Thanksgiving Aboard

Rewarding No Matter Where You Go or What You Eat From the November 2020 issue of 48° North. The sweet smell of pumpkin pie wafted through the cabin and out of the companionway as Jill hoisted the tasty dessert up to me.…

#TBT: Fall Cruising Adventures | Circumnavigating Fidalgo Island

Looking back down memory lane at some classic fall cruising adventures, here's a post for Throwback Thursday (#TBT) I wrote on November 20, 2015, about cruising around Fidalgo Island. “Why not go down to Deception Pass?” my…

Neither Round Nor Rogue the County: Just Some Great Late Fall Sailing

Young Parents Take Their Fast Boat Out For a Fall Cruise With Their 10 Week Old As much as we wanted to, we didn't do Rogue the County. When Round the County was canceled, a number of racers decided to go…

Navigating a Small Boat Adventure During a Pandemic

In any normal year, I’d typically get two or three rowing trips under my belt in my home away from home, the Pacific Northwest. But the shutdown changed all of that—2020 is not a “normal” year. This year, I was grateful for…

Hop to the San Juans

Choosing Adventure on an Unusual Cruising Craft From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North.  After spending a year-and-a-half living in Vancouver, British Columbia, I moved back home to Puget Sound this June. Both the…

Taking Refuge in Canada

When an emergency stop is required inbound from Hawaii, an American couple finds shelter across a closed border From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North. Five hundred lonely miles west of Cape Flattery, the sickening sound…

How have we never been here before?

Rediscovering a sense of surprise and wonder while cruising close to home From the October, 2020 issue of 48° North. I’m a little embarrassed to admit we’d never really heard about Watmough Bay near the southeast tip of…

Family Time Stateside & FAQs on Leaving Yahtzee

This post was originally published on SailingYahtzee.com... Plans are a funny thing when cruising. We've learned over the years not to make them too far in advance, and when we do, to take them as if they're written in the…

Unbelievable Serendipity

Knocking Opportunities and a Post-Cruising Miracle From the August 2020 issue of 48° North. In 2012, my husband, Wayne, and I quit our jobs; abandoned friends, family, and mainstream modern conveniences in the Pacific…

Second Growth Wilderness on the Columbia

From the August 2020 issue of 48° North Shantyboat legend, Harlan Hubbard, once wrote of yearning to settle down in "some backcountry beyond the road's end, long ago abandoned or passed over by the expanding world, a…