Realtime Journeys

In 2011 Bob and Karyn Packard sailed the Sea Of Cortez, and, Mexico, then through all the South Pacific island groups, and finally to New Zealand. 2014 started their ashore phase, caring for homes & pets worldwide.

10 November 2015 | Grass Valley, California
10 September 2015 | Long Beach, California
21 July 2015 | Long Beach, California
29 May 2015 | Asheville, North Carolina
16 March 2015 | Village of Manley outside of Chester
10 February 2015 | Village of Staple outside of Canterbury
20 January 2015 | Brighstone
13 December 2014 | Colne Engaine, Essex UK
27 November 2014 | New York City - Queens
13 October 2014 | South Australia
19 September 2014 | Adelaide Hills, AU
01 September 2014 | Outside of Melbourne, Australia
13 August 2014
31 July 2014 | New Zealand
02 June 2014 | Bundaberg, Australia
18 May 2014 | on the Burnett River
24 April 2014 | Bundaberg, Australia
20 April 2014 | Bundaberg

Lots of new cities in England

10 February 2015 | Village of Staple outside of Canterbury
Karyn / overcast and cold
To our friends and family. We are really exploring this wonderful country, England. We are currently in the Village of Staple about 12 miles outside of Canterbury, UK. As we ended our Isle of Wight sit, we hiked to the "long rock" a pagan religious site. We hadn't been able to find it the first time and went out for one last try. It still amazes us to be in a place with such history. We had a week to ourselves before we started this current sit. I think that we used it wisely. When you look at the gallery, perhaps you will agree. We have seen so much in the last 10 days.

Our Isle of Wight homeowners, Alan and Pat, came back an hour early so that we could try to see the Mary Rose Museum and the HMS Victory in Portsmouth. We were successful. What an amazing museum. The Mary Rose went down in 1545. It was preserved in the mud and over the past 43 years has been raised and analyzed archaeologically. The pictures really don't do it justice. It is unbelievable to see it and to hear the conclusions that have been drawn about the ship and its crew. They have found clothes, food, money, medicine, tools, books, guns, long bows, etc. Thousands of items that tell the story of this ship. Don't miss it if you ever get the chance to see it. Of course, the HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship at the battle of Trafalgar, is there to be enjoyed as well.

Then on to Salisbury. We wanted to see the Cathedral that was written about by Ken Follett in Pillars of the Earth and Rutherfurd's, Sarum. We not only saw it (it is magnificent), we climbed to the top of the spire. What a view. We could even be in the bell tower when the bells rang. What an experience. Nearby are Stonehenge and Sarum. The weather was bitterly cold and windy, so we didn't stay long, but these sights are places we have dreamed of seeing our whole lives. We never tire of experiencing the antiquity of this country. We are learning so much about the history and the people. We continued our drive to Bath, a spa city developed by the Romans from 50AD to 400AD. It is really something to see and experience. They have done a wonderful job of creating a living museum of both the space and the artifacts of this spa sight. Oh yes, I got to have high tea in the Pump Room. This is definitely not the place to go if you are watching your carbs. But, what a beautiful room and we were serenaded by a chamber ensemble. Who could ask for more? We also heard a part of evensong in the Cathedral and did a city tour. Our guide was 85 years young and taught us with knowledge and humor.

Then on to London for 3 days and 4 nights. We had rented a flat on Air BnB. If you haven't used them please take our recommendation. We had a whole flat for less than a room at the Best Western. We were in Chelsea and we saw a lot in our time there. What a wonderful city. It is clean and an interesting mixture of cultures. We went to the British Museum, The Tate Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In each place, we had wonderful tours with such knowledgeable guides. I especially enjoyed the wedding dress exhibition from the 1700's. Bob like the early Greek pieces from the Parthenon and all the history that went with it. We took a few pictures, so check it out. Still astounds me that we can be looking at the articles used daily thousands of years ago. This trip has planted seeds in us to look for an excursion that will allow us to join a dig at some point in our lives. A stop at Leicester Square got us two tickets to Billy Elliott for $37.00 apiece. We enjoyed it so much and the young boy who played the lead was terrific. On our last night, we were headed to St. Martin's in the Field to hear Hayden's Creation, but as we passed Westminster Abbey, I wanted to walk around it. In the process, we ended up in a line that took us into the Abby and seated us for evensong. You heard it right. We went to evensong at Westminster Abbey. What a treat. Then on to the concert. The stars were aligned for sure. What a wonderful day!

Our last stop before starting this sit was Canterbury, in Kent. As soon as we arrived, I went to evensong (again). Bob's had enough evensongs! I would love a chance to do this everyday. Then in the morning we attended Sunday's sung Eucharist. We were able to to sit in the choir loft with the cathedral guides during the service. We were positioned to watch the choir director and the worship leaders. It was just perfect. England has just ordained its first woman Bishop in the Church of England. The Dean of the church was a man, but the scripture and the Eucharist were presided by a woman. It is a hopeful time for women in ministry here in England, where history has not done much to support their work. I think of Allison and Karen, Anglican women who have gone ahead to be ordained. So proud of them. We will come back to Canterbury during our house sit for a tour of the cathedral and of the city itself. There is so much to learn in this site of the Canterbury Tales.

