Ten Travel Tips from a Grownup Homesick Kid

This is a repost from Ash’s weekly newsletter, Clouds Form Over Land. Subscribe for less sailing-oriented writings in your inbox every Wednesday. When I was a kiddo, a trip to a neighborhood restaurant could spark physical symptoms of homesickness. I closed up like a clam. Hunger dropping from my stomach, the busyness of the placeContinue reading “Ten Travel Tips from a Grownup Homesick Kid”


I have been learning Spanish in fits and starts since Mrs. Gardner’s 10th-grade class. My one-semester college language requirement repeated much of the same material and sent the basics of verb conjugation, masculine/feminine, and pronunciation to my long-term memory. Over the years, I dusted off that knowledge while volunteering, playing water polo, and working inContinue reading “Estadounidense”


The trek from southern Mexico to Balboa, Panama is 1000 miles as the dolphin swims. Six countries have jurisdiction over this coastline, with their varied entry requirements, fees, and proximity of supplies to their harbors. The Tehuantepec and Papagallo wind systems hold court as well, and COVID precautions continue – although we’re happy to reportContinue reading “Frogger”