We may have been quiet for a month or so, but we have been out living the life. That is the point of this whole journey, right? What have we been up to… let me tell you! We have been sailing more, meeting new friends at the marina, my birthday (more details later), went on a land lubber vacation, and last but definitely not least we spent our first night anchored out! See, living the life! Now of course we have boat projects going on while we are doing all of the above, but as we continue to acclimate to boat life, not every project seems post worthy!
Since the days have gotten longer, we have had the opportunity to do some evening sails. We have also been practicing anchoring. Not quite as easy as I expected, even with the windlass. Getting that anchor up can sometimes take all the energy out of me. Not only is it heavy (45 lbs. not including the chain) with gravity working against me, but you are having to balance and brace yourself at the bow, sometimes up and down and up and down! So it can get a bit tricky, but we are learning. As other sailing couples have told us, there is a HUGE learning curve to communicating to each other on the boat while under sail. In our first instances of anchoring, Chuck was at the helm and I was doing the manual work (which I happen to prefer). There were some frustrations there are we figured out this communication, and I learned how to let the boat to more of the work for me. But just last week, I got to be at the helm. After Chuck successfully pulled in and stored the anchor, he comes back with the “man that was hard work” look on his face. And I didn’t even say I told ya so!
came and went like it does every year. But this year I was surprised with a Tower 14ft. Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard! Kuddos to Chuck for arranging this behind my back as I had NO IDEA that he was even up to something. And let me tell you, I LOVE IT! So far we have just been paddling the inlet, but bigger adventures are coming. Right now, I am still learning to just be fearless on her and to handle some waves. Nothing too crazy for this lady yet!
|Chuck fell in! Whoops!|
|Puppy love on my birthday morning!|
Land Lubber Vacation (much needed)
We had the opportunity to return to our favorite vacation spot, Moab, UT. We stay at Basecamp Adventure Lodge! If you are looking for a unique experience, this is the place for you. What I truly love about this place is that you can start your day by sleeping in and reading a book on deck (with absolutely breath taking scenery around you), and by the end of the day you have gone kayaking, ATVing, hiking or more. You can make the vacation into whatever you want it to be, and there is one amazing thing missing. Cell service! There is limited WiFi, but who needs it? The pictures never do it justice, but I continue taking them in the hopes that one day it will!
|This is called Jacob’s ladder, and we actually climbed this!|
Living “on the hook”!
The best news to report is there was really no news! Of course we had some lessons to learn, but nothing that couldn’t be easily fixed or avoided for next time. We decide to anchor out at Mill Creek so we could see the fireworks for the Black Beard Pirate Festival in Hampton, VA. I think fireworks are already amazing, but they are that much better on a boat!!! And of course the pups added to the experience by making sure to bark the whole time to chase the fireworks away. Silly pups! We had some delicious rum, a friend brought dinner over, and it was gorgeous out! Even did some star gazing. We each woke up a couple times (Chuck to check the anchor, and me to just be aware of where we were), but overall slept great! Waking up was so peaceful.
The dogs still have work to do about learning to go on their spot, but if they have to go bad enough they eventually will. When we woke, we realized that the fridge had drained all of our power. Lesson learned! We had to get a jump from Boat US, which took a maximum of 5 minutes, and we were good to go! Beyond that, the main lesson we learned was to pack more food. And food to make a meal out of, not just the random things we end up with.
As far as boat projects go, the main thing we are focused on right now is our AC unit. We have a small hatch unit which works for sleeping, but with Chuck and the dogs there all day, they will need something more for the real heat of the summer. Chuck scored an old heat pump from another sailor who was headed to the junk yard, so he is currently getting parts to start assembling this. We also managed to get the dogs in the dinghy with Chuck successfully. We both just grabbed a handle on their life vests (safety dogs!), it was high tide and we went to a lower finger dock. In they went, happy or not. Enzo actually went in first, which is not like him. He just hunched down as far as he could. He did try to stand up while pressing against Chuck and Chuck almost went in the water. teeheehee. As they slowly motored away, all you could see was his big ol’ head. Kinda funny! Zia Marie was up next, and seemed to want to stand and let her ears blow in the wind. We will get pictures next time, as we just wanted a successful adventure (mostly so I didn’t freak out)!
|Our first little mate on board! Welcome Carter man!|