Adventures of Maia | Blog
An adventure, sailing and cruising throughout the world with Laura, Dick and Ellie.
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Dick, Ellie and I are back in Park City, staying at our friends and old neighbor’s, Eva & Bob Brehm’s on River Birch Court! The survey and sea trial went well, we are here for a mere three weeks before we move back to the Pacific Northwest to pick up our new sailboat and home!!!

The last week of the trip went fast, we spent a couple nights in Sidney (a cute BC town). We then headed back over the border for another nice visit with Lynda & Terry (who we are so grateful to, for being able to store the Airstream while we were gallivanting about in Washington and British Columbia)! Our next night, we caught up with my dear college friend David Lee & Dee in their gorgeous home south of Portland. Then we spent one last night in the “Land Yacht” near Medford, OR before returning it to Maude and John in Capay, CA. Saturday we had a wonderful family dinner with Erin, JT, Daniel, Luke, Maude and John.

The drive back to Utah was mostly in light snow, a nice change from the rain. We arrived in Park City to a beautiful winter wonderland. Happy to be “home”, spending time with friends and family while making the last purge of stuff, before heading off on our big journey!

Our trip to Canada, was successful. We found our new home! We spent most of the week up in BC. January 20, we drove to Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and took the ferry to Sidney. We looked at one boat there and then drove to Victoria and had our first look at “Respect”. The next day, we spent with the owner, Wayne, who did a thorough job of showing us the entire boat. We opened all the nooks and crannies and he explained it all to us. He even treated us to lunch at the Victoria Yacht Club. That evening we made an offer and it was accepted. We will be having a survey and sea trial on Tuesday to make sure she is sound. We are so excited!

Dick, Ellie & I had a beautiful drive up Highway 1 from Morro Bay to San Francisco! We were thinking of staying in Big Sur, but it was pouring rain and everything was drenched, so we made it further up the Coast to Pescadero. From Pescadero, we found a delightful Campground near Santa Cruz, with an Ocean view. We were excited to look at boats in the San Francisco, explore the area a bit and meet up with my cousin, Mark Beeson. We had a good SF visit, but as none of the boats spoke to us, we continued to the Pacific Northwest!

We boogied up the amazing Oregon Coast, it felt much more rugged than California. We spent just one night in Oregon in wonderful campground on a small lake. It was very green and lush. We rushed, as we wanted to arrive in Seattle by Friday to look at a boat that was not yet on the market. We were excited to spend the weekend in Seattle with friends!

On Friday, we first met up with Lynda and Terry Lahman for a wonderful lunch and a quick tour of their amazing property. They offered to keep the trailer for us while we were in the area (we did not want to haul it around the Seattle area, as we had a real home to stay in)! Then we were off to see Hello World, a Caliber 40 sailboat, it is a possibility for us! While in Seattle area we stayed with good friend Elise Trester, in her lovely condo in Sammamish, WA. We spent time catching up with her and her bo, Tom Blackwood, went out to see Star Wars, did some hiking and began learning to live with rain and more rain or as Tom described it to us, “Perma-mist”.

We looked at several more boats in the Seattle area, but nothing seemed to quite right. Our broker, Pete McDonagle with Swiftsure Yachts, recommended we look at a couple Sceptre 41 sailboats. They were designed and built in Vancouver, Canada and had the specifications we were looking for. There were two available in Victoria. So, today we are heading up to Canada, (my first time ever) to look at the boats. We feel that we are getting close to finding our new home!

the Adventurer’s

MAIA’s crew



We had a wonderful 2 nights at Carpinteria State Beach. We loved the town. When we exited Highway 1 we found a great little strip mall with everything we needed. (Including a dog wash that was necessary for Ellie on our second day!) The State Park campground is directly on the beach! We had big waves so the campsites that are directly on the beach were closed. We were in the next row, with an unobstructed view of the beach and the huge ocean waves right out our back window.

Big surf at Carpinteria State Beach

There is a great trail out of the park to the south that we explored on our first morning. We then headed into Santa Barbara and took a little tour before we had lunch at a FisHouse. I had a wonderful fish taco and Dick loved his fish sandwich. Coffee after at the French Press. Then we met Jolie and Scott who live aboard their 38 ft sailboat in Santa Barbara harbor.

Jolie and Laura in Santa Barbara

Yesterday, we headed further North to Morro Bay State Park. We got there just in time to see the sunset. We took some amazing pictures, (I think the best ever!). Our nephew Seth, came down for dinner, and we hung out around a campfire.  Today was a misty rainy day. We drove to Seth & Karen’s in Atascadero and then went on a road tour of Daou winery (where Seth is working) and drove up the coast to Piedras Blancas near San Simeon to see the Elephant Seals. It is currently birthing and mating season. Lot’s of babies hanging on the beach with their mamas! Tomorrow we will be off to head further up the coast, Dick says the next part is the most beautiful. We plan to get to San Francisco on Monday or Tuesday and we have a couple boats we are interested in looking at!

