It’s our 6 month anniversary!!
Here is a quick run down of our past 6 months!!!
We’ve sailed just over 1500 miles and have anchored off of 31 different islands within 6 different countries.
We have used the engines just about 200 hours and burn a little less than 1 gallon an hour.
The islands we’ve visited are:
United States Islands: Puerto Rico, Culebra, Culebrita, Cayo de Louis Pena, St. Thomas, Water, St. James, St. John, St. Croix, Buck.
French Islands (known as French West Indies, F.W.I): St. Martin, St. Barth, and we are just about at Guadeloupe
Dutch Islands (known as Dutch West Indies, D.W.I): Sint Maarten, St. Eustatius
British Islands (known as British Virgin Islands, BVI’s): Jost Van Dyke, Little Jost Van Dyke, Tortolla, Norman, Peter, Copper, Beef, Guana, Marina Cay, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Sandy Spit, Sandy Cay, Necker (known as British West Indies, B.W.I): Montserrat
Island Countries of their own: Antigua/Barbuda including Long Island
What we Miss From A Land Home and What We Enjoy More Now.
What we miss about living on land: Our dog Bentley, but we know he is being well taken care of and getting extremely spoiled by Grammy and Pop Pop. We do miss our family, but they come to visit frequently.
What we enjoy more living on a boat:
Everyday is an adventure!!
We enjoy spending time together as a family and learning each other’s strength and weaknesses. We are learning how to work together as a team instead of individuals. (BTW, this was a learning curve and took awhile to understand)
We love that everything we do is outdoors. We love being able to jump off the back of the boat into an endless swimming pool, swimming or kayaking to the beach and hiking.
We love that we are living minimally and that our family is taking up a very small environmental footprint.
We love being unplugged!!! We have not watched a tv show (except the first half of the super bowl) or any news since mid October 2015.
We love meeting like minded people who also think that life experiences are more valuable than possessions.
We love trying new foods and meeting people of other cultures. No only on the island’s we visit, but also from the cruising friends we meet along the way.
We love that we have more time for friendships. When we were working and running kids to different activities we didn’t have time for friends. We have met some of the most amazing friends cruising and have time to spend with them. Unfortunately, we usually end up going different directions, but not all the time. We know we’ll cross paths again. We’ve made more friends in 6 months of cruising than we made in 20+ years of living in Central PA.
…. and most importantly, I love that the happy bubbly Kristie is coming back. I am a completely different person than when I left PA, six months ago.
If you have any questions that you would like to ask us about living minimally, off the grid and on a boat, just ask!! We’ll do a question and answer blog in the future.
Here are a few pictures from our last 6 months.
USVI’s and BVI’s
St. Martin/Sint Maarten/St.Barth
St. Kitts / Nevis