As we float here in Portland dockland, we are feeling a bit of nostalgia…hope you all enjoy another Halloween!
2012: Sandy and journey prep
2013: Goodbye hurricane hole
2014: A very Harry Potter day
2015: Zombies in the food bank
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!
Another boaty year has come and gone, and even though this year is a dock year, your crew wishes you many fair winds! We appreciate and love you. Thank you for adventuring afloat with us – almost four years now!!
Our witches in training would like to wish you all a spooky time tonight!
Portland has a two-week Christmas Ship parade event on both the Columbia and the Willamette rivers. These two river fleets split and combine in different towns, putting on quite the show. In some towns, this event is a huge deal where everyone turns out. The kind of big deal where the local restaurants donate dishes for a feast to feed the crews, school children show up to carol, Santa and his wife visit the docks, and the town rewires shore power for the ships.
This is the 60th year for the Christmas Ships, and we are thinking of jumping into the mix! We could then add Christmas Shippers to our list of nautical know-hows. Not sure of our “theme” for lights yet…or how many nights we will sign up for. We attended our first meeting last night where we caught the excitement and bought a burgee.
Anyone have thoughts on easy (especially on the budget) themes?
Originally we had planned to sail up to Fort Lauderdale over the weekend to stay downtown on the New River for a week or so. On Friday we changed our minds, and decided to wait a few extra days, as the weather was going to be a bit unsettled. Not crazy bad weather…but since we aren’t in a hurry why not wait for fair sailing conditions? Peyton grinned and said that she’d wished something would happen so we would stay here longer.
Glad we did, because this is what woke us up early on Saturday morning! Great time to be sitting under a 55 foot metal pole, right? Yes, it is spring time in Florida.
Remember that trimaran I mentioned a few days ago? Just when the storm died down we were all jolted by a bump as it ran into our starboard hull. No damage to either boat, thankfully, but we and a fellow cruiser boat stayed out in our cockpits keeping our eyes on that skittish vessel for a while. It didn’t come back for a second round, and the winds settled out after dawn.
Later when we got to shore we saw a sailboat being brought to dock by Seatow. Turns out that the storm had broken it off the mooring, and grounded it on the small barrier island between us and Biscane Bay. Poor boat still sits at dock with its mooring bridle and chain hanging off the bow. Would not want to be the mooring staff making that call to the absent owner!
Easter was a beautiful and clear day, and we enjoyed the lovely weather with a Thai food brunch and some bubbles off the sugar scoops. Clearly it’s a hardship on all of us to hang out in Coconut Grove a few extra days.