May 13 and April 10, 2023 Suddenly, our sailing season is over. As is the NIRVANA adventure—at least for me. Will and I finished our three months of cruising in the Bahamas with two weeks in the Abacos, which included Little Harbor, Hope Town, Man-o-War Cay, and Green Turtle Cay. These were delightful islands but […]

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March 23, 2023 Little San Salvador There’s a small island ten miles off the tip of northern Cat Island, a convenient stop on the way to Eleuthera, our next destination heading north. It’s been renamed Half Moon Cay by the owners, Carnival Cruises, but the charts still 6 it by its original name, Little San […]

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March 7, 2023 And the adventure continues…(I hope you read to the end so you know it’s not all paradise here in paradise.) Stocking Island After two most-welcome days at a marina where I sat for hours in a rocking chair on land getting some time on solid ground, alas the swell started rolling the […]

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February 10, 2023 Here we are in the Bahamas, where we’ve been for just over a month, in what feels like a world apart from the two plus months of travel to get here. “Where are you headed?” people asked along the way. “The Bahamas,” we replied instinctively, not really knowing much about what that […]

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December 24, 2022 What a long, strange trip it’s been! We have just spent 65 days traveling 1720 nautical miles through 13 states from South Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida, not including the six weeks we spend in Rhode Island working on the boat in preparation for the trip. In all honesty, nothing could have […]

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Nirvana S4:E2

(This poem is inspired by The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll and our last couple weeks aboard as we make our way south through North Carolina and South Carolina.) The Sailor and Her Mate The sun was shining on the seashining with all its mightIt did its very best to makethe Sailor feel […]

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November 10, 2022 Season 4 of sv NIRVANA has officially, and very much in earnest, begun! I’m writing from Elizabeth City, NC, where we’ve been since Sunday, awaiting the passing of Tropical Cyclone Nicole. After two days of motoring on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) from Norfolk, VA on the Great Dismal Swamp canal and Pasquotank […]

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September 27, 2022 Our journey south has begun—sort of—which is why we’re still in Season 3. After a three-day sail back to South Portland from Down East and a week of preparation, we left familiar waters and sailed five days south to Warren, RI, where we’ve been since Labor Day. We’ve been in the expert […]

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August 18, 2022 We are hunkered down in Burnt Coat Harbor on Swan’s Island for a couple days of rain and fog, which has been unusual for this dry, sunny summer. Will is picking meat from one of the four Jonah crabs we bought yesterday after a refreshing swim in the quarry. Along the way, […]

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July 20, 2022 Has it really only been three weeks since we left the dock? And only just over two weeks since we left the familiar waters of Casco Bay? The experience of time has an amazing way of shifting when you’re living aboard a sailboat and you move from place to place at a […]

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