Here is a video of short clips taken during our time in Ireland. It will make the most sense if you’ve already read the Eire Series posts 1-4. If you haven’t seen those, take a peek there first and then watch this, sound on if you can. We hope you enjoy! 🙂
Eire Part 4: The SW Coast
Dingle Everyone we had talked to along the way in Ireland had commented on how great Dingle is. So of course we had to go there, being fairly close by at this point. Dingle Sound is as far north as we traveled on the Western Irish coast. If we had time at hand, we would […]
Eire Part 3: Around the Corner
From Crookhaven to Valentia, rounding Mizen Head and skirting the islands of the Bull, the Cow, and the Heifer as well as the Skelligs.
Eire Part 2: Castlehaven and Barloge Creek
Coastal navigation is largely about respecting the rocks. Not the pebbles that you can pick up and throw, more about large blocks projecting from or lurking beneath the surface. They are everywhere and in Western Europe they are not necessarily tied in to the beach. They randomly show up anywhere or out in the middle […]
Eire Part 1: Cork & Kinsale
It is funny, most places where people travel, they tend to say how nice the people are. In Canada, the people are so nice! In Costa Rica, the people are so nice! It makes you wonder, what is so un-nice about your neighbors back home? Or maybe it is somehow surprising when we put our […]
We completed our first double-handed passage from France to Ireland, which took about 48 hours. Here is a little slideshow using Adobe Spark – click on the image below to read the story. (Not sure that we’ll keep using this format, as it doesn’t embed well into the blog… but let us know what you […]
Randonnée’s first randonnée
Much of our first week on board Randonnée was heads-down getting-to-know her, and schlepping, as noted in our last post. We were terrible tourists, not really exploring Tréguier, heads in our bilge, bruises appearing everywhere as we banged around our new environment, eating quick-to-cook pasta meals and crashing, exhausted, every night. We met some of […]
Planes, Trains, Automobiles… and the Boat!
The last month prior to our departure was a complete whirlwind. We both wrapped up our jobs with a strong final push and then immediately pivoted into “get everything ready to leave” mode. This included moving our personal effects out of our house, pickling the cars, setting up insurance (COBRA, Travel, & Boat), transitioning phone […]
How It All Began
We’d been talking about taking a year off for an adventure for many years, and both of our employers offered an unpaid “leave of absence”… So, we started scheming – what would you do with a year off? At first, we thought we’d take a climbing trip to South America in our old Westfalia Vanagon. […]