2013 – 11 Land Adventures and heading south

November 7, 2013

After arriving in Solomons it was time for some land travel so Bradley headed off to Florida while I headed west to attend my niece Robin’s wedding in Sidney, Nebraska.

Niece Robin with new nephew Eric and new great-step-niece Anya

Niece Robin with new nephew Eric and new great-step-niece Anya

Our family festivities kicked off with a 70th birthday celebration for my oldest brother John, who made the trip from Oklahoma with his friend Jane. My brother Bob, father of the bride, and his wife Sarah came from Texas and my sister Joan and husband George came from Florida. The only missing sibling was brother Bill and wife Rose who had spent several months visiting the US from their home in Guam but did not know about the wedding in time to alter their plans to return home. After a fun birthday lunch, we relaxed for a bit before heading to the rehearsal dinner and my first chance to meet my soon-to-be nephew Eric. He and I have been playing Words With Friends but it was great to finally meet him in person! I also got to spend some time with niece Vicky (Robin’s sister), her husband Mark, and my adorable great-niece Sophia, who was soon to celebrate her first birthday. The wedding was a wonderful affair – beautiful, emotional, touching – everything a wedding should be! The reception was great fun and offered more time to catch up with family and meet new friends.

With my sister Joan

With my sister Joan

Joan and George like to visit the highest point in every state they visit, so the next day we set off for Panorama Point, the highest spot in Nebraska and the site of a geocache – both my sister and I like to find geocaches. It involved driving 30 miles on dirt roads, with vast farmlands and occasional elk and antelope sightings. There were even some dark spots that we thought might be bison. Oh, and lots of tumbleweeds! We reached the highest point, marked by a small monument, took some photos, and somehow took a wrong turn on the way back, leading to a bit of concern as there were many dirt roads that all looked alike! But soon we found our way out and continued on to Cheyenne, WY where we stopped for lunch and a bit more geocaching.

Tunnel to hiking trails discovered while geocaching

Tunnel to hiking trails discovered while geocaching

Then I headed off to Highlands Ranch, CO to visit my stepson Mike while Joan and George headed to the airport. Mike and I watched the Redskins-Cowboys game – not the outcome we wanted but we had a nice time catching up. I headed out for some hiking/geocaching the next day and found a great new spot – reached via a tunnel under a major road and some railroad tracks. This is the main reason I like geocaching – it takes me to places I otherwise would never find! I also picked up a travel bug – no, not a virus, but a trackable geocache item. In this case, it’s a little toy puppy that wants to travel the world.

After a very enjoyable trip I returned to Solomons, MD. Our friends Stacy and Vicky from Virginia came out for a visit to the boat and a wonderful lunch in Solomons. They are long time Chesapeake Bay boaters who are thinking of longer term cruising somewhere down the road. We hope they’ll join us to get a taste of the cruising life sometime soon!

Kathy with Stacy and Vicky in Solomons

Kathy with Stacy and Vicky in Solomons

Next, it was another road trip – this time by car. Our first stop was Northern Virginia where we visited good friends Lloyd and Arlene, then back to our old neighborhood where we visited Bud and Rita and took their dog Kaluha for a long walk. Bud is a car collector and had a beautiful new addition, a 1931 Ford to go with his 1929 and 1930. We also visited former neighbor Rosemarie, then headed back to our old house on Sweetwood Lane and visited with new owner Dan who showed us all the things they’ve done to the house. Most recently they have installed a geothermal HVAC system.

Bradley with cousin Carlyn

Bradley with cousin Carlyn

Next it was on to New York for a gathering of Rosenberg cousins. We stayed with Bradley’s first cousin Carlyn and enjoyed meeting her beautiful toy poodles. We enjoyed a night out at the movies where we saw Captain Philips – we highly recommend it! Second cousin Allan joined us for a night of magic at the wonderfully entertaining show Nothing to Hide at the Signature Theater. We also went with Carlyn to the Intrepid aircraft carrier and museum where we spent a wonderful afternoon. We met Robin, another second cousin, for lunch in Nyack, and attended a luncheon with yet more second cousins and aunts in the city, hosted by second cousin Mark who we had last seen in Nova Scotia when he visited the boat!

