Lucky Fish

the adventure has begun

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
04 June 2016 | Kauai
02 June 2016 | Kauai, HI
31 March 2016 | Oxnard, Ca
15 March 2016 | Oxnard, Ca
04 March 2016 | Oxnard, ca
03 March 2016 | New Delhi, India
03 March 2016 | New Delhi, India
02 March 2016 | Pushkar, India
01 March 2016 | Pushkar, Rajasthan
01 March 2016 | Ajmer junction, India
29 February 2016 | Udaipur, India
28 February 2016 | Udaipur, India
27 February 2016 | Castle Bijaipur, Bijaipur.

Grumpingly gorgeous!

23 June 2016 | En route to Las Vegas and home
Nev grumped a lot on our way home!
We went an extra 4 hours out of the way to see sights he didn't think he needed to see.
It was hot, hot, hot in our non-air conditioned DAZI as we crossed UT, AZ and NV... the temp inside our car right now is 116 degrees!! The rangers at Horseshoe Bend told us the sand was registering 148 degrees and nobody was allowed on the trail without closed shoes and a full bottle of water!
But he did admit, in the end, grumpingly, that the Arches in Moab,UT, and Horseshoe Bend just outside Page, AZ, were gorgeous...
And our air conditioned hotel room in Vegas is screaming at us over the hot miles we have left to cover ☀️☀️☀️☀️
Go DAZI, go!

At home with the natives.

21 June 2016 | Denver, CO
Our drive to Denver after the festival was interesting, with a hail storm, steeeeeep ascents that challenged DAZI and a stop to buy some reclaimed wood (for a new headboard idea we have) being just a few of the distractions along the 7 hour trip!
Our time with Dill and Harper was short and so sweet!
We walked.
We fixed up the garden.
Nev did odd jobs inside.
We visited the Native Campervans office and lot and loved the vehicles almost as much as the passion for them pouring out of Dill and John.
We drank wine and chose new books from the hundreds offered at the wine/book store where Dill works twice a week.
We barbecued and laughed with Brett, John, Bridget and Mike, natives who always make us feel so at home.
And then we said goodbye to 7 years of history on W Mincrieff Place as Dill and Brett prepare to move out and on to new adventures in July.
It's all good!

Oh Hello Telluride!

19 June 2016 | Telluride, CO
Telluride is gorgeous... like a taste of Switzerland really.
The towns 2,500 population swells by 10,000 almost every weekend of the year for various festivals, but the locals are warm and friendly, unbegrudging of us sharing their beautiful spot.
The town is full of flowers and restaurants (The New Sheridan my favorite for good wine and live music), boutiky shops, and pubs televising the golf and basketball just for Nev 😊
Two full days of bluegrass and country music meant we heard from bands Nev and I had never heard of and it was a happy, loud, sunny, hot experience. My take home favorites were Sara Watkins, De Temps Antan, Sierra Hull and The Oh Hellos. Emmylou Harris was the last artist we saw and she was great! We've grown old together.
The beers were cold.
The people watching excellent.
The kids with their water guns great fun as the sprayed us down and kept us cool.
The food was yummy.
The skunky smells not overwhelming!
The free gondola rides to and from our hotel were filled with sunsets and such interesting people to talk to.
Dill's company was the highlight, of course!
And through it all we had Buzz on our minds, knowing he would love to be here too.

Breath taken!!

18 June 2016 | Telluride, CO
Today we took a break from festivarian activities and decided to explore Telluride's mountain sides.
After brekkie we hiked the Bear Creek Trail, a 5 mile round trip with a breathtakingly beautiful waterfall halfway that welcomed our hot, breath taken bodies with an icy cold mist that felt sooooo good! Unfortunately big boobs do not equal big lungs (!) and I puffed my way up the 1200 ft elevation gain, sitting down once to settle my dizzy mind. The waterfall is at 9,856ft! Nev and Dill enjoyed a beer there and it tasted good. The walk down was a piece of cake!!
A brief stop at the hotel and then on to rent mountain bikes.
The name "Jurassic Trail" should've warned us what we were getting ourselves into! Suffice to say: me and my $48 full suspension mountain bike walked most of the narrow, mountains hugging trail together. Nev was amazing and kept up with Dill a good part of the way, coming close to a fall only once.
He was mighty proud of himself when I caught up with them later, and so was I!
It was a fabulously exhausting experience that left us breathless once again.
We concluded we'll definitely hike again, but mountain biking???
You have our huge admiration Dill. Please be careful. It's crazy scary out there!!
And thanks for being so patient with us!!
We slept like the dead.

You make beautiful things.

16 June 2016 | Monument Valley, Utah
One of my favorite songs at the moment is "You make beautiful things" by Gungor.
Nev and I are on our way to meet Dillon in Telluride, CO, for the Blue Grass Festival. He suggested we stop at Monument Valley along the way. Embarrassed to admit we'd never heard of it.
So we looked it up on our map and decided to skip our plans for a comfy hotel...figured if we picked up water and ice and drove like crazy in our DAZI to the campground in the valley we could make it in time to watch the sunset amongst those amazing rock monuments!
And we're so glad we did... The sunset last night was as spectacular as the sunrise this morning.
My 4 mile walk along Wild Cat Trail was hot but so rewarding...
And I saw that He really does make beautiful things out of the dust...
I felt so lucky to be there.
Thanks for the detour Dill 😘

Mahalo Kauai.

08 June 2016 | Kauai
Time to say goodbye to our little Birdhouse and this beautiful part of the world. The time has flown and it's been fabulous.
Nev went fishing in the deep blue waters off the island (in howling wind that made me happy to have my feet on land!)and we enjoyed fresh wahoo at home that night.
And I walked the bike path of Kapa'a, enjoyed some reading time on the beach, ate as many lychees as I could, and enjoyed a cocktail at the Oasis Bar on the beach.
We hiked Waimea Canyon yesterday, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, which, tho not as grand, is very dramatic in its green finery of every shade.
We ended the day with yummy cocktails and an unusual spam burger!!
The spiders are big and the mozzies plentiful here! Those will not be missed 😜
We were lucky enough to get to snorkel with a turtle, an eel and some huge puffer fish... and wished Dax was with us!
We've met sweet people along the way too.
Mahalo Kauai, and thank you.
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