Yearly Summary
Sophia's Place
Our Travels
S/Y Kailani
Contact Us

See the world through our eyes, as we hope to see the world through Sophia's!

A view back at the marina - Kailani is on the far right

Post passage clean up ...

Yard ornament, Africa style

Halloween trick-or-treating, African style

Our pirate sets out to trick-or-treat

The local dock blue heron

So what warning should you read if the RED flag is tattered?

A picture tells a different story - rounding the Cape Agulhas we take the calm moment to take a selfie, cruiser style

Tied up next to a concrete dock, alongside the haul out yard ... the exact same location we tied up to 12 years ago

Spring tides - tricky getting on and off Kailani at low tide here!

Getting fueled up for our transit down the coast of South Africa

This squid flew into our cockpit during the night watch

Enjoying a Winnie-the-Pooh feature, Sophia in her sea bunk enjoying a relatively calm time hove-to

Our failed engine created a very exciting short-tacking adventure entry into Direction Island anchorage - 30 kts of SSE wind, we need 9 feet of clearance, and took advantage of +1ft tide to make this exciting dash under sail...

Sophia relaxes ashore at Direction Isl, Cocos Keeling

Nice to have this view again!  - Cocos Keeling

Our next destination is Cocos Keeling, about 1200 nm from Singapore - we are anchored in the far NE corner at Direction Isl

Gunkholing down the coast this was our last stop before setting off on the 600nm sail in the open blue - since we were not checked into the country we could not get off the boat ... tough!  - Java Isl

Krakatoa Isl - Sophia saved some sand from the anchor of this historic site! - that's "Little Krakatoa" in the background, still active if you note the smoke

Local fishermen anchor to rest during the day - Indonesia

The local Indonesians have SOOO many kinds of fishing vessels -- here one is going out for the night

And some Indonesians build "fish houses" so they don't have to be on a boat all night -- makes for exciting watch keeping for us!

During this storm we actually sighted a water spout coming down to the water - scary!!

Sunset at Bankga Isl

After a long overnight motor from Singapore, we took a day's rest here at Bangka Isl

Arriving in Singapore - one of the world's busiest ports ... we are the red ship, all the green and yellow are other ships (mostly container ships) -- high pucker factor to be so little among them all underway

One 15 Marina - night before leaving for our Indian Ocean crossing

One 15 Marina had great blown glass decorations - in the background is our dock

The Senstosa Isl marina complex had great food within walking distance - we loved Big Fat Mamas!

View of Singapore from the top of the Sands hotel

Looking south into the channel we will navigate to leave Singapore ... view of the Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay as seen above from the top of the Sands hotel

From inside the Gardens by the Bay the unique Sands hotel "ship" atop of the hotel from which we would later view all of Singapore

Inside the Gardens by the Bay - one of the two waterfront indoor 7 story gardens complete with waterfall

Gardens by the Bay - the buildings featured unique carvings from all over SE Asia

Our dear old friends are decorative features in the expansive gardens ...
- Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay - the buildings featured unique carvings from all over SE Asia

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay - the buildings featured unique carvings from all over SE Asia

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay - the buildings featured unique carvings from all over SE Asia

Gardens by the Bay - the buildings featured unique carvings from all over SE Asia

View from the top 7 floors up the waterfall - Gardens by the Bay

More Singapore unique architecture - Gardens by the Bay

Taking a moment to enjoy the flowers - Gardens by the Bay

Sentosa Isl has some exclusive residential areas - adorned with unique style!

Tourist areas - fun signs - Sentosa Isl

For Sophia's 1/2 birthday and Harl's Father's Day -- a zip line adventure after a LONG bike ride!! -  Sentosa Isl

We took advantage of a sunny day for long bike ride along Sentosa Isl

Sophia's 1/2 birthday ... we were still in the throws of provisioning, but managed to squeeze some fun in

Kailani at the dock, One 15 Marina, Sentosa Isl -- not many sail boats here!!

