Sailing with Nine of Cups

Vessel Name: Nine of Cups
Vessel Make/Model: Liberty 458
Hailing Port: Denver, Colorado, USA
Crew: Marcie & David
About: We've lived aboard Nine of Cups since 2000 and have managed to accumulate 86,000+ nm under the keel since that time. We completed a circumnavigation in April 2015 and managed to sail around the five great southern capes. Come along with us for the ride!
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Visit our website at www.nineofcups.com for more photos and info about Nine of Cups and her crew. We also have a more extensive blogsite at www.justalittlefurther.com. Are some of our links broken? Links break from time to time. Please let us know which ones are broken and we'll fix them. You [...]
07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA
06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
29 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
28 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
27 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
26 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
25 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
24 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
22 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
21 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
20 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
19 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
18 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
17 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
16 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Recent Blog Posts
07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA

Taking a breather ...

Since we'll be off the boat during July and August, we plan to post only three times per week. The Captain will continue writing a practical Blue View post each week, we'll keep you up to date on what's happening with us and then throw in some cruising nuggets as well.

06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Keeping fit

We’ve written before about keeping fit on the boat. David is so much better at a regimented exercise program than I am. I have all the best intentions, but I can always think of something better to do than sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts and running in place. It doesn’t take much to distract me. Walking, [...]

04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Happy 240th Birthday, America

Growing up in New England, I took for granted just how lovely a summer’s morning can be in Massachusetts. It’s comfortably cool and everything smells clean and fresh. Spider webs glisten with morning dew and it’s just great to be alive and breathe in the new day. Being back at Lin’s house conjures up wonderful childhood memories of summer mornings past. And this is not just any morning … it’s the 4th of July, the best holiday of the summertime in the USA.

02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Leaving Cups and a Road Trip

Leaving Nine of Cups is never easy. We know she’ll pout while we’re gone and so we do our best to make sure she’s as comfortable as possible before we leave. We were whirling dervishes trying to get everything ready.

01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hunting & Gathering - Virginia Beach

We had lots to do before leaving Cups. David was intent on getting as many chores done in advance of our departure as possible so that once we return in September, we can spend time sailing in the Chesapeake rather than doing repairs and maintenance. Much of what we needed in the way of parts and supplies, [...]

30 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA

Cups' New Digs - Atlantic Yacht Basin

We had lots of questions and the folks at Atlantic Yacht Basin (AYB) had all the right answers. Yes, they had room for Nine of Cups now until early September and they would make accommodation for her to stay a few months in late autumn till after Christmas as well. Their rates? About half of what we [...]

More wonders of South Dakota

18 June 2012 | Badlands, South Dakota, USA
Marcie
As if the Black Hills, caves and monuments were not enough, today offered a blockbuster assortment of new thrills for us. First, we got free coffee at McDonalds...ain't that grand? I think it's because we're old, but what the heck? We headed east on I90 to Wall, SD. Road signs, akin to the old Burma Shave signs from decades ago, greeted us every 1/4-1/2 mile or so, announcing the many reasons to stop at Wall Drug. “Free Ice Water”, they offered. “Free coffee and donuts to veterans”, they proclaimed. Giant, animated T-Rex; 6' rabbit; pan for gold; western wear; camping gear; Black Hills gold creations; cowboy quartet; singing monkeys; ride a jackelope (that was the clincher). Impossible to resist.

Since 1931, Wall Drug has been enticing folks to stop for a look-see. It actually was run by a bonafide pharmacist and Rx's were filled. It's still in the family, it appears, but it's so bizarre, I doubt Rx's are given any thought any more. It's encompasses a city block or more … a maze of rooms and shops, all intertwined and chock full of paraphernalia that people cannot live without … except for us parsimonious sailors, that is. We did buy four more tent stakes at 70 cents each (better price than WalMart), but no bottles of Dr. Feelgood's Famous Elixir, nor postcards, magnets, baubles nor beads.

We felt pretty proud of ourselves for restraining our buying urges as we headed to view the biggest prairie dog in the world at Cactus Flat where we immediately indulged in ice cream sandwiches then watched the little fellas for awhile. Further down the road was the Prairie Homestead, an old soddy (sod house) and farm was on display. Not worth the admission price of $7 to us, but we did take photos of the rare white prairie dogs from the parking lot. Talk about “parsimonious”!

We ended up in Badlands NP at the end of the day. We had reserved a campsite near the White River which fortunately has a few trees for shade, unlike most of this arid, parched, sun-baked land. It's 90F and we're roasting … hard to believe after the cold nights we've experienced in the past week or so. We managed to pick up a 6-pack of cold beer for medicinal purposes and it seems to be doing wonders for keeping our body temps lowered and our morale high.
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