The A to Z Challenge

The A to Z Challenge | Theme Reveal

Monday, March 21, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA



On May the first, 2001 David and I boarded a plane bound for Auckland, New Zealand to start a new chapter in our lives: living aboard and travelling the world by sailboat. That was fifteen years ago. It’s a big anniversary, one that should be celebrated in a big way. So, to help mark the occasion, during the month of April we’re participating in the Blogging from Ato Z Challenge where every day (excluding Sundays) we’ll be posting to the blog . . . alphabetically. The overall theme we’ve chosen to tie all the entries together is living aboard and cruising: our thoughts, reflections, things we’ve learned along the way, and tips for those starting out or are interesting in this lifestyle. Here’s what we have planned:

  • A is for Anniversary
  • B is for Boat Tour
  • C is for Cambria | What’s in a Name?
  • D is for Destination Pacific Northwest
  • E is for Evolution of a Cruiser | How We Became Regional Cruisers
  • F is for Fido | Cruising with a Dog
  • G is for Guests Aboard | Tips for Survival
  • H is for Happy Home | Transitioning to Living Aboard
  • I is for Investing in the Future | The Benefits of Solar Panels
  • J is for Jacklines | Offshore Equipment We Wouldn’t Be Without
  • K is for Kayak | Things That Make Living Aboard Easier
  • L is for Living Aboard Versus Cruising | What’s the Difference?
  • M is for Money Saving Tips
  • N is for Nights at Anchor
  • is for On the Hook | What Makes a Good Anchorage
  • P is for Provisioning
  • Q is for Questions | Answers to the Questions We’re Most Frequently Asked
  • R is for Route Planning
  • S is for Side Effects of Cruising | How Cruising Has Changed Our Lives
  • T is for Travellers Who Sail or Sailors Who Travel
  • U is for Under the Weather | The Weather Sources We Trust
  • V is for Vista | 15 Simple Ways to Improve Your Landscape Photos
  • W is for What Sailing Means to Us
  • X is for (e)Xceptional | The Top Ten Things We Like About Living Aboard
  • Y is for Yuck | The Top Ten Things We Dislike About Living Aboard
  • Z is for Zooming Ahead | What’s Next?

It may get a little chaotic and messy (it’s harder to organize alphabetically than you’d think), but I’m confident we can pull it off thanks to a lot of advanced planning. So, sit back, hold tight and get ready to join us next month as we look back and celebrate the last 15 years.

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49 comments

  1. Ooooh, cruising... I am looking forward to this! Post a lot of pictures! :) See you in April!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. Pictures are definitely worth a thousand words, so you can count on seeing a lot of them. :) Cheers!

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  2. This is going to be fantastic!!! Wait, I need more exclamation points!!!!! I'm particularly looking forward to L because I recently realized that somehow I've become a liveaboard and not so much of a cruiser these days.

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    1. Yeah, there's a big difference, isn't there? But I think most of us end up tied to a dock for months at a time whether we want to or not. I can't see myself living anywhere except on the water but, with that said, I'm not really a fan of "living aboard" -- marinas make me feel restless and claustrophobic. As for the A to Z Challenge, I'm really excited about it too! I can hardly wait to see what Nancy Drew and friends get up to!!!!!!

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  3. Great topic...and I admire that you're committing to your individual titles so early! I just had to change "O" the other day when I was writing it and realized it wasn't a good one. Although my topic is a little more of one that I don't really know about until I start writing.

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    1. Cheers, Stephanie. I'd like to say that it's because I'm a highly organized being, but that would be a lie. April is a really busy month for us as we prepare the boat and ourselves to head north, so I used the quiet winter months to get ready for the A to Z Challenge (most of my posts are already written). :)

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  4. I can't wait to see and hear about your experience!! It sounds awesome to travel the world by sailboat and I bet you have some awesome experiences!

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    1. It's definitely been an interesting 15 years! Like everything else, there's been good, bad and ugly but there's not much I would change -- it's been a wonderful way to live and grow!

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  5. Oh my goodness! You are so organized! I love all these topics - can't wait to read!

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! Organized out of necessity. I really wanted to take part in the challenge but April is a really busy month for us so I had to use the quiet winter months to get ready.

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  6. I'm there for anything about travel, so see you in April.