Our last night in Malaysia we were treated to a lovely sunset at anchor

Gorgeous mosque - Pangkor Isl

Let the sailing adventures of 2017 begin!!  Departing Malaysia after 14 months at the dock ....

Leaving port means saying goodbye to good friends - always the hardest part ...

Provisioning -- filling the freezer with a diverse meat selection was a challenge in the mostly Muslim Malaysian markets ....

Provisioning fun -- counting the old, making room for the new!!

After 14 months of sitting idle at the dock, Kailani needed lots of TLC - translation, lots of and lots of cleaning!  Not an animal was skipped in the scrub down ...

Besides working on Kailani, we went to the mall whenever we could borrow a car in order to provision ...

Our dock at Pangkor Marina Island - it was a great home for Kailani during our absence

We will dearly miss Ruz and Akeena (not pictured) from the office - they were great help with everything, as well as wonderfully generous of spirit

Standing under Kailani as she is about to be splashed (or rolled ...) back into the water ...

Hauled out - Malay style!  Harley is up top, and Sophia is down under Kailani at the foot of the ladder, as Kailani is minutes away from being splashed back ...

Our new land base - a small house in Idaho!!  We had a LOT of snow this winter, but we tried to enjoy it by snow-shoeing our property and enjoying the peaceful outdoors ... McCall, ID

We had elk, foxes, deer on a regular basis in our "front lawn" -- a true winter wonderland

Our road trips included a visit to Bainbridge Isl, WA, which included an overnight stop in "The Norway of the Pacific Northwest" - we are suckers for all things sailing!!- Pouslbo, WA

Chihuly Museum, Seattle, WA

Chihuly Museum, Seattle, WA

We loved the amazing glass sculptures at the Chihuly Museum, Seattle, WA

Chihuly Museum, Seattle, WA

A very intriguing "gum wall" in Seattle, WA -- totally gross, but somehow it just keeps growing

A trip to Seattle allowed us to visit the famous Fremont Bridge Troll, Seattle, WA

Sophia got to start to learn to take care of horses ... here she sits on our friend's pony, McCall, ID

Both Harley and Sophia spent many many hours playing ice hockey - loving it all!

Sophia shows her team spirit !

Sophia's hockey team was in the Winter Carnival parade

Winter Carnival, McCall ID

We were invited to try ice-fishing ... in 3F weather we loved it!  Sophia caught two trout, and we had enough for our family dinner - Cascade, ID

A white Christmas in our new home ...

We took Sophia on a horse drawn sleigh ride in the snow to feed an elk herd for her 9th birthday -- very different from her 8th birthday in Thailand!

Sophia rang in her 9th birthday celebration in 3F weather with some hearty friends and some elk!!

We visited a local herd of elk to feed them

A horse drawn sleigh ride was a classic winter treat!

First snowfall the day after we moved in!

Winter Snow has arrived!  A view of our land and house from the air - our house is pretty much dead center!

The 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree (i.e. the one that goes to the White House lawn for Christmas) came from McCall this year!  There was a big parade, and Sophia got to sign the semi truck with a message to go to DC ...

The Capitol Christmas Tree parade would not be complete without the Famous Idaho Potato float ... McCall, ID

Could she ever really be a witch?  Halloween in McCall

We took a side trip for Harley to play in the annual Snoopy Hockey tournament, so we stopped in at the Shultz museum - Sophia LOVES his comics! - Santa Rosa, CA

Harley's hockey team placed first in their division at the tournament - Santa Rosa, CA

Fall in McCall - looking out southward to Payette Lake

Painting our fence was a LONG project ... McCall, Idaho

Harley helps with the 4H pig contest ...  going country ... Valley County Fair, Cascade, Idaho

The bull-riding at the rodeo was a huge highlight!  Cascade, Idaho

Back in Idaho at the Valley County Fair, Cascade, Idaho

A family gathering for the celebration of Connie Earl's life allowed for this great photo - here is Sophia with the Earl side of the family - grandpa, all her cousins, one of her nieces and her nephew!

