Oct 5 – Boundary Breaks Vineyard

Wine is sunlight held together by water. — Galileo Galilei

Friday was beautiful day so we took advantage of having one last picnic on the lawn of a winery. We chose Boundary Breaks Vineyard on Seneca Lake. They have a gorgeous place over looking the lake. The wine was wonderful, the scenery amazing, the food was enjoyable, but company was the best part of the day. 
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Mt. Floyen to Mt. Ulriken

A popular outing for Bergen residents is the 8-mile (13km) hike between Mt. Floyen and Mt. Ulriken. With a funicular railway at one end and a cable car at the other, you don’t have to climb up or down to take in the sweeping city views at each summit. The cable car at Mt. Ulriken…

On The Road Again

The Red Head crew left Solomons this morning to begin the slow ramble south. Everyone was happy to be on the move again. Each crew member found the perfect spot.Dee Dee positioned herself in the shade with a cool breeze.Dora found the sunny spot.Handso…

Subscription Preference Control

MVDirona.com subscribers will have noticed our richer new subscription emails, giving pictures and details for each event. What is less obvious is that you can now select how often you want to receive updates and what you want to be notified about. The bottom of the subscription mail shows the current settings: To add yourself…

Bergen Arrival

Seven mountains surround Bergen and the city rises up from vibrant Vagan Harbour into the steep hills behind. We moored right downtown and spent our first day on a walking tour of Norway’s second-largest city. It’s easy to see why many consider Bergen to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Below…

Change of Seasons

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Fall brings all kinds of changes…the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter and it’s almost time for us to put The Pearl away for the winter. We feel like we have the best of two worlds, a beautiful place to escape the hot Texas summers and another to escape the long cold winters of upstate New York. The bonus is we have family in each place that we can play with and share our life with. I thought I’d share a few pictures of our marinas…we like them both.
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Herdla

Herdla, a small island north of Bergen, is full of military ruins. During World War II, the occupying German forces turned most of the island into a military base and built an air strip and torpedo battery there. Norway kept the torpedo battery in operation during the Cold War, modernizing it several times until it…

Catching Up

The Red Head crew wishes to apologize for being remiss in keeping up the blog. Mom and Dad have been busy with “boat stuff” and, until Siri is able to understand dog, the crew must depend on Mom to do the typing.It’s been a pretty dull time for Dylan, …

61°30′ Latitude

On May 11th of this year, we passed north of 61°30′ latitude and returned back south of that line recently as we approached the Bergen area. This latitude is significant because our insurance policy, Jackline, explicity excludes travel north of this without purchasing an additional rider. Prior to this, the farthest north Dirona had ever…

Sausalito to Catalina and Back

The short story:Sausalito to Santa Catalina Island and return16 days totalCovered just under 800 milesBurned 330 gallons of diesel fuel using an average of 2.5 gallons an hourAll electricity from storage batteries/inverterBatteries charged via solar pa…