Reflections (and lessons learned) from our first year of boat life

As I look back on our year of being a liveaboard family, all I can do is smile. Thinking about all of the adventures we’ve been through, things we’ve learned, and experiences we’ve had….I wouldn’t change a thing!  We started our journey after day 30 of the COVID isolation in April, 2020. After assessing ourContinue reading “Reflections (and lessons learned) from our first year of boat life”

Florida Keys Trip, Part 2 of 4- Biscayne Bay -> Marathon

Fri, 12/18/20-Our stop in Biscayne National Park was short, just an overnight at Sands Key. As we headed south the next morning, the cold wind didn’t want to help us too much because it was basically right behind us from the northeast and we were heading south so we decided to gybe quite a bitContinue reading “Florida Keys Trip, Part 2 of 4- Biscayne Bay -> Marathon”

MINI MOVIE: Thanksgiving Sail to Peck Lake // Join the adventure to Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge!

Join the adventure as we take our friends visiting from Virginia to Peck Lake just south of Stuart, FL along the ICW. It’s a part of the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. An interesting anchorage trying to navigate it for the first time…but well worth it. It has a private beach only accessible by boatContinue reading “MINI MOVIE: Thanksgiving Sail to Peck Lake // Join the adventure to Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge!”

DESTINATION: Stuart, FL // Our Maiden Voyage Down the Florida ICW

This was the moment we’d been waiting for! The maiden voyage of Konstantina. Join the adventure as we sail from St. Augustine, FL to Stuart along the Florida Intracoastal Waterway. Experience what it’s like to hail a bridge tender, sail through a bascule bridge, be overtaken by million dollar boats, see dolphins, and raise theContinue reading “DESTINATION: Stuart, FL // Our Maiden Voyage Down the Florida ICW”

Captain’s Log 7/26/20

Hello all! Good times have been had lately. The boat prep and learning curve is lessening and things are looking really good. We’ve had a few hiccups and the apparently well known adage about the cost of owning a boat is accurate…And yep, everything is priced in thousands…. I managed to sew the sails toContinue reading “Captain’s Log 7/26/20”

A bit about us…

I’ll try to keep a long story short:  I’m Randi! Colorado Springs born and raised, went to college at UMAINE (c/o 2000), was a P.E. Teacher for 8 years and helped my husband start and run an outdoor adventure and education nonprofit called UpaDowna for 13 years. I have a wonderful husband named Steve, sonContinue reading “A bit about us…”