We also spent a nice bit of the summer in Durango, CO visiting Coyote Canyon Ranch

The Sailing Earls transform into the Flying Earls! 

Idaho is full of beautiful mountainous landscape and lakes

View of Payette Lake, McCall from way up high!

The Sawtooth Range, Idaho

Gorgeous morning along the Salmon River valley, Idaho

Taking a flight into the back-country to see Idaho's beauty from the skies

Our little plot of land as seen from the air - the driveway is that upside down "Y"

Standing where soon a house will be built!

The foundation starts!!

Our view to the southwest ... from inside our soon to be house!

Sha-zam!  The house is almost done here ... it is all garage downstairs, and living upstairs.


Soph is the mahout - Harl is the passenger - meaning Soph gives all the commands to make this giant male elephant go!

A gentle giant

Sophia's elephant kept stopping at any food source along the hike - here is it climbing up a tree as Soph holds on tight!

After riding our elephants in the jungle we bathed them and scrubbed them

We started the day by feeding the long line of elephants

Feeding time - watch out for those trunks!

At the end of the day we fed our elephants again and Soph bonds further with the female

These two seemed to thank each other - Sophia offered a traditional Thai "wai" in thanks!

We drove in our rental car up windy jungle roads until we were across the river from the Kayan village - we took a longtail boat ride across

In the village we met many of these traditional Kayan "long-neck" women - refugees from Burma living in Thailand, and maintaining their culture

The mist and clouds were ever-present on our road trip through the northern Thai hills bordering Burma

A mix of western and local fashion!

A monk helps decorate a garden area behind the temple -
Wat Phan Tao

Beautiful exterior - Wat Chjang Man

Wat Chjang Man

Traditional prayer flags  - Wat Phan Tao

Wat Phan Tao

Walking along the streets of Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh

The temp dropped overnight - we biked and shivered in the rain!

Lanna Folklife Museum

Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh

Sophia got a lesson from this vendor who makes artwork by pounding out designs in metal

Making tracks as we biked our way around the city!

Ruins - Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wihan Phra Mongkon Bophit - home to the largest bronze Buddha in Thailand

Ruins at Wat Phra Mahathat

Temple window high up, viewed from inside - Wat Na Phra Meru

Giant Reclining Buddha - Wat Lokkaya Sutharam

Ruins at Wat Chai Watthanaram

We hired this taxi for our entire day of touring Wats in Ayutthaya

Our hotel grounds - traditional teak Thai buildings

Ruins of Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Most ruins of Buddha statues are missing their heads ... may explain this Buddha head somehow getting entangled in time in these roots - Wat Phra Mahattat

Fleks of gold left behind by worshippers as they make their offerings - monk statue, Wat Na Phra Meru

Ruins of Wat Chai Watthanaram

Ruins of Wat Chai Watthanaram - note the "new" head of Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew

Wall mural detail -
Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew

Prayer offerings - Wat Pho

Giant reclining Buddha - Wat Pho

Thai dancer clad in silk

Wat Arun

Walking through the back alleys of Bangkok

The famous limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay

A peaceful anchorage after the 100s of tourists leave ....

NIce to get the kayaks out again - it's been since August 2015!

We kayaked in our first (and largest in Thailand) hong - Ko Hong

We kayaked in and among a mangrove forest at high tide

Kailani as viewed from inside the hong looking out

New Year's Eve ... Panwa Bali, Phuket

The Beach Bar - fabulous local flavor ... Panwa Bali, Phuket

The "dinghy dock" is there across the bridge (which got washed out at high tide) and over the rocks --
Nai Harn Bay, Phuket

The classic Thai "long-tail" boat -- Phi Phi Don

Petrol fills for the many many scooters -
Nai Harn Bay, Phuket

Turning 8 !! WOW -- Nai Harn Bay, Phuket

You can get all sorts of "cuts" of chicken - skin on, feet on, head on, etc etc YUMMY!!!.... Chalong, Phuket

