Entries by Marcie


Two Weeks

Two weeks out check in: Dave has transitioned from full time work to a flexible schedule. One vehicle has sold. (Anyone want a Freestyle?) Toys are packed and stored or packed and weighed. Plan B is in full swing. No shipping barrel (import tax, papers to French consulate, etc) so ten pieces of luggage with […]


Everything’s Breaking

It’s time to go. Everything’s breaking. Dave pulled his foot out of his winter boot and the boot split at the heel. The toaster was sparking and now the center coil is burned out. Adelaide’s lunch box no longer zips. Asa’s zipper pull sheared off his winter coat. Jude has only two pairs of school […]

Don’t make a Freestyle mistake

Late spring we rather tragically lost both our vehicles in the space of three weeks. That time will go down in family lore as the Great Car Debacle of 2018. The scramble to replace vehicles while keeping in mind we would sell them again in eight months was not an enjoyable process. We decided on […]

All the Feels

Ode to Grey Socks Grey socks, grey sock how warm were you Grey socks, grey socks until my toe poked through. Grey socks, grey socks you must go in the trash Grey socks, grey socks all the tears I will dash. Farewell grey socks, I bid you adieu You will always be remembered as trusty […]

The Plan

Way back when Dave and I started dreaming this adventure, we envisioned buying the boat somewhere in the Great Lakes. We would have the boat for at least a few seasons in Muskegon and get used to her and she to us. That way, when we finally threw off the dock lines we would know […]

Another One Bites the Dust

“and another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust…”    -Queen   Another month gone, the departure date marches closer and I wonder, are we on track to get out with our sanity intact? The pace that we are maintaining in dispersing with belongings, the research we are doing into life […]

Boat Shopping Take Two

For about a year, Dave has been interested in engaging Jamie and Behan on s/v Totem in their coaching business. I resisted; after all, we were at least a year out AND people do this all the time, how hard can it be? Right? I mean all we’re going to do is buy a boat, […]

No Turning Back

Dave worked his last day today at Progressive AE. It was a pretty sweet gig as far as jobs go. He had flexible hours within the 8-5 workday so if his 4 year old was singing in a little preschool production at 11 AM, he was there. If I needed some time to breathe and […]

The Waiting Place…

“…headed, I fear for a most useless place. The waiting place… for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for […]

The Conception

Fifteen years ago, Dave returned from a six month sailing adventure in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Thirteen years ago, Dave and Marcie said “I do” and began to dream (and save!) of traveling broadly as a family. Ten years ago, Adelaide arrived and ushered in the childbearing years, or as they are fondly […]