Doug grew up and went to college and law school in Tennessee (Go Big Orange). Dana grew up and went to college and law school in Texas (Hook ’em Horns). We met during a softball game between our Phoenix firms, and the rest, as they say, is history.
When we started our cruising adventures in 2017, we did so aboard Misty Pearl, a Selene 43 Pilothouse trawler. At the time, our two beautiful daughters Mallory and Shannon happily were engaged in college life. Since then, they’ve graduated, survived Covid, and started a business: Black Dog Bikinis. From time to time our boating blog may wander into minor boasting because we couldn’t be more proud of them.
We started off with two black dogs, but sadly lost Benny in 2019 and Oscar in 2022. If we believed in such things we’d claim that they’re with us in spirit. Either way, we miss them.
After hoisting our gold burgee to prove we finished The Loop, we kept going until we’d done the Down East Circle as well. Then Covid hit, we sold Misty Pearl, we got vaccinated, we bought a North Pacific 49 and renamed her Tumbleweed, and now we’re off again.