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

December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Texas and the crew of The Pearl. 2013 was another great cruising season for us. We were blessed with good health and the opportunity to see more amazing places along the east coast. We returned to the boat in Charleston the beginning of February and spent the spring enjoying the company of friends, doing boat projects and exploring that great city. Our first adventure of the summer was exploring New England, visiting some of it's famous summer hangouts like The Hampton's, Block Island, Newport, Martha's Vineyard, the Cape and Boston. We spent the rest of our summer in Maine enjoying the amazing weather and spectacular scenery and eating lobster…definitely a place we’d like to visit again. Our fall adventures began in New York City with a visit from our son Kyle and his wife Brytanie. What a great time it was…showing them the sights of New York Harbor from the deck of The Pearl. After the excitement of having family onboard we headed back to the Chesapeake and spent the remainder of September in Baltimore, catching up with friends and visiting some of our favorite places before heading south for the winter.

Our cruising adventures for the coming summer may take us on a different course. We have another grand wonder arriving in June and we love spending time with our precious Mayven Raye, so we plan on returning to Texas a little more frequently this summer. We're still planning on spending time on the east coast, but we think we may stay in places longer. We're not sure where those places will be yet, first Charleston, and then who knows…so many options.

December 1, 2013

Nov. 30 – Fresh Oysters

Stan loves to fish and fall is a great time for that on the Texas coast. After a strong Blue Norther’ or Artic Blast like we had this past week the water is crystal clear and the tide is very low…making it a good time to pick up oysters. Yesterday the wind quit blowing, the weather had warmed up a little and the sun was shining, so it was a perfect day to spend on the water and pick up a few oysters. We packed a picnic lunch and spent the day looking for arrowheads and sea glass on a few of the remote beaches in the area and then Stan picked up some oyster for dinner. I’m not a fan of oysters, but Stan loves them, so we picked up shrimp for me at the fish market on the way home. We had a wonderful day riding around the bay, walking on the beach and enjoying the beautiful water.

On our way across Keller Bay
Looking for the right size oysters 
Breaking loose the oysters he wants to keep
An oyster bed 
Opening the oysters
Oysters, french fries and hushpuppies...not very healthy but it sure was good.