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    1. Excellent! Thanks for joining the chaos! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  7. Love your theme. My husband and I talked about doing this once but chickened out!

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    1. There's been more than one time I wished we would have done the same thing but it must be like childbirth -- the moments of sheer terror and pain are forgotten in the moment of sheer joy that follows. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. WOW! I mean, wow, first for you choice. That's avery alternative way of living. And secon, for sharing this with us.
    Wonderful theme!

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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  9. Yay! I am really looking forward to all of these. Well done getting it all mapped out already!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I'm so glad you're doing this too!

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  10. Wow! Looks like an awesome set of posts on the theme! I'm doing A to Z too and your list looks wonderful. Can't wait to read them!

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    1. Cheers, Jaye! It's great to see another cruising blog in the mix -- I'll be adding you to our list of reads!

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  11. I had a friend who sold up and sailed so it'll be interesting seeing your adventures and tips! Have a great AtoZ!
    Jemima Pett

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  12. What an amazing experience. I am looking forward to reading about your adventures and the details of your experiences.

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  13. Great choices here, I'm particularly looking forward to L! Good luck :)
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks! I have to admit that I'm pretty excited about L as well. I only have an outline but like how it's already coming together.

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  14. Wonderful way to kick off an Anniversary! I look forward to your posts! ~Lori~

    Lori @ As the Fates Would
    Have It

    Lori @ Promptly Written

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    1. Thanks, Lori! It's hard to believe it's been 15 years -- it's gone by so quickly!

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  15. 15 years of cruising! Sounds amazing (and more amazing that one of you hasn't pushed the other one overboard at some stage - my husband would have!) Looking forward to reading your posts in April :)
    Leanne@www.crestingthehill.com.au

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    1. Truth is, I'be only survived because David likes my cooking and he's still around because I can't seem to get him over the lifelines (not that I've tried ๐Ÿ˜‰).

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  16. I boarded a plane 13 years ago for Auckland New Zealand, bought a yacht, but we never made it past Kawau. We are fair weather sailors who now travel via plane. I am looking forward to following you this challenge. My reveal is closer to home.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. And I you. Ellen over at Cynical Sailor brought your blog to my attention and I'm excited about your upcoming trip to our current stomping grounds!

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  17. I've only ever slept on a boat once, but the friend who took us out that time is just about to set off on a 6 month cruise round the UK in his boat. Great topic, hope the AtoZ goes really well.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  18. What an exciting lifestyle! I love travelling, but have never done so on a sail boat. Looking forward to your posts. :) Thanks for visiting me at The Doglady's Den.

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  19. I think I will be cruising vicariously through you via your blog. Great theme!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. It should be a fun month. I'm looking forward to following along with your theme as well!

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  20. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Excellent choice for an A to Z challenge theme. Good job. My theme is the craft of fiction writing. Tips, lessons, and prompts from various writing reference books. I follow it up with a sample of my work.
    Your theme sounds intriguing. L, Q, and T especially interest me.
    April should be exciting. I'm looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There's a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
    I've followed your listed social media.

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    1. Thanks, J! I hopped over to your blog and am looking forward to following along with you in April.

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  21. This sounds like an exciting theme and I look forward to it.
    Good luck through the challenge!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Chica In Cuenca

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    1. Cheers, Scarlett! Good luck to you as well!

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  22. First of all, Happy Anniversary! I came to your blog via the A to Z Challenge and I am so happy that I did. Looking forward to celelbrating with you -- see you soon!

    Linda K
    @_theheadcabbage from
    Tales from the Cabbage Patch

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  23. How organised is this post with all of your letters already accounted for? I'm just happy I got a title for my reveal post last week!! All the very best for the A to Z Challenge and I look forward to seeing lots of water :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace a Stormy’s Sidekick minion

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  24. What a great theme! I've always thought living on a boat would be wonderful, but my 6'4" husband - not so much. Can't wait to follow along. @IowaMeetsMaui

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  25. Fabulous theme, I have friends who did this for 5 years before I met them... loved their stories from around the world!

    Definitely popping back to follow this one :)

    Mars xx
    Mars @TrollbeadBlog from
    Curling Stones for Lego People

    p.s. Happy Anniversary!

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