Sailing on Starshine

Vessel Name: Starshine
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 44
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Pat and Melodie Williams
About: We have been "working the plan" since 2004 when Pat began taking sailing lessons. That lead to a few sailing vacations on sailboats. Melodie took some classes too. We purchased our boat in 2011.
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA
04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon
17 July 2017 | Polson Montana
31 May 2017 | Our new Camper in Ira Texas
04 May 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Mexico
04 April 2017 | La Cruz Anchorage
12 March 2017 | Chamela Bay
12 March 2017 | Tenicatita Bay
18 February 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
29 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
19 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
06 January 2017 | St Thomas USVI
06 January 2017 | Balboa Panama
30 November 2016 | Golfito Costa Rica
02 November 2016 | Marina San Carlos
27 October 2016 | Copper Canyon - Hotel Mirador
27 October 2016 | Copper Canyon in Chihuahua
Recent Blog Posts
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA

Where have we been?

I have been neglecting our blog since early September. I wrote an update but made the classic mistake of not saving my work. You have seen me make this mistake in the past, but it appears I have not learned my lesson! So here it goes again, post # 2……

04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA

Snakes to the Lake

Today is Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon

Idaho Loop Glacier/Yellowstone/Grand Teton

Today is Tuesday August 15 and we are camping in Haystack Campground, a US Forest Service facility just south of Madras OR. We had spent a week back in July scoping out various sites in eastern Oregon, but we ended up here. It is a nice facility and the spots aren’t stacked on top of each other. Our [...]

17 July 2017 | Polson Montana

Arizona to Montana

Today is Sunday July 16, 2017.

Our new Camper in Ira Texas

31 May 2017 | Our new Camper in Ira Texas
Pat Sunny
The photo was taken on May 20 in Ira Texas.

We did look at about 20 campers in AZ before our flight to Dallas. They were all very tired looking. We were surprised at the asking prices on such tired/well used equipment.

We are the new owners of a 2007 Dodge 3500 4x4 with DRW and a 5.9 Cummins diesel. We picked up the truck in Dallas Texas on May 10, then stopped to look at a 2005 Lance 981 camper on the way back to Arizona. We really liked the camper and made the owner an offer which he accepted. We returned to Dewey AZ and spent a week preparing the truck to accept the camper. New tie down points, wired the bed for the proprietary Lance camper plug, plus a bunch of preventative maintenance.

We returned to Ira Texas and took possession o the camper. We began to make our way back toward AZ. We stopped at Carlsbad Caverns, Solar Observatory, and the Very Large Array radio telescope along the way. We stayed on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and US Forest Service land. We avoided staying in RV parks and paying any fees. Our goal is to "disperse" or "dry" camp as much as we can. We are fixing the little things that always seem to need attention when you buy something used. Don't get me wrong, the camper is in great shape, it just needs a little love and attention.

Our general plan is to head to the SF Bay Area by next week, then north toward Seattle. Loop around toward Glacier National Park, then be in a position to view the Solar Eclipse on August 21. We will likely be in Oregon, since we want to be back in SF by late August for the Snakes to the Lake Cobra trip.

We don't know when our next blog post will be. Hope you all have a great summer.
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