Back to Canada–Eh!


I’ve had a few people contacting me inquiring about our Canada trip. They are not only wondering on the details but if this will be the end of our cruising life. So I thought I would create a post to answer the questions I have been asked!


First Question – Are you quitting cruising?

NO we are not ending our cruising life! We are simply going back to Canada during this hurricane season (June – Nov).  We fly out of Antigua on June 10th and fly back to Antigua October 14th! (yes the return tickets are booked).


Second Question – Why are you going back? Is it family issues, money, homesickness?

There are a couple of reasons for this decision. The base technical reason is we really needed to do something for hurricane season. We were faced with 3 options here. First we could find a nice island with some “hurricane holes” and take our chances watching the weather and using the duck and cover strategy. Second, we could head south and run to Grenada or Trinidad (been there, done that). Third, we could put the boat up and head back for the season!


Now understand that we didn’t take this decision lightly. There were pros and cons to all the options. We spent many sleepless nights (really months) and avoided making the final decision until the last minute. In the end we decided it was just time for a “RESET”. We had realized that things had stopped feeling “special”. We had just become too comfortable with it all and felt that a shot of land life would make us appreciate what we really have!


Third Question – What will you do back in Canada?

As some of you may know, my brother is involved with a construction and maintenance company in Northern Alberta. His company has graciously offered me a job for the duration of our stay.


What exact job I will be doing, I’m not exactly sure. I’m guessing “Toothbrush toilet cleaner” until they break my spirit. Winking smile. Whatever it is, I’m guessing I will be loosing some of the beer gut I have built!


Fourth Question – Where will you live?

This is the cool part! We are going to live in our 5th wheel trailer on the original piece of land that my Grandfather homesteaded. It’s a secluded piece of property in Northern Alberta with ZERO services (nope, no water, sewer or power). Just like cruising we are going to live much simpler. We are hoping this take some of the “sting” out of the transitions (both there and back).


Fifth Question – Lets have a beer!

I have received a bunch of these requests. I love drinking beer and I would love to see everybody… HOWEVER, we arrive back in Edmonton on June 11 and I start work June 14 or 15th. I just don’t have time when we initially come back.  I will keep all those requests in mind and hope we can fulfill them towards the end of our stay!



With the top 5 questions answered, I thought I would leave you with some of those special moments we no longer notice!



One of the first dinghy rides. It quickly became clear that Daph was in her element!



First anchor! ( I never slept well for months, now I don’t even notice we move)

2016 Mar Dry Tortuga Gramma 022


Our first landfall as a family. (The lifejackets are so cute)

2016 Mar Marqueses Key Cannon 028


One of the firs days of “Boat School”. These days there is much more yelling, crying and strapping! (just kinda kidding)

2016 Mar Mooring Field (Key West) Gramma 019


The first bow ride.

2016 March Leaving Robbies BoatYard Cannon 030


Landfall in Bahamas and our first foreign port check-in! (man I really loved those shoes and sunglasses)



First time we encounter “Boat Kids”. (Yup our kids swam with lifejackets for months…. LOL). Jonah wouldn’t go in the water because of Rays.. Now he jumps in with 5ft barracuda and names them!



When catching fish after fish on a handline was still new! He spent hours out there.



Our first time making a big passage with a buddy boat. SeaFrog took this picture right after the water spout disappeared.



“Honey, I will pull you up the mast. Look how flat the anchorage is”. We had to remove the fancy navigation light that completely killed our VHF when on. Serious puker factor that day. Now, she would probably sleep until I got her to the top! For those wondering, that is 6 stories. Look at her and look at me, then look at the distance between us, it gives a good idea!


  10 comments for “Back to Canada–Eh!

  1. Kevin Ferrie
    June 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Awesome and so glad you you are keeping at it. We have finally bought a boat and if all goes well will cruise in 2018. Hope you are still out there and if you are I’ll keep a few beers in the budget for you!

    • travis
      June 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm


      We will still be out here. We absolutely hope to see you out here.

      Some advice.. Pick those beers up in St. Martin. I think its the cheapest beer on the planet. About 0.59USD for a 500ML beer (at Super-U). Then we can drink more than a couple 😉

  2. Rhonda Wizniuk
    June 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I really do love climbing the mast! It’s my favorite boat job

    • Teresa Bodker
      June 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      You always were good at poles 😉

  3. Marcie Leier
    June 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    So awesome! Sounds like the next 6 months will be another wonderful adventure for your family! Are you going to keep your blog going during your stay in Alberta? I hope so!

  4. Judy
    June 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Love this post!! And LOVE you are coming home for a bit…..Your kids in the last year plus months have surely become ocean wise. As well as your and Rhonda. When we arrived with the kids in Key West…they jumped into the ocean with life jackets…and a rope tied to the boat with a floatation device attached to the rope for them to use… it’s jump in the ocean…swim to their friends boats…no life jackets…no device….just like fish.
    What a wonderful life experience you two have given your kids!
    Looking forward to seeing yous on Sunday….Safe travels!
    Love Mom and Dad

  5. Stew hart
    June 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Sounds like a good decision. Best wishes to all and safe travels.

  6. Georgette and Russell Drolet
    June 6, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Will be anxcious to see you guys. Welcome home.

  7. John
    June 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Enjoy the time at home! Hope to see you on the water next year.

  8. Arturo D'Elia
    July 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, Travis! I just finished reading your whole blog. Took awhile! What adventures. What stories. What entertaining writing! I remember when we were working together in 2010 and you were telling me about this dream, but you had a plan in place, you had direction, you were going to do it. Now living it. Congratulations! You and your family are getting a rare glimpse in living life in ways most work for but dare to engage at this level! If you have time before you leave, I’d love to meet up and hear more of how you managed to bring your dream to life. Enjoy the summer, hopefully see you before you leave!

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