"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

February 16, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday

I missed wordless Wednesday...so here's thougthtful Thursday.

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February 14, 2017

Bahamas Day Dreams

“Paradise is always where love dwells.” ―Jean Paul

It seems like all the cruisers are either in the Bahamas or on their way this month...making me long for the crystal clear water, beautiful deserted beaches and the slow tranquil life of the islands. As wonderful as it would be in the Bahamas we've been enjoying our time at home. 
Treasure Cay - Abaco
The best part of taking a break from cruising is the time we get to spend with family...especially our little grand children. We're enjoying playtime, walks, exploring, hugs, kisses, story time and sleep overs with our little wonders. It's an incredible way to spend the winter...and the temperatures here in south Texas aren't bad either. It's been a moderate winter and with most days in the 60s and 70s…just the way I like it.
It's not the Bahamas, but our beach isn't bad.
When we start missing time on the water and our minds start wandering to the islands…we take Texas Pearl out for a short cruise or we go for a walk on the beach that is just outside our front door. The Bahamas do look wonderful and I'm enjoying everyone's photos, but life at home is good and we’re soaking in all the family time we can.

We'll be returning to The Pearl the beginning of April to do projects on the boat and get it ready for our seventh season of cruising…so stay turned for details!

The morning view from my port hole on Texas Pearl

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January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” — Albert Einstein
Happy New Years...I hope 2017 brings happiness, health and adventure to all of you. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on where we've been, the things that are important to us and what we'd like to achieve in the future. With each passing year the months seem to pass faster than the year before and it's hard to imagine how so many years and wonderful events have past so quickly. I really feel we have been blessed our whole life and we have enjoyed every stage. Yet each stage seems to get better than the one before...maybe that's the way it's suppose to be. 

I had a great life growing up, I enjoyed time with family and friends, enjoyed playing sports, belonging to clubs and going to college. I fell in love with out having to look for it and we built an amazing life together. We watched our two wonderful sons grow into extraordinary men and now we are watching our family expand with the addition of grandchildren. We are spending our life doing what we love, with the people we love...who could ask for anything more. 

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December 31, 2016

Looking Back at 2016

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss

In January we began our cruising year in the Florida Keys where we enjoyed the company of cruising friends and a full schedule of fun activities.
January was a little cold and wet in Marathon, so in February we decided to move our boat to Jacksonville and go home to Texas.
We spent March catching up with family and playing with our grandchildren.
In April we finally moved the boat out of Florida and enjoyed visiting with friends on our way north to Charleston.
May was spent in the Chesapeake revisiting favorite places and catching up with more friends.
In June we left the boat in Baltimore and went home for a visit and we helped our oldest son and his family move to Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful month spent with family. 
July we headed to New England...were we enjoyed the sights, the weather and more friends.
We made it to Maine in August where we enjoyed hiking, beach combing and eating lobsters.
We spent the first week of September in Camden, Maine where we enjoyed the festivities of the Windjammer Festival. Then we slowly moved down the coast to the Chesapeake Bay.
In October we winterized The Pearl, said goodbye to old friends and headed home to spend time on the Texas coast and the Texas Pearl.
November was filled with boat projects...sun shades for both boats, fender covers, engine room projects and refinishing teak. It was also a time for crafts projects and volunteer work at the aquarium in Rockport.
December has been filled with family...especially our grandchildren and Christmas celebrations. We were blessed to be in Pennsylvania to welcome our newest grand daughter Cora Rose to the family.
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December 26, 2016

Travel Stats

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Stan and I both keep logs of information about our travels. Mine are more about the places we've been and stayed, his are more technical...sorry to the guys who read this blog that would enjoy more technical info, but that's just not my thing. For information on where we've docked and anchored please refer to my Travel Logs

These totals are from the time we left home in 2011 till the end of 2016.
     157   Different anchorages
     101   Different marinas
     301   Different towns visited
       23   State & providences visited
        3    Countries visited
     143   Most miles traveled in one day
17,091   Total miles traveled

 2011 Travel Stats 2012 Travel Stats 2013 Travel Stats
3987Miles traveled2678Miles traveled 3112Miles traveled
1085Gallons of diesel808Gallons of diesel1014Gallons of diesel 
566Engine hours379Engine hours425Engine hours
211Days on board209Days on board248Days on board
96Days of travel68Days of travel70Days of travel
13States visited10States or providences11States visited
71Towns visited55Towns visited62Towns visited
8Locks traversed106Locks traversed2Locks traversed
146Days at a marina121Days at a marina170Days at a marina
11Nights at a dock46Nights at a dock3Nights at a dock
48Nights at anchor30Nights at anchor50Nights at anchor
4Nights on a mooring ball10Nights on a mooring ball25Nights on a mooring ball
2Days on the hard 2Days on the hard0Days on the hard
 2014 Travel Stats 2014 Texas Pearl Stats 2015 Travel Stats
1143Miles traveled1708Miles traveled1027Miles traveled
279Gallons of diesel 1054Gallons of diesel 340Gallons of diesel 
163Engine hours196Engine hours112Engine hours
141Days on board32Days on board123Days on board
34Days of travel25Days of travel33Days of travel
3States visited5States visited2States visited
23Towns visited16Towns visited15Towns visited
0Locks traversed11Locks traversed2Locks traversed
115Days at a marina18Days at a marina67Days at a marina
13Nights at a dock5Nights at a dock2Nights at a dock
12Nights at anchor9Nights at anchor23Nights at anchor
1Nights on a mooring ball0Nights on a mooring ball21Nights on a mooring ball
0Days on the hard0Days on the hard10Days on the hard
 2016 Travel Stats
3434Miles traveled
1037Gallons of diesel 
453Engine hours
208Generator hours
208Days on board
75Days of travel
12States visited
59Towns visited
1Locks traversed
107Days at a marina
6Nights at a dock
35Nights at anchor
60Nights on a mooring ball
0Days on the hard