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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

The Marina Menagerie

This morning James and I were walking up the dock toward shore and Jacob, who works here at Marina de La Paz on boats, stopped us to point in awe at an enormous jellyfish that was bobbing about in the shallow water…

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Kristie Dahlia
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Ha-Ha Leg Three: Bahia Santa Maria to Cabo

2018 was, we are told, the least windy conditions ever seen on the Baja Ha-Ha in all its 25 years. Most folks had to motor most of the way. There were many engine issues, alternator issues, electrical issues from systems unaccustomed to…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Ha-Ha Leg Two: Bahia Tortuga to Bahia Santa Maria

By now our crew was in a sweet groove. We had a routine with shifts, and the second leg was just one overnight rather than two. Gabe had noticed that while the schedule said we each had a three hour shift at…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Ha-Ha Leg One: San Diego to Bahia Tortuga

In San Diego, we joined the 25th Annual Baja Ha-ha. I have in the past not been much of a joiner, and I must admit that it was mostly James who felt that we should participate in this rally. It turned to…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

San Diego

We spent our final week in the United States in San Diego making preparations for spending the next few months in Mexico. The time was filled with work and magic. The gorgeous views I've mentioned have continued; I woke up in the…

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Kristie Dahlia
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When We Are Not Sailing

The pattern we've been following along the coast is often to sail hard for a few days, then rest for a few. Folks tend to think of travel as vacation and assume that we are sight-seeing when we pause. We look forward…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Sea Folk: Pyrate Steve and Nick the Diesel Jesus

James and Dan and I went out for food after our 24.5 passage from Monterey to Morro Bay. I am REALLY looking forward to telling you that story, but it's in progress, and I want to tell you this one in…

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Kristie Dahlia
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Go For It!

James and I have attended the Pacific Power and Sail boat show in the SF Bay Area for several years. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn; once you've paid your admission fee, there are free seminars all day every day. There are…

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Kristie Dahlia
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WE DID IT: Sailing Out of the Golden Gate

Friday morning September 14 at 8:51 we cast off our dock lines from our berth at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, which is where 'joice was when we bought her, and which has been our home base for the past year. A…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Our Love is a Grownup

Twenty one years ago this weekend, a dozenish friends went to Burning Man. James and I were among them. We were not a couple; in fact, each of us was dating someone else. At the burn, I put my arms around him…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Introducing our Tender

ten·der adjective showing gentleness and concern or sympathy. (of food) easy to cut or chew; not tough. verb offer or present (something) formally. noun an offer to carry out work, supply goods, or buy land, shares, or another asset at a…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

On the Cusp

Last week, we had our Bon Voyage Party on Thursday, returned the car we'd been loaned for the past month Friday, and took some of our house family from San Francisco out on the water Saturday. At that point, the most wonderful…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Bon Voyage: Thank you

Oh, you wonderful, wonderful creatures! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We were nervous about our Bon Voyage Party. It seemed possible that we might just sit amongst you all and sob, which would not be fun for anyone. My heart-sister Eleni…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Preparation for Departure

For months, people have said, "You are so tan from sailing!" and "So you sail every day, right?" Really, the tans were from driving around in Lola, our beloved and dearly departed convertible, running errands. Soon we will…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Prayersong: Life and Death

Last week I would have told you that, 4ish weeks from our planned departure, my big concern at the moment was that my best friend was coming to be our first weekend guest. I was sure that I needed to get the…

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Kristie Dahlia
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Welcome Home, Again

Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of our marriage. We decided to make year nineteen The Wetsuit Anniversary. Bruce and Alene of s/v Migration said that we had to go to Steele's Discount Scuba for this. When folks who've started south again…

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Kristie Dahlia
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Darkness and Light

This bit of backstory was written May 12, 2017. Last night we went to a talk at OCSC, our beloved local sailing school, about Blue Water Cruising -- which means crossing oceans for pleasure in a sailboat, as we aim to do.…

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Kristie Dahlia
Kristie Dahlia wrote —

45 Pairs of Shoes

This bit of backstory was written in May 2016. I like to think of myself as a practical, earthy woman. Upon preparing to downsize from the Edwardian flat in which I lived for 13 years, which had a closet in every room,…

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Kristie Dahlia wrote —

Upon Awakening

I have written this poem before. May I write this poem again; it is worthy every time: the orchid blossoms are opening.…

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