The Erickson family's big adventure...
Kathleen and Steve met in Seattle in 1994. (On Halloween night, of all things. He was dressed as a Viking, she as a Gypsy. Was the future being foretold even then?!) We were married 5 years later after moving to Waupaca, WI. A year after that, Emmett was born.
Steve had been sailing already for a few years before we met. But Kathleen already loved to travel. It didn't take too many charter boat vacations in warm places to convince us to buy a yacht which we kept in a BVI charter fleet for 5 years before deciding to take up cruising full time.
Our Cruising Dream
We were drawn to the cruising lifestyle for a variety of reasons: closeness to nature, exploring new places and cultures, and living a lifestyle less materialistic and more in line with our environmental ethics.
As a professional family in the USA, we lived a life that was materially rich, but filled with stress, hurry, and precious little time for each other. For years we worked hard and put up with it all. We lived well below our means in hopes that someday we could make a major change like this. And now, the time has come to cast off our lines and do it.
We've committed to each other to spend the next year exploring the Caribbean. If we're still having fun by then, who knows? We've got no set schedule and we're sticking to it!
Uliad's Crew consists of:
Captain, ship's doctor, and head chef. Steve grew up in Kenyon, MN. Graduated from St. Olaf College in 1990, from University of Minnesota Medical School in 1994. He worked as a family physician in Waupaca, WI for 10 years before semi-retiring to Uliad. Wait--let's not call it retirement...let's just call it a major life change that doesn't involve having to get up and be somewhere every morning.
Steve will miss his wine collection and gourmet foods while sailing. And the dinghy will be a poor replacement for his Jaguar XKR. But he loves adventure, exploration, and fresh seafood more than enough to make up for it!.
Admiral, yacht decorator, and chief organizer. Kathleen was raised in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Humboldt State, and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. She worked as a social worker up until we decided to set off on Uliad.
Kathleen loves fine art, gardening, and dogs. Without these pastimes on Uliad, she is excited to take up her new hobbies: diesel engine maintenance, Ham radio, and cleaning & preparing conch.
Junior officer, deck hand and aspiring dinghy captain. Emmett completed first grade at Waupaca Learning Center prior to running away to the sea. For more information about this amazing young man, see his own page here.
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