Shaw Island County Park and Indian Cove

We had quite an adventurous weekend on the Rock ‘n Row. My friend Andy was in town. He and a bunch of friends (including me) went to James Island for a welcome back party. As this was forecasted to be one of the nicest weekends of the summer, a lot of people were out on the water. I got to James Island at 4:30 PM on a Friday and the dock was full, all the buoys were taken, and several campsites were already full! I…

The Future of Change

1978 Cruise-a-Home

So the first biological lesson of history is that life is competition. Competition is not only the life of trade, it is the trade of life – peaceful when food abounds, violent when the mouths outrun the food. Animals eat one another with out qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law.   -Will and Ariel Durant,    The Lessons of History An Off-Handed Comment A friend of mine made an off-handed comment to me the other day. I generally try to keep my…

Northwest Coast Clothing

DIY camping gear

One of the hardest things about trying to enjoy any recreational activity around the Northwest Coast is the inconsistency of weather that we have. While rain is extremely common, so is wind, cold, heat, sun, snow, and fog. Sometimes many of these conditions occur at the same time. It’s not uncommon to be standing in warm sunshine in the middle of a downpour, or hiking in a clear, sunny, but totally freezing January day. Along the Northwest Coast, fog is a common companion throughout the…

Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry

oyster mushroom stir fry

Ken, Sherrie, and I have written a little bit about our adventures with cattails. Thanks to our foraging adventures, I’ve discovered the joy of stir frys and other healthy five ingredient recipes. Not only does a stir fry need few ingredients, it also allows you to control the quality and quantity of oil you consume as well as allowing you to consume a maximum of healthy vegetables, both foraged and domesticated. I intended to cook with just a cattail and create a healthy five ingredient…

Charging Deep Cycle Batteries on the Hook

charging deep cycle batteries

This article describes some of the initial changes I made to our boats electrical system. It also explains how I’m expanding the system for charging deep cycle batteries from a wind turbine and solar panels as part of my solar off grid living plans. My electrical system is constantly evolving on the Rock ‘n Row. When we first purchased her, the 12 volt system was powered by two 8-D starter batteries in the engine compartment. This is how the original electrical system was designed, and…

Fixing My Marine Toilet System

When I purchased the Rock ‘n Row, it came with some serious serious septic sludge issues in the holding tank. This article and video shows you how I am fixing it. Septic systems and holding tanks are subjects that I never cared to know anything about. However, shortly after purchasing the Rock ‘n Row, I realized that something was amiss with its black water system. I decided to document my ‘adventure’ with marine toilet systems for those poor boaters who are in a similar situation….

Food, Voluntary Simplicity, and Happiness

simple living

Watching wildlife is a big element of spending time in the San Juan Islands. I’ve always been particularly fascinated by the birds and how each one has evolved within a specialized niche. For instance, Robins are extremely sensitive to noises and visual cues made by earthworms – their main food source. Kingfishers evolved in the same area as Peregrine Falcons, which prey on smaller birds. As a result, the Kingfisher is not only a superior diving and fishing bird, it’s also extremely paranoid and prefers…

Matia Island State Park

matia island

High winds caught us by surprise while anchored at Matia Island for Memorial Day. Fortunately, I followed the steps listed in my marine safety article before going to bed and we were able to avert running aground when both anchors began to drag. Boating to Matia Island My friends Ken and Sherrie, my wife, and I had made plans months ago to redevous at Matia Island for Memorial Day weekend. I made a hard push in May to get my hands on the new Torqeedo…

Controlling Fear While Cruising

This article is a followup on my previous post about the virtues of logic and emotional control. I believe that fear is an ever present companion for people that choose a life of cruising. “Did I set the anchor properly? What is the weather doing? What if the winds pick up overnight? Is my anchor alarm working properly?” These are just a few of the fear based questions that makes me hesistate to adopt a cruising lifestyle. They are questions that consistently keep me up…

The Lost Virtues of Logic and Emotional Control

Usually when I write, I have two objectives: to entertain and to educate. This is a warning to you, the reader, that this post contains neither of these. This is just my incoherent rambling on a topic that has long irked me. Ancient Greece – The Origin of Logic The great Greek and Roman thinkers are attributed with creating and perfecting two of the greatest inventions ever concieved: deductive logic and debate. Men and women had long fought amount them selves and argued with one…

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