s/v Skylark

It's Always An Adventure

15 January 2017 | Hope, Maine
15 January 2017 | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
15 January 2017 | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
15 January 2017 | Bethel Maine
15 January 2017 | Bethel Maine
15 January 2017 | Hope Maine
01 January 2017 | Bethel, Maine
01 January 2017 | Bethel, Maine
01 January 2017 | Bethel, Maine
01 January 2017 | Bethel, Maine
01 January 2017 | Bethel, Maine
13 December 2016 | Bethel, Maine
13 December 2016 | Bethel, Maine
13 December 2016 | Charlotte, NC
01 December 2016 | Charlotte, NC
01 December 2016 | Charlotte, NC
20 November 2016 | Washington DC/Charlotte NC
06 November 2016 | Bethel, Maine
06 November 2016 | Yarmouth, ME
26 October 2016 | Colombia, Cartagena (posted from Bethel, ME)

Walking Through the Woods

15 January 2017 | Hope, Maine
Elizabeth
Beautiful walk through the woods with my sister and friends in Hope, Maine.

Luna in Antigua 2011

15 January 2017 | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Elizabeth
It wouldn't seem right to not include Luna in her Christmas scarf on her first tropical holiday, Antigua 2011. And Ed wearing antlers. Of course.

Our First Christmas While Cruising

15 January 2017 | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Elizabeth
This is how we spent our first Christmas as cruisers in 2011. We were anchored in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua and are dressed for the huge party over in English Harbour, a short dingy ride and walk from Skylark. It feels like a lifetime ago.

Christmas Day

15 January 2017 | Bethel Maine
Elizabeth
I love this photo. My mother is wearing socks one of her granddaughters gave her last year. She's an avid pianist so the musical theme was a fitting gift. She is standing with my younger sister Margaret on Christmas Day. I love being so close to family and yes, I love it even more than living in the tropics on a sailboat. Go figure.

Christmas Dinner in Maine

15 January 2017 | Bethel Maine
Elizabeth
Drinking champaign and waiting for lobster stew with friends on Christmas day.

Making Snow Angels on a Frozen Lake

15 January 2017 | Hope Maine
Elizabeth
I have been meaning to write the final blog for quite some time. I can't seem to get it together to put worthy words into a goodbye post. I can't tell you why. It's like moving to a new town; necessary perhaps, time probably, it has to be done. Never easy. Saying goodbye is not my favorite event. Some people walk away more easily than others and while I am not a stranger to walking away from things or people when something new awaits me, I like to remain tethered in one way or another. Letting go of the blog feels permanent. Untethered. I don't relish it. I want to give it a proper send-off and I'm not clear how to do this. I'm a huge advocate for trusting one's instincts so I trust that this ambivalence, reluctance, and lack of follow through with what seems like an intention (not my favorite word) has significance. It simply isn't time. A girlfriend of mine said recently she felt it was time. I can't tell you why other than the obvious, which is we are not sailing and this is, after all a sailing blog. But others have said, "No! Don't stop!" I can't tell you why except they apparently like my writing. They probably like Luna's writing better.

But here's the thing. Neglecting the blog makes me feel, well, neglectful. I don't always miss it because my mind is on other things these days. And yet, it's never far from me. What's my mind been on lately? I have been managing my physical condition fairly well but manage is the key word. The Polymyalgia Rheumatica is still present and while I am doing well, I still have symptoms and remaining on the prednisone brings it's own complexities to the mix. I am titrating down as much as I can tolerate without an increase in pain and inflammation but it's a slow process. I have a new appreciation for those with chronic pain or disorders. Daunting business.

What else? I am preoccupied with a family member who has been struggling and while I am relieved to be on home turf and available to offer support, it's overwhelming. While sailing off on a boat, mostly out of the country, I was insulated from crises back home. I didn't like being so far removed and felt an internal pressure to get home. It was the right decision but now that I'm here, I'm acutely aware of the energy it takes to be swirling in what feels like an eternal storm. Insulation was not easy but being in the eye of a crisis isn't either.

So those are two reasons I'm neglectful of the blog. And of course there's house-hunting or house planning, professional certifications/renewals, Dr's. appointments galore and offering assistance to my incredibly able and independent mother who, although incredibly able and independent still appreciates the help.

Living on land is a fulltime job. Living on a sailboat is as well. Do I miss the tropics? Who wouldn't? Do I regret the decision to come back to life on land? No. Does Ed? I don't think so. Is he just as busy as me? Yup. He's been studying for a real estate license in Maine (he is already licensed in NC), working on canvas projects for Skylark, skiing, and doing chores for mom. And Luna? She wants everyone to know three things: She is happy as long as she doesn't have to wear her stupid black booties, is invited to come with us everywhere at all times and can look outside and watch for a moose which has yet to arrive. That's all I know.

Man on a Trail

01 January 2017 | Bethel, Maine
Eliabeth
Ed will complain bitterly when he sees these latest blog posts. "Why are there so many photos of me?" he'll ask accusingly. I'll say, "I liked them" and that will be the end of it. And on Facebook, too? Oh, now I'm really walking on the wild side.

Right of Way on a Trail

01 January 2017 | Bethel, Maine
Elizabeth
As we were skiing in the tracks already made, there was a couple approaching and they were also in the tracks. Who would move? What are the rules of the trail? Ed said, "We need to move over and make room for them because they are downhill and it's just like if it was a boat coming toward us in the current with less control. We would want to give them right of way." Do you see how often we think about all things sailing and boat-related? There are countless lessons we learned from cruising full time and one of these days, I'll compile a list.
Vessel Name: Skylark
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1CC 1985
Hailing Port: Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Crew: Ed Easter, Elizabeth Meadows and Luna the dog
About: Ed, Elizabeth and Luna the dog lived for many years in Charlotte, NC. They started their live aboard experience in Charleston, SC in June 2011, cutting the lines one month later. They have been living the cruiser's life ever since.
Extra:
Skylark is a USA documented vessel and is legally identified by her name "Skylark" and hailing port "Boothbay Harbor". Since our purchase of her in 2008 she had been moored in Tenants Harbor ME '08, Rockland ME '09 and Charleston SC for the 2010 and early 2011 season. After that follow the blog [...]
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