Who we are…

For those of you who don’t know us personally, here is a little about us to help you understand where we’re coming from.

Many years ago I (Brian) met Anna through an online dating site (aol, if you remember them). She had an e-mail address with the word ocean in it. I lived on a boat. Right away we were meant for each other. I would like to say it was love at first site, but really for me it was probably more like lust that soon turned into love.

Anna had a beautiful young daughter who is now mine too, and within a year we had a son together.

We had come up with this plan about twelve years ago that I would take a leave of absence from the FAA and we would go sailing for two years. Well, when all was said and done, a leave of absence wasn’t an option. It would have left us with no income upon our return to the states. So we got scared and decided to pursue other ideas, including sources of passive income. After a couple of years of that I quit the FAA and moved to Tennessee to live the dream. No not the sail around the world dream,  the not having to go to work dream.

A few years later  the sail around the world dream resurfaced.  In a place hundreds of miles from any ocean. We’re in a place a days drive to any ocean and we’re completely immersed in activities that keep us from leaving without great expense. We had to work out the details of selling everything (business, real estate,  house, cars, possessions) buying a boat and casting off on the greatest adventure of our lives.

I Brian am 53,  Anna is a little younger, Jordan now 25 has her own life including a husband and daughter and will only be joining us at exotic locations, and Kylan 17 together make up 4 strange Byrd’s.

Anna, Kylan and I will be traveling with 2 dogs (Diva and Panda)

I’m eligible to retire from the FAA September 27, 2012 (retired) and at that time we’re looking to buy a 40 ft (+/- 2 ft) catamaran (43 foot Privilege) and start visiting the places many people only dream of seeing, and some places many people wouldn’t even dream of seeing. (doing it)

In words of the great Dr. Seuss;


You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights

That’s who we are, now why don’t you let me know who you are and where your going or want to go.


There is a strong impulse to spend our time ticking off items on a tourist to-do list. And to the outsider, it may seem that it’s all fun and games out here. But this really isn’t a vacation, it’s our life.

2 responses to “Who we are…

  1. Lorna Rohrer

    What a delight to meet you guys and chat on the trolley! Simply wowed by your courageous and adventurous spirits and to embark on this global journey! Your boat is beautiful! God bless you with smooth seas and calm winds to guide you to safe harbors! All the best to you, Brian, Anna and Kylan! I pray for divine encounters around the world that know this trip is more orchestrated by God than you ever imagined!

    Blessings! Lorna Rohrer

    • Lorna,
      The delight was ours. We hope and know you’ll get what you need out of your vacation. Thank you for your very kind words. I believe the divine encounters have already started.
      Safe travels to you on your way home.
      We hope our paths meet again.

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