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

We end our time in the UK and return to the US

29 May 2015 | Asheville, North Carolina
Karyn, raining
On March 27th, we moved to our last house sit in the UK in Chipstead. It is a lovely setting. The owner is a structural engineer and they have remodeled an old home on a lovely lot that backs up to the golf course. This is a young family with two children, Ashleigh and Callum. They also have a vacation home outside of Toulouse, in France. While the family goes to France, we are looking after their home and their two cats Bill and Zoe and the rabbit Bela. During this time, we are near London by train with lots of opportunities to revisit places we've enjoyed and see some more of this fascinating city. After the sit, we had a few more days, so we became more familiar with London than we might of as tourists. The gallery has lots of beautiful pictures of spring coming to this part of the world, both at the home in Chipstead and in London itself. We have seen a lot of winter, going from winter in New Zealand and Australia on to winter in Europe. Flowers were a beautiful blessing and they were everywhere. We sought them out, going to gardens, etc. We took a side trip to Windsor Castle, the countryside was lovely and the Castle a real delight. While in London, we stayed in a room in a penthouse flat. There wasn't much privacy, but it was centrally located and the owners were very nice. It gave us an inexpensive way to stay in a very expensive European City. We have used Air BnB several times now when between sits, and never been disappointed. The UK has been wonderfully welcoming to us. We have made great friends and seen so much of the country. We would go back in a heartbeat. We're saying that about winter engagements; think how much we would love it in the spring/summer/fall. Hoping some of our homeowners will have us back someday. House sitting has been a great way to be residents rather than tourists.

We were happy to return to the US. There is a lot ahead of us there. We had a wonderful house sit in Reston, VA with Liz and Gil and their pets Clay and Sammy. Gil is quite a landscaper and Liz a beautiful decorator. We were so lucky to stay in such a beautiful place, right on a lake. We loved the animals, but lost the cat the first day. Whew! we made posters, walked miles and prayed a lot. Can you imagine homeowners coming home to only 1/2 of their animals. Don't think the reference would be very good after that performance. When Sammy came home, we were so glad to see her, we cried.

While there, we took a day to shop for some new clothes. We haven't bought any for quite a while and needed to spruce up for Bob's Basic School Marine Reunion I found the closest Chico's and Bob went to Brooks Bros and Jos A Banks. It was frantic being in all the crowds. We are no longer used to that kind of shopping. It has been years since we have been to a shopping center. But we were happy with our new duds, and they fit our slightly larger sized bodies :-(

The Marine Corps reunion at Quantico was very meaningful and great fun for Bob and me. These guys all went to Vietnam 47 years ago, and most hadn't seen each other since. I signed on to do lots of jobs as I really wasn't part of Bob's military life, but I found there was plenty of use for a Chaplain. Bob & I were both shocked to see the struggles many of these men and their families have endured from their injuries, both physical and mental and from exposure to agent orange. Bob is so fortunate not to be carrying these burdens from his tours of duty in Vietnam. We've had many discussions since about just how unfortunate it is that military service during wartime actually means a lifetime of war exposure for both the soldier and his or her family. Much to think about. The people were wonderful. It ended with a small ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in DC. Everyone was affected and they are planning a trip to Vietnam in 2016. Good job to all who worked so hard to organize and to find their comrades after so much time had passed.

We are now in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a beautiful home above Asheville, NC. It is huge, with lots of exposed wood inside and out. The owners Jeff and Lissa are tandem biking in Germany and Holland for 2 months. We are caring for their property and their pets: two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Luna and Tucker; and two cats, Lily and Peanut. You can see their pictures in the gallery. Once again, we love them dearly and are really enjoying them. Unfortunately, Peanut is elderly and in kidney failure, so he gets regular fluid infusions at the vet, which he deals with admirably. We take the dogs everywhere we can. They are so well behaved and lots of fun to hike with. Yesterday we went to Lake Lure and climbed to the top of Chimney Rock. Jeff, the homeowner has been battling lung CA. He is an avid biker and in great shape and making this trip has really been a dream come true for them. He had Chemo the day before they left and will have it again in Europe. Such courage these folks have.

