Thursday, June 22, 2017

Greetings From...

Vermont and New York at the same time! To celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer, we walked across the windy Lake Champlain bridge. Hopefully the summer solstice will be the start of drier and calmer weather.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Steam and Gas

Steamy conditions with 90 degree temps and 70% humidity didn't keep us away from the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Gallupville Gas-Up. It was bigger than ever before, including some army vehicles. Below are just a few of the tractors and equipment we saw (featuring our friend Lisa on her Farm All!):






Next year we may have to bring some of our fun vehicles up to display and drive around. We have enough that we could just about have our own gas-up in our backyard! 😉

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Brrrr! He's Crazy!

We had a couple of gorgeous days on Lake George this past week. Moxie is running perfect and we cruised down to Hewlitt's Landing. Dave used the excuse that he had to dive and secure the anchor when we stopped for lunch, but I think it was more that he couldn't resist jumping in the now 64 degree water...twice, and survived to to tell about it! He wasn't in very long though.


Day number two started out with a one way kayak trip down the LaChute River. Once again I told myself not to bother to bring my camera since we've done this trip so often. Wrong. We saw muskrats, tons of birds, turtles, and more. With all our rain, the river was flowing nicely, and the weeds weren't bad yet, so we could get close to shore once we were in Lake Champlain under Fort Ticonderoga.

That same afternoon, we decided that we would tempt the weather gods and launched the Sea Doo for a blast around the north end of the lake. As the storm clouds built, we headed back to the launch ramp and arrived just as the 20 knot north wind started blowing. We beat the odds!

We headed south to home and discovered that tragedy had hit our fish pond. We thought the goldfish were hiding in the rocks, so Dave removed them and found one dead fish stuck in there and none of the other eight. We drained the pond and down in the bottom were three small fish from last year. Now we have cleaned and refilled it and have a screen on top. We think it might have been a heron since there was no sign of any fish. One gulp per fish and they were gone. Several years back I found a heron at the pond and we put the screen on, but lately I guess we became complacent. We feel guilty and will start looking to replace the 'fleet of fish'. That's our next quest.






Friday, June 9, 2017

Let Summer Begin

Yay! We finally made it out on the water...not in it (water temp was 57 degrees), but at least we were on it in Moxie. This time of year is still so quiet and we barely saw any other boats at all. Come the 4th of July, this will will all change until Labor Day, when we can take back the lake. For now we'll advantage of the serenity.

In our travels, we found a few new large camps being built. We also saw these turtles basking in the sun on the rocks and we idled by them quietly so they weren't disturbed. We all needed a bit of sun after the wet, cold spring.

We came upon this weather/data station moored off of Anthony's Nose, across from Roger's Rock. We have seen them in the southern end of the lake, but this is the first year one has been stationed in the north end. It is all part of the Jefferson Project which monitors the conditions of the lake, all to help keep the water the most pristine in the country.

What a perfect day to rediscover Lake George. After all the rain, we had a clear blue sky and no wind. "Serenity now, insanity later!"



Monday, May 29, 2017

Rainy Days & Mondays...

...always get me down. We are running out of projects to do with all this wet and chilly weather. Dave and Jim have perfected the "twirly gig" invention though. It has been stabilized with turnbuckles from a sailboat rig that allow the tension to be adjusted (living in a boatyard during the winter definitely has its advantages). Now it will be the hit of the the shows he takes it to.

So I guess rainy days and Mondays don't make Dave down, they make him 'up'!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Where Have We Been?!?!

Yes, we are still alive and well, but waiting for the spring to arrive to do fun things besides yard work, has been slow in coming. Since we tend to travel a lot, we no longer have internet service and need to rely on our shrinking mobile data, or good old McDonald's free WiFi, which is where I am posting from today. During the summer you will probably find there will be less posting, but most likely longer posts. So where HAVE we been in between all the rain? See below for some examples...

