Walking through a dark alley isn’t where you think you’d find the love of your life. Josh Shankle and Rachel Moore met when Rachel had just returned from backpacking through Central America and New Zealand for several months. They were immediately drawn to each other as friends, but it wasn’t long before they were planning an adventurous future together. Two young people, bent on seeing the world and living a life full of adventure had come together in the most unlikely of places.

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When they first met, Josh was working as a mattress salesman (posturepedic consultant as he likes to say), and Rachel was scuba diving for the Channel Islands National Park Service’s underwater video program and waiting tables on the weekend. A month after becoming friends, Rachel had planned to return to Honduras where she had completed her dive masters a few months earlier. They decided to take the trip together. For most people backpacking for six weeks will either make or break a relationship, for Josh and Rachel it made it. After returning home to California they knew they were much more than friends, they were falling in love.

The first year they dated they also backpacked around Guatemala for several weeks (with parasites, but that’s another story…), traveled to the British West Indies, climbed the face of Mount Whitney (14,505ft), and took many rock climbing trips around California.

A year and a half after meeting Josh proposed to Rachel out on Santa Cruz Island and six months later they were married.

Since they’ve been married, Josh has worked on offshore oil platforms as a rope access welder and a production operator. Rachel is modeling full time, and has worked for companies such as Patagonia, Bebe, Guess, Levis, Urban Outfitters, Old Navy and Target.

After six years of working, dreaming and saving they have left Southern California and are sailing south to Panama, then across to the South Pacific and around for a full circumnavigation!

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4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Hi,
    My name is Hania, i’m 18 and I from Poland. I love the places, the photos and the way you share all your adventures with the other people. You’re a great inspiration for my young, wild spirit!
    I would like to ask you a few things if you’re all right with that. My biggest problem is to escape. I’ve been living in mountains for three years and right now I come back to a big city..where I cannot ‘find myself’ and I don’t feel a little bit depressed. I feel I have so much to do e so much to say but don’t know where to start. How did it go with you? How did you start? Did you always feel happy or there was a period when you actually felt a little bit as I do?

    I have never written a message like this before, this time I thought I should give it a try. I will be really really happy if you answer me!

    Thank you,
    Hania

    1. I love anybody who follows their creams especially dreams of adventure.
      So congratulations with your voyage and adventure im extremly envious.
      I would just love to know how much did ye need to save to pursue this 5year adventure and have you got other income streams ?
      Best of luck!
      Keith.

  2. Hey Rachel and Josh! This is Phil, from sv Lutra. Hope you folks are doing well! After parting ways with you at Los Fraley I had an excellent trip up to Bahia Muertos in the company of sv Shameless. Muertos was sweet, but it only got better! Spent New Years at Muertos, then made my way up to LA Paz, where I was able to worm my way in to Marina Palmira. Carnival, in LA Paz was CRAZY! Stayed there through mid-March, and was able to head back to Boise to hang with Wendy (my girlfriend) for a couple of weeks in February. Also had another good friend come down in late February and we spent a few days out at Calera Partida, between Islas Partida and Espiritu Santo. After Steve left, I reprovisioned and left LA Paz in mid March, heading north. Spent time at Calera Partida, Isla San Francisco (my favorite spot so far), San Evaristo, Punta San Telmo, Semana Santa at Bahia Agua Verde, Puerto Escondido (really sweet location), then spent early May at Bahia San Juanico (big May-Day party there). From there I decided to head back south – good decision! By the time I made it back to P. Escondido, I had blown a raw water engine cooling hose! When I grabbed a mooring ball at Escondido I closed my thru-hull, but in my adrenaline crazed haste I jammed it closed and broke the handle off (LOL!). Ended up hauling Lutra to put a new thru-hull and valve in, and decided to take the bottom down to fiberglass, reprieve and repaint, and to also change the cutlass bearing and prop shafts seal. Spent 4 weeks living on the hard in the boatyard (me and about 9 boatyard cats!). But as of now, I am back in the water, all is good, and Lutra is speedy and sassy again! I’ll be departing here in a few days to work my way back to LA Paz. Seems like I’m destined to always go against the wind (LOL)!! Anyway, I hope that your adventures have been, and continue to be excellent! Miss you guys! Safe winds and travels!

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