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 [...]
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
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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
15 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
14 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
13 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
12 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
11 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
10 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
09 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
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07 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Recent Blog Posts
26 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 10

Still 206 nm to go- that’s what happens when you don’t move!

25 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Blue View - River Rules Apply

As I write this, we have completed most of the 770+ miles of the ICW from St. Augustine, FL to Norfolk, VA. We went outside into the coastal Atlantic waters for only a short stretch between Charleston and Georgetown, SC, primarily because the tides were wrong and we would have either had to wait most [...]

24 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 9

STUCK IN SWANSBORO

23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 8

Day 8 – 274 nm to go

22 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 7

We were up with the sun once again and plying our way up the Waccamaw River. We were under the fixed Ocean Highway Bridge by just after 0630. Yes, there was another beautiful sunrise. Yes, I took a photo or two … and yes, I’m sharing the best one. Some things (and people) are very predictable.

21 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 6

Day 6 – 420 nm to go

Hoover Dam

26 April 2012
Marcie
Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the Nevada-Arizona border. It rates right up there with the Pyramids and the Panama Canal as one of the world's greatest feats of engineering. It happens to be only 1/2 hour drive from the house and proved to be a very interesting day-trip.

Constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, the dam itself is a tremendous work of art and incorporated innumerable, very innovative technological advances. It was completed in 4-1/2 years (two years early) and on budget at $165M. Wow...that's impressive.

We peered out over America's largest man-made lake, Lake Mead, from several lookouts, drove over the dam and saw the lake's water as it returned to the Colorado River on the other side. The visitor center is flashy with a theater on one level, an excellent interpretive and interactive center on a second level and superb views of the dam, the lake, the river and a new bridge which spans the Black Canyon. Lots of statistics were provided, but the one that impressed me the most was the fact that the amount of concrete used in the dam would provide enough to construct a 4-foot wide sidewalk around the equator.

The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Additionally, Hoover Dam is a major tourist venue, attracting nearly a million people a year. With revenues from the power it sells plus the tourism income, the dam is financially self-sustaining and requires no federal assistance, i.e. none of our taxes are used for its maintenance, salaries, etc. Wouldn't it be nice if more public entities could/were required to support themselves?
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