Travel

The Point

The Point

By Jackie Leavitt I put the water bottle down on the sidewalk cement, illuminated in the fading gold light of the sun as it sinks closer to its set. The thermos does not contain water, but red wine bought the night before at a 7-Eleven […]

Yellow Dog

Yellow Dog

By Jackie Leavitt I had a weird unsettlement in my stomach as our car circled the blocks in La Paz, Mexico. We slowed down to a stop, and I slid out of the front passenger seat to find an ATM and made my way back […]

Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise, Sunset

By Jackie Leavitt Sunsets have the power to stop you in your tracks. You could be in the middle of a run, breathing hard, sweat dripping down your back, when your feet stop on their own. You could be mid-conversation at a cafe enjoying an […]

Señorita Isabela

Señorita Isabela

By Jackie Leavitt As we approach at daybreak on our sailboat, Isla Isabela rises from the sea with the sun, silhouetted in the glowing pink and purple clouds. We turn around to the southeast side to anchor next to two five-story-tall rock islands: volcanic statues twisting toward […]

Light Oasis

Light Oasis

By Jackie Leavitt The blackness is complete. The sailboat rocks back and forth, the breeze pushing us along from behind, and the vessel feels like an island in outer space. We sail through a void. I can’t tell where the inky ocean meets the black […]

Ghost-Pepper Honey

Ghost-Pepper Honey

By Jackie Leavitt Seaward. I’ve begun to think of her as an evil four-year-old who will gleefully throw everything on the ground, when given the opportunity. I think everything should be in its special spot in the galley. She thinks everything belongs on the floor. […]

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By Jackie Leavitt I sit here, on Seaward off the coast of Southern California, taking in one of the most beautiful sunrises of my life. The sky turned from mysterious dark navy to indigo with cotton candy-colored wispy clouds to a gentle baby blue with golden […]

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving

By Jackie Leavitt I am thankful for so many things. It’s true every year, but this one especially. A year ago, I would have never imagined what I would have done and what I’d currently be doing. It wasn’t even in the realm of possibility. Last […]

Jaded in Paradise

Jaded in Paradise

By Jackie Leavitt A couple months ago, I was Skyping with my sister, Vickie. She was sitting in her hotel bed in Hawaii, having just finished months of sailing from New Zealand while working on an educational tall ship. I was sitting on a palm tree–lined […]

Why I’m Seeking the Sea

Why I’m Seeking the Sea

Or, My Sailing Cover Letter By Jackie Leavitt “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships […]