Author Archive | Jess

Josh and Chris, finally underway. So long, San Diego.

Mother, Mother Ocean

There’s a lot of romance around heading out to sea. As I stow all things little and large in what will be Far’s last evening in the US for a while, I listen to Jack Johnson cover Jimmy Buffett’s “Pirate Looks at 40” (you should probably go ahead and google that and give it a […]

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Boats in the wake of Hurricane Odile, September 2014. The was the most powerful storm to hit the Baja peninsula in 50 years.

How to Ask for Help: the Fulbright Research Files

First, a little background about just what it is that I am doing as a Fulbright researcher in Baja California. I study the impacts of climate change on the coasts of Latin America from both a scientific and human perspective. Stories and personal experiences of living on the coast are not used by the scientific […]

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Dodger success!

Surf Lessons from the Atmospheric River

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. ~John Steinbeck I love making plans. I create a vision in my head and promptly fall in love. […]

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As Dolly says, If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. The view from our casa in La Paz.

An American in La Paz

Or, Being on the Other Side of the Immigration Process In my first month in Baja, I have been treated overwhelming well. Due in large part to our gracious (and brilliant, energetic, and super fun) host, Laura, we have been introduced to an amazing group of people working in conservation in La Paz and throughout […]

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Kekito.

Uh, hey guys? It’s HOT.

Sea dawg reporting to you from what appears to be our new home in La Paz, Mexico. And I would like to start by saying that it’s HOT here in Mexico. The nice winter coat I was working on in Berkeley? NOT useful here. We spent five whole days in the truck to get here, […]

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Pan, pan, y más pan...

The Way to Peace

Day 3 We were quiet as we drove away from damaged San Ignacio. We didn’t know what we would see along the road as we crossed the canyons and mountains to our first view of the Sea of Cortez. Which was stunning. From the top of the road in the coastal desert mountains, the sapphire […]

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Dinner on the deck at the mouth of Bahia San Quintín and Molino Viejo.

Going South

“Gasolina??” the border inspector repeated incredulously. “Sí,” I sighed. I had just explained that our friends in La Paz said they had heard that the road was open, but to bring extra water and gas. Josh, Uly and I waited in the hot shade 100 meters from the US border in Tecate, México, while two […]

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All that running around in the boatyard is exhausting, can someone else take the helm for a bit?

Back in the water again

Well, not much has changed in the life of this sea dawg in the past week, but there has been a flurry of activity for the humans and I have a new boat on which I keep watch. Lady and Man have been spending endless time in the back of the boatyard, but this is […]

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It may not look like, but I'm on watch.

I’m Ulysses, the sea dawg

  Hey everyone. My mom is busy trying to finish up everything on that big boat in the yard with all the good stuff to chew on, and she sits at the computer a lot too, talking about some place called Africa and their energy, so I’m going to take over for her for a […]

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Ulysses supervises the improvements.

Doing It “Yourself”

In May, after a year and half of searching, I finally found the boat of my dreams. The 1978 Cal 39 Far Niente was an incredible price, and I quickly made an offer. Within a week, and two days after my Masters graduation, I had purchased the boat. Since then, I have had Far hauled […]

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