It’s impossible to believe that a month ago today we closed and began the arduous task of moving in. In that month we’ve received furniture ONLY for our guest suite and that’s where we’re sleeping for lack of our own completed bedro…
|If anything else, we ate healthy foods! Say, ‘Poke?”|
It took me a while to recover from our season in Hawaii, possibly the most difficult in the last 9 years of cruising. As I mentioned in my first Hawaiian blog, protected anchorages and few and far between and marinas are full, unable to accommodate large transient yachts like ours (except for a few very expensive private marinas, some of them not even allowing stay-aboard.) So we kept a weary eye on the weather and kept hopping around.
|Checked that on my bucket list: Learned traditional Hawaiian quilting!|
|yep, one of the 7 Hawaiian quilts I had time to finish… bad weather has some good aspects!|
|The Lanai coast|
|Kalama Bay… rocky spot!|
|Our favorite eatery: Mala Tavern|
|LANE is headed for us|
|Our nephew looked out for us, keeping us appraised of all the hurricanes’ tracks.|
|Reuniting with Judie, such a sweet moment!|
|After LANE, it was OLIVIA!|
|Smiles at last, as Miles, our Hawaiian son, joins us for a sleepover . Nothing like breakfast!|
|What could be sweeter than time with your grandchildren… Luau at the Marriott|
|LANE killed our flag and our port side navigation light.|
|More family fun, our nephew and niece and their spouses….|
|Kona harbor… not as big as it seems|
This said, Kona is a lovely town and of course we tasted the coffee and visited the quilt shops and the beautiful Hawaiian quilt museum. Yep, I was happy!
|My happy place!|
|The very protected anchorage at Cook Bay|
|Coasting along Molokai|
|More MOLOKAI raw beauty|
|Hanalei Bay, on a misty afternoon|
|The best Poke in town!|
What we missed, though, was a bike ride up the coast, since the road was still closed after last springs’ torrential rains. We just delighted in the views from the anchorage, short-lived as it turned out to be, since Hurricane WILLA was coming our way!
|Smack-dab in the middle!|
|Saying goodbye to Kim, our sweet friend on BLAZE II|
|Heather Brown Art… the essence of Hawaii|
Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora had their last run to the dog park this morning as Mom is returning the car early tomorrow. While we were there, a women came running down the path with a black and white dog alongside. The dog spotted the crew and ran to the f…
Cuxhaven, Germany sits at the mouth of Elbe River and the North Sea. For centuries the location was a stronghold to control sea access from the river and continues that tradition as an Elbe River pilot station. While the river provides much positive value to the city, it also has negatives. Dangerous seas form when…
There is nothing we enjoy more when cruising than meeting up with our designs and their owners. This past summer …Read More
After three exceptional days on the Kiel Canal, we followed five large commercial ships into the Brunsbuttel lock and out into the busy Elbe River. We made a short run downriver to our final stop in Germany at Cuxhaven, where we had a berth waiting for us at the YC marina. Below are trip highlights…
Greetings all! For those of you who may have missed my last blog entry, the quick story is that Roberta and I have listed Sans Souci for sale and are in the process of ordering a new boat. The quick reason is that we are planning to cruise ‘the Great Loop’ (an inland journey on America’s rivers). We chose our Nordhavn 68 as the best possible boat for ocean crossing and now we’re building a boat that is built for a completely different flavor of cruising. We’re now deep into the process of or…
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“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau
We had friends from upstate New York come down to Rockport for a visit. Our weather wasn’t great but it was quite an improvement over what they left behind. Having company is always fun and it gave us a chance to play tourist for a little while…rediscovering things in our own back yard.
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A few years back we posted the Excel-based spreadsheet we wrote for our maintenance log, along with instructions on how to use it. The spreadsheet has continued to serve us well, and still is our main tool for managing maintenance items. While it’s fairly easy to add new maintenance items for a given piece of…