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 [...]

Farewell, North Carolina!

24 May 2017 | Willoughby Bay, Norfolk, VA
61, windy, cloudy
We left the dock at Coinjock Marina at 7:30 after Bill filled the water tanks. Very gloomy, but no rain. By 9:30 we had crossed into Virginia – Yeah! We had to wait for four bridges today – and they really added time to our trip. All were timed openings, most on the hour, and we just can’t go fast enough to get from one to the next in time. Great Bridge bridge is followed immediately by the one lock on this route. We pulled in, took our spot on the wall, and then were dropped by over 2 feet as the water poured out of the lock. We left from there and got to the last bridge which lies just past a RR bridge that is “always open.” Well, Bill called the bridge to request an opening and the tender said “As soon as you get here I will open.” But, as we neared the RR bridge, which is just in front of the bridge, the light turned red and the RR bridge closed halfway. (Check photo, you can see the railroad bridge in front of Gilmerton lift bridge.) Turns out they were doing maintenance, but we had to wait for it to reopen. The rub was that it was 3:15 and the Gilmerton bridge doesn’t open from 3:30 until 5:30. We were a little anxious, but the RR bridge did open and we got through by 3:30. Bill does have a “black cloud” that follows him! A ferry pulled out of Portsmouth and would have run into us except that Bill avoided it, then a freighter coming toward us called on the radio and told us he was going to turn around and back in to a slip on our side of the channel. Freighters take a half mile to start a turn, and they move faster than us so Bill scurried out of the way. We also passed the end of the Atlantic ICW - mile marker 0 - as we headed past the Naval Yard. The wind picked up to 25 knots, again, and we found Willoughby Bay and an anchoring spot. We are still rocking and rolling, but hopefully things will calm down tonight and we can head up the Chesapeake Bay tomorrow. Weather Channel is calling for a wild front to pass through tonight, so we are keeping our fingers crossed…

62 miles, 10.5 hours
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