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Crossing to The Bahamas – West Palm Beach to Great Sale Cay

It was just like every departure I can remember; beginning with a hurried, flurry of activity, then last-minute marriage-testing stress, then launch, then excitement, then post-traumatic emotional meltdown and finally, a moment of calm and a great sense of accomplishment. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="405"] Lauren Miller and I (Rosa Linda Román) bringing last minute provisions to the s/v Dawn Treader before we leave Florida.[/caption] At 4:15 in the morning on December 7th, 2017 the Dawn Treader left her familiar slip at Riviera Beach Marina and headed past Peanut Island to the Lake Worth Inlet and out to sea. The crew…

T-minus 18 Hours: Sailing From Florida to the Bahamas & Beyond

Sometime after midnight tonight, unless the weather changes, we will be leaving sight of the shore. In the run up to this launch I have tried to reach out to all of my kids’ teachers and coaches and as many of our family and friends as possible. We took trips to Tucson and Phoenix, Sequim and Spokane, Chicago, Miami, Puerto Rico and several other places in the past few months. But the reality is, as I am in the thick of trying to prep the boat while also leaving wide berth for the big emotions swirling around among the Dawn…

Puerto Rico Day 1 – Aguadilla, Rincón & Villa Cofresí

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="452"] Devastation from Hurricane Maria along the roadside in Puerto Rico.[/caption] Destruction! Devastation! Awful! Heartbreaking! As we drove from San Juan to Aguadilla to Rincón, Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria, I stared out the window in disbelief and these were just a few of the words that came to mind to describe what I saw. My husband, Dr. Nathan Goldfein and I had flown to the island to visit my family and offer medical relief wherever needed. Nathan and I are seasoned travelers so making the decision to go to Puerto Rico to do what we…

Puerto Rico Day 1 – Arriving San Juan

When I was a little girl, landing in San Juan, Puerto Rico was always a joyous experience. My big sister Becky and I sometimes flew alone (on standby!) on Eastern Airlines. Our Abuela, Tia Mery or one of our many Tios would be waiting at the airport to receive us. The moment the plane’s wheels touched the ground all the passengers would break into a round of cheers and applause. They were as happy to arrive on the Isla del Encanto as we were. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="382"] Flying over Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria[/caption]   Yesterday’s flight into San…

Puerto Rico here we come!

This time three weeks ago Hurricane Maria was destroying my father’s homeland of Puerto Rico. Today, my husband, Nathan and I are on our way to the island for a medical relief trip. Just sitting here on this flight feels like a miracle. After the hurricane hit, my desire to go to Puerto Rico was immediate. I spent summers and holidays on that island as a child. I speak the language. So many of my loved ones live there. But the desire to go was only one small part of the equation. With 100% of the island left without power…

Like Puerto Rico, I Will Never be the Same

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="383"] The Dawn Treader crew![/caption] People ask us all the time, "What made you decide to move your family onto a boat?" My husband, Nathan generally says, "It was my wife's midlife crisis." I usually tell them, "We wanted to travel with the kids while they are still young enough to want to be with us all the time." [caption id="" align="alignright" width="286"] Samuel jumps into the Bahamian waters near Nassau[/caption] But those answers always felt like only part of the truth. There was always something stirring in my soul, something calling me, compelling me to do…

Back on the Fast Train: The Shock of Going From Homeschool to Public School

For the purposes of this post please close your eyes and imagine yourself on a wonderful journey.   (Well, don’t really close your eyes or you won’t be able to read this!)   Picture yourself with your favorite people, walking down a new trail that none of you have ever been on before. As you walk along the terrain changes frequently.   There are grand vistas and the tiniest of wildflowers. Every now and then a deer grazes across your path. You and your companions take these things in and talk about them, and about life in general, in excited,…

Time for an Overhaul

Hello New Mexicast friends! This is Rosa Linda Román, finally checking in after utter silence here on NewMexicast.com for far too long. Thanks to social media, most New Mexicast subscribers already know the exciting adventure that is happening in my life right now but in case you haven't heard yet, here it is... [caption id="attachment_5699" align="alignleft" width="309"] The Dawn Treader Lagoon 450 sailing catamaran[/caption] My family moved onto a 45 foot sailing catamaran called the Dawn Treader. With 3 kids and a German Shepherd puppy onboard it has been an amazing experience already and I am sure there will be plenty more…

NM108 – Handiwork

Hello Friends, Blame it on the kids being on summer break, the fun adventures we have been having, or on the fact that I just successfully launched season 2 of New Mexicast the TV show in the middle of it all, but I am seriously behind the times here on NewMexicast.com! Looking over the website I realize I have only posted about half the episodes from season 1 here. And I have to do that before I can start posting the new episodes from season 2, right? So, prepare for a barrage. Rather than trying to make it all perfect…

NM107 – Kindness of Strangers

Sometimes, when you most need a reminder about the good in this world, you come across a story (or two) about the kindness of strangers. (more…)

NM106 Flamenco

If you like Flamenco dancing, you will love this week's episode of New Mexicast! (more…)

NM105 Jungle Cruise

If you have fond memories of the backside of water, then this is the episode for you! (more…)

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