R/V SLOTH & M/V NOMADIC SPIRIT

One for the sea, One for the land...... Living the Nomadic Life is our plan

Who: Janice & Steve

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'OMG It's Almost Time' in 'Getting the Boat Ready' attempts to describe my excitement of our impending departure.
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Check out our Favorite Anchorages and best snorkeling spots in Blog Catagory 'Our Favorite Things'
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And our thoughts on the completion of our first year in 'Our Cruising Advenures'!

The Blue Ridge Mnts and North Carolina

25 August 2016
Once again we left the crowds behind. 72 miles from D.C. and a world apart, Shenandoah National Park sits along Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This range stretches from Pennsylvania to Georgia and is part of the larger Appalachian Mountains. Skyline Drive meets the Blue Ridge Parkway, creating 574 miles of one of America's most traveled scenic routes.



With only around 3000 feet elevation in Shenandoah's N.P. we weren't able to escape the heat. On average temperature loss is 3.5 degrees per 1000 feet of elevation. All hikes were scheduled for early in the day with a planned siesta back in the air-conditioning upon our return.
Many of the hundreds of trails allow dogs which varies greatly from park to park. Last year where we volunteered at Bryce Canyon dogs were not allowed on any trails.



Leaving Shenandoah we continued on the parkway to the Blue Ridge Music Center to enjoy some of the blue grass music played daily on the veranda. SLOTH did fine on the narrow winding road with Steve at the wheel but many times we did day trips from our campground in Toad.
We spent the month of August volunteering at Lake James State Park and thorough enjoyed exploring more of North Carolina. Day trips included many hikes along inviting brooks and scenic vistas.



Mount Mitchel is the highest point east of the Mississippi and also North Carolina's first State Park. Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, Linville Falls we also on our itinerary. We really fell in love with the area and even for a brief second thought about looking at land here. Nomads buying land? Maybe someday.....

Our Nations Capitol

21 July 2016
Leaving the crowded tourist towns behind we headed to the beach to spend several days at Assateauge Island National Seashore. Wild horses roam free the entire length of the island.



A really great campsite was almost on the beach, separated from the water by a small sand dune. The horses would walk the beach over the dune and nibble in the sparce grass in the campsites. DeeO'gee was so excited each time they would visit going nose to nose with anyone that let him close.



The breeze off the ocean gave relief to the opressing heat experienced inland. We had planned to take some day trips through the surrounding area but never left the beach. Now here is a place I could spend a month or two as camp host.



On the way to our nations capital we stopped at St Michaels. We enjoyed an excellent seafood lunch and a stroll through one of the most darling towns you have ever seen. This is another town that we are looking forward to coming back to by boat.



We changed our reservations in D.C. from a federal campground to a state park with electricity and it was a good thing that we did. It was hot! Really really hot.



Early the next day we took the MetroRail into D.C. and headed right to the Washington Monument. The line was already quite long for the free tickets to go up to the observation deck at the top but we did manage to snag tickets for a late afternoon tour.



Next stop was the Smithsonian Castle, the administration building and information center. Loaded with a map and info of which museums we would visit we headed to Air and Space. Many of the exhibits brought back memories from our childhoods when the space race was on.



There are more monuments and memorials than one could possibly walk to in a single day and with temps over 100 degrees we tried to keep to the air conditioned interiors of the Smithsonian buildings.



We took in a bit of culture in the National Gallery of Art enjoying Monet, Renoir, Picasso, de Vinci and more. We were amazed that original painting by the masters were hanging right there in front of us.



Next stop was the Museum of Natural History. One couldn't help but think of "Night at the Museum" when you walk in to see the 65 million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex perched looking like he is ready to fetch a stick.

This was clearly the family favorite of the museums we visited that day. What kid, big or small, wouldn't want to see the fossils, stuffed animals or the butterfly garden?



At the appointed time we walked back to the Washington Monument only to find that the elevator was broken and the monument closed. We were exhausted from the heat and the crowds so we headed back to the subway station. DeeO'gee had spend the day at doggie day camp and spa and was looking very dapper when we picked him up.



The next day we drove into Alexandria for a walk around town and dinner at historic Gatsby's. Joe and Julie, folks we met at Antigua Classicsjoined, joined us for dinner and a chance to catch up on Caribbean gossip.


Once again it was time to leave the crowds behind but this time we head to the mountains.
Vessel Name: Nomadic Spirit
Vessel Make/Model: 32' Island Gypsy & 36' Monaco
Crew: Janice & Steve
About:
This adventure began in October of 2007 when Steve came to look at a boat that Janice had for sale on Craig's List. Steve wanted to learn how to sail and Janice needed a new kitchen. [...]
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FAVORITE QUOTES: 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do then by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' Mark Twain 'We went cruising not to [...]
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One for the sea, One for the land...... Living the Nomadic Life is our plan

Who: Janice & Steve

Click: Where are we now?

'OMG It's Almost Time' in 'Getting the Boat Ready' attempts to describe my excitement of our impending departure.
____________________
Check out our Favorite Anchorages and best snorkeling spots in Blog Catagory 'Our Favorite Things'
___________________
And our thoughts on the completion of our first year in 'Our Cruising Advenures'!