Meet The Crew

Five souls are aboard Miss Lone Star. Thank you for reading our journal and joining us in our best adventure yet!New Tag Robb

Robb commissioned Miss Lone Star from a poor sucker who didn’t know what she was worth.  After hauling her from the bottom of the lake, he completed minimal repairs to make her more than sea worthy.  He served in the US Army as a Paratrooper and that gave him ample experience to captain our vessel and the souls aboard in the Caribbean Sea.  He has the face only a mother could love and never met ice cream he didn’t devour.  He is the proud papa of five beautiful children that all have his nose and flat feet.  He spends his spare time sharpening knives, watching the symphony and talking in his sleep to Lenny (imaginary friend).  He successfully courted our First Mate for eight months.  She agreed to marriage after he proposed to her in a phone booth.  They met through a classy online dating service.

First Mate Miss Lone Star

First Mate Miss Lone Star

Mrs. Aubrey is our beautiful First Mate and was reluctant to join the crew at first.  That is, until she was promised 2 1/2 shares of Miss Lone Star’s plunder.  Her skills as a brave hunter will keep us fed if we get marooned (seriously).  She has helpful knowledge of stitching that she gained from torturing small animals throughout her childhood.  She might repair the engine, paint a portrait or jump into a flying kung-fu kick at any moment.  We firmly believe that she is Roger’s (from American Dad)  sister and taught sailors how to speak properly from a young age.  Aubrey harnesses a wide array of tactical shooting skills and knife fighting capabilities.  Her favorite color is purple.

Un-able Seaman Miss Lone Star

Un-able Seaman Miss Lone Star

Blake has wanted to live on a boat since he watched his first episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  He is our Unable Seaman and longs for the day when he finds his first gold piece.  He is also very anxious to “boom” his first shark, although he thinks all of the seafood he consumes is chicken.  He has lost more fishing poles in his short life than fishermen twice his age.  He has a wicked bad attitude, which is tempered only by his lack of good behavior.  We have high hopes for the lad and pray be gets his sea legs to leave the diapers behind.  On a serious note, he is a cute little boy who has much to learn.  We love his lively imagination and love of the ocean.  We think that he will take to the sea faring life because he has to do what we say.  He will likely be found swabbing decks or hunting for lizards on a deserted island naked.

Cheif Stew Miss Lone Star

Cheif Stew Miss Lone Star

Bianca is probably the most anxious of the crew to begin our voyage.  She holds the honorary title Chief Stew until she can learn how to serve herself or pick up her own dishes, for that matter.  At that point, she will likely call a mutiny or call a vote to take over as Captain.  Bianca’s real talent is art.  She has a sparkling natural wonder for the world and its creatures.  We think that her Kindergarten teacher’s biggest wish is for her to graduate or get kidnapped, whichever happens first.  She doesn’t currently enjoy chores or work of any kind so the transition to cruising life should be interesting.  We have no doubt that she will amass enough stories (real or imagined) of life on the high seas to embarrass us and cause most strangers concern.  She was voted first kid to get her own reality show in by her fellow classmates in Sunday School.  She speaks English and disagrees that “timeout” is in the dictionary.

Security Miss Lone Star

Security Miss Lone Star

Onyx might be the most educated and obedient member of the entire crew.  She is most content when snuggling the Captain on the couch or terrorizing small dogs and babies.  She originally hails from California where she gained her experience as a dope dog for the Sheriff’s Department before she was fired for failing a piss test.  She is a good swimmer but prefers the boat to the dinghy.  Her biggest regret is not settling the score with the Fed-Ex man before joining our crew.  She enjoys type B poodles, gunfire and a good poo in the morning.  Her sign is Virgo.

Miss Lone Star Circa 2014

Miss Lone Star Circa 2014

We are a small family who currently lives in Austin, Texas with big plans to move aboard our boat and cruise the Caribbean for a year or more. We named our vessel Miss Lone Star and we are moving permanently to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands at the conclusion of our voyage. Our departure date is July 2015 and we will provide videos and information on all aspects of our preparation for the journey.

Our other videos will feature different aspects of life on our boat, fishing and catching what we eat, cooking, boat renovations and repairs, storage ideas, navigating, seamanship, anchoring at sea, clearing customs, charting courses, anchorages and ports, provisioning, travel destinations and more.

Aubrey is a professional photographer and she has amassed every expensive piece of gear that she needs to capture amazing images along the way. She will also be adding photography/ video tips and techniques to our YouTubeChannel and Blog. She has become a organizing queen during our months of preparation and she will teach you what she has learned.

Robb is a US Army Veteran and former professional tactical gun trainer. He is a dive master and loves to scuba on a regular basis.  He plans to spend his time fishing for dinner or finding buried treasure with his metal detector.

We are homeschooling our three and six year old kids along the way. Stay tuned to see how we tackle this monumental opportunity! We will detail learning experiences, projects for kids and explore cultural issues along the way. In researching our planned cruise, we found that there was little information out there on the “how to” of raising and educating children on a boat.

Blake is our pesky boy who gets into more trouble than a pack of puppies. He loves pirates, sharks and dinosaurs. Bianca is our little princess who attempts to rule the boat like a dictator. She loves shells, art and making messes. Onyx is our huge black German Shepard. Her hobby is protecting us and herding kids.

We will be catching all manner of fish, lobster and critters as we go. We will provide a “cruiser’s guide” on how to catch, clean and cook what we eat. We will share our favorite recipes.

