Author: Rachel Messerschmidt

Rachel Messerschmidt and her family are Clark County natives currently living and cruising full time aboard their sailboat, Mosaic, in the Pacific Northwest. Rachel blogs about her life and journey at Mosaic Voyage and shares her family’s adventures in a monthly column in Vancouver Family Magazine.

Preparing for life back at sea brings on lots of big spring projects for the Messerschmidt family as they get ready for their grandest adventure.

Read as the Messerschmidt family experiences their last winter season in the PNW.

We were anxious to get back out cruising, and had planned to leave the marina by March 1. But, of course, COVID struck and shook the world all up.

The Messerschmidt family encounters highs and lows while cruising in the Salish Sea.

The Messerschmidt family faces their most daunting obstacle yet: passing from the Columbia River to the rugged Pacific Ocean.

"It had taken everything we had, but now we were ready to leave our home slip in our wake and cruise down the mighty Columbia River toward Astoria."

That first winter on the boat was terrible. But there were moments of magic mixed into our days too.

Discover what happens when a Clark County family decides to, quite literally, sail away from the American dream.