Ben and Lauren met while living on the east coast. Both were living in Washington, D.C. working as journalists at the time - Lauren at the Washington Post, Ben at National Geographic. From early in their relationship, they bonded over their love of travel and adventure. Ben had spent time sailing a 33-foot boat to South America, Lauren had lived and traveled in Central America and China. Soon they were talking and dreaming about exploring the world together... and one day with children.
Not long after getting married, we left DC to spend six months trekking together across Asia. Together we paddled around remote islands in Papua, shivered through dengue fever in Indonesia, and shouldered our packs across China.
After settling in the Bay Area and starting a family, our pace of travel slowed. But the spirit of adventure was alive and well. Having grown up hearing sailing stories -- tales of his father being shipwrecked in the South China Sea and tales of his parents cruising in the Caribbean -- Ben dreamed of setting sail with his own family. Lauren never imagined herself living aboard a small sailboat with three other people, but she's also not one to pass up an opportunity for adventure and new experiences.
Now we plan to set sail, south from San Francisco, with our two daughters: nine-year-old Norah and six-year-old Alexandra. They and we are excited about the trip.