10/15/2011, Hupper Island
I just can't believe it's mid October 2011!!! So much as been accomplished, yet there is much to do. So many people we have enjoyed spending time with here on Hupper, yet so many people yet to meet. We truly love Hupper Island and have spent the past 2 years and 4 months enjoying life, friends, happy hours, parties and the very special feeling of being independent, calm and living with nature on an island. "Once you've slept on an island you'll never be quite the same!" This holds so true once you've slept and spent some time on Hupper.
We are preparing Triple Stars for our trek south to Rhode Island, joining the NARC rally to Bermuda, continuing to St. Martin. Ahhhhh, if there's one thing better (or at least just as beautiful) than the 1st new snowfall in December on Hupper, it must be the 1st white sand beach you set foot on in the BVI's in December! The rain and 30+mph winds and 6-9ft seas have delayed our departure until at least Monday. BUT still plenty of time to make our stop in Boston and head to Newport by the 24th.
We are very proud of the work we have done and definitely look forward to the next phase of projects when we return. Rob's vision and plans have come to reality and with the help many...Dana Meklin, contractor; Jon Gallagher, plumber; Cory & Jimmy of Carney Electric; Alan Willbergh, friend & carpenter; Steve Thomas & Terry Eifert, fellow Hupper friends and most of all Jerry & Joanne, spending EVERY vacation day here on Hupper with their sleeves rolled up, work gloves on and Aleve close at hand.
Here's to a well deserved change of scenery and a safe and exciting new chapter in the Andersons' Cruising Adventures.
10/07/2010, Hupper Island
The old saying is so true! How time flies when you are having fun...on Hupper Island. The Summer was AWESOME! The addition is all but done and if I must say so myself...it looks fantastic. So many people to thank and who had big parts in this true labor of love. JoAnnne and Jerry have been awesome, coming up every chance they could WORKING on their vacation and always right there with suggestions, solutions, picking colors and SUPPORT! Rob and I have certainly put alot of heart, soul, blood and sore muscles into this project and have learned alot. Rob, of course, designed this project from start to finish. His knowledge, logic, talent, problem solving abilities and dedication, just never ceases to amaze me. July brought the Anderson/Milbourn families together for the big event. Cooking the 1st meal in our new kitchen, all together! We had a great week together, working, hiking, clamming, visiting, boat riding and just enjoying the time. Of course the annual Hupper Island 4th of July picnic was a huge success. Lots of great weather, food, conversation and meeting new friends!
We were also lucky enough to have some good friends come for a visit. Terri & Lyman (our crusing buddies) and John, Judy and Janna from Texas. And spending time doing some of the "home-town" activities...Lobster Festival, St. George Days, Rockland's Boat Show, wine tasting, Camden Harbor & Arts Festival, lots of hiking around Hupper and visiting with our neighbors.
Rob and I have decided to stay 1 more winter, here on Hupper and continue the next phase of the project...rennovating the old kitchen into a laundry room, bathroom and bedroom in the main house. Be sure to check out our photo gallery, as I tend to post more pictures than write about our adventures.
We head to Acadia National Park to view the fall foliage, so no doubt more pictures will be posted later this month.... Enjoy your fall and thanks to all of you for following our adventures!
06/14/2010, Hupper Island
It's been 2 months since last I wrote a blog! And it's now been 1 year since becoming....CLODS (Cruisers Living On Dirt) What a busy year it has been around here and what a beautiful spring it has been! We have been working really hard on the house and doing the finishing touches on the inside are such fun! Walls are painted, Jo & Jerry came for a week and knocked out the tile floor in the kitchen and we got all of the cabinets stained and sealed. Working feverishly on tiling and flooring of the bathrooms and having the kitchen countertops installed have been the latest projects. Our goal is a fully operational kitchen and bathroom in the addtion...by July 1st! By golly, I think we will make it!!!
Triple Stars is still on stilts, as our attempt to get her launched last week was thwarted by our prop being reinstalled...BACKWARDS...forward went reverse...reverse went forward...opps! Anyway, with any luck the boatyard has gotten it corrected and we are set to launch 1pm on Tuesday the 15th almost 8 months out of the water... Be sure to check out our photo gallery for more current pictures.
We were so happy to greet John, Judy & Janna Morris...good friends from "home town" in Texas as they visited Maine, Hupper Island and us for their 1st time "DownEast" A very short 24 hour visit but a fun one! We are also anxiously awaiting a visit from our cruising buddies, Terri & Lyman. as they travel all the way from the Caribbean aboard sans cles.