More meat cuts at the market -- Chalong, Phuket

Local food cart - Chalong, Phuket

Our first day ashore it was striking to see all of these power lines!!  Chalong, Phuket

Walking along the Chalong Pier after checking in to Thailand -- walking toward the giant Buddha - Chalong, Phuket

Hanging at the beach - Pangkor Isl

Cave temples - Ipoh

Many buddhas ... cave temple, Ipoh

Buddhist Temple inside of a cave - Ipoh

Buddhist Temple - Ipoh

Sophia pays her respects ... Ipoh cave temples

At a fish market by the sea ... Pangkor Island

Galleria Perdana ... Langkawi

Our Thanksgiving bird! - Pangkor

Kellie's Castle - an Englishman in Asia, mysteriously died before completing his castle, which is now rumored to have ghosts!  - Ipoh

Rice field museum, Langkawi

Penang Peranakan Mansion - Penang

About town, Georgetown, Penang

Khoo Kongsi - Georgetown, Penang

Mural artwork adorned many buildings in Georgetown, Penang

Morning in Georgetown, Penang

Our hotel - a converted shop house - Georgetown, Penang

Picture perfect - Georgetown, Penang

The fabulous evening skyline in Singapore!

On our one night in Singapore we went to their famous night zoo - this photo seems to sum up our whirlwind experience!

Free "massages" at the Singapore Airport!

The fabulously clean and tidy Singapore Airport!

A graphic showing all the forest fires burning in Kalimantan and Sumatra -- making visibility and breathing challenging.  The Indonesian government is evacuating all infants under 6 months due to the epically bad air ...google "Indonesian haze" to read

Sophia sailed across the equator for her first time on our passage north to Riau - she decided to wear all of her jewelry and hair bands to honor Neptune / Poseidon, and ate the remaining oreo cookies to celebrate becoming a shellback

Leaving Kumai for our passage north - a promise of more haze and smoke ....

One hand for mom, one hand for the banana ...
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Baby orangutans cling to their moms as they move through the jungle -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Sometimes it seems these orangutans pose for the paparazzi -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Hanging out waiting for feeding time -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

The alpha male -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Bananas "to go" - when an orangutan higher on the pecking order of the group approaches, it's time to stuff your mouth with bananas and go! -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

We were picked up in Kumai harbor, where the smoke from local fires was awful -- it got better up river.  Did not dampen our enthusiasm for our trip into the jungle!! -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Our four person crew - captain, mate, cook & guide - took great care of us for our time on the river -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Probiscus monkeys gather in the trees near the river at dusk -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

We traveled by "klotok" for two days and one night up the river -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Traffic jam at the dock for Camp Leakey -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

A village along the river -
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Orangutans - they seem to combine yoga with eating! - Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Camp Leakey information center - Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Kumai Town - the haze from local fires on Kalimantan made visibility awful

Legong & Barong traditional Balinese dancing - Ubud

Offerings to the ward off evil and bring in good spirits  - everywhere in Bali

A typical Balinese couple going to temple - Ubud

Have sarongs and sashes - will visit temples!

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

"Temple on the Lake" - Bali's most visited and photographed temple

"Temple on the Lake"

Great works of classical and contemporary art - Neka Art Musuem, Ubud

Neka Art Museum, Ubud

Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets - near Ubud

Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets - near Ubud

Old classical Javanese houses were used to house the collection of masks and puppets - Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets - near Ubud

Monkey Forest - Ubud - the grey long-tailed macaque were very mischievous

Streets of Ubud were strewn with tourist souvenirs ... Ubud

Harl and Soph chilled while Jen shopped - Ubud

Offerings during a ceremony at one of the temples we visited - Bali

Balinese traditional Legong dance - Ubud

Outside the entrance to our hotel - Ubud

The gardens at our hotel -

Sophia and her "Balinese grandma", Murni- Ubud

We killed time waiting for our visa extensions by taking in the sights at the local mall - Mattaran, Lombok

