The adventures of the s/v Carmanah–home port Bainbridge Island, WA–owned by John & Donna continue. Purchased in 2004, we’ve spent 10 years cruising, racing and upgrading her ultimately for an extended cruise which started in May 16, 2015 when John retired from a career in Parks & Recreation. The initial plan is to head north toward Alaska for the summer with no set itinerary.–just leisurely cruising familiar waters while tweaking the boat’s new systems. Then, we plan to head down the coast to San Diego in the fall to join the Baja Ha Ha rally to Mexico for a whole new experience. From there we have no firm plans. Our white fluffy dog Lucy will be along as far as possible for comic relief. We will try to keep this blog up to date for our friends and family as we move forward on this adventure–at least with photos and position reports. We are currently slowly heading north trying to get all our new systems working properly before our cruise south. Windvane selfsteering, desalinator, new rigging and sails, and various electronics are all getting dialed-in as well as properly stowing the extra gear associated with living aboard the boat. We have rented out our house so this is our primary home now for the foreseeable future.