Interview With Emma

A while ago, Lil and I were interviewed on Family Adventure Podcast by Emma and her dad Erik Hemingway. They went on a three-year sailing trip around much of the world. They’re back in the U.S. now, and they’re running Family Adventure Podcast.

The Hemingways have an interesting story. They saw 25 countries starting in Greece. The youngest brother was born abroad, and the oldest sibling, Maggie, met her fiance in Israel.

I did an interview with Emma about living on a boat for three years. Since we don’t have a podcast (maybe the next big project), I interviewed Emma with email so you can read it on a blog like this one. So since you can read it, why not start!

The Hemingways after crossing the Atlantic.

What was the start of the adventure? How did you get to Greece? Just give me the story.

Well…….. We actually lived in Costa Rica before for a year and a half  for my dad’s work. The boat trip was something my parents wanted to do since I was born, so when things started slowing down in Costa Rica for work we thought this is the prefect time…… I was 8 then and we looked at a lot of different boats online at different web sites. And we finally find one that we really liked.

So my just my dad flew to Greece to look at it. He came back and said that he liked it and thought it was perfect, so we all packed our bags and headed to Greece! Our fist time sailing with the boat was just going around the island, and it was really rough that day so we learned. It was trickier than what we were expecting, but we figured it out and got better as we went!

When did your family start the SevenSailors blog?

We started the SevenSailors blog in Greece at the beginning of our trip. I think it was in 2009. My dad just wanted to make a blog so our family could watch us, and it would be something to look back on and remember!

Did you ever end up in a big storm? What is that like?

We were in a really big storm once, in a bay in Turkey. It was pretty scary because we had to get off the boat and stay in a hotel because it was too rough! That was scary because we were just watching our boat bobbing all around, and we were worried our anchor would pull out!!

What are some of the best experiences you’ve had meeting friends while traveling?

I think I met the most friends on the boat just because I wasn’t shy. I just tried to talk to them even though we didn’t even speak the same language.

One girl I remember in particular was a German girl on a rental boat in Turkey. I said hi and asked if she wanted to play card games. She said she wanted to, and I went to her boat and played Matching and War. Then I asked her if she knew the card game “Go Fish” and she nodded and I started dealing the cards. Then she was at the door saying, “Come on.” And next thing I knew we went fishing off the dock!! So that was kind of funny!!! She didn’t quite understand I didn’t want to go fishing, I wanted to play “Go Fish!!”

Did you take bikes?

We did not take bikes. There wasn’t enough room on the boat. But in one marina we stayed at they had one of those folding bikes for sale that we bought, but it got rusty from all the moisture in the air and we had to throw it away after three months.

The boat is named Mehari; what does that mean?

We did not name the boat. It was already named, and we didn’t really care about changing it, so we just kept it. Mehari means “desert camel” in Arabic and “with pleasure” in Greek.  Our table inside had a desert camel on it.

What ages are your siblings?

My siblings are…..(and I’ll just tell you their current ages)

Maggie 20

Levi 19

Me (Emma) 14

Lily 10

Zoe 8

Miles 4

What was the inspiration behind Family Adventure Podcast?

The inspiration in Family Adventure Podcast was that my dad met a lot of people who wanted to travel but didn’t think they could. So my dad started Family Adventure Podcast to inspire people that they can do it!!

I downloaded the free photo ebook from your website; who took those pictures?

Maggie my sister did. She always had a good eye for photography.

Okay! Thank you, Emma, for answering these questions for me and being on this interview. And as for you, audience, thanks for reading this and downloading the free photo ebook of pictures taken all over the world by Emma’s sister Maggie (link here).  (All photo credits to Maggie)

emma witha starfish
Emma (left) in the Bahamas



A Day in my Life: When There’s not Much to do

A while back I wrote “A Day in my Life: Chesapeake Meetup.” We haven’t been doing much, so I decided to write another one about what I’m doing now. Although there’s not much going on, I still have a busy day!

