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 [...]

Hello Chesapeake Bay!

25 May 2017 | Mill Creek, off of the Great Wicomico River
60s, cloudy, thunderstorms
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. An estuary is a body of water where the salt and fresh waters meet, so it is tidal. This bay is 200 miles long, so when one reaches the Chesapeake it is like making it to Florida from Pennsylvania – there is a lot more to go before you get to your destination! We pulled the anchor at 7:15 and left Norfolk, crossing the shipping channel when daylight allowed us to see the barges and freighters coming and going. We saw a submarine surface as it entered the channel and that was very cool! Who knows what is under the surface of the water? The water was very lumpy – rollers coming in from the ocean, wind from the south and wakes from these large vessels. Once we were north enough to have protection from both sides of the bay we put up the sails and motorsailed for awhile, riding the tide up the bay. It was all good! Except for masses of small black biting flies. Where do they come from? Out in the middle of this huge bay – we killed so many! The wind died a few times so sails were put away, and eventually the tide turned, but we made it to Mill Creek off of the Great Wicomico River which was further than we had planned. We anchored, and then a horrific storm arrived – winds well over 50 knots along with pounding rain. The anchor held (Yea!), and then the sun came out. A few more bouts of rain arrived, but nothing like the first. The photo shows the stormy sunset - lots of thunderheads and frontal clouds but pretty nonetheless! The temperature dropped dramatically, so it will be a nice sleeping night. Bill’s alarm is set for 5:00 am, so I know I’ll see the sun rise tomorrow!

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