We are happy to be back in the US. I'm especially happy to just be able to pick up the phone to talk with my kids and my friends. It really puts a smile on my face to hear my phone ring again. We are here until the middle of July and then we will be returning to a home in Long Beach owned by our sailing friends Darlene and Jeff Gidley. So we're covered until January 2016 for housing. I'm on the daily hunt to fill Jan -June. Then we can move into the Hawaii house. Who knows what adventures await us in the meantime.

Oh yes, we are here long enough to see doctors. Bob is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday. You might remember he took a fall walking the dog in Essex, UK. I am having a pre-melanoma removed on Wednesday. We should end up better than new!

Aloha for now. Karyn
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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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14 day cruise on the Adriatic, including Venice, Dubrovnik, Split, Athens, Corfu, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Mykonos, Santorini, and Olympia. 2 weeks in the French region of Gascony, beginning of 21st house sit in Grass Valley, CA on a 200 acre ranch.
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Created 10 November 2015
Time to visit friends and family in the area.
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Created 10 September 2015
We leave our housesit in Asheville, North Carolina, go to Las Vegas to see Jacquelyn and family and begin our time back in Long Beach and the Gidley's home.
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Created 21 July 2015
First reunion of Bob's Basic School in the Marines. All these guys went to Vietnam at the same time. Then on to our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain home outside of Asheville, North Carolina with pets Tucker, Luna, Lily and Peanut.
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Created 29 May 2015
Our last house sit in England and the first as we return to the US
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Created 25 April 2015
Canterbury, Staple,Oxford, Cotswalds, Stratford on Avon, Chester,Manley
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Created 16 March 2015
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Sarum, Bath, London and Canterbury
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Created 10 February 2015
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Created 20 January 2015
our first house sit in the United Kingdom
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Created 20 January 2015
Trip from Budapest to Nuremberg and first UK house sit in Colne Engaine, Essex
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Created 13 December 2014
October/November trip to family and friends including a house sit in Queens New York
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Created 27 November 2014
the beautiful Adelaide Hills in the spring
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Created 13 October 2014
Lenswood Township
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Created 19 September 2014
Suburb of Melbourne, Australia
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Created 1 September 2014
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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Created 5 July 2014
Leaving beautiful Bundaberg, Au. and returning to Martinborough, NZ
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Created 2 June 2014
Last pictures of our property on the Burnett River outside of Bundaberg, Australia
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Created 2 June 2014
2nd house sit in Bundaberg
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Created 18 May 2014
National observance of Australia's part in WW I
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Created 25 April 2014
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Created 20 April 2014
Three days between house sits in Australia
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Created 20 April 2014
house sit on Lake Chapala in the province of Jalisco. Mexico
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Created 1 April 2014
We visit family and friends in Nevada and California an set up house sitting in Lake Chapala, Mexico
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Created 28 February 2014
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Created 26 December 2013
housesitting in Wellington
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Created 11 December 2013
crossing from New Caledonia to New Zealand
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Created 25 November 2013
City, Botanical Gardens, Archaeological Museums, Zoo, Aquarium, Market
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Created 10 November 2013
taking a tour of the 1903 sugar mill still exporting sugar today
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Created 23 October 2013
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Created 17 October 2013
Resort on the spot where Fijians first landed on this island
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Created 16 October 2013
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Created 24 September 2013
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Created 24 September 2013
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Created 24 September 2013
town, harbor, market, Polynesian Voyaging Canoe
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Created 24 September 2013
northern end of the Tongan Islands
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Created 15 August 2013
Friendly people and mail!
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Created 15 August 2013
Island in the northern Cooks
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Created 15 August 2013
Mo'orea, Huahine, Raiatea, and Bora Bora
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Created 9 July 2013
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Created 26 May 2013
The Tuamotos
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Created 13 May 2013
Wonderful little day trip
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Created 13 May 2013
North side of Nuku Hiva
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Created 13 May 2013
To the port where the supply ship Aranui delivers supplies. We need some
