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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

To the Frostlands!



My lovely wife and I have decided to cut our southern trip a bit short. Instead of arriving home the middle of April, we are shooting for the last week of March. Yes, I know winter is in full force up in New Hampshire. It was -20F in the morning. On the bright side, black flies are down to a bare minimum.

We hope to get a few days in the St. Augustine area. Right now there are no openings at the State campground, so we are looking for a boat ramp in the area where we can keep the van and trailer for a few days. We'll figure something out. I wouldn't mind being on the water at all.

The loose plan is to spend some time in the St. Augustine area, a few days in Georgia, and maybe visit new friends in N. Carolina. After that, it's a long push to New England -weather permitting.

A friend of mine cut up some firewood for me, so we should be able to keep warm until spring really gets to the North Country.

In other news, we've decided what to do about our outboard issues. When up in New England, we barely use the outboard. We really don't need a powerful motor with a lot of range for 99% of the sailing we do there. With that in mind, we ordered an electric trolling motor with 55 lbs of trust. That should be enough for our needs. I use the motor so little during the summer that my solar panel should be enough to keep the battery charged.

The next time we go on long southern boat trip, we plan on having a different boat anyway. Ideally, having a boats in both NH and FL would be the way to go. That would save a lot of towing.

I'm thinking that our time remaining down south is short, but it's still longer than most people's vacations. Good thing this isn't a vacation, but a lifestyle.

-Sixbears



12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good plan. And thatbis one GOOD friend you've got!

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  2. It's good to have people to swap favors with.

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  3. No matter what you decide...safe journey.

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  4. Have a pleasant and safe trip back home.

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  5. I love to read your blog, most people don't even take their vacations, my husband who worked grocery retail never did, when our only got ill he took the time off, when his good for nothing dad died he took the time off bereavement he was union, they don't even do that anymore, he took time off for human life or when they passed from this earth, all the family is dysfunctional and most have passed and he is retired..We do what we want he sleeps when he wants and we go where we want within reason, we live near the sea, pacific northwest, the mountains and the inlets, when one of our friends fishes he gives us some for taking care of his cats and poodle, his wife one of my best friends worked for 40 years only to pass from this life one week after she retired from a union job making cookies, the bitterest of pills they had the cruise tickets ready to go and she was gone poof, life to me is everyday one can get a chance to enjoy it with the people they love, I like the way you think..Godspeed hoping you and your lovely wife have a safe & wonderful journey homeward bound, I like the idea of two boats so when you want to go someplace you can go..enjoy your lovely time with your wife and family..Life is tooo short to worry each and everyday! ciao

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    1. Thank you. Life is unpredictable so I believe in living while one can. Too many people never get to retire, or retire and are too sick to do anything.

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  6. Safe journey home. Glad you and the Mrs. enjoyed the south. We'll have to share some coffee and conversation when you get back

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    1. Hi Adam! Sounds like a plan. Looking forward to it.

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  7. When you said "frostlands" I thought you were coming to Texas : ) Ha ha. We're supposed to hit the upper 50s today after bumping the freeze mark yesterday. Woo hoo, Spring Break! Don't forget yer parka! HA!

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    1. TX has been way way too cold for TX this year. Anyone who left the north to winter in TX would have felt robbed this year.

      I don't even have a decent heavy coat with me -or shoes. It's been sandals for the last 5.5 months.

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