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I don’t speak German as well as a 4 year old…Mainz (7/8/19)

Mainz is not a huge tourist destination but three things draw us there: We lived for three years across the river in a small town called Mainz-Kastel from 2001-2004; it is a good place to catch a train to Paris; And Toby lives there, so we are stopping for the night. Continue reading “I don’t speak German as well as a 4 year old…Mainz (7/8/19)”

Germany and it is hellishly hot (6/26/19)

When last we left you, Jan was trapped in the middle seat between AJ and myself (neither of whom have a good grasp of the concept of ‘personal’ space’), tormented by both a lack of AC and a small child screaming directly behind her.  The flight, once the AC is turned on and the mother administers a healthy dose of Benadryl to her daughter, is uneventful; we watched movies and tried (unsuccessfully) to get a little shuteye. 
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Rain puts the dismal in the Dismal Swamp (5/19/18)

Our trip today takes us from the Alligator river to the Dismal Swamp. Note to North Carolina: Spend some money on a PR dude/dudette and see if you can come up with more inviting names. Continue reading “Rain puts the dismal in the Dismal Swamp (5/19/18)”

Beautiful Beaufort. Mansions, history, friendly people. And Kazoos! (4/30/18-5/1/18)

It is byoofort1, thank you very much. It is beautiful. The people are fantastic. But the best find? A Kazoo factory! Continue reading “Beautiful Beaufort. Mansions, history, friendly people. And Kazoos! (4/30/18-5/1/18)”

We don’t like Marsh Harbor. And Boat Clothes (3/29/18)

We move the whopping eight miles from Hope town to Marsh Harbor. Should have stayed where we were at. Continue reading “We don’t like Marsh Harbor. And Boat Clothes (3/29/18)”

A full day to Spanish Wells and then another full day in Spanish Wells (3/24/18-3/25/18)

We reef. And FINALLY get it right! After only 321 days on our trip! We sail, we stop and gawk at the power of nature. And we arrive in Spanish Wells…last stop in Eleuthera. Continue reading “A full day to Spanish Wells and then another full day in Spanish Wells (3/24/18-3/25/18)”

Georgetown Week 1: (2/17/18-2/24/18)

We arrive at Georgetown, Bahamas after almost a month in the Bahamas. It is a destination of choice for many cruisers, a significant number of whom appear to be from Canada, who are escaping the winter weather up in the north. It is also a good stopping point for boats heading further south to far off destinations. There are literally hundreds of boats here and a very well defined community with a ton of activities. And, we have heard, kids. Continue reading “Georgetown Week 1: (2/17/18-2/24/18)”

A letter to ‘Mark’: Our day sucked and worse. It stank. On to Georgetown (2/16/18)

Dearest Mark;
It is with great pleasure that we received your note on Wednesday. It sounds like you are doing well, working hard, and perhaps the poor weather and another onset of your seasonal affective disorder are causing you to be crankier than usual. Continue reading “A letter to ‘Mark’: Our day sucked and worse. It stank. On to Georgetown (2/16/18)”

Another freaking weather front and we have a marina to ourselves: Highbourne Cay (1/23/18-1/31/18)

We talked earlier about our fascination with weather and its impact of our travels over the past two months. So when we saw that there was a huge weather front moving into our area bringing 30+ knot winds for three days we needed to find a place to hide out. We looked at our destination, Highbourne Cay and saw that they had a marina! Well. What better place to wait out weather than a marina! Continue reading “Another freaking weather front and we have a marina to ourselves: Highbourne Cay (1/23/18-1/31/18)”

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