shows by example how easily you can eliminate stress, become more independent, raise your children in a safer environment (while spending more time with them, instilling values not based on the mighty dollar) and avoid the traps of commercialism. Because we live and sail simply, we have been wandering for 11 years with no intention of stopping. This is not a trip for us; it is our life, and I hope to share our success with stories of laughter and tears, as well as how-to tips and DIY projects for preparing, sailing and making a boat a home, so that others can join us.

My 7 Links Challenge

March 5, 2012

Some of the most enjoyable rewards for a life spent sailing and living simply are the places we have been fortunate enough to visit and the people we have met along the way. So when TripBaseBlog started a challenge "to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned" we felt honored to be nominated to participate.

Thanks to David and Veronica of GypsyNesters, who sold the nest when the last chick flew away and have been traveling the world ever since. As part of their 7 Links Challenge, they nominated Simply Sailing.

Participation requires that we pick 7 posts, one for each of the following categories. Those of you who have been with us for a while may recognize them. If they are new to you, please check them out.

Dovè Duff

Your Most Beautiful Post
Dovè Duff
When a post can make even the author tear up 9 years after the fact, you know it's good.

The Great Pyramid

Your Most Popular Post
Coba, Mexico
Mayan ruins that have only recently been partially excavated from the surrounding jungle are enough to make even arm-chair adventures want to grab a backpack.

Simply cruising

Your Most Controversial Post
Too Much Stuff: Cruising According to Herreshoff
Often accused of being opinionated and intolerant of those who choose to sail with all the complications of modern inconveniences, I let Mr. Herreshoff speak for me in this post.

Pancakes anyone?

Your Most Helpful Post
Life Without a Fridge
Of all the simplifications we have made onboard Eurisko, getting rid of the fridge has made the biggest difference. But growing up in a "don't eat the potato salad, it's been on the counter all day" world, it took some getting used to. Here's how we do it.

Bean burgers for dinner

A Post Whose Success Surprised You
Dave's Black Bean Burgers
We have been eating them for over a decade, so imagine my surprise when readers contacted us to compliment them. If you can make a bean resemble a burger, you've got yourself a happy family.

Eurisko in Panama

A Post You Feel Didn't Get the Attention it Deserved
Sailing Tips
It is a sailing site, dedicated to sailors, so I was a shocked at the decrease in readers when we discussed sailing tips. Even if you only regularly sail a dinghy, some of these docking, mooring, and anchoring tips are worth a read.

Kids can adapt to any situation

The Post That You Are Most Proud of
Island Boy to Cowboy in 30 Days
When your teenager asks, "What's a toaster oven?" you have to wonder if you made the right decision when you removed him from normal society.

Now it is our turn to nominate some amazing bloggers.

Christine Kling is a licensed captain, writer, and sailor who can spin a pretty good tale. She writes for Write on the Water, a site for and by those of us who try to do the same.

The Sharpened Axe is a bushcrafting site that is so much more. "Sailing and bushcrafting are within about one degree of each other. Knots, weather, simplicity and practicality...that's what it is all about."

Living in a small space presents many of the same challenges, whether it floats or not. Tiny House Blog offers ideas for simplifying in order to make small spaces wonderful homes.

We've all read the magazine, now enjoy the blog: Mother Earth News offers the same great advice and ideas for simplified living that is available in print.

Be sure to check back with them to discover their posts in the 7 Links Challenge.

MONDAY we will revisit an older post in an attempt at clarification. I was reprimanded by a reader for my lack of knot knowledge, so I consulted an expert. Brion Toss has graciously offered his advice to Simply Sailing Online readers.

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