morning right here in Christmas Cove crafting up a storm and decorating our tiny faux Christmas tree with shells-turned-ornaments. :))

We’ve…

…Snorkeled some of the prettiest reefs around! Seriously gorgeous + full of underwater sea life.

…Learned how to use hookah air lines and lobster hunted with Where the Coconuts Grow.

…Enjoyed a week’s worth of the most amazing sunsets.

…Experienced about 500 mini boat earthquakes every time a huge ferry passes by our anchorage. Which happens about every 20 to 30 minutes during daylight hours. Surprisingly, we’ve gotten used to it.

…Chowed down on more than one delicious fresh-caught lobster dinner.

…Sipped a bunch of Rum Chata on ice. Nothing says “happy holidays” like Rum Chata. Am I right or am I right?!

…Took a taxi into town and provisioned at Cost-U-Less. Groceries are expectedly expensive here in the Caribbean, but Cost-U-Less was pretty decent for bulk buying.

….Found and bought (obviously) our first case (times 4) of Bud Light since we left the Bahamas!!! And, of course, now I’m sad we can’t buy Medallia.

…Invented a new recipe for our regular flatbread menu rotation. Think sweet thai chili sauce, chicken, red peppers, pineapple, + crushed peanuts. Delish!

…Broke one of our boat fans, but luckily found a replacement here at Budget Marine. Oh and that required one helluva long wet dinghy ride to Benner Bay, but we made it there and back.

…Purchased some serious looking stainless chain to protect our dinghy + outboard from theft. Yup, should’ve done this long before we left, but now’s really the time we’re needing to be more cautious.

…Devoured the most amazing pizza from a legit pizza sailboat (think food truck, but floating). Pizza Pi’s “Sweet Home Indiana” pizza is one of the best pies we’ve ever eaten. On land or sea. Serious.

….Over-utilized the laundry, free wifi, and ice machine across the channel at the Elysian resort. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. ;))

And really, we’ve just been soaking up our time here in St. Thomas and plan to continue doing the same for the next month or two as we island hop our way around the USVI and BVI.

>>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 Caribbean.

MaryDecember 15, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Where is the picture of your tree? 😉

Let It BeDecember 16, 2014 - 4:27 am

This looks beautiful!
We are heading to the BVIs this week and I can hardly wait. We have spent all our time in the BVIs but this really makes me want to skip over to St. Thomas even if it means going through customs!
Maybe we will end up sharing an anchorage.
Merry Christmas to y’all!

Jennifer - s/v Luna SeaDecember 16, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Sounds amazing as always. Keep up the updates and the good times! And have one of those pizzas for us.

Jody - Where The Coconuts GrowDecember 19, 2014 - 1:29 am

HAHA glad you enjoyed all the lobster and the honorary family visit at the Elysian :) Don’t forget about Margaritaville and Israel the cab driver, he was a hoot! 😉

MelissaDecember 22, 2014 - 5:11 am

This is a fantastic blog! I’m so impressed with the photography. Keep up the great work….and enjoy your sailing adventures:)

PiZZA Pi VIDecember 28, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Thank you for mentioning us on your site. It was a pleasure to meet you and spend some time together around Christmas time in Christmas Cove!