We took a day trip up to the Thousand Islands to witness the rising waters and flooding that we read about:

It was hard to tell in Clayton, which boats were already launched and which were still on dry land.
 Business as usual even though the cars were in the water!

 The stationary public docks in Alexandria Bay are underwater so floating docks were brought in.

 The tour boats were so high that these posts were built so they have something to rub against and not go ON the dock.
 We saw sandbags in several places and this tour boat had to have floating docks brought in too.

During one of the only two 90 degree days we have had so far, we took the Thunderbird to Burlington, VT. I walked while Dave rode his fold up bicycle that fits in the trunk:

We met up with Sue and Len in Quechee Gorge, Vermont, which is about halfway for them in NH and us in Ticonderoga, to meet for lunch.

We got more than we bargained for when visiting the Waterford locks where the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers converge.

Flooding has been an issue here before, so this apartment house has been raised and moved so the foundations can be repaired and brought up higher.


This was a huge barge being welded, along with its push tug at the seawall.

So now we wait for better boating weather. Meanwhile, at least all my flowering bushes are blooming and look gorgeous!

Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Home!

Despite all our afflictions, we have made it back home again. Note to self: Don't travel the roads during Easter weekend! Everything in the house is fine, but much yardwork needs to be done. We've also been up to Ticonderoga, where things seemed to have weathered the winter just as well....all except the Thunderbird that refused to run and may need a new fuel pump. It was blocking my PT Cruiser Convertible in the garage, so we pushed it out to get the other car out to take home. Dave ran downtown to put it on the road, only to find that DMV was closed because the computers weren't working.😠 So we pushed the T-Bird back into the garage first, then parked the PT, and we cruised on home in "Marilyn", Mom's 2002 Buick Century that we purchased from her and drove back from Florida. Dave remembers Mom and Dad showing us the car at the dealership and always liked it. When Mom said she really wanted it to stay in the family and none of my siblings wanted it, we added it to our fleet. It is a fantastic car for long distance trips, and now our 1995 GMC van can be relieved of the duty of traversing the I 95 corridor. As an added bonus (besides dual air/heat control and my favorite...the visor extensions), the stereo system is awesome and what a concert hall we had going in all that stop and go traffic on the way home. Heck, it not only plays all our aging CDs, it also plays cassette tapes that we still have a few of in the old van!

This will be my last blog post for awhile unless something exciting happens. As my mother's saying goes, "it's all routine stuff." Enjoy the spring!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Adding Insult To Injury

Literally! Greetings from "Sick Bay"... Dave and I have come down with two different flus at the same time. Although we both had a stomach virus during the night, Dave's got better, but he has chills, aches, and is really congested. Although I don't have the congestion (yet) my stomach is still acting up. At least this didn't happen in the thick of all the action when we were trying to get things done. Plus luckily no one else has our ailments. I'm not sure we will be ready to leave here this weekend, but at least it takes my mind off my broken toe. 😉

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Whirlwind Week

It has been quite a busy week. I left Hope Town for Daytona on April 1st and Dave left on the 4th. My sister Sue arrived here on the 4th also. Then we all went to work cleaning out the cupboards, closets, hutches, etc. in my mother's house. Mom, who has settled in and adapted as well as possible in assisted living, requested to see all her 'stuff' one more time, so she spent the day here on Wednesday. Then, in two days we pulled together most everything for a huge garage sale. It was actually fun since several of the neighbors bought things as mementos and kept coming back for more. They also were able to visit with Mom, which was nice.





 (These photos were taken before all the holiday decorations were brought out, so there was lots more)

It was only a one day sale as Dave and my brother Rick and nephew Matthew wanted to go to the annual Port Orange Volkswagen show on Sunday. Plus Sue took Mom to see her 11 month old great grandson Bradley who was vacationing with his parents Melissa and Ben in Ormond Beach (Sue flew here from NH with the three of them). Meanwhile I took everything left over from the sale and boxed it all up for donations to the Hospice store, which we will drop off today.