Steve D'Antonio with Bradley

Steve D’Antonio with Bradley

After our land adventures, we were ready to return to the water. We readied the boat and departed from Solomons on October 28, bound for Deltaville, VA about 60 miles away. There we met with Steve D’Antonio, a friend and renowned marine consultant who has helped us with some of our electrical issues on the boat. Steve came aboard to inspect and discuss our battery charging and power management systems and provided a lot of good advice and answered all our questions. We also met up with our friend Gary who was excited to join us for the passage down to Beaufort, NC. (Tyler, who had crewed with us for six months, returned to his home in Alabama once we reached Solomons). As soon as Steve departed, we pulled anchor and set off for the nonstop trip around Cape Hatteras.

Gary enjoys the flybridge with calm seas

Gary enjoys the flybridge with calm seas

Once again, Captain Bradley had timed the weather perfectly. Our passage was extremely pleasant, with light winds of less than 10 knots most of the time and very calm seas. We spent time in the flybridge with delightfully pleasant temperatures and enjoyed fabulous stars at night. Gary had spent several years traveling in a land-yacht (motor coach), so had a great understanding of the boat systems and enjoyed the experience of an offshore passage. It seemed like we reached Cape Lookout in no time and soon were safely anchored. The weather was predicted to get a bit nastier, so we headed in to Beaufort the next morning, Oct 31 and soon were secure at a dock waiting for the high winds and rain to pass.

Sunset at Cape Lookout

Sunset at Cape Lookout


We had a chance to catch up with some old friends for dinner. Billy and Linda, owners of the Nordhavn Southern Comfort in Beaufort, joined us for dinner along with our good friend George from Sweet Hope. We had a wonderful evening at The Cedars Inn in Beaufort – highly recommended if you are in the area. We also met a new friend, Jacob, a Nordhavn fan who has been following our blog. He lives in Beaufort and stopped by for a visit.

On Monday, Nov 4, Shear Madness was lifted out of the water and moved to Moores Marine where she was secured on blocks and will stay for the next couple months. During that time, she will have her engines serviced (5000 hour service), bottom painted, and various other small maintenance tasks. We are happy that we will be back in “our” house at Sea Gate, just down the street from the yard. This is the same house we rented back in 2011 while we were undergoing repairs from the lightning strike. It will be our base of operation for the next month or two while we work on the boat and do a few more land trips. For now, we are back in Virginia for a few days, picking up our car which we will drive back to NC. We have visited our friends Karen and Mark in Solomons and are now spending time with Bradley’s daughter Margy, son-in-law Bryant, grandson Tyler, and dog Rocco. Click any photo to enlarge. Book reviews will be coming with the next update!

 


  1. #1 by Renate on November 15, 2013 - 12:14 am

    I am glad you caught a tumbleweed, but you are a Tumbleweed that would be difficult to catch! Love Renate and Allan xoxo

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  2. #2 by Anonymous on November 13, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Hi Kathy,
    So nice to catch up on your latest adventures. Enjoy your time on land, again, and keep blogging!
    Kathy Gardner, Tiverton, RI

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  3. #3 by Nora Whynacht on November 12, 2013 - 11:39 am

    I FEEL LIKE I am travelling with you without the joy of firsthand experience!

    Remembrance day yesterday was damp and cold as it usually is, and so it should be as we stand to remember!

    Heavens knows our veterans suffered immeasurably !!

    My plants on the deck display their last hurrah!

    Winter is on its way!

    Is Tyler returning to the ship?

