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Another year

29 Dec

It’s been quite a year for the Beck crew, as we have adapting to a larger land life with our first full year back in Portland. These including things like selling the adventure bus, buying an electric car, modifying our home situation to help out an aging family member, moving to a long-term home marina (which is much trickier in this area than the east coast!), making new Portland friends, selling our Maryland house, saying goodbye to an old doggy friend, gaining two new rescue doggy daughters, visiting London, and changing a job. Perhaps we did need a stationary year to find time to breath and center…although we are still sailing nomads at heart.

We look ahead to the joys a new year brings, hopefully with more boating adventures in the Northwest (for now). We want to wish you all a lovely New Year as well!


A man and his crew

29 Nov

Happy frigid, early winter day from Portland, where it is in the mid-30s. Brrr!


Thankfully this isn’t the start of a Maryland winter where the water would have already been shut off.

Twenty-one years

20 Nov

We started our marriage living afloat and sailing on our Cal 34. Still going strong. Cheers!



Happy fall day

21 Oct


Dog romp at our little beach

28 Sep

A perfect fall weekend in the northwest made for a beautiful outing on the eastern tip of Hayden Island. Truly our favorite time of year.


We mean it this time…

3 Sep

Having said goodbye to senior furry friends and then welcomed in two new rescue ones, we got plugged into the doggie rescue network. One dog, rescued several weeks ago, nicknamed “schoolgirl” by the doggie rescue network wormed her way into our hearts. Not just her looks or her personality, but her bittersweet story. We couldn’t let her go.

Last night, discovering that she hasn’t yet been adopted, we voted and decided she should live with us. On the crazy dog boat…full of dogs. Because why not, and sweet, and Abby needs a scruffy sister, and what are we thinking?!

But we publicly state here that this is it…no more…we mean it this time…even if we have to block pictures and news feeds from all the wonderful doggie rescue people…three is a FULL boat. Thank you to Bugsys Buddies and Kilby Kountry Rescue for  your wonderful rescue efforts. Apologies if we start ignoring you now. 🙂

Our girls are over the moon excited. They love living in a dog pile. We get to meet her on Saturday when the doggie underground comes to Portland.

Ready to hear about “schoolgirl” now? Here’s her story…from an LA elementary grade school teacher.

“She’s a dog that was hanging around my school. She belonged to one of the students families. Then the family gave her away to someone who didn’t want her and she got dumped on the streets. So she would come visit the school every day and hang out with all the kids on the playground, and walk them to the classes. She’s great with kids! Those are pictures of her in my classroom with my students. The school I teach at called animal control and they came and got her. They took her from my classroom, and my kids cried.”


At school with her kids


Looking for love


Happy to be surrounded by little hands

Picture of “schoolgirl” by a student with the teacher’s dog, Lela

Selling the house

14 Jul

Four years after making the leap aboard, today our house goes on the market. It’s a bittersweet moment for sure, but timely. Know anyone who would like to live in the Washington DC metro area? Even cooler, this area has 100% financing through the USDA!

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Boaty Mother’s Day

10 May

My sweet, sweet girls made me feel very special with homemade cards and flowers.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms in my life!


Quest for birds

6 May

Madi has taken a keen interest in the subject of birds. Living near the Columbia Gorge we have an abundance of our feathered friends to spot on the fly. The town we live near, Washougal, Washington, has a quite marvelous nature preserve. As such, we took a particularly fabulous afternoon to vIsit the Steigerwald Nature Preserve. Madi spotted many varieties and we were all impressed with the tranquil beauty found so close to our home.

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New family member

26 Apr

As many of you know, we had to say goodbye to Banyan earlier in April. We had been making preparations for some time, as his kidneys had been failing for several months. We decided that we’d like to save a death row doggy, both in honor of Banyan and to celebrate new life (the circle continues).

So, last week we adopted a little girl from southern California (an area notorious for its kill shelters and poor animal treatment). She’s about four months old, weighs in at an impressive six pounds, and is the joy of our family. To be fair, Max still hasn’t decided what he thinks of having a little sister shadowing him around. We’re hoping that her outgoing, loving nature will teach Max a thing or two about how nice strangers can be (but not holding our breath).

Andy and the girls drove about 800 miles this week to pick her up from a wonderful rescue called Kilby Kountry. Kilby Kountry received Abby from a transporter out of the LA area called Bugsy’s Buddies who picked her up from the shelter for us and drove her up to Eureka. If you are considering adopting a new furry friend, you should check them out!

Meet our little Abby (so named for many London spots – since we finalized her adoption while we were in London).


This one’s blurry…but I love the joyful look on Peyton’s face!



The kids sharing a doggy cone from DQ



Abby surveying her success in killing a squeaky bug