Sophia goofs off with our driver while we wait in the immigration office - Mattaran, Lombok

A local fisherman uses a beer box for a hat -- Medana Bay, Lombok

Awesome view! Kailani is anchored in the opposite bay, far left ... we spent many days snorkeling these reefs - Pyramid Peak, Gili Lawa Darat

The underwater world is Indonesia's primo real estate

Sophia got to swim along with this turtle for a few minutes

Giant clams - trying to capture their magnificent colors is challenging -- they are everywhere on the reef

Sophia gets to play on the beach and many a pirate game is played with all of the charter dive boats coming and going

A bay to ourselves - Gili Lawa Darat

The grand entrance to the Komodo National Park

We saw 14 komodo dragons up close are personal - we were told by the guide "ok, time to move away - walk, don't run!" when this guy came out of the brush with an eye on us

Peaceful dragon - this is a mom sitting on her eggs.  She will sit on them until the rainy season, go away, then come back and eat them ...

A docile dragon ...

At the dock to the park entrance ... who knew!  Not only komodo dragons, but crocodiles too!!

A view of the anchorage - Rincah Isl

Sophia makes friends - our guide, Paul, and his big-haired friend

Taking our first "bemo"ride

Getting diesel is quite a process

Sunset as viewed from the beach - Waecicu

We had a delightful dinner at the resort - Waecicu

A typical tourist boat  - Flores I

Always nice sunsets -- Flores I

We found a nice beach near Riung, Flores I

Our sailing is limited to daytime in order to look our for these FADs

Our first anchorage out of Kupang!  Kroko Atoll

We are met by friendly locals at most anchorages - they barter fruit, veggies, fish and carvings -- Kroko Atoll

We had 3 volcanoes in sight - 2 active - here at Kroko Atoll

The cruising kids all worked hard to put together 20 packages of school supplies to be delivered remote villages as we cruise Indonesia - Kupang

Showing the kids at the orphanage where we came from - Kupang

One of many mosques that ring out with the call to prayer - Kupang

Gems and rock market - Kupang


Getting our heads and arms around the local currency -- 10,000 Rupiah = $0.80 USD

Sunset from the Darwin Sailing Club - Kailani is anchored so far out we could not see her from shore ...

Coming ashore at the Darwin Sailing Club - the 7m tidal swing presented us with many long dinghy shuffles up and back on the beach

Aboriginal "dot" painting of a dream state -
National Art and History Museum, Darwin

Aboriginal bark painting -
National Art and History Museum, Darwin

Sometimes "right-of-way" can be so easy to determine! - Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu National Park

The many birds were a highlight of the Yellow Water Billabong - this is the "Jesus" bird - Yellow Water Billabong -
Kakadu National Park

This crocodile seemed to be yawning at us ... Yellow River Billabong,
Kakadu National Park

Sunrise on the Yellow River Billabong -
Kakadu National Park

On our last day in Kakadu, we hiked to this base of a waterfall for a cool fresh water swim - no crocs here!  - Kakadu National Park

We went on three major hikes through the bush to see Aboriginal rock art - some as old as 40,000 years - Kakadu National Park

Aboriginal rock art - Kakadu National Park

Ubirr - great views of the bush and Arnhem Land - Kakadu National Park

A view of the anchorage on the eastern side of Lizard Isl,
Great Barrier Reef

Sophia calls these hikes "real hiking"  -  aka she has grown fond of a lack of trails - Lizard Isl,
Great Barrier Reef

Sophia has lost four teeth while sailing in Australia - this was the first, while sailing along the Great Barrier Reef - an event put in the ship's log for sure!

Our first anchorage to rest while sailing up from Townsville - Low Islets, Great Barrier Reef

The temporary signage warns us of the 4m croc sighted here - at the end of our dock, none-the-less!  -- Townsville

"The Strand" beach front -- note no takers on swimming ... Townsville

Just when you thought it was safe to roam the streets ... Townsville

A beautiful (but mind you, still highly poisonous!!) red lion fish ...
Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville

Cool blue-spotted ray ...
Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville

Some days you really have to work hard to be unique ... Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville

A well-worn sign declaring this French land - no croissants here!