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Created 13 May 2013
A stop on the way to Nuku Hiva
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Created 13 May 2013
Beautiful spires and people await us
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Created 13 May 2013
The Marquesas
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Created 13 May 2013
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Created 13 May 2013
Activities in preparation for sailing across the Pacific Ocean to The Marquesas and point beyond.
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Created 20 March 2013
Returning to see more of Mexico and prepare for the Puddle Jump
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Created 15 February 2013
Last weeks in Mazatlan and down the coast to Banderas Bay
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Created 25 January 2013
Matzatlan, holidays, hauling out in boat yard
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Created 2 January 2013
Back to Mazatlan after over a year to reconnect with old friends.
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Created 2 December 2012
Wrapping up our Sea of Cortez adventure
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Created 2 December 2012
The return trip from Santa Rosalia south to Marina Palmira
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Created 15 November 2012
anchorage hopping north in the Sea of Cortez
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Created 2 November 2012
returning to La Paz and Costa Baja Marina
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Created 18 October 2012
Last of the season in La Paz
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Created 13 July 2012
June trip to the southern Sea of Cortez
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Created 16 June 2012
Leaving Puerto Vallarta. Passage to Costa Baha Marina in La Paz
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Created 26 May 2012
Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta, and San Sebastian
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Created 6 May 2012
Puerto Vallarta
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Created 27 April 2012
Visit Mary Beth in Florida and Jacquelyn in Las Vegas
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Created 9 April 2012
The president and boat repairs
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Created 19 March 2012
artifacts and paintings from Hidalgo Museum
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Created 1 March 2012
many stops in between
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Created 27 February 2012
morning departure
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Created 19 February 2012
Carol and I explore the mangroves
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Created 19 February 2012
We finally leave Puerto Vallarta for points south
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Created 18 February 2012
portlights, turtle release, walk in town
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Created 7 February 2012
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Created 29 January 2012
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Created 23 January 2012
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Created 16 January 2012
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Created 11 January 2012
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Created 10 January 2012
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Created 10 January 2012
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Created 1 January 2012
Christmas Eve to New Years with Matt in Matzatlan
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Created 1 January 2012
Matt comes to visit for Christmas
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Created 24 December 2011
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Created 24 December 2011
South on the Sea of Cortez to Pacific Mexico
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Created 24 December 2011
Los Mochis and Topolobampo
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Created 14 December 2011
leaving Topolobampo for El Fuerte and on to the Copper Canyon
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Created 14 December 2011
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Created 6 December 2011
Dinner the last night before leaving La Paz
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Created 6 December 2011
crossing the sea of cortez
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Created 6 December 2011
Guests of Boren's, SS, shopping, marina
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Created 2 December 2011
We drive from La Paz to Loreto and back in one day
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Created 25 November 2011
A walking tour
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Created 25 November 2011
We spend some time at La Paz in marina de la Paz
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Created 16 November 2011
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Created 13 November 2011
Leaving Cabo San Lucas for Los Frailes
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Created 13 November 2011
sailing to Cabo San Lucas and the final event
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Created 9 November 2011
Leaving Turtle Bay for a 2 day trip to Bahia Santa Maria
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Created 9 November 2011
Our first anchorage on the Baha Haha is Turtle Bay
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Created 9 November 2011
First day at sea on the way to Bahia Santa Maria
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Created 9 November 2011
Leaving San Diego with 160 other boats
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Created 9 November 2011
Last minute preparation for our leave-taking
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Created 8 November 2011
First day of cruising Goodbye to Long Beach
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Created 21 October 2011
Some pictures of our preparation
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Created 19 October 2011
We hope you've enjoyed the posts we have assembled and provided for you. Please comment and tell us your reactions. Bob & Karyn