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 [...]
29 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
28 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
27 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
25 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
22 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
21 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
20 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
19 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
18 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
17 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
15 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
14 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
13 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
11 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
10 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
29 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Blue View - When It All Goes Wrong

Most of our passage from Puerto Rico to St. Augustine was idyllic – a nice broad reach with 15-20 knots of wind, a kindly following sea, warm sunny weather, a 0.5 to 2 knot favorable current, and a full moon to sail by at night. The prop shaft generator and solar panels were producing more power than [...]

28 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Day 9 & Arrival

By all calculations, we should have reached our destination by early this morning, but we haven't. The sea gods, in their ongoing quest for amusement, had some tricks up their proverbial sleeves and provided a few challenges before allowing us to reach St. Augustine.

27 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 7-8

Day 7- 278 nm to go

26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 4-6

Day 4 – 675 nm to go

25 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

About the Bermuda Triangle

We’ll be entering the Bermuda Triangle soon, on our way north to the USA. Just Google “Bermuda Triangle” and you get over 3 million hits. I had to research carefully, because if we believed all the fantastic stories written about occurrences in this area, we’d never sail there. Check out some interesting facts about the Bermuda Triangle at JustALittleFurther.com

24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St Augustine - Days 1 -3

Once again, it was a flurry of activity as we prepared to up-anchor and head out from Culebra to St Augustine. We woke with the dawn, checked the weather again, and after a cuppa and a few more checks, we were off across Ensenada Honda on an overcast morning and heading back into the Caribbean Sea. We’d [...]

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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