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About Us


the-pepper-logs-about-usHere’s a little tidbit about us. Trent and I met during an aerial photo shoot for a gala I coordinated in October of 2011. He was the owner/operator of an R44 helicopter and had recently moved to town to run a tour company. We lived in Fredericksburg, Texas, which is a small and very touristy, retirement community of about 10,000. We didn’t really keep in touch thereafter but would randomly run into each other in town. It wasn’t until the same event rolled around in October 2013 that I was a week out from a divorce and Trent flew me around the gala for another photo shoot in his Jet Ranger. We were both 29 years old at the time. We each asked the photographer, our mutual friend Marc Bennett, about one other and ended up meeting for lunch a few weeks later. After a really slow start, and many long chats by a fire pit at his place in the country, we began planning our lives together. A series of unfortunate events with the tour company and some serious prayer led him to shut down Zulu Helicopters. We joked about sailing away and never coming back, like people do. As we were figuring out our next move we started getting more serious about exploring that option. One thing led to another and we decided that we could indeed set sail and live off shore. Here we are, just a couple of kids, hoping to inspire others to live their dreams and to go where the wind blows you. Do it while you’re young!

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The Golden Dog!
This is just a little collection of photos from our lives before becoming liveaboards. It wasn’t a rough life at all! It was in fact good and we were happily living each day much like the one before. There’s nothing wrong with that but our hearts pointed us in a different direction, and together, we decided that it was time to shake things up. So this is us, before Pepper.

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  1. Dick Dixon

    I understand you met my dear friend Steve McCullom on board Blue Dolphin while anchored at Marathon! Blue Dolphin and Hobo, owned by my friend Ron Marshall, dock on either side of me in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Unfortunately I’m still working while those two go to the Bahamas……blah! Anyway, he gave me your site and well, here I am. Good luck to you….you’re doing it right while you’re young.

    • Monica

      Hey Dick! They are anchorage right next to us! Cool people they are. I’m glad to have been able to run into them and buddy sail with them across the Gulf Stream. Sorry you’re working. We’re livin’ it up. Thanks for the support Dick!

  2. Jeff Conn

    Hi Gang,
    Coming up in May of 2016 is the Pensacola to Isla Mujeres Race. You will probably be deep into Florida by then but this may be a good chance to get some open ocean experience. This is a very popular “race” with usually >20 boats in it. The run back can easily take you to Key West where you can resume your voyage to Bahamas or Leeward Islands. Check out Pensacola Yacht Club website later when the NOR (Notice of Race) will be released.
    Happy Sailing,
    Jeff Conn
    S/V Seaquel

  3. Cam & Cam

    We really enjoyed meeting y’all. Thanks so much for reconnecting us via email. I’m looking forward to following you guys on all your adventures. Safe sailing!

    • Monica

      Hey there, Thanks for following along! Pretty cool. I went right back to the boat and made a note of our conversation and of those publications you mentioned. We’re on the hard this week and it’s no fun.

  4. Gracie

    I love that you’re doing this! Me and john talk about selling everything and moving to a shack on the beach somewhere! I look forward to reading about your adventure!

  5. Steve Sommers

    You are amazing, I am so glad that you have found this happiness. I have never met Trent but he must be something special. I envy your adventure.

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