Mom also has many collectibles and we are in the process of finding a consignment store to try and sell them, which is no easy task as they all need to be recorded and appraised. A realtor friend of Rick and Eva's has been here and the house will go up for sale when Dave and I leave on Saturday. Dave and I have purchased Mom's Buick Century (she wanted it kept in the family) and we will be quite a sight going up I 95 with a U-Haul trailer in tow, carrying the Honda Helix and all the items that Sue and I want to keep! It's sad that it is the end of an era though.

As one final note, on Tuesday morning I broke my right little toe badly on the coffee table. It was a scary sight seeing it sticking out at about a 45-60 degree angle and wouldn't go back into place. All I could do was tape it together with a couple of the other toes for support and keep on working. "No rest for the wicked!"

More when we arrive home...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Grand Finale

Yesterday was the last cruising boat race of the season and since many cruisers are heading back home, crew was hard to find for Sunrise. I was 'elected' to be the third person on the boat along with Milton, the owner, and of course Dave. The wind was supposed to be about 8 knots, so we set the huge 155% jib sail. In reality it was about 13 knots with higher gusts and white caps. Wow, did we ever heel over...so much so that I ended up being just 'rail meat', using my weight on the high side to try and keep the boat more level. I couldn't move around the boat easily so, except for steering, Dave had to tend the mainsheet, jib and winches by himself. He joined me on the high side when possible on the upwind legs, to keep the keel as far down in the water as possible, in order to help point towards the mark. It figures that the course was longer than usual due to the perfect sailing winds, which was tiring for a novice like me and Dave having to do more than usual. We were a bit overpowered on the upwind legs, but that huge jib helped when going downwind. We were racing along side of the Abaco Rage most of the day, with them in the lead, but on the last leg, we beat them to the finish. In the end, we came in third after the handicaps were tallied! Plus Sunrise with Milton and Dave as co-skippers ended up earning the Boat of the Year Award, a huge accomplishment!

Below are a few of Will Heyer's great shots of the racing action...



Thursday, March 30, 2017

One Last Safari

Before we stored away the kayaks for the summer, we loaded them up in Safari and headed south past Tilloo Cut. We were actually going to try paddling the cut, but the ocean swell was huge and the waves were crashing on shore.

We ended up in the lee of an estate called The Far Side or as many of us call it, The Castle. Even the iron coral looks like the castle.


As soon as we launched the kayaks, I happened to be looking in the right place at the right time and saw several dolphins near by. I even recognized one as Notch who frequents the harbor.



Washed up on shore we found a sister to our Daysailer Suja. I can tell that Dave was trying to figure out to get it back home...

There were also tons of turtles swimming around us and it made for a perfect ending to our paddling for the season. We didn't get out as much as usual, but when we did, it was fantastic!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Goodnight Abaco

With the time change making it lighter later, we have been taking walks out to the Sea of Abaco to watch the sunset after dinner. Tonight's was spectacular!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Feeling Smug

The forecast during the past week has been for very high winds today though the weekend. Since time is really growing short for us here, we made the decision to start hauling out our boats before the gale. First it was Jim Ryan's Sunfish and our Daysailer Suja, with extra thanks to Barry and Art. Yesterday we were going to go kayaking, but the wind had already started to pick up, so the guys really went to work. Dandy was hauled, put on its trailer, and is in storage.


Then Jim's skiff was hauled out and 'summerized', before decommissioning his sailboat Pepe too.
 
Even after all that, there was still time to haul out Walkabout, clean its bottom, flush the engine with fresh water, and put it away for the summer. We sure kept PJ and the forklift busy.

This morning our little marina filled up to capacity, as did the anchorage and the Hope Town Marina in anticipation of the coming bad weather. We've never seen so many boats and people here. At 11 AM the wind really kicked in and increased all day. As the wind howls through all the boat masts, we sit here feeling smug, knowing that we beat the weather and the first step towards departure is complete. Let the wind blow...we are ready!