Another Big Adventure

We moved onto our Manta catamaran in July 2010.

We moved onto our Manta catamaran in July 2010.

In less than two hours, Delta Flight #38 takes off for London, and the Lezovich family will be aboard.

Today marks a new chapter in our travel adventures. For the past two years we’ve sailed through the Caribbean on our 40’ catamaran, Happy Times. We left her about six weeks ago in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, and returned to the USA to visit family and friends in the South and Midwest. Now we’re headed to Europe for six months and transportation remains an open question. We may travel by train or budget airline. Or we may buy a campervan and pretend that we’re hippies traveling the open road.

One connection unites our travels, at least initially. We’re house-sitting and pet-sitting. We have four assignments thus far: one in Belgium, one in England and two in France.

We met Marilyn and Ken in Cartagena, December 2011.

We met Marilyn and Ken in Cartagena, December 2011.

We were inspired by our friends Marilyn and Ken Frick who began house-sitting in the U.S. a few years ago. They have a couple of standing gigs which allows them to visit their daughter. Otherwise, Marilyn and Ken cruise the Caribbean aboard their 41’ Tartan offshore cruising ketch, Dream Ketch’r, as they have done for the past seven years.

Why didn’t we sail to Europe? We decided that we really want to travel inland, so we can visit historical and cultural sites that will expand Mikayla’s view of the world. Sailing Happy Times across the Atlantic Ocean only to dock at a marina at considerable expense didn’t make sense.

Mike and I also came to an important realization about ourselves as we discussed and processed our plans: We’re travelers first, sailors second.


About Cheryl Crockett Lezovich

Mom, first mate and writer aboard a 40' Manta catamaran, S/V Happy Times.
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3 Responses to Another Big Adventure

  1. Susan Moody says:

    Cheryl, I have so enjoyed reading of your adventures at sea, and now for awhile, we really look forward to this new chapter in your lives……your travels and adventures in Europe. If someone asked what I have enjoyed reading the most this year, I would have to say Cheryl’s ” Three at Sea” . I am so looking forward to keeping up with the Lezovich family as you write about your land adventures across the big pond, thanks also to my daughter, Peggy, who turned us on to your site!
    Thanks for sharing, and a Merry Christmas in Old Londontown this year! Susan Moody

  2. Kathy says:

    Hear! Hear! What’s this stuff about the joy in the journey? I want to BE there! Kathy

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