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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Live Music At The Pizza Joint Across The Street
Keith, evening, nice
06/26/2008, Scoots, Oriental, NC

I walked the dogs over to the live acoustic music going on across the street tonight. We sat down in the parking lot near those bikes. The dogs were quite a hit with Jake barking after each song. Eventually they got antsy and we had to go home and make dinner; hot dogs and a tomato salad with cherries for dessert for me and dog food, rice, bacon fat, and maranara sauce for Jake and Anne.

Browse This
06/26/2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzpbl2LgHXU&feature=related

Good Dogs
Keith, morning, cool and nice
06/26/2008, Oriental, NC

I'm in the motorhome by myself again. Good thing Jake and Anne are with me or it would be lonely tonight. I dropped Matt off at the airport today in Newbern (about 30 miles away) after a month together. We (mostly he) worked from early this morning until noon putting the final touches on the solar system wiring. Then we prepared the Rebounder and took off for the "big city." It was 2:00 p.m. by the time we arrived and we were starving. We drove around and found a place called Mama's Soul Food. They had a nice country buffett with all the fixings (collards, sweet potatoes, fried chicken, gravy, butter beans, corn bread, hush puppies, etc). We arrived at the airport early and hung out for an hour in the motorhome while Matt made a list of the things I need to keep in mind over the next several days as I prepare the boat to go into the water. It is wierd to be without human company again, but it is also nice to have the major projects accomplished, to have more free time, and to have been able to spend the last month (more, considering Panama) with a good friend who is so generous with his skill and time. We ran out of coffee this morning and I walked with the dogs to The Bean, the local coffee shop along the water. I tied the dogs to a bench down the street because there was no place to put them otherwise. They waited patiently until I got back. Good dogs.

The Final Push
Keith, hot and humid
06/26/2008, Deaton Yachts

Matt has been working his butt off trying to get the wind turbine, solar array, and wind vane self steering systems operational. The last two days have been particularly hard work. Wiring large guage electrical cable, installing connecting equipment, soldering, shrink wrapping, drilling holes for wires and equipment, applying epoxy to the inside of the holes, installing in line fuses, switches... I could go on and on. The magnitude of this refit was more than we anticipated, to put it mildly. A client commented that her refit was scheduled to take 6 weeks and lasted 18 months. Thank goodness mine won't be that long. Matt may just pull it off before we have to depart this afternoon back to New Bern for Matt's flight to Atlanta and then back to Tucson. There are no words adequate to offer thanks for the sort of hot, sticky, sometimes painful work that Matt has been doing on Tropical Dreamer.

A Successful Repair
Keith, H and H
06/25/2008, Deaton Yachts

I bought a Walker Bay hard dingy from the previous owner along with the Catalina 36 because that is a necessary cruising tool which is used to get from the boat to shore and back. The dingy came with a tube that goes around the side (RID, Rigid, Inflatable Tube - a hybred between a hard dingy and an inflatable), but the previous owner didn't have it installed because it had holes and he hadn't fixed them. So I did. Matt and I filled the tube with air, took it to the water, and inspected it while pushing sections of it into the water. It was pretty easy to spot the bubbles, some coming from a previous repair. I broke out the repair kit, read the directions, and followed them. The tube has been holding air now for days. Once it is attached to the dingy, it will increase the hard dingy's boyancy tremendously and hopefully allow me to transport Jake and Anne safely and securely. The rated capacity with the tube installed is three adults. It has a 3.3 HP Mercery 2 stroke engine that powers the boat fairly robustly. Without the tube it was a very unstable boat, but nible and easily rowable - not appropriate for dogs. I have another dingy, the Zodiac, which was on Singmeaway (the Catalina 25 which is still for sale at Lake Pleasant, AZ). It is bigger and very stable, but I want to try and make the Walker Bay work if posible and the Zodiac (and the Honda 2hp 4 stroke that goes along with it) will be my back-up/liferaft.

A Garden Patch In Oriental, NC
Keith, a misty foggy morning
06/25/2008

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Wind Turbine Is Installed
Keith, hot and humid.
06/25/2008, Oriental, NC

There hasn't been enough wind at the storage yard to see if it works, but the power test (two lights of the red light) was a success. Weeks of work (Matt's work) went into the installation of this machine. May it provide lots of eco-friendly power to Tropical Dreamer. Note the solar panels on top of the bimini. We've been working on the wiring of those babies for several days now. You can also see the brackets for the Hyrovane have been installed and it is just about ready for the main drive unit. Tomorrow afternoon Matt is going home, so it is going to be a busy day (again).

Shore Walk In Oriental
Keith
06/25/2008

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The Hex Is Lifted
Keith, morning cool
06/24/2008, A residental street in Oriental

This is going to sound odd, but now that I think it's over, I'm going to share it.

When we first arrived at the self storage rv park, Jake and Anne were exploring and they took off after something. I went after them. That something turned out to be a baby bunny. I checked it out. It was too damaged to be saved, but far from dead. It was suffering. I knew I had to put it out of its misery. It was horrible. It looked at me when it was time and laid its head down as if it knew. I kind of felt like it put bad karma on us. The memory bothered me for a long time and still does at this moment. Today I came across a completely flattened turtle on the side of the road. Not far away, I found another turtle on the side of the road, this one live. I took a picture, picked him up, and put him snugly into the forest. I think it put the force back in balance, so to speak.

It Won't Be Long Now...
Keith, Early Morning Cool
06/22/2008, Oriental Town Dock

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