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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Morning Before Boat Work
06/10/2008, Oriental, NC


Cuddly Pair Of Retrievers
06/09/2008, Oriental, NC


Unfortunate Incident Involving A Can Of Chicken Broth
06/09/2008, Oriental, NC

I used this chicken broth to flavor rice last night. Last night was Jun 2008. It wasn't pretty. We had to open all the windows in the Rebounder for about 1/2 an hour just to air the place out. We figured out that I must have taken this can from my house (where it had been sitting) to the motorhome and then let it sit in all weather conditions (Tucson summers) until last night. I was actually going to try and make a go of it, but Matt noticed the rancid smell wafting through the motorhome and inquired how far was I going to go with it. I was ashamed to admit the truth. Now I have to check each can before opening it. We went across the street for Pizza tonight.



Keith, H & H
06/09/2008, Oriental

What you are seeing are the mock-ups for the wind generator mast and supports in the rear and the Hydrovane mock-up in the front. This actual equipment is heavy and bulky enough so that it can't just be set up on the boat right out of the box. The brackets need to be learned and mocked (so to speak) and the metal bars (we are using plastic pipe) measured and then cut to fit the boat. It took numerous steps to get to this point and there are numerous steps before actual installation. Mind you this is just the supporting equipment. The actual wind turbine and the Hydrovane are being stored safely in the boxes and will not be installed until last. I'm told my Mr. Deaton (of Deaton Yachts) that this has been the hottest weather in the last 50 years. Getting this far in these weather conditions has been a struggle, a sweaty uncomfortable struggle, but we're making progress. Paul at the hardware store lent us his hot air gun because they didn't sell one. We needed that to take off the old port of origin letters. The new US Coast Guard documentation for Tropical Dreamer lists Tucson, Arizona as my port of origin so that is what needs to be lettered onto the back of the boat. How I managed to sail from Tucson to here will be an interesting topic of conversation during the cruising. We are meeting the guy who makes boat lettering in a little over half an hour at his shop across the street from where we are staying. Then, an hour later, I've got a telephonic court hearing at the Juvenile Court.



Someone Else's Laundry
06/08/2008, Oriental, NC

Fortunately, we have free laundry machines at our little self-store RV park, which we are presently using to wash everything that has been used up until now. The cleaning towels are particularly in need.

The Old With The New
Keith, nice in the mornings before it gets hot
06/08/2008, Oriental, NC

Jake and Anne and I love morning walks.

The Dogs Are Fine
Keith, still hot and humid
06/07/2008, The Rebounder, Oriental, NC

A lot of people keep asking about the dogs. They are fine. Maybe better than fine. They hang out with us a lot of the time, and when we are working at the boat or getting supplies, they hang out in the air conditioned motorhome. I take a walk with them in the mornings. They get let out like 10 times a day. Not a bad life. They are even starting to romp around in the grass, which is a sign of happiness for Jake and Anne. We had a problem with ticks and fleas for the first week or so, but I gave them a wash with special tick/flea shampoo recently and they are clean, protected, and happy. I think Anne has a crush on Matt.

The Phil Collins Shirt Makes An Appearance (and the Hydrovane)
Keith, you know
06/07/2008, Oriental, NC

The picture of me holding the Hydrovane is even dorkier than this one, and I had to show the shirt Matt was wearing. I came prepared on this voyage with a pile of old shirts that I rarely (if ever) wore. We've discovered that this is a one-t-shirt-per-day worksite, considering the sweat and all, so I'm issuing a daily uniform to the crew.


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Port: Tucson, Arizona
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