In the early morning hours of July 5th, a carbon monoxide alarm on our boat sounded. I wish I could follow that sentence with a story of proactive, safe actions. But unfortunately, I can’t. Before throwing a 4th of July after party for the Hilton Head Fire Department, we actually cut the wires on the…

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Recently we planned a 3,000+ mile road trip with 4 days notice. Everyone said we were crazy. But here’s the thing: if that were the first time you’ve said that about our family, then you’ve missed the boat (literally and figuratively.) Spontaneous, memory-making travel is our thing. In other words, crazy is what we do…

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For six years I dreamed of the day I could write this post. And for the last six months I dreaded it. To “cross our wake” means that we have officially finished the Great Loop. For those who may not know, to complete the Loop you must travel all the way around the Eastern United…

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Bangkok content and pictures provided by Mom WIth A Map staff writer Bangkok is Thailand’s capital and biggest city. It is about the same size as London, with more than eight million people living there. But because Thailand is still going through economic development, people are moving from the countryside all the time so the…

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Testing the Battle Born Lithium Batteries

Since the day we bought our boat, lithium batteries have been the hottest topic on board. I’ve jokingly called it our “saga,” but I’m told that’s a bit dramatic. To retell the story, I actually have to rewind back to our boat shopping days. My priorities in a boat were fairly straightforward: Did I like…

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My least favorite part of anything is the end (unless I’m running. In that case, the end is my favorite.) The end of our time in Florida also meant we were getting dangerously close to the end of our Great Loop adventure. Naturally, we put it off as long as possible (see The One In…

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After a year of staying home, many people are looking forward to their first post-pandemic getaway this summer. *Post content provided by Mom With A Map staff writer. Over the past year, many of our lives have drastically changed. We haven’t been able to go and see the people we want to see or do…

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Fort Myers beautiful Sunset

We planned to spend one month in Fort Myers. Somehow, four months later, we’re just leaving! You might have read in my last post (The One Where We Open Up a Can of Worms) that we got a little “stuck.” Admittedly, boat projects were only a tiny part of the problem. Throw in best friends,…

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There were two appropriate titles for this post: one involved a can of worms and the other referenced the familiar book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Either works in our situation. To avoid confusion that we possibly gained another unwanted stowaway, I steered clear of the mouse reference. (Yes, I said another. If…

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Last week it hit me, Easter was our last first holiday on our boat. That’s right, we’ve officially celebrated all of the holidays on Light & Salty. Each celebration has been unique and we absolutely love all of the new memories we’ve created. We’ve also been able to incorporate a lot of our traditions, as…

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