In The Water!

Today we got the boat in the water! And……(wait for it)……it didn’t sink!  Huzzah! Aaaah – what a good feeling to see the boat back in the water where it belongs. It’s a weird thing to see such a large, heavy displacement, blue-water boat out of the water in storage. It definitely doesn’t belong there,…

Feeling Frustrated

Joe has been quite sick with a head/chest cold but seems to be getting over it, and now I've started to get sick with something yesterday. Being sick sucks. Especially when you are essentially homeless and living out of hotel rooms. Joe and I realize life is a real challenge for both of us right…

Free Day

We were 'dog free' for one more day, and Joe was still feeling puny from his virus, so I was the designated driver and set out to find a park I'd read about, Fort DeSoto. Turns out it's this great big county park, with several different beaches and fishing piers. We drove up to the…

A Snug Harbor, in St. Pete

Sweet Luxury! We woke up late, and spent the morning lounging in bed. Joe is feeling pretty sickly, but at least we each got a good nights sleep (we're at a cute, funky little mom-n-pop type hotel, with a quirky charm – mint green walls and a back patio with tropical colored chairs and thatched-roof…

Reunited with Mojo

Now that we were back in Florida, we loaded our bags back into our own little car, and drove to Snead Island Boat Works, where our boat is. There she was, up on blocks, with a new ablative bottom paint on. This was our first chance to see her and touch her since we put…

Cruisers University

Back in Oregon, sitting at our computer, Joe and I signed up for 4 days of classes geared towards boat cruisers, that are offered in between the Annapolis Sailboat Show and the Motorboat Show.  So Monday morning we got up bright and early to drive into Annapolis for classes that started at 8:15 (no rest…

Second Helpings

Even though the weather was drizzly and warm, we went back into DC (this time without any of the emotional drama of the day before!). Saw some great national sites – went through the Capitol (learned the when it’s spelled ‘Capital’ it’s referring to the city – or any capital city – and when it’s…

Washington DC

After getting the news from Snead Island about the horrendous leaking coming in from the rain, Joe and I decided to escape our troubles in Washington DC and be tourists (we couldn't do anything about the boat, so we may as well enjoy our rare opportunity to see the Capital!)  We saw Marine One land…

A Day of Ups and Downs

This is a two-part post: Part One:  The Annapolis Sailboat Show! The boat show was fascinating – soooo many vendors in such tight quarters! Anything you could imagine for a sailboat was being sold by multiple companies. We asked about dinghys, foulies, books, composting toilets, EPIRBS, generators, davits, arches, rigging, batteries, etc.  Joe and I…