Now that the Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas race is over and Bodacious IV is berthed in Cabo, our hope is to commence the expedition tomorrow, Saturday, March 30th. We’ve got some things we need to do aboard Bo IV before we can take off – such as stock provisions, fuel as well as clean and change the prop from a racing prop to a more efficiently powered prop for motoring purposes. And naturally, we want to give Bo IV’s Captain Tim Eades a chance to rest up a bit, after a job well-done! So, now that the dockside celebrations are over, the BDX crew and myself are cleaning and preparing for the upcoming trip.
So, moving forward with the actual BDX Game Plan … here it is …
:: KEY LINKS
• The Bodacious Dream Expeditions website has all the important information on our Baja Peninsula Expedition. (This is a 5-6 day sail from Cabo to San Diego, CA aboard the 52′ Bodacious IV – w/ our crew of 5.)
• The Live Latest Updates page on the BDX site is where ALL new posts will go first … and it will carry the chronological stream back to the start.
• Our Bodacious Dream Expeditions Facebook page is also ready to keep you updated as well. For those of you who do Facebook, that will be an easy way to keep up with the daily updates. So, make sure you LIKE us over there … to receive those updates in your newsfeed.
:: EXPLORER GUIDES
On the BDX site, we’ve uploaded our six “Explorer Guides.” These are our youth-focused study guide “worksheets,” in a variety of subjects (math, history, wild life, etc.) relative to the Baja and to sailing. They’re pretty cool … even if I do say so myself! (Thanks to our great team!)
:: A MENTOR? YOU?
One way you might get more involved is if you have any kids in your vicinity, we encourage you to be a “mentor” by sharing with them the materials and opportunities that the expedition offers, and working with them on some of the questions and problems the guides pose, AND by following us along as we make our way north. I’m betting there are even a few questions there that will give the adults a challenge too.
There’s also a sweet printable map of our route to help you keep daily track of our progress. (Put in on the fridge!)
:: A LITTLE EXPEDITIONARY HOW-TO
Here, by way of example, is how I would share the Expedition with my young friends Brett and Harry. (This how-to stuff can all be found on the BDX website at the “Mentor Guide” page.)
• First off, I’d show them the website and help them read through the front information pages. Go to the “Expedition Overview” section and print out the Baja Peninsula page. This is a few pages of information about the Baja Peninsula and should be quick and easy reading. And again, there is the Baja Map to print out and reference.
• Next, I’d go to the “Explorer Guides.” These subject-specific worksheets are designed to be printed out and used for fun exchanges with the kids. A bunch of the questions can simply be answered by referring back to the information contained on the Baja Peninsula page. In addition, you can have fun figuring out other problems posed about distances, speeds and how we navigate.
• Then each day, probably in the early afternoon, I’d check the site for the latest daily update on the Live Updates page. There will be photos from the boat, stories about our day and maybe a video or two about fun things we do or see along the way. You’ll be able to plot our course, figure out where we are and follow right along with our progress.
• At any time, feel free to send along any questions, ideas or suggestions you might have right to Capt. Dave. Use the BDX Contact Us form, or the BDX Facebook page … or firstname.lastname@example.org is another good address.
Beyond that, the rest is pretty much up to you. Be curious, ask questions, do some addtional exploring on your own and strike up conversations!
My broader hope in all this, is to find new ways to share the wonders of the majestic ocean, the excitement of sailing as well as the pure fun of sharing new experiences with adults of all persuasions and children of all ages. We would like nothing more to awaken bodacious dreams in the minds of youngsters, such that one day we may see them (and you as well) out on the ocean and exploring the wonders of the Earth on their own.
It certainly began that way for me. Such are the nature of big dreams!
We MORE than welcome your input! We’re counting on it. Thank you one and all!
Ok then, on to it! See you out there!
- Dave, Bodacious Dream, Bodacious IV & the Crew