It’s been quite a while since we’ve updated this blog, and a lot has happened in our lives and across the planet. It all started soon after Laurie and I retired at the end of 2018. We took a short, but relaxing trip to Cabo San Lucas; hauled Scat for twelve days of intense boat work; explored Joshua Tree National Park with good friends; squeezed in a trip to Indiana to visit Laurie’s parents; vacationed through Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Flagstaff with my family; hung out with my parents in Victoria, BC and visited Butchart Gardens; got tired of the blazing California heat and decided to escape to the cooler climate of the Pacific Northwest; updated and sold our little cottage in Placerville; moved back in with my parents (again) for two months while we purchased a condo in DuPont, WA; moved us and all of our stuff the 750 miles up Interstate 5; snagged an opportunity to transport S/V Scat! to Olympia; splashed S/V Scat! in the beautiful Puget Sound; repaired several thousand dollars worth of boat work previously completed during the 2019 haul out; and then got the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company (really) for four months (and counting) during Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. And somehow in the middle of all of this, we also successfully completed our ASA Coastal Navigation, Bareboat Cruising, and Advanced Coastal Cruising classes.

Unfortunately, this didn’t leave us much time to pursue our retirement dream of sailing Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. However, given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the recent birth of our first grandchild, we are in a sweet position to start exploring some of the best cruising grounds in the US and Canada (once its again safe to do so) while remaining accessible to our families. In the meantime, we’re doing our part to curtail COVID-19 by staying hunkered down in our new condo as much as possible, and by maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks whenever we venture out. We’re really looking forward to sharing our adventures aboard S/V Scat! someday soon. So, stay tuned!

Sundowners on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, January 2019.
Happily enjoying our first visit to Cabo San Lucas, January 2019.
Exploring Joshua Tree National Park, March 2019.
Thousand Palms Oasis, Coachella Valley Preserve, March 2019.
Bob with his daughters, Megan and Emily, at the entrance to Death Valley National Park, May 2019.
Exploring the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, May 2019.
Butchart Gardens, August 2019.
Laurie on deck of S/V Hakuna Matata as we embark on our seven-day Advanced Coastal Navigation class in August 2019.
Lucky shot of a Humpback whale breaching while aboard S/V Hakuna Matata, August 2019.
Bob at the helm of S/V Hakuna Matata as we prepare to go under the Golden Gate Bridge towards the end of the Advanced Coastal Cruising Class, August 2019.
Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, August 2019.
Our cottage in Placerville never looked better, October 2019.
Leaving California for Washington with Skitten on the roof, January 2020. Don’t worry, we made a second trip with a full-size U-Haul truck.
S/V Scat! prepared for her two-day journey to the Puget Sound, March 2020.
S/V Scat! whizzing by at 55 mph+ outside of Red Bluff, CA, March 2020
S/V Scat! nestled in her new slip at the Swantown Marina in Olympia, WA, March 2020.

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