… Like really real. Dave has given notice at Barnes & Noble! He is going on sabbatical. This is the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. We are officially quitting our current lives and moving onto a boat to sail (possibly around the world) for four years or so.
Now we can blog as things happen. We are still in the preparation phase, as we have been for almost three years. Preparation, whether I realized it or not at the time, started when we began sailing lessons. Now it is time to decrease our worldly possessions and downsize to what we can fit in the Big Bear house, which will serve as our home base, and on the boat. We are currently donating furniture and other belongings like crazy.
We have movers coming to pack up everything left in the house in Woodside on November 14th and move it to the house in Big Bear. Tomorrow I am hitting the road to Big Bear to donate a bunch more stuff on that end, or yard sale it, or whatever; but it has to go. Obviously two households worth of stuff cannot fit into one house, so that’s a lot of stuff to clear out.
After celebrating Thanksgiving in Big Bear with family and friends, we will shut down the house and head out to Florida, driving the last things to be brought to the boat. It’s funny thinking about us making such a change. We are particularly unsuited to the cruising lifestyle. I am a klutz and don’t have the best balance on land, let alone a moving boat. And Dave is not very mechanical and knows nothing about engines. We have so far learned nearly everything together, but I can see we will still separate out our “pink and blue” jobs. Although, I’m not sure if we will run with the traditional work division or not.
The plan is to spend the first year in the Caribbean. There are many reasons for this: learning the boat and all its new systems, learning to work with each other, adjusting to life on the boat, mastering provisioning and cooking in the galley, and honing our skills as live aboard sailors before striking out for the big blue.
Wish us luck and like our Facebook page if you want to follow our adventures.