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 [...]


23 May 2017 | Coinjock, NC
Low 70s, cloudy rain
As the sun came up so did our anchor, and it had stopped raining. We passed the mile 100 sign at 6:30 am, and then the rain started again. The wind picked up to 20-25 knots, on our nose, so the water was rough and we took water over the bow. Once we passed through the Alligator River bridge, we headed into Albemarle Sound. We had no cell service last night or most of the day, so we couldn't check our normal weather services (or post my blog entry!). The NOAA weather forecast was for winds 10-15 mph from the south. We saw up to 30 mph from the NE pretty much all day, with rain heavy at times. Bill asked if NOAA's office is in a basement somewhere with no windows... When wind blows across water for a distance (called the "fetch"), it gets very choppy, especially in a shallow body of water like the Albemarle Sound. The long fetch today brought the seas to about 4-5 feet, so lots of splashing and pounding went on. The photo shows Bill's view through the dodger window as water crashed over the starboard side of the boat. Once we crossed the Sound, the land shortened the fetch and the chop decreased quite a bit. Rain continued, so we hunkered down with soup for lunch. Around 2:00 we arrived at Coinjock Marina, which is in the middle of nowhere, but is the only game in town. We talked about continuing, but decided to stop overnight and not push our luck since we have to cross Coinjock Bay next. We fueled up and were told they could make room for us, but we would have to move up and down the long dock as boats arrived. And they did! Huge yachts and other big boats that I would have thought would keep going rather than stop here. There was a small cruise ship at the north end of the dock and when that left we moved there for the night. Meanwhile we moved around to get out of everyone's way - including across the canal at a closed marina for awhile! There is a small store here and they sell Tshirts (among other things) that say "whereinthehelliscoinjock?" and that makes sense once you are here and realize there is nothing else nearby. We had some wine on the boat and then went to dinner at the restaurant here. The food was actually good - I had crab bisque and Bill had Hatteras-style clam chowder (like New England but with no cream) and buffalo chicken wings - of course! It was all good. Back to the boat by dark, and it is still raining! Hopefully on our way to Norfolk tomorrow.

53 miles, 8 hours

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