We are so blessed to get to see so much of this wonderful country. It is so much more than either of us had expected. Check the gallery for pictures in the next day of so and enjoy. I must sign off. The Vicar is coming and I am preaching this Sunday. Each Vicar handles 4-5 parishes out here in the villages and they are happy to have some help. I'm more then happy to be of service.
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Vessel Name: Realtime
Vessel Make/Model: Norseman 447
Hailing Port: Long Beach
Crew: Bob and Karyn Packard
About: Bob and Karyn departed the security of Long Beach on 10/20/2011 for extended cruising in Mexico and the South Pacific. Although no longer at sea, they have not returned home: they are now traveling and house-sitting from wherever the invitation comes.
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Bob and Karyn retired from their jobs at the end of April/2011. They have extensively cruised Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. They have sailed extensively in the South Pacific, arriving in New Zealand in November 2013, where a new phase began. Having put Realtime up for sale, Karyn and Bob are now [...]
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Our last house sit in England and the first as we return to the US
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our first house sit in the United Kingdom
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Trip from Budapest to Nuremberg and first UK house sit in Colne Engaine, Essex
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Lenswood Township
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Suburb of Melbourne, Australia
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House sitting on the North Island of New Zealand in the Bay of Islands
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Created 31 July 2014
House sitting on North Island of New Zealand
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Leaving beautiful Bundaberg, Au. and returning to Martinborough, NZ
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Last pictures of our property on the Burnett River outside of Bundaberg, Australia
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2nd house sit in Bundaberg
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National observance of Australia's part in WW I
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Three days between house sits in Australia
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house sit on Lake Chapala in the province of Jalisco. Mexico
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We visit family and friends in Nevada and California an set up house sitting in Lake Chapala, Mexico
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housesitting in Wellington
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crossing from New Caledonia to New Zealand
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City, Botanical Gardens, Archaeological Museums, Zoo, Aquarium, Market
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taking a tour of the 1903 sugar mill still exporting sugar today
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Resort on the spot where Fijians first landed on this island
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town, harbor, market, Polynesian Voyaging Canoe
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northern end of the Tongan Islands
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Friendly people and mail!
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Island in the northern Cooks
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Mo'orea, Huahine, Raiatea, and Bora Bora
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The Tuamotos
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Wonderful little day trip
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North side of Nuku Hiva
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To the port where the supply ship Aranui delivers supplies. We need some
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A stop on the way to Nuku Hiva
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Beautiful spires and people await us
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The Marquesas
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Activities in preparation for sailing across the Pacific Ocean to The Marquesas and point beyond.
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Returning to see more of Mexico and prepare for the Puddle Jump
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Last weeks in Mazatlan and down the coast to Banderas Bay
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Matzatlan, holidays, hauling out in boat yard
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Back to Mazatlan after over a year to reconnect with old friends.
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Wrapping up our Sea of Cortez adventure
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The return trip from Santa Rosalia south to Marina Palmira
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anchorage hopping north in the Sea of Cortez
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returning to La Paz and Costa Baja Marina
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Last of the season in La Paz
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June trip to the southern Sea of Cortez
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Leaving Puerto Vallarta. Passage to Costa Baha Marina in La Paz
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Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta, and San Sebastian
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Puerto Vallarta
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Visit Mary Beth in Florida and Jacquelyn in Las Vegas
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The president and boat repairs
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artifacts and paintings from Hidalgo Museum
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many stops in between
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morning departure
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Carol and I explore the mangroves
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We finally leave Puerto Vallarta for points south
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portlights, turtle release, walk in town
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Christmas Eve to New Years with Matt in Matzatlan
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Matt comes to visit for Christmas
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South on the Sea of Cortez to Pacific Mexico
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Los Mochis and Topolobampo
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leaving Topolobampo for El Fuerte and on to the Copper Canyon
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Dinner the last night before leaving La Paz
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crossing the sea of cortez
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Guests of Boren's, SS, shopping, marina
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We drive from La Paz to Loreto and back in one day
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A walking tour
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We spend some time at La Paz in marina de la Paz
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Leaving Cabo San Lucas for Los Frailes
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sailing to Cabo San Lucas and the final event
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Leaving Turtle Bay for a 2 day trip to Bahia Santa Maria
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Our first anchorage on the Baha Haha is Turtle Bay
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First day at sea on the way to Bahia Santa Maria
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Leaving San Diego with 160 other boats
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Last minute preparation for our leave-taking
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First day of cruising Goodbye to Long Beach
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Some pictures of our preparation
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