Oriental Sailing School In Parade07/05/2008
Oriental Throws A Grand Parade07/05/2008
I was only trying to get ready to depart. That involved numerous dingy trips from the boat to the docks in spite of all my efforts towards mass unloading. As if yesterday's festivities weren't enough, I dingyed into a full-blown parade. Well over one hundred different vehicles, from old women in electric wheelchairs to John Deaton in his marine cherry picker decked out and leaning far forward and dressed as a dragon riding through town - that was amazing. Politicians, summer camps, every business in the area. If there is a parade to rival San Diego in terms of Americana, dare I say Oriental's Croaker Festival is it.
Dogs Awaiting My Return07/05/2008, Oriental Harbor
I left the dogs on deck when I went for a short solo trip into town. When I returned, they were outside the boundary I had set eagerly waiting for me. I will need to put the seat in which blocks the rear deck as they could easily fall off into the water if a rogue wave hit unexpectedly. The picture is blurry but I thought it was worth showing anyway.
Heading Back To The Boat07/05/2008, Oriental Harbor
Southern Delecacies07/05/2008, Oriental 4th of July Fair
This little boy was particularly enamored by Anne. He tried to impress her with his speed racer shoes, but Anne can't be won over by shoes - she wants food.
Outdor Concert By the Local BandKeith, sunny and hot
07/05/2008, Oriental, NC
I dingied into town with the dogs and we came across a street fair. The band played an assortment of old and new tunes. I recognized several people from around town in the band. I guess in a small community like this, you run across the same folks often.
Keith's Side07/04/2008, Tropical Dreamer
Keith and Anne's Cabin (and sometimes Jake, but usually just until we fall asleep)07/04/2008, Tropical Dreamer
The Inside Dog SpaceKeith, hot outside, with the breeze, the coolest place is inside the boat
07/04/2008, Tropical Dreamer
It became obvious over the last few days that there wasn't enough room in the boat for the dogs. Part of the problem was the piles of things all over the place. Partly it's that a 36 foot boat isn't all that big inside. I'm sure the 42 would be much more spacious, but I can hardly manage this much boat, not to mention the price. Fortunately many of the Catalina 36s were designed with a pit sofa. The dining table can seat 10 people, but otherwise it takes up a lot of space that was perfect for a dog spot. The three of us can lay down comfortably to watch a movie, read, whatever. Anne is spread out and sound asleep as I write this. Jake has moved to the floor by my feet. They also enjoy hanging out in the cockpit and they've both discovered how to climb up to the bow. With the breeze blowing through, they seem quite comfortable, as am I. The dogs kept me company while I set up the zodiac earlier today and caught the attention of passers-by as we hung out on the bow.
Singer Family Adventures
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