We’re doing it! We quit our jobs, sold our house, moved all of our things into storage, and traveled cross country from Denver to St. Petersburg to move onto a sailboat and cruise the Caribbean with our two dogs. I find that there is no way to say that sentence and not sound crazy. We must be a little crazy.
We met while we were both working as field engineers for a start-up biofuels company and started dating in January of 2011. We quickly realized that it was best for our relationship if we don’t work together. So we moved to Denver in November of that year and started creating a life together. During our time in Denver, we grew our careers, bought a house, made wonderful friends, had many adventures in the mountains, and adopted our two pups. Baxter joined us in 2012 and Jaela in 2014.
Then in September of of 2014, after pushing me to reach the top of a pass when I really just wanted to rest, Rob asked me to marry him. I was so surprised that I nearly fell off the mountain (seriously, I’m pretty clumsy and I was exhausted). We got married in July 2015.
After the wedding, we knew we wanted an adventure. A two week holiday in the tropics wasn’t going to be enough. We also knew that we wanted to include the dogs in our adventures. Like most adventurous decisions, we made this one over a few beers one Saturday afternoon. Can we sell our house and buy a sailboat? Can we learn to sail a 40 ft sailboat safely? Can our dogs adjust to life at sea? Can we quit our jobs, live minimally, and stretch this adventure out for a year?
We have since devoured sailing blogs and books. We’ve taken sailing lessons. We have spend countless hours on boats.com and yatchworld.com looking for boats that fit our “must” list. We have worked out budgets. And while we were overwhelmed at first–we believe that the answer to all of those questions above is YES! Therefore, we are setting off on this journey together and we’ll document our successes and learning experiences (fails) here in this blog.