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Sunrise: Chasing the dream
Life filled with adventure, both actual and spiritual.
Birthday Party
06/10/2011, Onancock, VA

We arrived in time to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Isobel's cousin, Anna. Of course Isobel was compelled to show her cousin how to unwrap and play with her new toys! The two girls provided the entertainment for the various aunts, uncles and Nana. We will work on capturing some of their cuteness on "film"!

06/13/2011 | Uncle Readie
Wish I were there! Just five months until Thanksgiving and I can see the not-quite-baby belles again.
setting up for wing and wing
Hot!
06/09/2011, middle of the southern Cheasapeake Bay

Shortly after leaving Norfolk, thankfully, the wind filled in from the south, which allowed us to set the Cruising Spinnaker. Shortly after this photo we rigged our whisker pole and flew the spinnaker on the starboard side and sailed for 7 hours wing and wing. When we finally reached the entrance to Onancock Creek, we were feeling so good... we wanted to keep going...!

It has been a long time since we have had a good long sail. It is wonderful when everything is running well, under sail with a steady breeze... even with the heat (almost 100) there is something that is just "right" about a good day's sail.

a visitor
06/09/2011, middle of the southern Cheasapeake Bay

This little guy flew into the cockpit and landed on my hand! He rested there for quite a while and allowed us to look at it and photograph it. Anyone know what he is? After a while he flew off across the water!

06/13/2011 | Uncle Readie
Just jumping in quick to say it looks like an "eastern tailed blue". Googled: butterfly chesapeake blue tail. Wow, what a photo! That should be entered in a contest.
06/13/2011 | Uncle Readie
Now that I'm awake, I can add that the "tail" is the pointy structure at the end of the wing, more famous in the swallowtail butterflies. The world's largest butterflies are the birdwing swallowtails here in Australia.
Mile 0
06/07/2011, Hospital Point Anchorage, Portsmouth, VA

We are at the official mile 0 of the Atlantic Intra Coastal Waterway... A short visit to Norfolk today... We went on board the Battleship Wisconsin... which was very impressive. Over 800 feet long with 16" diameter guns. It was brought out of mothballs in 1988 and launched the first cruise missiles in the first gulf war. Then, shortly after the war it was again decommissioned because it was costing $250,000 per day to maintain!

06/08/2011 | Uncle Readie
So your mileage division is zero? Ask Lara what happens when you divide by zero. You must be feeling pretty small around there. That looks like a popular spot, with about two dozen boats anchored there on Google Maps. Big city, big boats, big rules. Don't stay too long. It may affect your self esteem.
06/10/2011 | Gil
Keeping an eye on you guys.

Finished the trench @ Mildred St/talked with the inspector/talked with concrete contractor. All good.
More later,
G
06/13/2011 | Uncle Readie
Those guns look bigger than your boat!
grass
06/07/2011, Great Bridge, VA

A few moments after the below photo, as we are spinning the boat to tie up to the pier, Isobel is jumping on the fender (that should be over the side). Good thing I didn't see this! Makes a good photo though, in retrospect!

As Uncle Readie points out, there is grass right up to the pier!

As an additional note on the fire we passed. We spoke to a bridge tender who said that the "problem" with the fire is that it is now burning underground... burning all the organic matter that has built up over the years. That is one reason the smoke plume is so white, it is filled with steam... They need a three or four days of rain to put it out.

06/07/2011 | Uncle Readie
Isobel is no fool. She moved down to where she could get a firm grip on the ropes before she played bumper bounce. Smart little girl you got there.
reflections
06/07/2011, Great Bridge, VA

As we arrived in Great Bridge, the sun was low and the light was great.

36 43.282'n 076 14.506

No wind, a good thing!
06/06/2011, Great Bridge, VA

Bill heads up the mast to do some maintenance. This was in last nights anchorage.

At the beginning of June, knowing that we were going to be off the boat for almost a month, we shipped our genoa (forward triangle sail) and our radio out for repair... We don't have either one back yet!

The sail: Sort of a long story. In short, when the mast was rigged in VT, the mast was given too much rake, tipping it back. We measured for the sail with the mast in this position. Since this rake made the boat sail improperly, I quickly read up on rig tuning and started to adjust the mast forward. This shortened the fore-stay... effectively making the luff (forward edge) of the sail too long. Hopefully the adjusted sail will fit the properly tuned rig.

