We traveled 10,000 miles for them

We traveled 10,000 miles for them

I have a habit of saying “I love you to the moon and back” which can be anywhere in the ballpark of 500,000 miles (give or take).  So, while I can’t say we’ve traveled quite that far…this does go down as the farthest we’ve ever gone for a friend.

We travel 10,000+ miles all the way to South Africa to see our old crewmate Kate and her husband Rufus.

We explore rugged coastlines, wine farms and find our inner caveman deep inside the Cango Caves.

Well, you’ve probably heard the old Irish proverb, “There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!”.

Friendships are one thing, but the bonds forged with friends on ships while crossing seas…well, those are on a whole other level.  And that is where our dear friend Kate comes in.

We first met Kate and her husband Rufus in Panama. It was one of those fast forged, easy-going connections.  We snorkeled, shared sundowners and explored Panama together.  We even rang in the New Year together.

Then, an opportunity came about.  Rufus and Kate were jumping ship.  They were leaving their current crew position to move up the ranks.  Kate was able to move on but Rufus still needed to finish training the new crew.  So, we invited Kate to sail from Panama to Ecuador with us while Rufus finished up the job.

And well, the rest is history. It was three months of adventures, a lifetime of memories and one of the hardest “until next time” we’ve had to say.

Now, here we are almost two years later, traveling over 10,000 miles to see them both again before we sail even further away.

If you missed our adventures together from Panama and Ecuador, here’s a playlist of all our videos with Rufus and Kate:


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