    Take care and enjoy, Nora

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  4. #4 by Simon on November 10, 2013 - 9:19 pm

    Hi there Kathy and Bradley,
    have just enjoyed reading your update whilst i sit at McMurdo Station Antarctica waiting for my flight back to Christchurch and then back over to Hobart. Hopefully the delay will only be for a day, the weather is not quite the balmy 2.8knots that you showed 🙂 🙂
    All is good in Hobart, just as it sounds like all is going well over your way. All the best, Simon

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  5. #5 by Caroleerx@aol.com on November 9, 2013 - 10:44 am

    I enjoy reading about all your adventures so much, landlocked as I am – tho’ the weather is terrific right about now. Coat in the AM and by 10 AM, perfect. After the sea, I wouldn’t mind seeing Nebraska, one state I haven’t been through. People say “isn;t it boring to go cross-country?” and I never found it to be so in three trips around the country flat part. I am thinking of driving back to San Antonio -for maybe 1 week- to 10 days, no date in mind – just a thought. And then go up into the Texas hills to see the flowers. I really don’t know the best time of year to do that. Dare I go to Texas???? I will have to take off my bumper sticker, eh? So much is going on with Dick. He just seems to be the most different of all the patients there. After the shingles I thought he was going to die, he was so inert. When the Meds kicked in he still didn’t talk but his color was better, his face a little brighter, and he pushed himself around in wheelchair with some vigor. Then the skin problem again and some fighting to get in to the shower and with others – he is so roughed up it looked like he had been dragged along a sidewalk with arm abrasions. Scratching..but when asked he says he doesn’t hurt. The hospice people nevertheless have been helpful in turning up often to do small ministrations for comfort. D’accord, he does not have too much interest in the pureed food he now has to be fed. In throwing away things – always thinking of a move,- I rid myself of calendars with many notations from 1990 on and was relieved to see that Dick had his (and my) shingle shot in 2009, and his recurrence was an unusual event. He was not a bit interested in the cute therapy dogs but when I asked him about the dog of his youth, Vickie” – a WW2 dog named for “Victory” he made half a smile and then the thought was gone – I can only guess that was a small particular “mentation” . I need a travel pup like yours as depicted. What is a geo cache – a cache of geos (geodes?). Next time bring me a small special stone that you have chosen – from the ground (not bought but found) just for me. I am distracted by many things – not always happy, and I felt bad about a tree taken down, but it has cleared a busy area, things look brighter and I don’t have to sweep up endless flowers for a long flowering period. And I am also doing a lot less in the yard than I used to do…Did I tell you I went to see Steve Martin and his “banjo show”? The back up quintet were the more brilliant musicians than he, tho;’ he is no slouch. I had hesitated, thinking as pleasant as a banjo could be, I wasn’t sure I could tolerate it for 2 hours. It was delightful and he is quite a perfectionist show man. And alternating with Martin’s dry humor, it was a pleasant time. I even have to remark on the clothes they wore – looked so casual and nice but the combinations must have been made by a theatrical designer – just regular suits in the brown family and Martin had on a red sports jacket like I have never seen. It did NOT scream “Look at me!” but so subtle and blending. Having looked at costumes for a few years, I had to remark on them. And the show with 2 encores of course fit in with the perfect timing of 1 hour and 58 minutes. If you see him passing you in a boat I know you will invite him aboard! He seems to be perfect in so many artistic areas, maybe a boat will be his next venture. Will you tell Aldee I am thinking of her. I am always taking a measure of the depth….take it as you will.

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  6. #6 by Dewberry, Sid on November 9, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Kathy and Bradley, Thanks for including me on your updates. I enjoyed reading them all. You have quite an extended family. You two are doing what every man, and many women, really want to do. Travel every where on a boat. You have made that life come alive with your writings and photos. My very best to both of you, Sid Dewberry ________________________________________

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  7. #7 by Susan Seltzer on November 9, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Wow, you 2 don’t slow down for a second! So many friends/family in so many places; it’s great and fun to receive your updates. We’re getting ready for Father Christmas Festival which starts at end of November. Our house is on the tour so lots of activity here in preparation. Also, holiday baking in prep for Cookie Walk. We’ve enjoyed a wonderfully mild fall and now the colder winds are beginning to blow. Happy Thanksgiving!

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