The radio: We had shipped the ICOM radio back for service last summer after having problems communicating with it before then. ICOM shipped it back saying that everything was OK. This fall when we had our "incident", one of the cascade of problems was that we were not able to contact anyone (TowBoat US, Coast Guard, local fishermen) about the condition of the inlet. We shipped the radio back to ICOM... this time they said they found a loose wire in the Microphone. Since our launch this spring, we had found that the radio still doesn't work! Now they have found two components that we failing. Rather than shipping it to us in Oriental, they shipped it to our mail forwarding service in FL!! Such service does not give me the confidence to recommend ICOM radios...

For these two reasons we took the "inside" route north... and it was a good thing as there was no wind and we motored the entire way... anyway. Although we missed Ocracoke and Manteo, we did save some fuel and time.

As compared to last night, we are in the thick of civilization! We are tied up to a town owned pier in Great Bridge, VA, just 100 yards north of the Great Bridge bridge... so we are surrounded by street lights and the sound of cars going over the bridge is constant.

06/07/2011 | Uncle Readie
That's the first dock I saw with grass on it! Isobel the sailor must consider a lawn to play on a novelty. Plus, I didn't know the ICW had locks. ICOM is Japan-based, so maybe their support has been affected by the earthquake. You're moving at a good pace. I'm guessing you'll be stopping at Harborton/Nancock tomorrow. Give everyone there my love.
dodging crab pots
06/05/2011, East Lake, NC

We spent the day in the canal that connects the Pungo River with the Alligator River. We didn't see any alligators although we did see lots of small deer, turtles, GB Herons, etc... We would normally choose the other route north which crosses the Pamlico Sound with stops in Ocracoke and Manteo.

Isobel helped me by spotting all the crab pots, including those ahead of us... bringing us to this apparently remote anchorage at the mouth of the Alligator river. There must be another fire north of us as the smoke is in the air and the sun was red long before it set.

35 56.091'n 075 54.556'w

06/05/2011 | Uncle Readie
You weren't kidding about a remote anchorage. I can't see any development for miles around you. How are you getting internet access? Modis Rapidfire shows no fires north of you, but you are right under a low pressure system that's stirring the air every which way, so it's probably still the plume from the Pains Bay fire due south of you, all twisted around.
heading north to cooler weather
06/04/2011, Pungo River

Updated image of the fire.

The day was hot, but not as hot as the ones past. We had our shades up all day as we motored... trying to balance visibility and temperature! We arrived in the Pungo river and anchored out where we could catch a breeze... one that lasted until just before the sun set as a orange ball in the west. I think the Alligator National Wildlife refuge fire is still burning as we can see a huge plume with a smoke cloud billowing high in the sky...

The water is now like glass... we think that tomorrow we will leave early and stop earlier so we can let the boat cool off (engine heat) before it is time for bed.....

More tomorrow,

35 31.620'n 076 32.899'w

06/04/2011 | Uncle Readie
You're near Dowry Creek Marina (that name must have an interesting history) heading for the Alligator River Canal. I would agree that avoiding Oregon Inlet is a good idea. According to Modis Rapdfire remote sensing, there are a couple of small fires along the canal, probably just small burnoffs, but the main fire is at Pains Bay on the Pamlico. "activefiremaps dot fs dot fed dot us".
95 in the shade
05/31/2011, Oriental, NC

It is quite pleasant here at about 7 am. After yesterday... baking on the boat, I was out pretty early to get the shades up. I am able to used the shade that goes aft of the mast because I am at a slip owned by some very nice folks who are on a boat called Whispering Seas. They are the same people who let me "house sit) back in November when we first arrived in Oriental.

So, here I am at the slip. trying to get a few things done... with the heat, I am trying to do things that don't require movement... Although now it is cooling off (93 degrees!) so I will get to some real projects!

I am sure all of you who watch this blog for news and photos related to Isobel will be happy to know that she and Lara will be back on board tomorrow afternoon... It will be great to have the family back together again and to return to our simple lifestyle.

05/31/2011 | Uncle Readie
I'll have to be honest and admit that it never occurred to me that boats would need shadecloths, so thanks for showing us how it's done. Be sure to thank T&J R for us - that's quite a dock they have, room for two boats? Head someplace cool for the summer. I hear St John's Newfoundland is nice.
05/31/2011 | Growltiger/joan
Yup--its hot in NC and VA. Hope all is going well for you all--and Sunrise. Puppy dogs say "hi" to Isabel. They are NOT impressed with this heat--its more like August. Boats are heading NORTH - Glenlyon stopped this weekend, said HI on the way past. They will be in NewPort tomorrow. Take care and Fair Winds.

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