Before we left on our sabbatical, Janice and I decided to keep our house to use as home base, an expensive storage unit, and a safety net. But now, after owning our house for over twelve years, it was time to sell her and move forward with our travel plans for a couple of more years – at least. After many discussions and several sleepless nights, we decided to head back to California and spend 6 weeks getting our house on the market. Selling / donating / trashing 95% of our possessions. What?!!?! Are we nuts!?!! Probably!
As many of our friends know, we sailed quickly back to Grenada in order to put our house in Big Bear, California, on the market for Memorial Day weekend. We left our boat on a mooring ball and recruited Denise from SafeYachts to babysit Livin’ Life in our absence. So far, we have been extremely impressed with her communication and dedication. We will return to Grenada around the middle of July, so we can prepare the boat for guests and enjoy Grenada’s Carnival.
So wait! We are getting rid of everything??
Yup. Well, almost everything. We are holding onto some of our keepsakes (like baby pictures), bikes, and a few of our most prized possessions. In three really long days of hard work, our house went from an expensive storage unit to an amazing home that someone will enjoy for many years to come. We have had two garage sales, sold many items through our family members (thanks Morganne) and spent several days visiting with Janice’s sister, mother, and brother-in-law.
Are Janice and I sad?
Kinda but more excited about the future and exploring new countries, catching up with our old cruising friends, and meeting many new faces along with the way. It is definitely hard to part with many items that we spent so much money to acquire only to see it sold for a fraction of the cost. However, it feels absolutely wonderful not to have the weight of these material possessions and be free to travel the world. By lightening our load, we are also lightening our burden.
What did our previous life look like?
Much, much, much different! Very woodsy, outdoorsy and absolutely beautiful. I snowboarded, mountain biked, backpacked and it was COLD!
If you are interested to see what our house looked like, check out the slideshow below. She really is a beautiful house but after living on the boat, we can’t imagine living in a house again. Well at least not now.
So now what?!?!
As mentioned earlier in this blog post, Janice and I will head back to Grenada and get Livin’ Life ready to sail. We will clean her inside and out, have the rigging checked, and finish some small boat projects. After a couple of months in Grenada along with some kiteboarding sessions, hopefully my father will join us in Grenada and we’ll head north to either St. Lucia or St. Martin. Once we provision the boat, Livin’ Life along with several other boats will make a 3 – 4 day hop to Bonaire. We plan on spending some time in the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) before continuing our push west to Columbia, San Blas, and Panama.
What are our long term plans?
Well, I have to be honest, our plans keep changing. We weren’t sure if we were going back to Florida to sell the boat, stay in the Eastern Caribbean, or start our journey around the world. After this cruising season and visiting a lot of the countries we have missed, we feel ready to head west. Once we reach Panama we will reassess our plans.
1. Do we go through the Panama Canal and go to the Galapagos?
2. Do we sail from Columbia north along the coast of Central America to Belize and maybe Cancun?
We absolutely have no idea but I know the decision will become much clearer once we get to Panama.
When we have more concrete plans, we will definitely share with you. In the meantime, know that we are extremely happy with our new life and can’t wait to explore many new countries!
I want to give a HUGE shout out to Janice’s mom – Patricia. She has always been there for us and helped us tremendously to get our house on the market. We will always be grateful for the support she has given us to live this crazy lifestyle.