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 [...]
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
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Recent Blog Posts
18 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Blue View - The Ditch vs. Offshore

Every year there is a migration of yachties from the south to north along the U.S. Atlantic coast in the spring, and then a reverse migration in the fall. They want to get north before hurricane season starts on June 1, and then want to get south before it gets too cold at the end of the hurricane season [...]

17 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 4

A hot and humid night with nary a breeze and little sleep to be had. We’ve been checking the weather daily but still no reasonable weather window to get us all the way to the Chesapeake. The winds are either 5-7 knots variable or strong winds from the north … right on the nose. We plan to continue [...]

16 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 3

We were up with the sun for an early start. All was calm on the Crescent River and the sunrise was spectacular. What a way to start the day. We are working towards at least 60nm per day and early starts, when the day is cool, are advantageous to the plan. Tides are an issues here. The tidal swing is [...]

15 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 2

We woke to a glorious, clear-skied morning on the ICW. We could really get into this. We were anchored just off the National Parks dock and Cumberland Island begged exploration, but we said no this time. We were anchor up by 0630 and on our way heading up the Cumberland River. David had plotted the day's [...]

14 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Breaking Away From St. Augustine

We have enjoyed our time in St. Augustine just a little too much. Our one week layover became two weeks without a thought. There's so much to see and do here and we've hardly touched the surface. We never made it to the main fort, Castillo de San Marcos. We'd still like to check out some of the beaches. [...]

13 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

14 Free Things to Do in St. Augustine

I knew if I looked hard enough I’d uncover a bunch of free things to do in St. Augustine. It actually wasn’t hard once I started looking. Check out JustALittleFurther.com. Just wear your walking shoes. You don't even need your wallet.

Mad dogs & Englishmen (and us!)

30 April 2012 | Us: Death Valley, CA Cups:Tassie
Marcie
We were up and on our way to Death Valley NP early this morning. We had picked up a map and park guide and had our itinerary all planned. It was a cool, but sunny 59F. The park encompasses over 3 million acres of land, most of which is wilderness. We started out at Scotty's Castle in the north end of the park. A desert getaway for a wealthy couple in the 1920s-30s, this Spanish colonial revival style “castle” sits resplendent in the middle of nowhere, now part of the Death Valley NP system.

The desert was brilliant with color. The sky was a clear, cerulean blue. Mountain peaks in the far distance still showed a frosting of snow. Traveling through different altitudes as we descended from over 4300' to below sea level allowed us to observe significant changes in flora and desert scape as well as a drastic temperature change. By Noon, it was 107F in Badwater Basin. Epitomized in Noel Coward's poem, “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”, we nearly fried on the salt flats at Badwater, the lowest (-282' below sea level), hottest (2nd highest recorded temperature in the world 134F) and driest place in North America.

We took short hikes to Golden Canyon and Harmony Borax Works, but the heat was oppressive. We drove along the circuitous Artist's Drive to the Artist's Palette, rock formations and hills rich in mineral deposits. displaying brilliant reds, oranges, greens, blues and yellows. Dante's View, a mile high in the sky above the Badwater Basin, was cool and windy with unsurpassed views of the simmering salt flats below.

A full day and we were hot and dusty when we headed back to Beatty and our hotel. Tomorrow, another day in the park and then we'll move on.
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