07/06/2012, Elizabeth City, NC
We have had a very interesting week in Elizabeth City. It has been extremely hot and humid.
We've ridden our bikes many miles and had fun exploring.
The fireworks on the 4th were spectacular. We had a great location for watching them. They were launched from a barge right in front of our boat. Beautiful moon that night too.
We have had some issues with our new fridge/freezer , but thanks to Greg's two service calls here and numerous E-mails and phone calls, things are working very well today. We're cautiously optimistic that everything is now fine. Kudos to Greg for his persistence and attentiveness.
We provisioned yesterday. The city's Farm Fresh grocery store provides a shuttle service from the marina. Great perk!!!!
Wonderful dinner at the Cypress Creek Grill --- great Texas style beef brisket.
Heading out today for the Dismal Swamp. Looking forward to a nice slow ride through the swamp , and on to Urbanna on Saturday.
Our friend Brian Bradley is going to accompany us on this leg of the trip. Hope he's ready for a hot weekend.
07/02/2012, Elizabeth City, NC
We left our marina in Little Washington, NC around noon Friday, June 29th. We motor sailed to the Belhaven area, and anchored for the night in the Pungo River. Our friends, Don and Judy are making the trip with us on their boat, Nemo.
We rafted the boats up and went for a before dinner swim to try and cool down a bit. It was HOT today!!!! Dinner in our cockpit of pasta salad(thanks Judy) and a quinoa,black bean and corn salad that I made. LOTS of liquid refreshment!!
We left our anchorage around 9 am Saturday and headed up the Pungo River/Alligator River canal. It was HOT again. We had a nice ride-- motor sailing again-- we saw a black bear and a doe nibbling on some plants just beside the canal. It seems that we all were bitten by some creatures during our time outside last night. We are all covered on our feet and legs with"Pungo Pox".
We covered about 50 miles and anchored for the night in Shiloh--- the anchorage was nice-- good swimming and a small "lake area" with some grassy fields for Maggie to take a potty break. Dinner of pulled pork sandwiches and salad. Mucho liquid refreshment.
A pretty bad storm rolled in overnight. Winds around 45 knots and very heavy rain and lightning. We rocked a lot, so not much sleep for anyone. Thank God our anchor held tight and we awakened the next morning to clear skies, but muggy conditions.
Judy and I kayaked a bit and returned to the boats greeted by Don with a plate of steaming hot sourdough French toast with syrup and bananas. YUM!!!
Headed out again around noon-- Elizabeth City here we come!! Made it the city docks in E. City around 2 pm. Cranked up the generator and turned on some much needed air conditioning. Nap time for Becky was wonderful.
Dinner at Logan Ray's . The food was good, but the beer was GREAT!!! Frosty ,ice cold.
Judy and I walked around town this morning while our guys are hard at work.planning a trip to the library later today.
We have spent the last week waiting for the repairmen that assured us our jobs would be done by last week. Still no fridge or freezer-- completion date was scheduled to be the 22nd. Am I crazy, or is it the 26th???
As I write this blog, I'm still waiting for the work to BEGIN, much less be completed!!!
We did finally get the mounts for our hammock seat installed yesterday, but still waiting for completion of that project as well. We have no cables---- kinda hard to use the seat without the cables!
Robert and I, however , have completed ALL our projects--- of course, we've worked thru lunch, on weekends, at the ass crack of dawn, and late at night. We have installed 4 new solar panels and the charger. We also have completely reupholstered our setee -- new foam and fabric-- it looks great!!
Robert has also repaired the bimini canvas on a friend's boat and installed a chart plotter on another friend's boat.
We love helping our friends, and Robert gets a lot of satisfaction from these projects.
As usual, we depart in 3 days, so Robert is out of town on business. I'm getting pretty good at preparing the boat for our passages. Today is laundry day--- tomorrow I am taking our car to our next destination-- Urbanna, VA and flying back to Washington with friends..
Provisioning for a week or two is going to be a super challenge--- especially with no fridge. This old Coleman cooler has been a life saver, but I'm really getting tired of hauling 20 pound bags of ice.
Oh,guess what --- the repairman for the fridge just arrived. Pray that he can complete the work by tomorrow!!!
Next post will be from Ellizabeth City-- stay tuned.
The last week has been busy. Robert has completely remade the cushions for the salon. They look great and sit so much better with the new foam. The hideous multi colored circles are gone!!!!
We also have received our new solar panels-- planning installation later today.
Fridge and freezer haven't arrived yet-- planning installation later this week.
The "storage cabin" has been organized-- maybe now we can locate our "stuff".
We have had a couple of nibbles on the little Hobie Cat we're trying to sell. No buy yet, though. Sure would like to unload it-- storage is becoming an issue with our transient lifestyle.
We are trying to squeeze in some "down" time every day. The weather has been lovely, so we are eating most of our meals in the cockpit and enjoying our cocktails there each night while listening to some good music.
Maggie is just "chillin". She is loving all the attention she gets from our dock mates-- treats and belly rubs galore!!
We are getting super excited about our trip up to the Chesapeake-- I've been making preparations for meals as best I can. The refridgeration issue is making it somewhat difficult to do much in the way of provisioning. We have our wet slip reserved in Urbanna, VA--- planning arrival there early July.
Life is exciting to say the least--- never a dull moment, but lovin' every mile of this journey!!!
06/11/2012, Washington, NC
We are settling back into our previous marina, reconnecting with old friends and supporting the local restaurants/businesses.
It appears we need to purchase a new fridge/freezer. The new units have been ordered and awaiting installment. Using a Coleman cooler as a fridge has it's challenges.
We have a new macerater for the port head. Gotta love spending money on potty stuff.
Robert installed our new swim ladder yesterday, as well as some canvas work for a friend.
In an effort to "dry out" the base for the new fridge/freezer, we managed to implode 2 of our 5 gallon buckets. A quick trip to Tractor Supply solved the bucket issue.
We did squeeze in time for fun. Our daughter, Rebecca and our grandson, Brett visited for a few days. We spent one afternoon at the beach, went crabbing in Bath, and spent numerous hours at the Washington summer festival. Brett loved the rides.
Maggie is happy to be here. She has lots of friends that give her treats. She lies on the dock just waiting for the next "sucker" to walk by and rub her belly. What a life!!!
We are thankful that our "to do" list seems to be dwindling some. We know there will always be work to do-- after all, SeaQuell is an old gal, but we are having a great time, enjoying lovely weather,water,sun and good friends.
05/31/2012, Little Washington, NC
After a wonderful trip to Asheboro to visit our daughter, her husband and our lovely grand daughter, Gretchen , we are back in Little Washington.
Lunchtime trip to West Marine for a a new line for the main sheet. Several hundred dollars later, back to SaQuell for an afternoon of cleaning while Robert works.
Already missing our "Bath Crowd" and all the parties,but life needs to return to a little more normal/work-oriented.
Planning to return to our old stomping grounds tomorrow for some much needed repairs on this old gal . Hoping a first priority is the fridge and freezer. Using a cooler for a fridge comes with a whole set of issues.
Maggie is glad to be at the dock again--- she would like for it to be about 10 degrees cooler, but she's pretty content.
Had a great visit with a dear friend yesterday and two friends today. Life is wonderful--- we are very happy and blessed.