You know it’s time to cast off the dock lines when…

16 May


Sundance Fire

12 Mar

Two weeks ago a large marina warehouse burned to the ground, destroying 350 boats, about a 1/4 mile away from Tango. Today, after weeks of continued rain the smell is still noxious and probably contains pockets of smoldering heat. Tango, and many other boats in the rows near us, were covered with a gritty, petroleum soot.

Glad that we hadn’t done any spring cleaning yet, and thankful we didn’t catch on fire, we spent the weekend trying to scrub off the worst of it.


View of warehouse debris from Tango

After much scrubbing, we got to a point that was less gritty and smudgy. Once the rain stops (haha), we’ll have to get on our hands and knees and detail her thoroughly, but isn’t that’s a part of spring cleaning anyway? Time to buy a few boxes of magic eraser!


Before and after – took three passes. 1) gel, 2) on and off, and then 3) magic eraser…which really is magic

Learning to ski

1 Feb

This week we found ourselves a cabin on Mount Hood and gave the girls a day of ski lessons at Mount Hood Meadows. It’s a shame to live so close to a beautiful mountain and not enjoy it! Plus last year was a record low for snowfall on Mount Hood, and most of the ski lifts never opened.

Both the girls enjoyed their day. Andy had no trouble picking up his great skiing skills, and Robin attempted to not fall off the top of the lift. We all make it home in one piece, so mission success.


Another year

29 Dec

It’s been quite a year for the Beck crew, as we have adapting to a larger land life with our first full year back in Portland. These including things like selling the adventure bus, buying an electric car, modifying our home situation to help out an aging family member, moving to a long-term home marina (which is much trickier in this area than the east coast!), making new Portland friends, selling our Maryland house, saying goodbye to an old doggy friend, gaining two new rescue doggy daughters, visiting London, and changing a job. Perhaps we did need a stationary year to find time to breath and center…although we are still sailing nomads at heart.

We look ahead to the joys a new year brings, hopefully with more boating adventures in the Northwest (for now). We want to wish you all a lovely New Year as well!


Happy boaty holidays

24 Dec

From our crew to yours!


A man and his crew

29 Nov

Happy frigid, early winter day from Portland, where it is in the mid-30s. Brrr!


Thankfully this isn’t the start of a Maryland winter where the water would have already been shut off.

Twenty-one years

20 Nov

We started our marriage living afloat and sailing on our Cal 34. Still going strong. Cheers!



Happy fall day

21 Oct



11 Oct

Quiet at dock, and not much boaty stuff going on at the moment, so another dog post…yes another dog post.

These two love each other like sisters, wrestling all day, and help each other find mischief. We left them on the boat the other night to go see a movie and came back to piles of fluff ripped out of a stuffed dog toy. They had also pulled grocery bags out and strewn them about. Silly mischievous girlies.


Dog romp at our little beach

28 Sep

A perfect fall weekend in the northwest made for a beautiful outing on the eastern tip of Hayden Island. Truly our favorite time of year.



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