June 10, 2014
We left the boat safely secured to the dock in Portsmouth, VA, and headed north by car to Northern Virginia. There we had a great visit with Bradley’s daughter Margy, husband Bryant, and grandson Tyler, who was celebrating his 4th birthday! We also got to “see” and feel Tyler’s little brother, who is set to enter this world in early July! Everyone is excited about that!
A group of Smarthinking employees and friends got together for a reunion lunch at Clyde’s in Georgetown and we also caught up with some good friends for dinner at the wine bar Dolce Veloce, owned by our good friends Joe and Sharon. We also visited with Wolfgang and Christeen and their daughter Sophie, who is growing up fast! Then it was off to a board meeting for me, and then a drive to New York for a memorial service for Bradley’s uncle Richard who passed away in December, the day after his brother – Bradley’s father – was buried at Arlington Cemetery. The service was in Garnerville, NY and we visited the Military Academy at West Point, where I deposited a Vietnam Veterans “geocoin” in honor of Bradley’s father in a geocache at the visitor center. Geocoins are part of geocaching and hopefully this one will be carried by many people to visit military monuments and memorials in honor of Colonel Theodore “Mr. Magnificent” Rosenberg.
From NY, we returned to the boat where we continued with preparations for our summer adventures. The plan is to head north to Nova Scotia in mid-June, then to meet up with friends on a Nordhavn 68 in July and to cruise in Newfoundland, Labrador, and if the weather allows , Greenland! As our research has progressed, we have grown increasingly excited and a bit nervous about these plans. Even in summer, icebergs are a hazard, the water is cold, and there is a threat of polar bears should you venture away from your boat. These issues raise questions about safety equipment and bear deterrents. We have purhased two immersion suits – orange rubbery things that help you survive if you fall into chilly waters. We’ve also elected to use bear spray rather than carry guns for a variety of reasons, including the difficulty of bringing weapons into Canada. We’ve purchased new charts and guidebooks, talked to many people who have cruised these high latitudes, and hope we are prepared for whatever comes our way!
Back in Portsmouth, VA we spent some time with Nordhavn 40 (Uno Mas) owners John and Sue, checking out a great new Mexican restaurant. We also were here for the Norfolk Harbor Fest, which included a chance to see a Parade of Sail with tall ships, military vessels, and many other boats, demos of assault vessels by the US Navy, rescue demonstrations from the US Coast Guard, tuboats playing like they were monster trucks, and a fabulous fireworks display. Friends Gary and Cookie with daughter Ruth visited us and watched the tugboat display from our flybridge – truly a front-row seat. The marina was full and the habor packed with boats for a fun weekend.
We also met Nordhavn Dreamer John who lives near the marina and had spotted the boat and sent me an email. We had a fun visit – it’s always fun to meet people who love Nordhavns. Before departing from Portsmouth, Virginia, we made one more trip to DC, this time for a play produced by the Smithsonian as part of World Ocean Day. The 30-minute, one-man play was about my grandfather, Austin Hobart Clark, who spent his career at the Smithsonian as a zoologist focused on marine life. The play covered his trip on the research vessel Albatross in 1906, including his time in San Francisco during the great earthquake! It was a fabulous show and well worth the trip. If anyone is interested in seeing a video of the play please email me and I can provide a link.
While in DC we also attended a book signing party for our friend Deborah Kahn who has just released a book called The Roads Taken – Complex Lives of Employed and At-Home Mothers available on Amazon. I haven’t read it yet, but will include it in my next Book Review update!
We are now back in Portsmouth, VA making plans to depart for Portsmouth, RI where we will fill up with fuel before heading north to Canada. There is a new video of our trip into Portsmouth up the Elizabeth River. We wish we could visit with all of you who are reading this. Please do send us a note by reply email – we love to hear back from you!