I took this picture the day we said "farewell" to DiveAdx and our life onboard her. Fred never got to see it, so I would like to share it with you.
On December 1, 2007, family and friends will gather in Cabo San Lucas to say our final "farewell" to Fred as I scatter his ashes in the one place he truly loved...the ocean.
I will be taking this website down by year's end. With that in mind, I wanted to extend my sincerest gratitude to all those who have sent their kind condolences to my family and myself over the past few months.
I would also like to thank those of you who followed the site and "traveled" with us during this amazing adventure we were so fortunate to make. Thank you for laughing with us, crying with us and exploring the wonderful sights we saw, with us. This site enabled us to share the experience beyond just ourselves and that made it ever more real. It would of been really great if some of you could of "shared" the night shifts or the boat washing & waxing or the maintenance issues, but....:-)
Blue skies and calm seas,
Michelle & T-Bone
It is with unbelievable sadness to inform those of you who have followed our adventures onboard DiveAdx that my loving husband, Fred, passed away April 20, 2007.
The day we began our journey, I gave Fred the following poem by Mark Twain, which he promptly placed in the wheelhouse above the helm. Never have I been more glad that we took the chances and made the sacrifices we did so that he was able to realize his dream of cruising the oceans. Some people wait for that "perfect" time to realize their dreams. My advice is don't. I never realized how short time really was until I lost Fred. If you have a dream, chase it now before the opportunity slips away. You'll never regret it...
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover
"Welcome Aboard" (that's nautical for "come on in"), and thanks for stopping by our website.
For those of you unfamiliar with how we arrived at this point in our lives, here's the down and dirty...
I once mentioned to Fred that I thought it would be fun to take a cruise. Fred took this to mean "let's buy a boat and go cruising'. So, lesson learned. I must be VERY specific when discussing vacation plans with Fred.
Basically, we sold all our worldly possessions then went into debt beyond our wildest dreams to purchase a Nordhavn trawler (http://www.nordhavn.com) and "go cruising".
We've been on-board now for two years having survived commissioning, open water crossings, the Panama Canal, night shifts, sleep deprivation, mechanical problems, supply problems, dog "issues", dingy launchings & landings, 24/7 of "togetherness" and various other daily challenges. Never has the term "on the job training" ever been more applicable. To be honest, I wasn't sure we'd make it pass the first 90 days. I'm sure some of you were thinking the same.
To hear about our time onboard in a chronological fashion we'd recommend starting at the beginning...unless you're one of those people who like to skip ahead and read the last page! What fun is that??? So, under the "LogBook" link, start at the top and work your way down. After that, it's pretty much wherever your mouse takes you. Have a good time or at the very least, I hope this cures your insomnia.
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Disclaimer - If you are easily offended or easily bored, this website is not for you. It has been created as more of a personal log rather than a form of communication to those interested in our "adventure". You'll get more commentary than is necessary to relay our current status. Grammatical errors and typos will surely abound. If you want a brief synopsis of where we are and what we're doing, click on the "We've got a map" link and you'll get the basic details of our location minus the commentary. It's your choice. Choose wisely.
All material, including photographs on this website are copyrighted Michelle Fish, 2004, unless otherwise noted. They may not be used or reproduced in any manner without expressed permission from the author.
Off to Panama
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