Woke up: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Went to sleep: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Dan and Tammy
Two months after moving on board Penelope, we had taken her from our moorage in Scappoose, OR to the city dock in Rainier, OR for the weekend. It was spring and the weather was cold, gray, wet, and blustery. We were basically cabin bound. Sometime during the afternoon, we emerged long enough to see another boat tied to the dock behind us. We noticed someone moving about so we walked over to say “hello.”
We met Dan Pietz and Tammy Kimball that spring of 2007. We were attracted to their boat, Anjuli, a 1981 Union 36, because she looks a lot like Penelope. They are both “double enders” with rounded “canoe” sterns. Each are cutter rigs, ensconced in enough wood inside and out to cause a cabinet maker to drool.
We had coffee on their boat and the next day they came to ours for cocktails.
Tammy instantly became my idol as I learned she had made a home for Dan and herself aboard Anjuli for eight years. I hadn’t been on Penelope eight weeks and couldn’t imagine eight years.
We learned the couple had previously taken a sabbatical from their jobs and along with her 16 year old son, Courtney, had undertaken a two year, 20,000 mile voyage.
Leaving Portland in the fall of 2003, they travelled south along California and the Baja Peninsula to Cabo San Lucas. From there they crossed the Pacific Ocean arriving in Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands, 26 days later. They shared stories of their travels through the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti and the Society Islands, the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Soloman Islands, Micronesia, Guam and Japan. They completed the pacific loop, also known as The Ring of Fire, via Alaska and arrived back in Portland November 2005.
They showed us before and after pictures. Although Anjuli looked as if she’d been put through the ringer, the family looked composed, enlightened, and satisfied. We found it unbelievable anyone had actually taken on such an ominous feat. We longed to grow into crusty old salts like Dan and Tammy.
We stayed in touch. For the next seven years, we worked hard making our boats blue water ready, stashing money into the cruising kitty and planning our escape from the only reality we had ever known – work.
We said “so long” to in September 2014 as we meandered down the Multnomah Channel, saying good-bye to what had been our marine neighborhood for many years. They longed to leave with us but were not quite ready.
Sixteen months and 1,000 miles later, Anjuli and Penelope are reunited in La Paz, Mexico. We caught up with Dan and Tammy the day after they arrived. We compared the horrors of sailing along the Oregon Coast and shared the excitement of our lives underway.