Saturday, June 27, 2015

Feeling the crunch

It rained pretty much all day.  That gave us some time to work on purging the boat and getting ready to pack it up.  It also gave us some time to hit the movies!

When the rain finally paused tonight we decided to give the life raft some attention.  After lots of measuring and debating we think we may have actually found a spot to mount it on deck that won't completely block the view or limit movement.  We will lose the full functionality of one of the hatches in our cabin, but that's a small price to pay. 

The next challenge?  Get it to Baltimore for recertification and get it back before we move.  Between work, work travel, car woes (I hit a deer last week and am driving a rental), and kid duty, this is not easy.  But we need to do this, ASAP.  I've decided that I will simply have to leave work early Monday to make it happen.  This just can't wait any longer.  Next I'll stress about getting it back in time, but for now, it just needs to get there.  Wish me luck!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday perfection

I am really starting to feel the upcoming move.  Tonight was perfect!  Goofing off at the pool as a family, downloading from a busy week.  This place, these people, and these experiences have been wonderful, and while I'm really going to miss it all I am hopeful for what the next 2 years will bring.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We are inReach!

We managed to use a combo of LLBean discounts and a rebate to snag a deal on a DeLorme inReach Explorer satellite communications device for Frank's Father's Day gift.  Today he activated it and we are quite pleased with the accuracy!  Getting closer to offshore adventure!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Trek-tastic weekend

This weekend I completed my second Trek Across Maine, a 180-mile bike ride to raise money for the American Lung Association.  I rode with my friend Kristy and three members of her family on team "Never Say Never."  I don't want to go too far in theirs post without thanking those that sponsored me.  I raised just under $1000 and was lifted by that generosity throughout the ride.  Thank you!!!

This time I drove up, parked at the airport in Portland, rode my bike to a park-and-ride with my huge backpack, and rode the bus to Sunday River!  Is was so great to be back in Maine.

The Trek kicked off on Friday under clouds and showers.  The sky opened up and the rain came down hard as I passed the site of the 2013 accident.  And I rode on.  And the sun came out!  We had a great ride, though it was a bit windy.  Food was really great at Farmington, too! Oh, and my family flew in to Maine! They headed up to Sangerville for some fun, but it was nice knowing they were near.

Saturday was a beautiful day!  Ideal conditions and a relatively quick ride.  When we got to Colby we had time for massages, beer, inversions, and dinner before the Spirit of the Trek presentation.

Sunday was pretty much the exact opposite of Saturday.  The remnants of a tropical storm left us riding in a cool, solid rain.  It was tough.  I wore almost all of the gear I brought with me. Rest stops had to be fast or you'd get too cold.  By the second rest stop my partners were hopping on a bus--they were just too cold.  I felt ok, so I continued on.  The hills kept me sort of warm, but I blew by the third rest stop to just get to the finish.  At the "last stop" a mile from he finish, I was elated to see Jenn and Kris! We got to ride to the finish together!  And to my utter surprise, my family was at the finish line, in the rain!  I cried!  And shortly after got really cold!  We ate and I got an emergency blanket, but it took a while to really warm up.  But we did it!  We did it!!!

I really want to ride again next year, but the logistics may prevent that.   I may still try, though!  Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, my team, and our supporters for an amazing Trek experience!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Escape to NC

While it pains me that we didn't make it out on the water this weekend, it was for a good reason!  We were in North Carolina for the Captain's 20yr high school reunion.  It was a great opportunity to see some friends and visit with Grandma for what may be the last time before we move.  And I shudder to think of it, but we leave in a month and a half!  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ah-mazing Ah-nnapolis!

A crazy last minute EBay bid on a life raft this week had us looking at a drive up to Delaware to pick up our purchase this weekend.  But the seller offered to meet us halfway, choosing Annapolis as the meeting spot.  We tried to offer something closer to him, but he stuck with Annapolis.  Suddenly the weekend was looking better!

We enjoyed a nice evening with our neighbors Friday and set out early Saturday morning for Annapolis.  We motored so as not to be late, but still had a nice morning on the bay.  We settled into the mooring field and headed ashore to pick up our purchase!

We need to get it certified, but it was a great deal.  Next, back to town for ice cream, playground fun, and dinghy cruising!  We also spent a few hours lazing on deck (ok, I was lazy while Frank polished stuff)--it was pure bliss!

After dinner we did some more dinghy cruising, chatted with another Beneteau 393 on the mooring beside us, and enjoyed the sunset.  

After an awesome Sunday breakfast at Sophie's Crepes we are headed back home for some pool time.  I am really going to miss this!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A little bit of everything

Today had it all--breakfast in the cockpit, bike ride, sailing, fishing, catching a fish, taking a walk, swimming, ice cream, good times with neighbors, eating that fresh fish, getting the most amazing gift of cookies from a neighbor, and enjoying a fireworks show.  I think we crammed it all in!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bring on summer!

This weekend has been great!  We kicked off Friday night with a U-dock get-together, with dock neighbors new and old.  The weather was perfect, the food delicious, and the drink plentiful!

Saturday we sailed most of the way to San Domingo creek and dropped the hook for an amazingly relaxing afternoon of reading and swimming. After a superb dinner of grilled lamb chops we went for a dinghy ride and explored a nearby island before visiting with U-dock neighbors that were anchored nearby.  A movie closed out a great day!

Today we had a very lazy morning before heading into St. Michaels.  In town we played at the park, had lunch at Marcoritaville, shopped for salsa, and got ice cream.  Back at the boat we swam and I scrubbed the bottom and scraped the prop before making an epic batch of guacamole to go with our burgers.  Then I took to the paddleboard while everyone else took the dinghy back over to the island.  This was such a great day!  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

VOR Newport Stopover

Best.  Weekend.  EVER!  Or at least it's definitely up there!

We took the kids out of school on Friday, driving up to New England Thursday night.  Checking out race village ahead of the weekend was great!  We hadn't even parked when we were passed by half of Team Dongfeng riding their bikes into Fort Adams.  Then, while checking out the SCA pavilion we got some one-on-one time with Annie Lush, Liz Wardley, and Sophie Ciszek!!!  I was totally star struck!  We ended the day with 30-cent wing night at the Officers' Club and checked into our quirky, cozy room at the Henry Collins Inn.

Saturday, after a wonderful breakfast, we walked downtown and caught a boat to Fort Adams for inport race day.  There were tons of people, but we still managed to get close to the Sailors (an SCA girl gave Katreina a visor!) and had a great view of the race action.  We were even right there when Mapfre hit a rock after winning!

Sunday we headed to the race village early and parked ourselves along the dock to see all the sailors head to the boats for the start of the race.  There was such amazing energy!  Sadly, we had to start heading south before the leg start, but it was still a great day.  And we were able to check in on the start action on our phones!

I'm so glad we did this with the kids, and I really can't wait until we can do it again!