Our cursing bounds include: Florida Inter-coastal Waterway (ICW), the Bahamas, Grand Bahama, Abacos, Nassau, Eleuthera Island, Cat Island, Long Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Inagua Island, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. We will likely continue on to explore the rest of the Caribbean Islands/ Central America before we settle down.Silent Night

51 thoughts on “Meet The Crew

  1. Hi Miss Lone Star crew,
    Thanks for following my blog. I will follow yours as well. We share a love for cruising. We have been living aboard our sailing boat Rita for 7 years now and thoroughly enjoy it. Aubrey is an amazing photographer. I am looking forward to reading about your cruising experiences.

    Greetings from Karin and Louis (we’re Dutch by the way).

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  2. This is such a fantastic “about” page. I thoroughly enjoyed the description of the crew. I was further blown away by your plans! I commend you for taking your children and setting on an unforgettable voyage! I will follow closely because I hope to one day take my (future) children on expeditions! Best of lucks and I am anxiously staying tuned!!

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    • Greetings to you! We will be getting to Jamaica as soon as we can. I love Jamaica. Do you enjoy living on the island? I am so glad that everyday people can now come to Cuba. It will make doing a loop around the Caribbean more possible for Americans. You have a wonderful blog.

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  3. Thank you for following my blog. Have you found the facebook group Sailing4Kids? There is another group for kids also, but I can’t remember the name. There aren’t as many kids in the Caribbean as there are in the Bahamas, especially Georgetown in the Exumas. What will you be doong in St. Croix after you’re done cruising. Good luck with everything.

    Lorraine

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    • Thanks for the information. We will be spending a fair amount of time in the Bahamas as we make our way down. We are professional photographers and writers. We are thinking about opening a gallery in Christensted, St. Croix, once we get settled. We have also considered becoming school teachers. Where are y’all headed?

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  4. This is the BEST About page I’ve come across. It cracked me up. Such a fun family, and I adore Onyx. Ho-ho, love that Silent Night pic. Priceless! I award this page (and your blog) five-out-of-five stars and two thumbs up.

    Safe, Happy Travels!

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  5. Wow! What an introduction! First off, thanks for the follow and I’m glad you did. I have yet to read any blog posts but I am already hooked. My husband (a U.S. Navy veteran)’s dream is to have a boat and live on the boat. Ever since his US Navy years, the ocean is where he feels the most at home. I, too would love that adventure. We actually bought a boat last year, but quickly our dreams failed and we sold it.
    We wanted to sail down the East Coast of the US, to the caribbean, cross the Panama canal and sail back to the US Northwest where we live. We currently didn’t have the financial resources to take on repairing a boat and then living in it. Anyway, your journey sounds really exciting and I’m really looking forward to reading about it, learning from it and vicariously living through it.
    Cheers!
    Mani

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  7. Howdy crew!
    We’re a fulltime RV family out of Michigan. We run http://ditchingsuburbia.com and do a weekly blog roundup where we mention any new suburbia-ditching families we meet. We’ll give you a shout-out there, add you to our boating family blogroll, and include you as a source blog for http://topfamilytravelblogs.com.

    We just mentioned these guys: http://theworldisourschool.com/ – who also launched from Austin and have a photographer parent. They are road-tripping it instead of being on the water but I thought the similarities were interesting!

    Cheers!

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  8. Oh that’s SO hard to say..;)

    The US is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country – then throw in the people that you meet and that influence your experience in a certain place and it’s like picking a favorite child.

    We spent the most time in Arizona of anywhere – mainly because it was so different than our native Michigan it just fascinated us.

    The empty states on our map area all in the East – but we plan to head West again in the fall. The mountains and big-sky states out there are beckoning harder than the close/busy east.

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    • That makes sense. I did a lot of Rv’ing in New Mexico and lived there for 15 years. A little known and fun route from the Northern part towards Abq. that is worth looking into- Bandalier Natl. Rec. Area behind Los Alamos then south through the Jemez mountains. You can car camp off of state rd. 476 (by Ponderosa) and you will be alone in the most beautiful country.

      How long have you been at it? I really admire your sense of adventure. Everybody thinks we are crazy. I bet you get that a lot.

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  9. We’ve been close to that, it looks like. We’ve friends in Los Alamos and camped with them at Lake Abiquiu a bit NE of Ponderosa. I’ve joked that we could spend all of our days in NM/AZ/CO/UT just going north and south with the weather.

    We left our house in September of 2010, set on doing a year on the road. We did the year and went back home in November 2011. We spent the next few months prepping the house for sale and were back on the road in April 2012.

    We’ve heard a bit of “crazy”, a number of “I could never do thats”, a lot of “I wish my wife would do that”, and a lot of “that’s awesome”.

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    • I think your kids are much better because of it. We counted the amount of chairs we had inside and outside our house and it astounded me that I only sat in 2 of them. Such excess. I wanted to model better for our kids. As adults, we realize that experiences matter and not things. I want my kids to see that first-hand through our modeling. It won’t suck to be in the Caribbean, traveling the world in our boat. I really think the kids will pick up language easily and we hope to get to know a lot of normal people in other countries. We can’t wait to go to Cuba and see it while it is still locked in time.

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  10. I love the pics and how you’ve described your crew, especially that you’ve included Onyx, rightfully, as a full member. Thanks for finding and following “Anything is Possible.” I’m looking forward to following your journey via computer. Safe travels to all of you!

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  11. Hi – We’re getting ready to do a 6-8 month trip from Fort Lauderdale, through the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, DR, PR and end up in BVI. Unfortunately I cant completely disengage as I need to come back every few weeks to maintain work and will need internet access while traveling. Any suggestions as far as communications? We have a wifi amp and sat phone but am curious if you have found a better / cheaper way? Also, we have 2 dogs that will be traveling with us and are getting the necessary permits / documentation but any suggestions as far as traveling with dogs? Thank you!

    Regards,
    Michael

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