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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28 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
27 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
26 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
25 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
24 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
23 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
22 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
21 April 2016 | Port of Spain, Trinidad
20 April 2016 | Mount St Benedict, Tunapuna, Trinidad
19 April 2016 | Caroni Swamp, Trinidad
18 April 2016 | Waterloo, Trinidadm
17 April 2016 | Toco, Trinidad
16 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
15 April 2016 | Asa Wright Nature Centre
14 April 2016 | Asa Wright Nature Centre
13 April 2016 | Asa Wright Nature Centre
12 April 2016 | Along Eastern Main Road, Trinidad
11 April 2016 | North Coast, Trinidad
10 April 2016 | North Coast, Trinidad
09 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
28 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

A severe reprimand and an open apology

A disturbing incident occurred the other day and I thought I’d share it with you. I was frustrated with one of our vendors. I didn’t think he was being very responsive and dealing with him ended up being quite inconvenient for us. Having owned our own small business for many years and having dealt [...]

27 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Annual Ditch Bag/Safety Inspection

I’ve heard them referred to as ditch bags, overboard bags, abandon-ship bags and grab bags. Whatever you call them, it’s that time of year again. Annually, it’s my job to complete the ditch bag/safety equipment inspections aboard Nine of Cups. I’ve blogged about this in the past, but I thought [...]

26 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Back on the Job

I'm pleased to report, the to-do list is growing shorter ... at least the to-do list that has any chance of getting done. David has been working long, hard, hot days and it shows. Cups is looking great and David is looked tired.

25 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Bush Fires Rages in Trinidad

We’ve been waking in the morning to heavy, grey skies, not because the sun isn’t shining, but because bush fires are raging in the hills above the marina. The smoke is so dense, it burns your eyes within minutes. Combined with temps in the 90sF/30sC and high humidity, it’s hard to breathe. It’s [...]

24 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Trini Food - Hot Stuff!

Living in Trinidad for awhile, we’ve had the opportunity to sample some of the local food. It’s a mix of Indian and Creole and African, with a Caribbean flair. They make use of locally grown veggies and fruits mixed with the spices they’re use to. They like “HOT”. In fact, one of the world’s [...]

23 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Blue View - Replacing the Shaft Seal

As part of the process of replacing the cutlass bearing, the old shaft seal had to be removed. I installed a 'dripless' shaft seal about 14 years ago, and while I've serviced it regularly over the years, I thought it might be a good time to replace it as well.

More wonders of South Dakota

18 June 2012 | Badlands, South Dakota, USA
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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