Come FLY with Totem!

23 Aug

Mexico sunrise

This week we hit our six year cruisaversary. On August 21, 2008, friends sailed us out of the entrance to Eagle Harbor, Washington, and on our way to adventures afloat. We did not anticipate that we’d be out this long, not knowing at what ages the children might pine for “normal” land lives, how the life would meet our expectations, or we’d string together our finances. With lumps in the road, it still has stuck together, and I am grateful every day to live this life afloat with my family.

To celebrate six years, Jamie pulled a digital track of our travels since departure (and a small party of fellow sailors!). Between changes in technology in general, and in the systems we’ve used to record our travels, this took a bit of doing- but the result gives us a cool lookback as well as something to share.


The overview still kinda makes me say- WOW. We did that? But we did. And in our own time, our own pace, enjoying most of the steps along the way.

Jamie’s also made this into a KML file we can look at in Google earth. Flying in and out of our adventures was a glorious distraction for me this afternoon.


This took took Jamie quite a long time, in great part because it was impossible not to relive great memories as each leg came together.  So he’s annotated with pins to mark stops that stood out, like the time we spent a week seeing and hearing fin whales feed in the channel between Isla Coronado and Baja. It’s the top pin in the shot below.

Mexico- zoomed

Then there that look at our miles crossing the Pacific ocean. DANG. That is a lot of water. I dreamed about this.


Want to come fly through our adventures? I’ll post a link to the downloadable file here, and on our Facebook page – that’s the best place for updates, so come along!


To begin automatically downloading the KMZ file and cruise through our journey via Google Earth, just click here.

 Jazzed up readers know we love it when you read this on the Sailfeed website.

This article was syndicated from Sailing Totem


  1. Jerry Hamm

    Congratulations on six years of cruising the Pacific and Indian Oceans and much more. Your courage is more than 98% of those like me who want to go and yet hesitate to live truly free. Thanks for the cool map of your travels and especially the information about California, Baja, and other Mexico cruising areas which are probably where I may someday cruise. Keep up the great blog on Sailfeed and I will go to your Facebook page.

  2. Jamie

    Curtis – nobody ever runs aground, right? If only. For the record, our draft is 6’ (1.8 meters) – and yes, we’ve touched bottom 4 times (nothing to hide): 1) Crescent City, California – we plowed into mud at 2 knots and in the channel (full moon low tide) 2) Va’Vau Tonga – very shallow anchorage with coral and when small tide drop, the rudder just kissed a small piece of dead coral, barely scratching the bottom paint. 3/4) In the mud puddle that is the inside passage to Morton Bay, Australia – we hit 2 mud banks at 3 knots and again in the channel, but always shifting mud so unavoidable (you can see track file where we back up – very funny).
    If you want to follow our track files there are some very shallow areas that we crossed over at high tide, which would be to shallow at low water – particularly in Australia and Borneo, both with big tidal swings. Otherwise, all good! Jamie – s/v Totem

  3. Curtis

    This is great! I have been slowly going through your past blogs recreating points\routes in my MaxSea navigation software. I enjoy comparing routes and places of select cruisers. I was able to change the KMZ file into a KML file and import it directly into MaxSea, saving a lot of time! So if I follow these points I will never run aground, right? … Just kidding!!

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  5. Nica

    I love this for so many reasons. For the first steps (sailing out of the bay.) For the track. For the celebration. For the technology. But mostly for the sharing and the sheer joy of LIFE that is represented on even these static images.

    My hubby did one of these “fly in” things for our cruise, which was admittedly much less ambitious than yours. And like this, it took a long time to pull together because of the memories.


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