Every morning at 8:00, Gordon and I get up and get ready for the day: Get dressed, clean room, brush teeth, etc. Then, at 8:30, Mom, Dad, Gordon, and I eat breakfast and read the Bible.

Gordon and I have a great app on our computers called “Evernote.” It allows people to send notes and checklists to each other.  Mom has it too, and uses it to send school work checklists to us. We can then mark off the boxes of things that we have done as we finish them. Gordon and I do our school work, but I’ve talked about that plenty in “What we Study.”

I always finish school quickly, because I have stuff to work on! This winter in the Florida Keys, we met the Ragers, a family who goes down south for the winter, but lives in Indiana, on their farm. Mrs. Rager is starting a farm stand  this April, and she wanted to sell things that homeschoolers had made. After she had seen our work, she invited Cali and I to be those homeschoolers! Of course we said yes!

We are making three things, at least to start out. The first is headbands. Cali and I are both making them, and some are reversible. They are held on with elastic, and very comfortable.
The second thing is book bags. Only Cali is making these. They are all reversible, with a thick strap, and big enough to fit an iPad.
And finally, the third thing that we sell is aprons. Right now I am the only one making these. I will have ten done; 5 kid’s size and 5 adult.

My Favorite Headband. Cartoon Whales!!!
My Favorite Headband. Cartoon Whales!!!
The Matching Apron!
The Matching Apron!

I better be going now! I’ve got sewing to do!

The South Carolina State Capitol

We’re currently in South Carolina, as Instagram followers know, and today we went to a very interesting and famous landmark: The South Carolina State Capitol Building!


This is the third capitol building of South Carolina. The current  building was started in 1855. When it was interrupted by the Civil War in 1861, construction was put on hold. It was resumed in 1865, and finally finished in 1907. South Carolina had previously had the capital in Charleston, but it was moved to its more central location when those who lived inland complained of it being too far away. Construction was started on a small wooden building in Columbia, but it burned down.  A new building was built, much larger, and as fire-proof as possible. The outside is made of the state rock: blue granite. The floors inside are made of alternating diamonds of pink and white marble. The staircases are wrought-iron with sheet-metal decorations. It’s not likely to burn down any time soon.

Gordon and I with John. C. Calhoun
Gordon and I with John. C. Calhoun

I have only seen three capitol buildings, but this one was my favorite. The large copper dome on top is pretty, but the littler dome inside is just magnificent. It is built underneath the large dome, but instead of being in the middle it is far over to the left (when facing the capitol building). This is so that it can be in the middle of a large room inside the building.

As the building was finished in the Victorian Era, it is decorated in the “Modern Style” of the time. The ceilings are brightly painted, intricate works of art, and there is stained glass and glass mosaics, along with many various paintings.

During the Civil War, several cannon-balls were shot at the building. They did only very minor damage, and the small busted sections were never fixed. Now there are six bronze stars in the outside walls of the capitol, marking what was done by the Civil War cannonballs.

The most and least successful cannon-ball shots.
The most and least successful cannon-ball shots.

Lillian Got Published In Asheville Flyer For Kids.

Lillian recently wrote a poem and submitted it to Asheville Flyer For Kids (that’s a link) and it got featured in the February issue. Here is a small interview I did with her about her recent taste with Flyer fame.

Me: “So, Lillian I hear you had a recent success in the poem industry; how did you feel when your poem was published?”

Lillian:” Well, I felt really excited. AFK gives away a free Asheville Flyer T-shirt when you are published, so I was happy about that.”

Me: “When did you learn you were a published author?”

Lillian: “I got an email in January saying that they would put my poem in the very next issue.”

Me: ‘Do you feel that this recent brush with fame has changed you?”

Lillian: “It has inspired me to try to write articles for some magazines.”

Me: “Do you think you will keep writing poems in the future?”

Lillian: “Definitely.”

Me: “What’s next for your writing career?”

Lillian: “I’ve been working on a book about manatees, similar to The Brief Beach Book.”

Me: “Thank you Lillian, I will be watching for your new book.”


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