Lucky Fish

the adventure has begun

06 October 2016 | Carolina Beach, NC
05 October 2016 | Atlantic Beach, NC
04 October 2016 | Atlantic Beach, NC
04 October 2016 | En route to Atlantic Beach
04 October 2016 | Charlotte, NC
25 September 2016 | Thousand Oaks, CA
21 September 2016 | Onward, CA
10 September 2016 | Indianapolis, IN
02 September 2016 | Girkwood, Alaska
31 August 2016 | The Goodnews River, Alaska
31 July 2016 | Vacaville, CA
07 July 2016 | Oxnard, CA
24 June 2016 | Oxnard, CA
23 June 2016 | En route to Las Vegas and home
21 June 2016 | Denver, CO
19 June 2016 | Telluride, CO
18 June 2016 | Telluride, CO
16 June 2016 | Monument Valley, Utah
08 June 2016 | Kauai
05 June 2016 | Kauai

Carolina on our minds...

06 October 2016 | Carolina Beach, NC
The winds blew last night...
the eye of Hurricane Matthew is frightening (seen above in the Huffington Post newspaper)as it continues to barrel across the miles of land and ocean to the south of us.
Some of the locals here are preparing for its arrival, others are choosing to wait and see...
And we loved having one more night at the coast, this time on Carolina Beach, soaking it all in and trying not to think the worst.
Since we'd already walked this morning we decided to just sit on the balcony of our room and enjoy the view while playing cards and loving being covered in the sounds of the crashing waves below...
and Nev crashed me in our game of 3:13!!
We had dinner at Havana's, a home built in 1916 and restored to the lovely restaurant it is now. The live music on the verandah was so perfect, especially when he sang about going to Carolina...
we will have the Carolina's and more on our minds for a long while!

Six more miles!

05 October 2016 | Atlantic Beach, NC
And this morning we walked six more miles, this time in the opposite direction...
my honey is a trooper!
There were quite a few blue sharks washed up on the shore... sent pictures back for Dax to see.
We were too late for breakfast at the Oceanana Pier but enjoyed blackened shrimp nachos instead, something very different and yummy!
It was cloudy this morning and the the winds have picked up some..
the sea is more restless than it was yesterday.

Allured by Atlantic Beach, NC.

04 October 2016 | Atlantic Beach, NC
What a beautiful part of this world we are visiting!
Such a surprise, though I don't really know what I was expecting to find!
Our hotel is right on the beach, a 22 mile (!) stretch of white, sandy beach... the warm Atlantic waters lapped at our feet as we walked along, admiring the seaside homes we passed by, and the horseshoe crab.
We walked 5 miles this evening, back just in time to watch the sun set in a magnificent display of oranges and pinks.
Dinner was delicious at Amos Mosquito's Restaurant... I think I loved the decor as much as I did my perfectly prepared seared ahi salad! There's even the sound of mosquitoes and other critters playing in the restrooms!
If all my family and loved ones (except you in Indiana, Christopher and Allison) didn't live on the west coast, this would be my retirement spot I reckon! I still have many miles to walk.
It's hard to imagine this beautiful seaside town might be heavily impacted by the approaching Hurricane Matthew...
we pray for their safety.

Titilating our tastebuds!

04 October 2016 | En route to Atlantic Beach
We stopped at a farm stand and had our tastebuds titilated by boiled peanuts, peaches that tasted like peaches and grapes we'd never seen before!! Thick skins, large seeds and yummy flavor, they're called scuppernong muscadines. Oh! The homemade cheese from the nearby mountains was the perfect lunch snack in the car...
And then there were all the different pumpkins and gourds that I wanted to take one of each back home with us but Nev refused!!!
It's like a whole 'nother world this side of the country... Loving it...
So are our tastebuds 😊😊

Quite the Queen.

04 October 2016 | Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC, was named for Queen Charlotte of England, and I loved all the street signs with crowns on them!
The city is in the process of upgrading their airport to be "fit for a queen" and our drive in the afternoon along Queens Road West lined with gorgeous homes "fit for a queen" left us most impressed with this clean, green (as in tree lined streets) city.
We only had a day here to explore so, after a delicious cup of cappuccino at the 7th Street Market Place, we caught the blue line train to the end of the track and back for an overview of the city.
We tried to visit the Aviation Museum and Freedom Park but our GPS couldn't seem to locate either, so we enjoyed a craft beer in Noda, an artsy community nearby instead!
The sunset over the city skyline was beautiful.
A glass of wine at BLUE Restaurant (we had to stop in there of course!) was interesting as our bartender filled us in on stories of the riots last week. Many windows of our hotel were broken and boarded up. Local artists were invited to paint the boards in an effort to make beauty from ashes (my interpretation!) and they have.
Dinner at Roosters was delicious...wood fire grilled...
we haven't tasted soul food yet!
The queens people were the most impressive tho - everyone so friendly and chatty...
left us feeling totally chuffed!

So sweet!

25 September 2016 | Thousand Oaks, CA
Our little Heidi is two today...
and she's as sweet as the icing was on the cake...
in fact, she is the icing on the cake in Nev's world!!
In the words of her mama:
she's sassy and smiley
she's fearless and feisty
she's silly and stubborn
she's adventurous and crazy
she's ours and we love her
and we had fun celebrating her uniqueness today!
Happy birthday sweet Heidi Love xoxo
Vessel Name: Blue
Vessel Make/Model: Nordhavn 46
Hailing Port: Channel Islands
Crew: Neville & Maggie
Nev has dreamed about cruising around the world for years. He bought Blue from John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 5 years ago and that brought his dream a little closer to reality. [...]
Neville Hansen: born in Durban, South Africa, moved to USA 1972, 2 sons , Trevor and daughter-in-law Star, and Dillon. Maggie Damron: born in South Africa, raised in Swaziland. Moved to the USA in 1992, 2 sons: Stephen and Christopher.
Blue's Photos - Main
Trip around Central America
49 Photos
Created 29 December 2010
While we were home from May - October
35 Photos
Created 18 October 2010
Mexico to Monterey 2010
48 Photos
Created 20 July 2010
29 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 5 May 2010
Santa Rosalia and visit to Rob and Andy
18 Photos
Created 4 April 2010
The last leg up the Sea of Cortez
27 Photos
Created 28 March 2010
Friends and hikes in Loreto
31 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
On our way up
39 Photos
Created 8 March 2010
random pictures of Mexico and friends
74 Photos
Created 28 February 2010
mum's visit
27 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 27 February 2010
Mexican Navy Rescue
10 Photos
Created 27 February 2010
Maggie's Photo's
52 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 3 February 2010
46 Photos
Created 20 January 2010
Christmas and New Year
11 Photos
Created 5 January 2010
34 Photos
Created 17 December 2009
on the way dwn
84 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 13 December 2009
visiting newport beach and dana point
5 Photos
Created 11 November 2009
Setting sail
5 Photos
Created 5 November 2009
We can't leave home without Maggie's wine
9 Photos
Created 28 September 2009
Stripping. sanding and varnishing the wood. Installing air conditioning units.
12 Photos
Created 2 August 2009

The Lucky Fish

Who: Neville & Maggie
Port: Channel Islands
Set to depart Channel Islands November 8th, 2009 We plan to head down Baja taking our time fishing and exploring ,we hope to spend a few months in the Sea of Cortez before heading down to Panama . From there to the Galapagos Islands and our Pacific Ocean crossing in February of 2011 to the Marquesas and from there who knows with our final destination Cape Town South Africa