Cruising

Heading Offshore Again

Hello everyone! We left Terceira, Azores on June 12, 2019 and our next port will be Porto, Portugal. 

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While we are crossing the Atlantic to the Mainland, we will be writing many blog posts so they will resume once we have internet access again and can upload them.  

See you then! 

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Tge hope is that we can shove off from the Azores in the first week back. This way we have a lot of time to sail to Porto. I know that the most dangerous thing on a boat is a calendar, and that Cruising was supposed to be the end of our scheduled lives; but two years into the voyage and we are planning on being in Porto near an airport before July 9th, so we can fly to Venice on July 9th. The longer we wait to leave Terceira, the less time we have available to us. This means that we need to leave and fast!

Being back, but not being home

We flew back to the states to visit family, our pets, and earn some cruising money! Last time we came back, I waited a full week before I started working so that I had plenty of time to be with our pets.  

A full week just for the pets was awesome! They quickly forgave us for leaving and greatly enjoyed having us home again.  

Then I went to work and only saw them after a hard days work. This was fine and after a few weeks of working, we returned to the boat.  

We didn’t desperately need the money, so there wasn’t a desperate urge to go to work. The real desire was to be with our pets. This last time was different; we really needed a lot of money and had a very limited amount of time to earn it. 

My first day back, I started working like a dog! I was pulling wisdom teeth on multiple patients per day, drilling crowns and fillings, and even doing cleanings. If I was at the office, I was working hard! This went on for a solid 4 weeks, until the day before we are to return to the boat. I have earned the money that we need to pay for our year on the hard at the marina, so the stress of working has been lifted.  

I spent all day today with our pets and I realized that while I have been here for a full month, I haven’t really been “home”.  

Everyday was work work work, then I would see the pets in the afternoon while I worked on the blog or YouTube vídeos. Then I went to sleep and began the process again.  

After a full month of this, we have earned enough money to continue and are ready to leave, but we will greatly miss our pets, and friends & family. This month back home didn’t really feel like “home time” and instead “work time”.  

Hopefully, the next time we come home, I won’t have such a chunk of money needing to be earned so I can be more relaxed about it and enjoy our time away from the boat.  

Tomorrow we begin our journey to the boat and shortly thereafter we will shove off from the Azores and head to mainland Portugal! 

New Friends

Cruising isn’t just about working on your boat in random places of the world. It’s also about traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new things!

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We met this couple and decided to go visit the caves on Terceira, Azores together. They were a lot of fun and we greatly enjoyed hanging out with them while they were visiting this island.

The coolest part (and how we got to know each other) was that their last name is my first name: Herby.

Living Somewhere New

What is the goal of cruising? Is it to sail? Probably not, if your dream is to sail, you will find it easier to attain that goal by joining a local sailing club. The goal of cruising is to live somewhere new, somewhere exiting, and somewhere different.

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Sailing helps make these dreams a reality as it provides you with a mobile home that requires no fuel to move great and vast distances. Once you get somewhere, the goal is not to sail around some more, but instead to explore, to hike, and to live there!

We arrived at the Azores, a small Portuguese archipelago, in August 2018 and we are still here now and loving it! When we do finally leave, we will set sail for mainland Portugal, where begin to make our way into the Mediterranean Sea.

Why? To live in amazing places that we could only dream about!

How? Because cruising allows us to do this!