We’re Off!

After many months of planning and multiple delayed departures, we’re finally off the dock and underway! It was a strange feeling to be leaving Narragansett Bay knowing we wouldn’t be returning (at least not on Tamata), and at the same time so exciting to have actually taken the first step in making the trip a reality. As my dad says, the hardest part of any trip is throwing the lines off the dock.

Leaving Narragansett Bay

There’s always a reason not to leave. It’s pretty easy to convince yourself that a better opportunity might present itself, or that there are still loose ends to tie up before setting out, especially if a lot of planning is involved. Though Tuesday was a quiet, sunny day – a normal weekday for those around us – it felt charged and special to us. Knowing that this was the start of a 10,000+ mile journey that would span more than a year while motioning through the banality of last minute errands painted the morning in a strange light. My brother took a quick break from working in the metal shop to let our lines off and we glided out of NEB into Narragansett Bay. The Dock Express boat was anchored just outside the marina, loading boats to be carried down to the Caribbean, fishermen pulled their traps nearer to shore, and the birds worked the water against the backdrop of the red-orange wash of fall foliage. A normal day. And though we were in the midst of it all, it felt like we were separate from it in some way too…

In other news, our first stop is New York City, where we’ll be embarking on a feeding frenzy. So check back in!

 

12 thoughts on “We’re Off!

  1. Rick and Laura

    Congratulations on your adventure hope we can come meet you some place in the future. We are currently living in Edmonton until Feb. We are in Hawaii from dec 26 until jan 4th if you are in that part of the world then.
    Good Sailing
    Rick and Laura

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    1. Matt

      Nice to hear from the two of you! We’ll be in Panama until March and French Polynesia until October. Let us know what works best and let’s plan something for after the new year. Stay warm up there! -matt and kate

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  2. Carly

    Great photos, Guys! Keep them coming. (A welcome distraction from the perils in the office.) Can’t wait to see you when you’re finally Down Under. (I’ve got a long wait, I know!) Safe travels. Love Carls x

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      1. Carly

        Yep, that’s still the plan! Probably should’ve re-phrased that to “can’t wait till you’re finally BASED Down Under!”
        PS. This tracker thing is the best tool ever! (Stalking capabilities are at an all-time high, and work productivity at an all-time low!) :) x

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  3. Sharon Hunter

    What a stunning boat guys!!Spectacular job….Oh to travel through others adventures;can’t wait for the book when it’s published!!!????…Take care of each other, make each other laugh & look out for dodgy characters…Enjoy,stay safe, look forward to many beautiful stories & photographs to come…

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  4. Carly

    Hey Guys!

    Good to see you’re cruising on south… how was Charleston!? I’m sure you enjoyed your fair share of ‘Bubba Gump’ paraphernalia! Make sure you give West Palm a big wave when you sail past… if you find the time to stop by, make sure you get a few selfies at some of our favourite places!

    Hope you’re both well & happy. x

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    1. Kate Post author

      Hey Carly! Good to hear from you. We took a detour because of weather and instead of heading out from Charleston we continued south and are sitting in WPB now. Matt’s in mourning because Pizza Luna is gone… We’re headed into town in a bit to make our way down Clematis Street – will have a few beers for you! Hope all’s well.

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