Just another day at the beach ....

Booby #13,652

Nautilus #7

Where's the party?

The long sandy beaches offered many walking explorations, usually with the added bonus of birds pooping on your head!

Is there such a thing as a "green-footed booby" ?

Sophia calls these the "rainbow-faced boobies"

Cool blue .... booby #15,241

"American Park" honoring the USA's role in the Pacific theatre of WWII

Lovely Noumea

A day at the aquarium - fun with the fishes!

The daily visit to the patisserie ... yum!

The real reason for stopping in New Caledonia !

Sophia got to shear a sheep!  She also had the opportunity to help sort the sheep into a pen, feed milk to a lamb, and feed all sorts of farm animals at Sheepworld -- llamas, pigs, deer, rams, miniature horses, bunnies ...

Enjoying time at our "bach" while Kailani was hauled out - Sophia's favorite part was not the beach in front of us, but the lovely lawn, where she could play croquet and just run around

Cyclone Pam approaches New Zealand -- we had Kailani hauled out, and were staying on land for this storm.  Very relieved no major dramas as a result, though not true for the islands of Vanuatu north of NZ

Sophia had 5 days of skiing lessons and LOVED it! - Idaho

Enjoying perfect San Diego weather - we visited Balboa Park a couple of times, enjoying the museums, international houses, and the vast orchid displays

Our great road trip through the western US took us through Canyonlands NP, Colorado

Our own little island in the lagoon ... New Caledonia

Sophia enjoyed running with the birds!  "Bird Island", New Caledonia

Unicorn on the beach!!! Halloween tropical style .... "Bird Island"

Ilot de Casy offered wonderful walks with views all around and many kinds of flora and fauna

We got to the store just as they were closing ... Ouvea Isl

Noumea - known for fabulous French food, imported directly from Paris daily ... Yum!

Snakes on a Boat? This 4 ft banded sea snake tried to stow away aboard Kailani for the passage from Fiji to New Caledonia.

The cultural dance or meke on Likuri Island was a spectacular performance of dances taken from cultures from across the South Pacific. 

In the Fiji Museum we saw replicas of traditional Polynesian sailing vessels and their steering oars

Lots and lots of kava root was for sale at the very expansive fresh fruit and vegetable market

Sophia made many new "Fiji grandmas", as they called themselves, when we visited the flower section of the market

A "modern" traditional polynesian sailing craft we encountered upon our departure from Suva

We were rewarded with spectacular scenery when we dared to make kayak through the currents to get to the outer lagoon of Fulaga Isl

By far, the best adventures this year in Fulaga were in kayaking in the outer lagoon - unspoiled beaches, phenomenal colors

The main village in Fulaga - there are 3 villages all together, but the main one is where we spent most of our time

These dugout logs are "lollis" which are used as drums to signal events at the village

Joe comes back from his plantation where casava root grows -  a hard day of work completed digging up the casava in preparation for Sunday feast

On our way into the village for a school fundraiser

Our SWEET anchorage gave us a little bay of islands all to ourselves - taken by our friends on SY Donella, who hiked up to the top of the island above us, from the northern side of the island - Vanua Balavu, N Lau

Just another day out kayaking (and fishing!!) in the N Lau group - Vanua Balavu, N Lau

We happened upon this lovely family and came in for three separate days for visits -- making new friends is easy with these lovely islanders ... Vanua Balavu, N Lau

The school grounds in Naiviivi Bay, Qamea Isl

The school "bus" was a regular afternoon treat for us - as they passed by we were greeted by many "bulas!" and singing

Coming ashore in Naiviivi Bay, Qamea Isl

Kailani takes a rest - Copra Shed marina mooring, SavuSavu, Fiji

An early morning walk on North Minerva Reef

On our last morning in N Minerva, the tide was very low, making for crystal clear kayaking along the reef - no "waterfall" of an incoming tide!

