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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!

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Unexpected visit

20 Nov

Some boat friends from Florida surprised us with a visit. It was great to see Carroll and Roberta, and get to hang out a bit. They brought us red wine from Argentina called Tango. We shall pop the cork when our journey is done!

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Hope to see you in the spring¡

Weekend in Savannah

8 Oct

We rented a house off Forsyth Park in Savannah for a long weekend. We had a lovely time enjoying house luxuries like a dish washer, flushing toilets, unlimited ice, and cable TV. Ice cubes are also called cruiser’s diamonds, a joke that Madi especially finds very funny. 🙂

We also branched out into Savannah proper for fall things like pumpkin spice ice cream, local SCAD art, music in the park, and Oktoberfest with our friends from Haanli.

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Peyton contemplating the ways of a cargo ship.

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Carving pumpkins a bit early…just because we can!

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Our friends Lisa and Hank

 

Fun with friends from S/V Redwings

25 May

Some Enchanted Evening…

17 Apr

OK…maybe this evening was not “enchanted” per se, but it was damned enjoyable. We met our friends Hank and Lisa at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club’s clubhouse where Lisa shared her amazing skill at crocheting with the girls. They gave it their best effort but, in the end, I think that maybe this is something that is not their forte. Regardless, Lisa was very sweet and very patient and the girls loved the attention. (We are quite smitten with Miss Lisa).

Since it was approaching dinner time we started thinking about places to eat. We all noticed that club members were walking around with all sorts of goodies as there is a restaurant and a bar on the premises. We walked in and asked for a menu and were excited to see that tonight was “Sizzling Fajita” night! Sweet. With Pavlovian dog looks on our faces we placed our order with the nice fellow behind the bar. “Are you members of the club or any of the reciprocal sailing clubs?” the nice fellow asked. “No…we are just staying on your mooring field.” we replied. “I’m sorry but the restaurant and bar are only for members.” he retorted. (He was actually very nice with his denial of service). No sizzling fajitas for us. Sigh.

Undaunted we decided to walk into Coconut Grove and check out the restaurant scene. Long story short, we found a very nice place with some very wonderful food and we all forgot about those stupid fajitas. We had a very nice time with our friends and we spoke of opportunities to potentially meet in the Bahamas in a few months. I hope we can make that happen.

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No sizzling fajitas…but we ate it all up!

 

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Experimenting with crocheting

 

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Hank gets to play taxi for all the Beck gear

 

3-2-1 Blast Off!

1 Mar

In Titusville, thanks to our friend Mark, we got to see the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the SpaceX Dragon program to resupply the ISS under a Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.

We are told this wasn’t as ear splitting as a shuttle launch, but it was truly awesome!

A shot of the vehicle assembly building

A shot of the vehicle assembly building

Mark and Andy solving world issues while waiting

Mark and Andy solving world issues while waiting

Many shuttle buses bring tours out to watch

Many shuttle buses bring tours out to watch

Girls are ready for action!

Girls are ready for action!

The launch facilities across the water

The launch facilities across the water

Nice cruising family

28 Nov

Tonight we stayed at the only marina or anchorage in the area and met several nice boaters. We saw the powerboat Tug a Long again in Southport, where they had to be towed in due to engine issues. We wish them well in getting back underway.

We also met a very nice cruising family, the Nelsons, from Maine. Their bright red trimaran, Kachina, is hard to miss! Our girls ran around barefoot in the rain with the boys from Kachina until dark, enjoying the company of other children.

Kachina

Kachina

I could tell the girls were missing other children, as they stood on deck in the cold rain for about 30 minutes waiting for Kachina to find a spot to dock. After dinner, the Nelson family came over to visit and our kids geeked out playing Minecraft and watching silly videos. Kachina braved the outside to get down to Florida faster, but we hope to catch back up them sometime after the holidays. Here is their travel blog: http://www.everlater.com/kachina/kachina-sailing-south.

Spring sock burning

18 Mar

We discovered a new tradition here in the Chesapeake sailing world: spring Sock Burning! What is a sock burning you ask? Well, here is a great site to explain it, but basically the tradition dates back to the mid-1980s when the manager of a sailboat yard got tired of the winter blues. On the first day of spring one year he took off his socks, doused them with lighter fluid, and toasted to the first day of spring and a sockless sailing season while they burned.

Here we are doing the same with our friends the Robertsons, happy spring and goodbye winter!

Watching our socks burn

Watching our socks burn

Goodbye winter and hello spring!

Goodbye winter and hello spring!

Boaty friends

19 Sep

Peyton’s boat friend. They live on a REALLY BIG trawler and are leaving for the Caribbean in a month.

Peyton's friend from R Cabin

Peyton’s friend from R Cabin