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So… We had a baby! Now what?!? đź™‚

From our last post, nearly a year ago, when we were sitting on the beach in Mexico, we couldn’t have imagined being at this jumping off point now, living in a house in southern Arizona and getting ready to move into our RV.  After we hauled Echo out in late April, with the pandemic shaking…

The La Cruz Vortex

It’s so hard to leave La Cruz!! La Cruz is truly a place that is hard to believe unless you have been there. From the outrageous amount of whales populating the Bay, to the incredible live music scene, dancing, delicious food, highly predictable and ideal conditions for sailing, and, best of all, the amazing friends…

Margaritas on the Mexico Mainland!

After leaving La Paz, we waited for our window to cross at Ensenada de los Muertos for five nights. We used those days to prepare for our longest passage yet. Knowing the trip across to Chacala would likely take about two and a half days, Lauren spent an entire day baking tasty treats and hardy…

Southbound on the Baja

After a long morning swim, we were happily relaxing in our cockpit when we both heard the distinctive sounds of bounding baitfish that could only mean one thing, a Dorado.  Instinctually we jumped into action. Brian grabbed the rod which was thankfully close and ready to launch. The 10lb male Dorado swam only feet away…

High Tides and Low Tides

It’s not always Jimmy Buffet out here… We finally splashed Echo on October 3rd with an overwhelming feeling of happiness to finally be living in our home again, in her rightful place, the water. We moved Echo into a slip at the marina with the intentions of being there for a few days to make…

From Sea to Chilko BC…..

& a few highlights in between….. For months now we had been looking forward to attending a family wedding in Portland, Oregon. Thankful to escape the heat for yet another month, we decided to make a road trip out of it. One thing we knew for certain, since Echo had been out of the water…

12 Days and 66 Miles Through Labyrinth Canyon

The Plan: Drive to Moab, final provision, camp at Green River State Park, and launch for a 66 mile and 12 day float down the Green River through Labyrinth Canyon.  During the last week of April, we happily shifted gears after making the decision to leave Mexico for a month to seek a new adventure.…

January-April 2019

(Lesson #3- Cruising is just working on your boat in exotic locations.) We hauled Echo out in early December with the intention of having her out of the water through late January. During this time we were excited to travel to British Columbia to celebrate McLean Family Christmas at our family’s fishing lodge. We were…

1st year summary: 2018

It’s been a year packed full of learning, moving to a new country, learning a new language and culture, making new friends, all this while learning to sail and figuring out the whole slew of things that come along with owning a sailboat. In 2018, Echo traveled over 1,500 nautical miles, thoroughly exploring the sea…

Our Maiden Voyage North & Introduction to the Northerlies

Looking back, it’s astonishing how little we knew about Echo, the Sea, local weather patterns, navigation, etc., we didn’t even know how far we could travel in a day. This was a completely new experience for both of us. Unfortunately, we unknowingly got off to a bad start, as our first intentions were to make…


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