Huntington Beach, California Huntington Beach, California

We are on our road trip up the West Coast!! This is day three. We stayed at Huntington Beach RV park for 2 nights (I give it a 3 out of 5; great location, across PCH from a beautiful beach, nice laundry, pool & jacuzzi, the bathroom and showers are ready for a remodel.) While in the Los Angeles area we looked at several boats; a Norseman 400, Valiant 40 & Westsail 42. Ellie spent a little time on the deck of a boat and liked it!

While we were in San Diego we looked at an Island Packet. We like the boat, it seems like it would be comfortable and safe, however it is a little pricy, does not seem to have much storage, and not sure how well it will sail into the wind.

Today we left Huntington is a torrential rain storm! We went to look at the Norseman again, it was amazingly dry. We like the boat, love the inside however it will need a lot of work to get it ready to sail. Another unknown is the multiple blisters on the bottom of the boat!

The drive up Highway 1 was wonderful. We had rain for much of the day, but driving along the ocean was beautiful and saw a rainbow! We stopped in Malibu for Coffee/Tea and the mapping program took us around on a loop to get back to Highway 1. We came down a steep road with a wonderful ocean view, and ended up on a great beach (near the Sunset restaurant)!

Now we are at Carpentaria State Park, which is right on the beach. Looking forward to spending time here tomorrow and going to Santa Barbara!

We are Vagabonds! We are on our way to San Diego to visit family, look at boats & begin a road trip up the West Coast to find our new “home” (a sailboat)! The house sold in November, everything we still own is either with us or in storage (we still have way to much stuff in storage)!

We have quite a few types of sailboats in mind, (in the 40 ft range,) but ours has not shown up yet. So far we spent a lot of time online looking at boats and have taken a couple trips to look at boats in person. We plan to find a boat that will keep us safe, but will also sail well into the wind. Will she be a Corbin, Norseman, West Sail, Valiant, Caliber, Passport, Nordic, Shannon, Island Packet or ???? We have a list of boats that we are considering that we received when we took our Offshore Cruising Seminar from John and Amanda Swan Neal. (

As we drove thru the night, boat names came to mind; Zzyzzx, Dark Water, La Luna, Nisqualli, Established, Moon.

Possible domain name; Keep rolling, Centered,

A Blog name; Dick & Laura’s (Sailing) Adventures

This road trip seems to be part of the Journey. When Dick brought up this sailing adventure, about 4 years ago, I was hesitant, to say the least (Hi Dad)! One of my reasons not to go sailing was that I wanted to see more of the US, via land. Driving up the way up the West Coast of the US, will get that checked off my bucket list!

Everything has come together nicely since “the wedding proposal’ in April. We were married May 1! We had amazing weather for a Round Valley wedding, a wonderful gathering in our backyard and a perfect weekend with family and friends.

Next, the house got new windows, siding, paint, front walk & driveway. We finished with awesome landscaping (thanks Bill White). Our realtor, Tom Peek recommended we get some help with selling the house. We had a “stager”, Kelley come to help us decide what we should leave in the house (which was not much). We had already gotten rid of a lot of stuff at our yard sale, so we got rid of more!! Then we had cousin, Maura Powers, a realtor & feng shui expert come over to help with the finishing touches and we got rid of more stuff!! (thanks Maura) We staged three rooms with rented furniture. The house looked awesome and no longer felt like our own. The house sold within 6 weeks (thanks Team Peek), and we were out the Monday before Thanksgiving.

Our close friend, Sue McJames let us stay at her home during the transition from house to sailboat. She was traveling for part of the time, so we were able to spread out and get re-organized and get rid of more stuff!! Everything we have now is either in storage or with us!! Trevor moved to Salt Lake and is living with a couple of friends in an apartment near the U.

the Adventurer’s



Dick had a dream in his 20’s to sail around the world. He brought up the idea to me a couple years ago, I was a hesitant at first and came around slowly. Our plan became to sell the house and most of our things and then buy a sailboat, which would become our new home. This would make us free to go wherever we wanted for as long as we wanted. In April, we decided we could make the dream of cruising and sailing happen by the end of the year!!! Nevertheless, a few things needed to happen first! After being partners for 14 years, he proposed and we became married on May 1 (our “14th first date anniversary”). We had an awesome ceremony in the mountains in Park City and then a wonderful celebration in our backyard.

Before selling the house and buying a sailboat we had to fix up the house, (new siding, windows, driveway, paint inside & out, and upgraded landscaping). We also needed to clear out 11 years of all the wonderful things we gathered. It was a busy summer, but we made it all happen, the house went on the Market this past week! What we did not realize was that to sell the house, it would be best if we pretty much moved everything out of the house, before we sold. (Our realtors said it was best to stage the house, to sell it quickly.) The realtor open house was on Tuesday, we had 4 showings (no offers yet). We have had some crazy couple months!! “Our house” no longer feel like our home, which probably is a good thing, since it will be someone else’s soon!

The next BIG step is to find our new home, a 38-44 foot sailboat. The search will begin soon, as we hope to be on the water sometime this coming winter. The last couple nights have been our first to relax in a long, long time. Deep breaths and believe the stress will be over soon and that this will be the beginning of an amazing journey! Hope to see you out there!!! Fair winds & following seas!