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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Tropical Dreamer
06/01/2008

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05/31/2008

We started exploring the boats in the marina to figure out how they installed the hardware we are going to install on Tropical Dreamer. Matt is presently on the internet looking for mounting hardware for the solar panels. There is an 80's marathon on the radio. I know all the songs. We also started working on the perspectus for the land project. Between those things and dinner of pasta, meatballs, sauce, vegies, and dessert, its been a full afternoon. Thank goodness again for the air conditioner. We've had it on since we hooked-up early this afternoon. Otherwise it would be warm and sticky at best. The air conditioning takes most of the moisture out of the air. I read on the internet that the humidity is almost 80%.

Parked At Deaton Yachts In Oriental, NC
Keith, hot humid
05/31/2008

Whoopie, we're finally here. Lunch at the village restaurant, picked up my tube for the dingy from the West Marine outlet, and drove to the marina. We walked around the outside of the boat, found a great place to park nearby with an electrical hook-up, and began settling in. First thing was to get the scooter down and take a tour of the town. We stopped first, put a ladder up to the boat, and climbed onto and into it. It's in great condition considering more than 7 months of storage. The inside actually seemed dryer and less musty than when I was sailing her last October. John Deaton came by and welcomed us not long ago. Matt just woke up from a nap. The dogs are sleeping, and we are about to work some more on the Panama land deal before getting started with the boat projects. Lots to do from here, but we're here at last!

Styling At The New Bern, NC RV Park
Keith, hot and humid
05/31/2008

We drove a long day from Agusta and made it as planned to New Berg, actually 6 miles outside of New Berg towards Oriental. We drove a country road nearly 100 miles from the main highway to get there. It was so beautiful at a max 55 mph. There were a few challenges along the way, but we made it. The versahaul is only bent slightly in a place you can hardly see. The gas pump may not have fared so well. We had a little fiesta with the neighbors to the right and left last night and then made a nice dinner with the leftover ribs from the night before. I've been much happier since we started hooking up with electric connections as much as possible. That air conditioning and power for everything from computers to tvs is so nice. A leisurely wake-up, clean-up, and pack-up, and we were off to Oriental.

The Rover
Keith
05/29/2008, Agusta Georgia

Naturally, the first place we stopped with Matt, he wanted to pull out the scooter. With two of us, we had it down, toweled off, and running in minutes. Then we took it into town (both wearing helmits and eye protection like a couple of complete dweebs, but safe and legal ones) for, of course, BBQ. We had a blast. With two people, the Yamaha Zuma screams downhill, "burying" the speedo as the little 50 cc engine barrels along; yet it remains surprisingly stable while doing so. And nobody beats it from 8-14 mph. Anyway, we finally found this incredible rib place. Best collard greens ever. Okra was out of this world. Ribs falling off of the bone, four or five kinds of bbq sauces. We brought some home for tomorrow, including containers of each of the sauces. Had to fill up the tank on the Zuma on the way home. It held 1.2 gallons.

We Have A Visitor
Keith, nice, cool, not too humid
05/29/2008, Agusta, Georgia

We picked up Matt from his flight in from Panama City, had a nice lunch (BBQ fried chicken I kid you not) with his brother Mike, who is an airline capt, and headed off towards North Carolina and Tropical Dreamer. We got as far as Agusta and found a non descript rv park just outside of town. The picture... well we want Matt to be comfortable since he is a crucial part of the coming adventure and has been a great supporter of the sailing specifically and adventure generally. I made him that nice little bed up front. I won't be surprised if Anne is up there with him by morning. This place has great cable, so I hooked up the one I bought in Sedona and got it working by remote control from both the front and rear tvs. I think it may even be HBO. This is the first tv in a week for me. Tomorrow we head off on an all day drive. I'd like for us to make it as far as New Bern, which is only about 1/2 hour from Oriental. That way we can arrive to the marina at a reasonable hour the next morning and get to work.

You Don't Even Want To Know How Much This Is Costing
Keith
05/28/2008, Atlanta, near the airport

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Another Fried Chicken Dinner
Keith, warm, humid
05/28/2008, Atlanta

What can I say, when in Rome... There are two food places near this second Atlanta Walmart, both are fried chicken joints. I went in the first and it was too commercial. The second was more homestyle. They were very nice. The sides (green beans and baked beans) were really good, as was the chicken. For a guy who is supposed to be temporarily retired from the law, I spent a lot of today revising legal pleadings, attending meetings, and preparing memorandums of understanding. Well, I guess it keeps me out of worse trouble... or something like that.

Hanging Out In Atlanta
Keith, warm
05/28/2008

We are hanging out in the Bounder in Atlanta, Georgia awaiting a skype meeting later today regarding the Panama land deal. As you can see, the dogs are entertaining themselves. I'm running the generator most of today because we're still not used to the humidity and the computer battery holds less than an hour of charge. I can definitely see the benefit of non-engine electricity sources for the sailboat. I have to offer a few words of thanks to Walmart. This is like the 5th one I've stayed at and they have been a very convienent way to park the motorhome for a day or so. Big parking lots to walk the dogs, pretty much anything you want inside. Later today I'll move to one near the airport so that it will be easy to pick up Matt tomorrow at noon.

Finally, BBQ
Keith, warm and getting humid
05/27/2008, Downtown Birmingham

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