06/25/2010, Denver Airport
I have a 2 hour layover at the Denver airport waiting for my flight to Ontario California. Positive - they have a café that has wifi, allows smoking, hot tea to drink, great view of the snow covered mountains and nice people to chat with, so I am a happy camper. Chatted to a couple of guys that were excited to be going to their first Gay Pride parade in San Francisco, unfortunately their flight is delayed due to Frisco being fogged in but I think they decided to start the party anyway, having several Mimosa's while they wait.
Sitting here, I just received a phone call from Overton's, the Avon life raft that I ordered has been discontinued for the American market, strange. Will need to look for another brand I guess. They did ship the EPIRB that I ordered. For the non-sailors an EPIRB is basically an emergency beacon that will relay our position if we should need to abandon ship, one piece of equipment I hope to never need to use.
Thoughts on flying - I have no fear of flying but I do have several other fears related to flying, a couple of which I experienced on the flight here:
1. Sitting next to a person who decides it is acceptable to take ½ of my seat as well as their own.
2. Having a 4 year old constantly kicking the seat in front of them, the one I am sitting in.
Otherwise an uneventful flight, which is good.
Bill is heading up to the boat today for our Coast Guard inspection tomorrow morning. If we pass inspection we will get a sticker to put on the mast. It is good to have one incase we get stopped by the Coast Guard in the future.
So far, still enjoying my "retirement", in actuality it feels like I am on vacation and still need to go back to work.
My son Chris had last minute change in plans, instead of going to school in Lebabon this summer he decided to go backpacking in Turkey, Greece and eastern Europe. He should be home late July.
Time to sign off, looking forward to seeing my Mom and Sister here shortly.
06/10/2010, Silver Bay Marina, Silver Bay MN
At last the bottom paint is on and Walk A-Bout is back in the water. Note to self: Islands are fun to visit and anchor off of, but they are not fun to sleep on, especially in the parking lot of a marina waiting for bottom paint to arrive. Trust me I have never been so happy to get off an island as was the case here. Whew!!!
Mind you I did assimilate with the local population quite well, depositing many brain cells at Tom's Burnt Down Bar and meeting many interesting individuals. Mary, Leroy, Chuck, Costello, Stella, Greg, Jess, Tom, Tommy --- Hopefully I did not leave a lasting impression. (or pictures )
Today we made our way back to Silver Bay, now it is time to wash off the gravel and begin to stow the 8,000lbs of gear we perceive we will need for our trip.
06/06/2010, Madeline Island Yacht Club
Friday was my last day at work.........liberating and scary at the same time. Thank you to everyone for the cake, presents and Happy Hour. I very much enjoyed working with all of you, especially the old and current AR Team - you know who you are.
This blog allows you to post comments - would love for you all to keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.
Bill and I have switched places. He spent the week here on the boat, I arrived yesterday and Bill left this morning to head back to the apartment. Bill will come back here on Tuesday. HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY TO MARIAH!!!
We bottom painted yesterday, looks really good, now we need to wash and wax the remainder. Boat should, cross our fingers, go back in the water tomorrow. I am remaining here to do last minute touch-up painting, check off the list of things the Madeline Island Yacht Club guys are supposed to do and take pictures.
If we have a good weather window on Wednesday and work is completed on the boat Bill will "sail" Walk A-Bout to Silver Bay on Wednesday and I will drive over to meet him. I put "sail" in quotes since he will more than likely motor the majority of the way. Much easier when you are single handling to motor than try and mess with the sails by yourself. It should take about 6 hours from Madeline Island to Silver Bay.
Brought my sewing machine up and hope to get some sewing projects done. Right now the boat is a complete mess, with stuff all over the place, we need to utilize every nook and cranny or we will have no where to sit. At this point it looks like we will need to tow a trailer behind us for all our junk!!
06/01/2010, Gravel parking lot
So Memorial Weekend has come and gone and Walk A-Bout still remains in a dusty gravel parking lot among many others. To step back a couple of days she was to receive a fresh coat of bottom paint the prior week and be in the water waiting for us to rig the sails and stow a multitude of items purchased for her in the off season. We then received an e-mail from the marina telling us that the paint shipment was damaged and UPS would not even delivery it. (My guess is the back of a trailer is now ready anti fouling water) Nevertheless the new cans were to arrive the Friday before the holiday weekend but the marina did not have the time/staff to do the job on that day.
Well hec, we can do a little sanding and slap on some paint not a problem. Pieces of cake just roll up our sleeves and have at it!! Unfortunately when we arrived on Saturday we were told the paint had yet to arrive - earliest was to be Tuesday because of the Holiday, "Island Time "the woman informed us from across the counter.
Hhhhmmmm Island Time. I guess we have been living too long always expecting to have what we want today available for us yesterday. Hhhhmmmm Island Time, wait Island Time=Beer Time??? I think I can adjust.
By the way never sand off bottom paint in a yellow tacky Hawaiian shirt, unless that was the look you wanted.
05/31/2010, Madeline Island, WI
We foud out on Thursday that the bottom paint still has not been completed. Apparently the paint had to be shipped but there was a problem and had to be reshipped. It was supposed to be at Madeline Island by Friday so we decided to go do the painting ourselves. We arrived on Saturday and no paint. So, we spent the day of Sunday sanding the bottom, very messy. Bill will post some pics of us. Bill is staying the week and hopefully the paint will arrive on Tuesday. Still several other items that need to be taken care of prior to getting in the water and after. We are going to hope for next weekend to be back in the water. Don't know that we will make the Ice Out Party at Silver Bay next Saturday night.
05/24/2010, Still on Land
So here we sit. Cheryl and I are writing his and her blogs for the emotions that we are feeling at the moment. We are at the cusp of changing our lifestyle so dramatically it is hard to comprehend.
10 years ago it was a fantasy/dream to take off and become a cruising couple. 4 years later it became a goal and we could see it just never imagined it at the end. With this goal there were ton of objectives that needed to be met for the goal to come to fruition. Each year we met those objectives one by one, we have achieved them all.
Wow - - we are good. Now we sit, amazed at our accomplishment but unable to fully appreciate the achievement. It is a romantic concept at its onset yet feels different once you have met it.
Walk A-bout is still on the hard, getting one last coat of bottom paint before touching the water once again. A week away the new beginning actually starts --- Time to think of the next fantasy/dream - this one will be to enjoy each new sunrise/sunset as we have anticipated in our minds for the past ten years.