We kayaked all the way to the western side of N Minerva to find the "beach" which exists only at the low low tide -- we got there just in time, as the rising tide "closed" the beach about 15 minutes after this photo

Sophia waves to the New Zealand Air Force's Orion that flew over and chatted with us at South Minerva Reef

Atop the Sky Tower - great views of the surrounding city and waters - Auckland

We would be remiss to not include at least one photo of the many many sheep we see on our hikes!! - Urupukapuka Isl

Hiking on Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands

Atop the "Duke's Nose" (actually, more like his bald spot...)  -- Great views of Whangaroa Harbor entrance and the great open ocean outside

On top of the hill - Roberton Isl, Bay of Islands

Another beach, this time with the Santa Monica Pier in the background

On the carousel - Santa Monica Pier, CA

The Halloween parrot.  (Thanks to Mom for making the costume.)

Trick or Treat

All dressed up for Harley III and Maureen's wedding in Phoenix

The kick-off event was for all the boats to dress as pirates and sail to a close by island to take it over (thankfully, the bar was well-stocked!!)

Sophia enjoyed Pirates for a day!

Kailani and crew raced in the "Round Malolo Island" race ... a light wind sail

Sophia had a truly wonderful time with Sera and her brothers Peter and Johnny

The first day we visited the village the school "stopped" to come out and say hello and pose with us in a picture - the start to a wonderful time in Fulaga

Exploring Fulaga by kayak was fantastic!

Our own 4th of July Parade - a short dinghy ride with Sophia carrying a flag high ... yielded a great big round of applause from the Americans already at the Aquarium Cafe as we arrived at the dinghy dock

This year's boat school curriculum includes Sophia learning to paddle on her own RED kayak!!

Walking the barrier reef to the north of Kenutu Island at low tide - the ominous Pacific Ocean rolls in over the reef into the lagoon

Sophia has a new mask and fins for this season in the tropics - anxious to dive and say hello to all her fish friends she met last year

Off to school!  A dinghy ride followed by a 10 minute walk up a big hill :)

On the mooring - our evening view of Opua at sunset

While here in Opua, NZ, Sophia is attending the local elementary school

One of our last days in San Diego and the US before departing to New Zealand -- Happy Birthday to Harley!!

Turning 5 is so much fun!!

Hiking through the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona during our first road trip

Awaiting for the big "trick-or-treat" !!

Monuriki Isl, Mamanuca Group

Wilson!!  Wilson!!  ... found up in the rocks above high tide line, Monuriki Isl (where the film "Castaway" was filmed

Vanua Levu Isl, Yasawa Group

Hanging out at the resort bar ... Natuvalo Bay, Naviti Isl, Yasawa Group

Soph makes new friends ... Vunayawa Bay, Naviti Isl, Yasawa Group

Land Harbor, Yasawa Isl, Yasawa Group

Some of Sophia's "pool friends" from Musket Cove Resort - Bailey & Kate from New Zealand

Spices at the open air market in Lautoka, Fiji

The new snorkel gear has arrived!! - Nuku Isl

Our last day in the Ha'apai - Nukupule Isl

Scary hermit crab!! 

Jen hangs out in the cockpit ... a long way down, anchored in only 15 feet of clear crystal water, Limu Isl

Off to swim - Limu Isl

Uoleva Isl - the sand spit ... and a goat's head

We can't take ALL the shells we find - these were the largest of many many clam shells around Limu Isl

The Neaifu anchorage - Kailani is the furthest sailboat on the right.  The largest church on island - from which we hear beautiful singing wafting down to the harbor, is the large white building with the clock tower atop

Sophia's cruising style ... dinghy dock at the Aquarium Cafe in Neaifu, Vava'u

Nuku Island -- idyllic and also the "scene of the crime"  (need to read our updates to know what we mean!)