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Life onboard Northwest Passage

Islands of the People

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June 25, 2018

When people ask what we are doing this summer, I answer, “going through the Northwest Passage”. But that statement, said in passing to satisfy the momentary curiosity of the asker, does not do justice to what amounts to nearly half the mileage of the journey: out of the Puget…

Port Townsend departure for northwest passage


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Northwest Passage Underway

4 boats, 14 people, 3 generations, 2 dogs, a cat and a parakeet

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June 17, 2018

The leaving part is never easy. By the time you’re untying the lines, you’ve concisely described the anticipated journey so many times and answered so many questions, that it no longer feels real, but just a story you tell. There are still a thousand details running through your head;…


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Northwest Passage

We should all follow Billy

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May 15, 2018

I remember sitting with my dad at the kitchen table while he read -front to back- the entire local newspaper (remember those things? Big sheets of paper with small print that someone delivered to your front step every morning back in the ole’days), mindlessly scooping out sections of grapefruit…


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On Being a Cruising Boat Guest

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April 12, 2018

Last February, our good friend, Cat, from Seattle came to visit us in Mexico. Within hours of her joining us on Halcyon, she had served me a beer out of the fridge and was busy scrubbing the bottom of our upturned dinghy on the deck, bouncing along to music…

six foot iguana at waterfall costa rica


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A day in the life (chapter 3)

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March 19, 2018

I woke up naturally around 7 but laid in bed for a while listening to the birds chirping and the howler monkeys howling before I climbed over a semi-conscious John and out of bed. I seem to fall into a morning ritual when we are at anchor of climbing…


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Do Rats Fart?

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February 27, 2018

Some of you were following along on social media as we duked it out with our recent boat guest. Here is the whole story, as printed in 48 North last month.

Chepe recently moved in with us. We did not invite Chepe to move in; we were not looking for…


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It sure is windy

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February 20, 2018

When we were in Southern Mexico, we had to contend with the Tehuantepecs, forceful winds that tear across the skinny bit of Mexico from the Caribbean and pummel any boats blithe enough to try to cross their path. Halcyon did not enjoy her time in the Tehuantepecs (you can…


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Dreams really do come true

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February 14, 2018

About three years ago, John and I decided it was time for a vacation. Not a vacation in that “take time off work to visit family” kind of way, but a real actual “go somewhere sunny” vacation. Our parameters were: reasonably priced plane ticket, warm and sunny, no major…


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Boat work

Boat work! We do a lot of it!

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January 27, 2018

I’ve updated our THE PROJECT page with what we did for Halcyon in 2017. But so you don’t have to hurt your thumbs by clicking more than necessary — here’s what I added.
2017
This was our first full year out cruising, and apparently Halcyon took a bit of a beating!…


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Life onboard Underway

Drama Sells

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January 10, 2018

Drama sells.

My most popular blog posts are the ones about the big winds and temperamental engines, tense moments and broken spirits. (Like this one from our season-ending southern Mexico passage, or this one about a long ago but very memorable Christmas incident).

And so, by contrast, perhaps people don’t want…

John and Becca Guillote

John is the photographer. He portrays the layers of history, emotion, spirit and culture in each moment through his application of light, perspective, and detail. He also takes pictures.

Becca is the writer. She tells vivid stories of authentic moments, highlighting the beautiful, dangerous, dramatic and hilarious with grammatically correct sentences and her tongue held firmly by her cheek.

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