Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fox 10 Interview

Our whole eight year adventure in one minute and 30 seconds! Well they left out a few things.

FOX 10 News Interview - Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Summertime in Alaska

Bears, bears, bears
Train ride from Anchorage to Seward
Just a quick update.  I keep asking Mark to write about his big journey and I know he will, but right now we are just enjoying being in Alaska. The last six weeks have been an amazing and scenic journey.  Dylan and I arrived in Anchorage to Mark's open arms on July 14th.  We spent a few days on board in Seward getting ready and then took off to the East.  We have been going nonstop ever since!  What a place, and what amazing weather we have had.  Just a few pictures to share...
Catch of the day, Seward
Dylan and Dad, Seward Harbor
Dylan and crew Kaitlin, bff's

Exit Glacier, near Seward 
Scholarship in Seward Harbor
family portrait

Friday, June 28, 2013

Adak Island, Alaska

Mark and his crew, Jennifer and David arrived at Adak Island on Wednesday!  After a very rough 20 days at sea they decided to stop in Adak, which on of the Aleutian Islands, for a much needed rest.  They had about five days of large and uncomfortable seas.  A big wave slammed Scholarship and soaked the engine room via the vents.  This prompted a saltwater soak of the battery charger.  As a result, it was dead and the back up battery charger was only working intermittently.  Mark and the crew were hand steering to save energy. They are now getting a well earned rest! Adak is an island with a military history.  At one time there were over 6000 military personnel living in this out-post.  Now there are about 150 people in this quiet spot.  Mark reports everyone to be very friendly and they have been invited over for a caribou bbq.  I am sure any new faces would be welcome at such an isolated place. Mark and the crew were hoping to depart on Saturday but it looks like another gale will keep them in port until Monday when they will head to Dutch Harbor on the island of Unalaska.  More soon. Liz

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Leaving Malaysia, we don't travel light

I have spent the last month trying to get into this account.  Every time I tried to log in I would get an email from Google telling me someone tried to sign in with my password in a strange location.   Google told me they thwarted this attempt and they seemed rather smug about it.  There is no live person or ability to email Blogger.  How I finally got in is a mystery to me.

It's been six months and a lot has changed.  The last blog found us sweating is up in Puteri Marina in Johor Barhu, Malaysia.  After three weeks hiding in the air conditioning we did an epic trip home to the US with a very wiggly toddler.  We arrived in LA for the weekend and to meet our new nephew Spencer.  Then it was on to Phoenix for a couple of months to visit friends and family.

On April 1st Mark flew back to Malaysia to meet his crew David and Jennifer.  The three of them set off on April 7th on a 6000 mile journey from Malaysia to Alaska.  The sailing has been intense with stops along the way in Borneo, the Philippines and Japan.  They are currently about 1500 miles from their destination in Alaska.  Dylan and I have missed Mark terribly and did not make the choice to be apart lightly. The North Pacific is notorious for gales and very cold weather even in summer.  There was no choice.  You could not take a toddler on this kind of journey.  The good news is we will have our beloved Scholarship home in the US after eight years of sailing the Pacific. Since we decided not continue West the choices were to sell Scholarship, or bring her home.

Dylan and I are waiting eagerly in Phoenix.  We talk to Mark everyday via satellite phone.  When they are within 500 miles or so we will be on our way to Alaska to meet him.  Oh what a reunion it will be!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Once again we find ourselves in an exotic location for Christmas.  We spent Christmas in Kuala Lumpur after a six week adventure which included four countries (Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia), two trains and nine flights.  We are exhausted and grateful to be home safe and sound.  We plan to do many boat projects and ring in the new year right here on Scholarship. Happy New Year!!  Hugs, Liz, Mark and Dylan

P.S. I am trying to get caught up on some old scroll down to see Bali!! 

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Catch Up, Part II

Daddy and D, Kuta Beach
After arriving in Bali we spent three days in the crazy area of Kuta/Legian.  Party central of Bali, Kuta is full of bars, shopping and of course the beach.  We were happy to depart Kuta and head inland to the town of Ubud.  Ubud is a haven for expats, yogis, foodies and shoppers.  The countryside is beautiful and full picturesque rice paddies.  The Balinese spirit is in the air as the offerings and temples are absolutely everywhere. You would have to try hard not to find a Balinese ceremony or festival.  We stayed a week and it was wonderful.  I wish we would have taken more photos.  So photogenic!
enjoying some Bali tea

our bungalow
temple lady
Monkey Forest monkeys
The Balinese man hanging with the monkeys
temple dude
Balinese Ceremony
our rice paddy walk to lunch

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Catch Up, Part I

We spent three months sailing Indonesia and I feel compelled to back up a bit and blog more about some of the wonderful places we visited.  Bali was one of them, and after almost six months in South East Asia I can say it was definitely one of the highlights.  Because we had heard mixed reviews (mostly unfavorable) about the anchorages and the marina is Bali we decided to leave Scholarship on a mooring at the Medana Bay Yacht Club on the neighboring island of Lombok.  Medana Bay is a small marina that played host to part of the Sail Indonesia Rally.  The staff were friendly and after spending some high wind days on our mooring ball we decided it wasn't going anywhere and it was okay to leave Scholarship for a few weeks.  
After a one and half hour taxi ride we arrived at the Lombok Airport ready for our quick one hour flight to Bali.  Our flight was running late and as we finally started to board they stopped us at the gate and told us that we could not board.  The staff person at the gate had very limited English so could not explain why.  Dumbfounded we watched as all the other passengers filed past us to the tarmac while the gate keeper held us back.  It took a walk down to the service desk for another staff member to explain to us that the plane was not pressurized and they could not let a baby on board.  Our tickets clearly stated "infant" but now we were stuck at the Lombok airport for another three hours until the next flight.  Not sure what Dylan ate for breakfast but she promptly threw up on her dress and all over me.  Our holiday to Bali seemed a bit depressing so far.  It was then that Mark found the Sheraton Lounge.  There is a little corner of the Lombok Airport where the Lombok Sheraton has a brand spanking new lounge complete with clean and comfy couches and a buffet.  Buffets I could care less about, but the little private room to feed and change my baby was a plus.  As we relaxed in the lounge the time flew by and before we knew it we were in a taxi hurling toward Kuta Beach in Bali.
Waiting to fly to Bali (before puking and the aborted flight)
Dylan chills in the lounge