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I decided to take a journey to the sea probably about 8 years ago. At that time, the plan was to go wherever I could get on a sailboat at, and to stay as long as my heart desired. Life, school, and a lack of funds kept preventing me from making my dream a reality. By the time my little brother/best friend was old enough and interested in sailing and travel as me, I realized he would be the perfect travel companion, and he agreed (likely over a glass of whiskey). With my sailing knowledge, his mechanical skills, and both of our love of people and travel, I knew we would make a great duo for any ships' captain. My plans for the journey have changed drastically since that first time the dream came into existence. Due to falling in love with my other best friend, Nicole, and her beautiful daughter Tenley, different adventures loom on my horizon. I have a set return date of 3 months after departure, which is a lot shorter than originally planned, but it's totally OK because I'm just as excited to come back and start a family with my Fiancee' and my future step-daughter. September 23, 2017 is an important date regarding that adventure! I never thought I would say that starting a family sounded as exciting as getting on a sailboat and seeing the world- but it's 100% true. I will miss my girls dearly while I'm gone, but this will be the last chance in my life that I get to do anything like this, and I know I will regret it forever if I don't attempt it.

We fly out of MCI Kansas City (Go Chieeeeefs!) the morning of November 9th, 2016 at 8 a.m. We have a 1 hour layover in Phoenix, AZ and then an hour and a half flight down to Hermosillo, Mexico. From there, Captain Bob will pick us up in his Honda Element and take us an hour and a half down to San Carlos where Viva a 47 foot catamaran awaits us. 2 other crew, Lauren and Chelsea will have been there 2 days already, provisioning with Bob for the next couple weeks. I have been in touch with Bob to let them know what Seth and I like to eat! I told him just fresh fish. Raw. With soy sauce and wasabi. I don't know a lot about Chelsea yet, but Lauren has been a professional chef for over 6 years, and that means everyone else on the boat hit the jackpot.

We will set sail (or motor-the winds are very light in the Sea of Cortez) at dawn on Thursday morning. If you look at the map within this website you can see most of our stops. Some are are so small and secluded they don't even pop up on GPS. Captain Bob has made this journey twice before, and knows it's secrets well. From what he tells me, we will be doing a lot of snorkeling, swimming, and fishing all the way down the Baja Peninsula. Sounds shitty huh? I am bringing along a metal detector that you can dive with, so expect me to come back with lots of neat treasures. Oh and don't worry, I will turn in anything of historical value. Unless it's really cool. I will be along for up to 3 months of this journey, and will go as far as Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Seth, on the other hand, will be staying for as long as the duration of the entire trip, all the way down to the Panama Canal! In reality, it could go either way for both of us. 3 weeks in and we could be exhausted and ready to go home-Not very likely, but who knows? All i know is that we are going for it!

I plan to post on here at least weekly and to upload video blogs as well. They won't be as detailed, but according to my buddy Austin, that's what people want to see! So, with Steve Martin's GoPro and an ass-ton of mounts, clips, floats, and a selfie-stick we named JEFF, I will attempt to document as much awesomeness as I can! I'll keep posting links via Facebook.

Posted by SailingRitters 08:20

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