Impulse Cruising Again

Vessel Name: Impulse
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 350
Hailing Port: Langhorne PA
Crew: Bill & Mary
02 August 2021 | Punta Gorda, FL
31 July 2021 | Slidell, Louisiana
30 July 2021 | Eunice, Louisiana
29 July 2021 | San Antonio, TX
28 July 2021 | San Angelo, Texas
27 July 2021 | Santa Fe, New Mexico
26 July 2021 | Albuquerque, NM
25 July 2021 | Flagstaff, AZ
24 July 2021 | Tropic, Utah
23 July 2021 | Saint George, Utah
22 July 2021 | Saint George, Utah
21 July 2021 | Las Vegas, NV
19 July 2021 | Bakersfield, CA
17 July 2021 | Hermosa Beach, CA
16 July 2021 | San Diego, CA
15 July 2021 | San Diego, SA
14 July 2021 | La Quinta, California
13 July 2021 | La Quinta, California
12 July 2021 | La Quinta, California
11 July 2021 | Hermosa Beach, CA
Recent Blog Posts
02 August 2021 | Punta Gorda, FL

Our Last Night on the Road!

Not much to report for yesterday - Bill drove and drove and drove. We left Slidell, Louisiana and stopped for the night in Lake City, FL. I had wanted to stop at Florida Caverns State Park but the tickets for the tour of the caverns are first come, first served and as we neared I called and we [...]

31 July 2021 | Slidell, Louisiana

It Was a Creole Soap Opera!

We left our room and headed out - it was not a good night's sleep. The AC went on and off all night and there was lots of noise from cars and voices, coming and going. We headed for the Laura Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana for a tour. First, a stop at King's Truck Stop for a good Southern [...]

30 July 2021 | Eunice, Louisiana

Adios Alamo

We woke up and packed up and put our things in the car in the parking garage, then walked to The Alamo. We hadn't made reservations so we would have to wait until later in the day to enter the building, but anyone can tour the grounds any time so we did that. It was much bigger than we thought! [...]

29 July 2021 | San Antonio, TX

Walking Around San Antonio!

We left San Angelo this morning and headed to San Antonio. Rolling green hills surrounded us most of the trip - farms, pastures, and trees. Very different than southern Texas we saw driving west!

28 July 2021 | San Angelo, Texas

Covering Some Miles!

Happy 90th Birthday, Mom! I'm sorry I'm not with her, but we did celebrate in June with the whole family. Fortunately, brother Carl and Nikki are with her to help her celebrate today with a lobster dinner! Her favorite.

27 July 2021 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Learning About New Mexico

We left the hotel and stopped at McDonald's for breakfast and were on our way. Less than an hour later we were in Santa Fe, so we found our hotel and then headed to Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed - yes, it has been 5000 miles as of today! The oil change was jiffy, so we went to the Santa Fe [...]

Change of Plan...

20 May 2017 | River Dunes, Oriental, NC
High 80s, breezy and sunny, then thunderstorm!
Today is May 20, and we left Punta Gorda on April 20, so it is our one month anniversary of living on the boat! A toast! With that said, the plans we had made for today were soon changed. The engine temperature has been slowly creeping up when running at the same RPMs, and that has concerned Bill for much of the trip. It seems to be happening more lately, so he thinks the heat exchanger needs work. He called and found someone who will work on it at River Dunes, which is a pretty marina near Oriental, NC. We had left very early (6:15 - bridge opened at 6:30) to try to cross the Sound but left the ICW before getting to that point to go to the marina. We arrived at 12:30 and fueled up, docked, and sat waiting for a phone call. Kind of frustrating when we thought we were headed northward, but I guess we should just enjoy time here. The photo shows the main building which houses a restaurant upstairs and lounge and dockmaster’s office downstairs. There is a pool to the left with small cabana buildings and a fountain area. To the left of that is the bath house which includes a small gym and computer lounge. This is the marina and club for a housing development which is very underdeveloped. The buildings have a classic style and quality details, but there aren’t many of them – yet. I guess the economy tanked when this first got started and it hasn’t really picked up again. Bill napped, I read, and then we took showers, running back to the boat in front of a thunderstorm. We haven’t seen one of these in a very long time! And we heard that it is raining in Punta Gorda too! Hopefully the drought there will come to an end. Dinner on the boat and an early bedtime. We were up until midnight with a “flash party” going on next to us on a houseboat that pulled up about 10:00 pm, well after the marina office closed. Bongos, guitar, and all. At least thirty on the boat – too many! Oh, those twenty-somethings!

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